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Anachronisms 

In the song "I've Never Seen Anything Like It", Doctor Dolittle claims that the Pushmi-pullyu climbs up and down Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest was not named "Mt. Everest" until 1865. Similarly, the song "Fabulous Places" contains a reference to Tasmania; Tasmania was called "Van Dieman's Land" until 1856.
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Matthew Mugg plots to break Dr. Dolittle out of jail by blowing up the road with dynamite. The film is set in 1845; dynamite was invented in 1866.
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Character error 

When considering ways to change the course of the island, the Doctor says elephants cannot swim. In fact, elephants are excellent swimmers.
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Continuity 

During "Talk With the Animals" at night, no trees are outside the window. When the sun comes up, a tree's leaves are clearly visible.
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Throughout the film, Stubbins' hair changes very noticeably from neatly trimmed above the ears to quite shaggy, and back.
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Dr. Dolittle escapes to the coast with a seal disguised as his grandmother. Soldiers stop their coach at a bridge. The coach in front of them crosses the same bridge three times.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the dolphin retrieves the doctor's hat, the camera and crew are reflected in the water
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Errors in geography 

In opening credits, a Bactrian camel, with two humps, is shown in front of the Egyptian pyramids. African and Middle Eastern camels are dromedaries, with one hump.
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Factual errors 

"Sea Star Island" is a floating island that moves around, yet it has an active volcano on it. To be active, a volcano must be connected to a source of magma.
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When Shelia the fox and her pups are shown, the baby foxes are clearly Chihuahua and Pomeranian puppies.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the pushme-pullyu first appears on camera, there is an obvious split in the middle of its fur. The two sides are even a different color.
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When the Flounder is first seen "sailing," not only are the sails hanging limp, there is an obvious stirring behind the ship from its propeller, indicating that it's being powered by an engine.
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