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Revealing mistakes 

When the dip machine goes through the walls at the end of the movie, the bricks break apart in large slabs, revealing themselves to be fakes.
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Anachronisms 

The Hollywood sign is visible through Eddie Valiant's office window. In 1947 the sign would read HOLLYWOODLAND, The LAND Part of the sign was taken off in 1949.
Film takes place in 1947. The short that Roger and Eddie watch at the theater, Goofy Gymnastics, was not released until two years later. The filmmakers knew this (see trivia).
On Eddie's desk, a picture labeled "Eddie & Teddy on the Road with Dad - 1906" features a prominent "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey" banner. The two circuses weren't merged until 1919.
Roger runs past a 1966 Gottleib "Hurdy Gurdy" pinball machine.
Many of the liquor and beer bottles were of an incorrect shape or had labels that were not used for another couple of decades. Examples being the Wild Turkey he shoots with the tomahawk bullet and the Budweiser behind the bar when Doom tries to apprehend Roger.
During the scene where the taxi is chased by the weasels, the taxi springs into the air to mount a road on a bridge. For a short clip, yellow road stripping can be seen. Los Angeles and California, while having double striping down the center used white paint until the early 1960s when they introduced yellow. Dashed center lines would have remained white until the 70s.
In the scene where the taxi is about to mount the road on the bridge, a modern day lamp post can be seen. While this design 'may' have been around in 1947, it would have been brand new, and unlikely to have been placed on an obscure road.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Roger was reading the love letter, Eddie leaves the screen. When Roger said "obviously" his mouth didn't move at all.
When Eddie says, "What? What do I look like? A stenographer?", his mouth doesn't match at all. He was saying something else.
As Eddie Valiant drags R.K. Maroon to the Movieola, Maroon says "I'm a cartoon maker, not a murderer." The close-up of Eddie and Maroon at the Movieola occurs just as Maroon is saying "murderer", but he is not speaking.
When Eddie Valiant smacks Roger Rabbit in the back of his head at the movie theater, the sound of the smack starts before Eddie Valiant's hand hits Roger's head.
When Eddie Valient is first leaving R. K. Maroon's office, he looks to see the man playing the saxophone for the Fantasia brooms. Yet, the sax player is not moving his fingers, but merely holding the sax. He is not playing it at all, just moving around.
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To save money, they use a synthesizer instead of a real saxophone at the studio scene when the brooms are dancing.
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Character error 

Doom tells the weasels they will die laughing like their "idiot hyena cousins". Weasels and hyenas are not related, they belong to completely separate families of animals (Mustelidae and Hyaenidae respectively).
When Judge Doom is looking for Roger in the terminal bar, the menu behind him, says 'Todays Special', missing the apostrophe.
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Continuity 

Eddie's toon gun becomes a live-action prop after entering the alley at Toontown.
Eddie's nosebleed and lip-bleed suddenly disappear.
When the Weasels pull up to Eddie's apartment, the Weasels' car completely hides the Fire Hydrant. The next time we see it, the Hydrant is visible (there was no one in the vehicle to move it).
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When Roger crashes through the window, there are only two fragments left at the bottom of the frame. In the next shot (when the blind falls off), the pane is complete except for a Roger-shaped hole.
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Just before Eddie Valiant goes into the Terminal Bar, sunlight reappears on a wall behind him, even though the sun has already set.
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The lid of the wooden crate tipped over by the cops in the ACME warehouse alternates between being upside down and right side up between shots.
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When Eddie Valiant sits on the back of the trolley car, the overhead power grid is visible and connected to the car. When he gets off, the connector rods are sticking up into thin air with no grid anywhere.
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In the first visit to the ACME warehouse, Eddie pushes the boxing glove mallet with two hands, but in the next shot he is using only one hand (though it is presented as though it's the same action).
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After Eddie shows the guy the check at the bus, he folds it, in the next shot, he folds it again.
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Eddie Valiant's collar as Dolores talks about Cloverleaf buying Toontown.
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After Roger drinks the chili sauce he is propelled to the built-in ironing board. As he approaches the board, an iron can be seen inside, from his point of view. After that the iron disappears.
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As the Toon Squad car bursts into the Acme warehouse, the weasels can be seen sticking their heads out the windows. In the close-up of the car stopping they are gone.
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The "Rabbit Dip" writing on the chalkboard in the bar changes slightly between shots.
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In the opening cartoon a number of kitchen implements and food items litter the floor. These disappear in later frames.
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When the weasels enters Eddie Valiant's apartment to find Roger, the weasel known as Smart-Ass holds a real gun. When he walks up to Eddie, the gun has a shadow, but Smart-Ass doesn't. In the next shot, he has a shadow as well.
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When Maroon is trying to coax Eddie to take the detective job during their first meeting, Eddie goes for the glass whiskey decanter on the right. He pours himself a few sips of whiskey, an amount so small that the bottle's still very full when he puts it down. However, after Dumbo scares him and makes him drop to the floor, you see the whiskey decanter again, now missing a significantly noticeable amount of whiskey.
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As the Dipmobile crashes through the brick wall leading to ToonTown heavy smoke can still be seen rising out of the Dipmobile's supposedly empty storage tank.
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When Maroon gets shot in the back, Eddie's hat falls off when he rolls behind the chair. But when he gets up from behind the chair, his hat is back on his head.
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When Betty Boop talks to Eddie at the club, she sets down her cigarette tray and a "clunk" noise is heard, like it is being set on a table. It then cuts to a longer shot, and there is no tray nor a table to set it on near Betty.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Assistant director visible in reflection in trolley car window as Eddie leaves the studio lot after his first visit to Maroon's office.
When Eddie and Roger escape from the Weasels in the bar, they run to the Weasels' truck. Roger squeezes through the slot to find Benny and the love letter pops out. You can see a crew member's black gloved hand shove the letter through to Eddie.
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After Roger spots the weasels from Eddie's office and goes into a frenzy, he pulls Eddie under the bed because they are cuffed together. You can clearly see the trolley placed under Eddie to make it seem like he was sliding on the floor.
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Factual errors 

