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Mary Poppins (1964) Poster

(1964)

Goofs

Errors in geography 

The robin that lands on Mary's finger in the "Spoonful of Sugar" sequence is an American Robin (Turdus migratorius), not a European Robin (Erithacus rubecula).

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Michael is locked in the closet while cleaning the nursery, the door opens for several seconds and we hear him yell "Let me out!" repeatedly, but his mouth doesn't move.
When Mr. Dawes, Sr. comes out to see Mr. Banks, Jane, and Michael, he's talking, but his mouth doesn't move.
When Bert is singing one of his comical poems a harmonica tune can be heard, however it's visible, that Bert himself doesn't playing it.
At the end of his opening song, Bert hits himself on the head with a cymbal.He is holding it with two hands but a cymbal touched on the rim will muffle and not sound clear and long.
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Character error 

When Mary Poppins says the word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" backwards, she pronounces the final 2 syllables ("repus") 'ROO-pus' rather than 'REE-pus' or 'REPP-us'.
When Mrs. Banks bends to embrace the children (when the Constable brings the children back from the park), her head is turned to her left rather than looking at her children, obviously anticipating Mr. Banks' line which cuts off her embrace.

Continuity 

Jane's teeth grow in erratically.
After Mary Poppins powders her nose black, her face in the next scene is clean again.
When Mary Poppins is tidying the nursery, the pictures straighten, but in the next shot, they are still crooked.
Mr. Banks tears Jane and Michael's advertisement into eight pieces. Only eight pieces of paper float up the chimney, but at least twice as many are shown coming out of the top of the chimney.
Bert places his hat inside the chalk drawing under a banner that reads, "Contributions Welcome" but after the rainstorm, his hat is underneath the drawing.
During "Feed the Birds", Mary shakes the cathedral globe, and the birds flutter about. Less than five seconds later, the globe appears unshaken.
In the opening credits, Mary is shown in a close up powdering her nose while sitting on a cloud. Her carpet bag is on her right and her umbrella is on her left. In a long shot, immediately after (which is animated) the carpet bag and umbrella are not present.
Jane and Michael switch sides while they are holding Bert's hand when he walks them home.
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Just before walking on the stairs made of smoke, they are walking single file on a rooftop in the following order: Mary, Jane, Michael, Bert. In the next close up shot, they are not in a line. They are in a group and Michael is in front of Jane.
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When Bert traces Mary's shadow on the sidewalk, the sunlight obviously comes from behind of Mary. However, when Bert stands up to greet Mary, the sun shines frontally into her face.
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During the "Sister Suffragette" number, Mrs. Banks places a sash that says "Votes for Women" on Katie Nana. First the words are on her right side, next shot on her left side, and in the final shot, back on her right side.
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When Mary uses the tape measure on herself, she holds the tape horizontally to read it, however the close up shows the tape vertically with the words oriented that way.
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When Mary Poppins is taking items out of her bag when she arrives, the patterns and colors of the bag change.
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When the penguins bring Mary and Bert menus, the menus are pink. A moment later, Bert's menu is bright purple.
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During "Feed the Birds," Mary Poppins is holding a rather large water globe. At the end of the song, she puts Michael in his bed and tucks in Jane, but the globe is nowhere in sight.
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The position of Mary's hands on the water globe during the song "Feed the Birds" keeps changing.
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During "The Perfect Nanny", Michael's hair is parted to the left, then straight down, then to the left again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Mary first turns from the window with the singing bird perched on her fingers, the cables operating the bird are visible on the back of her hand.
When Mary and the children are sliding down the stairs, the equipment rolling along with them is visible.
When Mary and the children are sliding down the stairs handrail as they pass in front of the maid, part of the trolley is clearly visible on Michael's left.
When Bert first walks onto Cherry Tree Lane and the camera follows him, the shadows of equipment are visible on the lamp post in the foreground.
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Factual errors 

The two robin parents building their nest outside the children's bedroom window are both male.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the end of the movie, the Constable described the "missing" Mr. Banks as "about 6 foot 1". There is a common misconception outside of Europe that Britain only uses the metric system when in fact they use both. Britain didn't begin using the metric system until the early 1970's. Imperial measurement (slightly different to American) is still used almost exclusively for measuring people/clothing and for road speeds/distances.
In the penguin number Dick Van Dyke's pants change to short legs and long crutch to long legs and short crutch. This was deliberate, as Burt is clearly seen adjusting his trousers to match the shape/characteristics of the penguins he is dancing with just prior to and following the scene.
Mary's glove appears to darken in the close-up when she reads the advertisement to Mr. Banks, due to the lighting.

Revealing mistakes 

Obvious stand-ins for Mary, Bert, Jane, and Michael when Mary Poppins, Bert, and the children step onto a cloud which wafts them back down after exploring the rooftops (just before the "Step in Time" number).
During the beginning of the "I Love to Laugh" sequence, when Uncle Albert says, "Loud and long and clear," his left hand goes transparent into the background. (From the 40th Anniversary Edition)
When Mary and Bert are dancing with the cartoon penguins, you can see Bert's legs and some of the "real" scenery through the cartoon penguins in some shots.
The second time that all the Banks's furniture is moved by Admiral Boom's cannon, you can see a vase sitting on a column rock back and forth, and then be pulled back to its original position by a string.
When the four carousel horses are lined up, you can see Dick Van Dyke's cable.
When Mary Poppins pops out of the Banks's chimney, a cable supporting her can be seen against the sky.
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During the "Supercali..." song, when Bert and Mary sing "The biggest word you ever heard and this is how it goes..." Mary's head becomes slightly transparent and you can see the animation behind her. This goof might only be on the remastered 2004 DVD version.
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During the "Step in Time" number when the chimney sweeps pop out of the chimneys, in one scene all three sweeps are seen coming up behind the chimneys and not out of them.
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During the "I Love to Laugh" sequence, the strings attached to Michael are clearly visible in front of Mary's face when he first takes off. Later, the strings lifting Mary are visible when she joins the others at the table - showing that they are attached to her at the waist, just below her pocket.
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