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Goofs

Continuity 

The famous sequence where the dwarves race back to the cottage to save Snow White is filled with continuity errors:
  • if you pause the film just when the turtle is passed for the last time, you can see Sleepy is mounted on a stag. However, for the rest of the film he is mounted on a doe. - Bashful is originally in front of Sneezy, yet for the rest of the chase the order is mysteriously reversed. - In another scene, just before Snow White bites the apple, Sleepy and Sneezy are seen on the deer, while Bashful is riding another deer by himself (Sleepy and Bashful have been switched). - In one scene, the whole order of the dwarves is changed (Dopey riding a stag, Sneezy sitting alone on a doe...)
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Snow White is kissing all of the dwarfs' foreheads, before she kisses Dopey, you hear her say "Oh, Dopey!" but her lips never move.

Character error 

In the last scene, the Prince shimmies. The cels weren't lined up correctly when the scene was shot, and his body shakes. Walt Disney was horrified when he saw the mistake in the color dailies, and wanted it corrected. No money was available to make the correction because the film was already far over budget, so Walt's brother and business partner, Roy O. Disney, declared, "Let the Prince shimmy!" and so he did - until 1993, when the mistake was corrected during Disney's digital restoration of the film.
At the final scene when Snow White kisses the dwarfs, she kisses them all except for Sleepy.
When Snow White decides to clean the dwarfs' house, she takes off her cape and hangs it on the wall. When the dwarfs return from the diamond mine later and are shocked to find the house clean, the cape is gone and it never returns for the rest of the movie.
When Doc is assaying the (already cut) gemstones from the mine, he puts the jeweler's loupe into his eye backwards.
Marching home from the mine, the dwarfs march with their left feet down on the downbeat. After returning from a short cutaway scene, the dwarfs then march with their right feet on the downbeat.

Continuity 

When Snow White first enters the dwarfs' house, the animals follow her in. Near the door, there is a rabbit and another rabbit walks beside it. As the second rabbit passes the first one (behind it), it changes into a brown squirrel.
When the birds are putting yellow flowers in the vase, right before they put the final one in that sticks up a bit in the middle, a flower that ends up right behind it appears out of nowhere.
Doc's lantern disappears when he and the other dwarfs reach the house after their work in the mine.
Dopey breaks off the front door handle and seconds later, it reappears.
When the dwarfs arrive home after working, they drop their tools and scurry behind the trees. A couple of minutes later, they have their tools again.
As Snow White is piling clothes on top of the deer, birds drop a green cloth over the chipmunk on the deer's back. In the next shot, the cloth is now a shirt sleeve.
When Snow White is cleaning the cabin, the birds put daffodils in the vase. Later, before Bashful shoves the flowers into Sneezy's face and he sneezes, the flowers have turned into goldenrod.
The seat on the organ when Snow White arrives at the cottage is a bench. Then, when Snow White and the dwarfs are dancing and singing, the seat is no longer a bench.
During the dwarfs' trek home from the mine, Dopey suddenly has a lantern hanging off his pick-axe that wasn't there when the trip started.
The string changes on the apple while being poisoned. It starts out plain and dark, but turns pink with a bow on the end.
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The size of Doc's swanette changes size and appearance before the end of "The Silly Song."
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When Dopey investigates the bedroom and runs out, the door is left open, but when all the dwarfs return to investigate, it is closed.
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At the end of "The Silly Song", there's a cutaway to Dopey playing the drums, yet he's standing atop of Sneezy during the song/dance at the same time.
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When Doc hands Dopey the candle before sending him upstairs to see what's in their beds, he hands the candle over with its finger loop facing away from Dopey. When Dopey goes up the stairs, the candle has magically turned around, and the finger loop is around his finger.
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Just before Dopey tries to jump towards the bar of soap, the soap moves a few inches towards him.
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After the dwarfs tie Sneezy's beard on his nose to prevent him from sneezing again they hide after hearing the three birds screech, but when they meet at the stairs after hiding, Sneezy's beard is untied.
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After Snow White's skirt and cape get caught by tree branches her fists are in mid air and her hair is partly loose but in the next shot her hair is back to normal and her hands are below her body.
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After Snow White discovers she is stuck to the tree she raises her arms while screaming but in the next shot one of her hands is on her skirt.
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When the dwarfs first leave the mine, Dopey's pickax has no lantern but when they get home it has a lantern hanging from it.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the dwarfs are coming out of the tunnel after work to sing "Heigh Ho," Grumpy and Happy suddenly appear.
Where the Doc removes the bed cover from Snow White while she is sleeping on the dwarfs' beds, for a few frames you can clearly see artist's mistakes of an outline of Doc's hand having been drawn in the wrong place for the frames.

Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Sleepy and Bashful's beards are the longest in most of the film, with Grumpy's beard shorter. However, when the dwarves peer over the edge of the cliff to see the Witch's demise, Grumpy's beard is suddenly longer than the others by far.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The dwarfs do not leave Snow White's side after she eats the apple, yet the Prince knows where Snow White is and what happened to her. Snow White's animal friends could have carried the news to the outside world.

Revealing mistakes 

When the cliff the Witch is standing on is struck by lightning, the splashes of rain on the rock wall behind the boulder are seen over it. Apparently, the cameraman placed the cels in the wrong order, placing the splashes over the boulder instead of underneath. The splashes form the silhouette of the background behind the boulder, which is made evident as it rolls off the cliff.

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