During the scene where Eddie Valiant and Roger hides in the secret room in the bar for the first time, Eddie hands Dolores a picture of Acme's will. The picture however is cropped and only shows his pocket with the will in it. Yet from the moment Eddie first notices the will on the picture on the news paper, and until he hands the picture to Dolores, there is no time that he would have had the time to crop the photo. Back in 1947 to crop the image he would have had to re-process the photos from the negatives, and he did not have the time to do so between the two scenes.
In one scene, a Pacific Electric Red Car is seen passing by with both of its trolley poles raised. The pole pointing forward would likely jump the wire and severely damage the overhead wire supports.
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California State Highway 110, the state's first freeway, was already carrying traffic in 1947.
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Throughout the movie the streetcar tracks are shown as merely railheads slightly higher than pavement level. All in-street rail requires a flangeway for the wheel flanges that keep the wheels on the track. Typically, grooved rail or girder rail would be used.
If the water from the fire hydrants could wash away the dip, then the dip itself (which is just as real as the water) would have already drained away.

Miscellaneous 

In the end credits the location of Cannon's studio is written as "Hertz". It should be "Herts.", an abbreviation of Hertfordshire.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Some of the "toons" living in Toon Town were not created in the real world until after 1947. In the movie's world they were already living in Toon Town, and not "discovered" until 1949, 1953, and the other years when they made their specific debuts.
A bar patron introduces Judge Doom to his invisible rabbit friend, Harvey. While the movie was not produced by 1947, it was already a play in 1944.
Set in 1947, the movie features the Singing Sword bearing the likeness of Frank Sinatra that croons several bars of the Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh song "Witchcraft", which wasn't written, and which Sinatra didn't record, until 1957. But that's in our universe; perhaps it was already a big hit in Toon Town, whose residents used Coleman and Leigh as a front to raise some much-needed simoleons by selling the song to Sinatra).
After Roger blows his nose on the handkerchief, it's obvious R. K. Maroon didn't grab the handkerchief out of his hand. It appears he was reaching down to get the handkerchief. However, Maroon's handkerchief would have presumably been dirtied by Roger's tears and nose blowing. A person would normally try to retrieve such a handkerchief by taking it gingerly by a place presumed to be unspoiled. This reaction is further verified by the fact that Maroon immediately places the handkerchief in the wastebasket.

Revealing mistakes 

A live-action model was used in the scene in the Ink and Paint club during Jessica's song parts of her were rotoscoped in order to cover the model up. Jessica interacts with Marvin Acme by pinching his cheeks and then taking his handkerchief out of his coat pocket and polishing his head with it. If you look closely, you will see Jessica's hands briefly grow to human proportions as she interacts with Acme. This occurs again when she interacts with Eddie later in the same scene. In fact, there is a tiny glitch in the animation of her hands as they go from rotoscope to animation after she shoves Eddie's hat into his face. Finally, as the camera closes in on Jessica and Eddie in the final moments of the song if you slow down the film speed, you will see Jessica's dress move ahead of her for a few frames to cover the performance model. Again Jessica's hands are rotoscoped as they pull on Eddie's tie.
When the weasels are cutting through the back wall of the ACME, a brick can be seen hovering in the air unsupported.
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As 'toon director Raoul J. Raoul storms off the set carrying his coat, the coat sleeve rises under its own power to meet Roger Rabbit's hand.
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As Eddie and Jessica exit Toontown on Bennie the Cab, the shadow matte on Jessica's dress slips as they exit the frame.
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The first time Roger pops out of Eddie's sink, the water Roger spits out is covered up by the weasel, who is supposed to be in the background.
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As the weasels cross the street to Valiant's office, they disappear behind the window frame in the foreground. Their shadows, however, do not.
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When Roger is jumping on Eddie's bed while reading his love letter, just before the next shot the mattress can be seen sinking before Roger touches down.
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To escape Lena Hyena, Eddie Valiant removes the lane divider on the road to send her crashing into a wall. As the camera pans to the wall, the divider does not move with the camera.
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The matting process cuts off Roger's whiskers in most scenes. Sometimes you see the tips of the whiskers silhouetted against an arm or an ear, but the space in between is blank. (Fixed in the 2003 Vista Series DVD, where the full whiskers are present throughout the movie.)
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When Eddie Valiant gets out of his car in ToonTown and hits the bird flying over his head, the background can be seen through his body.
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When Roger Rabbit drinks the whiskey in the bar while being held at the neck by Judge Doom, the Judge briefly lets go of him, but Roger doesn't fall down. (The moment he let go was when Roger swallows the whiskey, so he presumably opened up his hand to allow space for Roger's neck to get bigger when the whiskey is swallowed. However he may have opened his hand too wide or the animation was not successfully drawn to match the hand movement.)
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When Eddie and Jessica are driving out of toon town in the animated taxi cab, right before they crash into the post, one of the taxi's headlight's can be seen through the post.
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Near the end of the film when Benny the Cab crashes into the lamp post, and he gets up to drive Roger to the ACME warehouse, the lamp post tilts to the side, revealing it to be a fake.
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While Eddie is being questioned by the weasels in his office and Rodger is in the sink, you can clearly see the loop for the guide wire on the weasels pistol (just above his hand).
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When Eddie lowers the hook holding Roger and Jessica, the chain stays still as the hook lowers. It should be moving through the pulley.
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During Baby Herman's discussion with Eddie outside Eddie's apartment/office, Baby Herman hands Eddie a newspaper. When Eddie first takes the newspaper, just before he turns it over, it is clearly visible that most of the bottom front page (i.e., "below the fold") is blank.
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Although the street cars are shown to drive on rails, they are actually decorated buses with rubber tires. This is noticeable through the way they come to a stop: a rail car is unable to stop as abruptly as the cars in the movie, and will not exhibit the typical 'bounce' of a vehicle with tires.
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After Maroon takes the wet handkerchief that Roger blew his nose in, he walks to throw it in the trash. As Maroon is walking, the handkerchief should be wet from Roger blowing his nose and crying, but moves as if it were dry.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Roger arrives at the Acme warehouse to save Jessica, he is carrying the real gun that Eddie took from Maroon and subsequently discarded. It becomes a Toon gun during his confrontation with Doom, however.
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Continuity 

When Judge Doom is melting, he is standing upright, with his body and clothing melting in a pile on top of itself, but when everyone is examining the 'crazy toon', his clothing is laid out, like he was laying down when he melted.

Continuity 

When Judge Doom fights Eddie, he takes the glue-encrusted glove off his right hand. After Doom is hit with dip and starts to melt, he is wearing clean gloves on both hands.
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Continuity 

When Judge Doom stops Eddie from picking up the buzzer, he had his cane in his right hand. In the next shot, it was in his left.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie Eddie just saves himself from being crushed by the steamroller. After he jumps over the steamroller and kicks Doom to the floor you can still see the steamroller driving away from him and Doom. Then Doom gets up and smacks Eddie to the ground and suddenly the steamroller is coming his way. Somehow it has turned 180 degrees.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

It is supposed to be impossible to kill toons any way other than the Dip, yet the weasels die laughing. However, it is stated that the characters *thought* it was impossible to kill a toon. Humans may have been unaware that toons could die from laughter. The Judge does say that the toon weasels' "idiot hyena cousins" died. Alternatively, humans may hire a number of phantom toons, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, and not consider them quite dead enough. When Smart-Ass falls into the Dip, he is not seen turning into an angel like the other weasels, suggesting his fate to be much more serious.

Revealing mistakes 

In the final fight sequence, when Judge Doom is being blown across the room by the cannon spraying acid, the black wires pulling him are clearly visible. (Fixed in the 2003 Vista Series DVD).
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Revealing mistakes 

When Eddie buzzes Judge Doom with Acme's hand buzzer, he shakes Doom's hand with both hands but after he's done, he's holding it with his left hand.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Judge Doom removes his glove, he reveals a toon anvil as a hand, which he then changes into a toon buzzsaw. Supposedly, his gloves were to used to hide his "toony" hands. When Doom gets hit by the stream of dip firing out of the machine, his hand is still bare, but this time it's Christopher Lloyd's real, unanimated hand. When he starts melting, the glove's back on.

Revealing mistakes 

The shadows "cast" by the cartoon characters often do not match the shadows of the real actors in density and definition. This is especially noticeable when Roger confronts Judge Doom and the weasels at the Acme warehouse.

Revealing mistakes 

When Judge Doom is being blown away from the Dip, his stunt double can be seen.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Eddie is making the Weasels laugh, he kicks Smart-Ass in his crotch, whereby Smart-Ass falls into the vat of dip, but the dip seems to have splashed before he even came into contact with it.

Revealing mistakes 

After the climax, Eddie opens a firewater valve to flush away the dip. He turns the valve clockwise. To open a valve of this type, it must be turned counter-clockwise. Even if this was some special reverse-convention valve, note that Eddie turns it the SAME clockwise direction when closing it moments later.

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