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Anachronisms 

The Kings often remark that it is the 14th century. In another scene, we see fireworks being set off. Fireworks were not used for entertainment until the 16th century.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Aurora is singing in the forest and when the little blue bird "kisses" her on her cheek, we hear her voice start singing a split-second before her mouth moves.
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When the fairies change into peasant clothes, Merryweather does not speak the first half of her line, "And we can use our magic to help us."
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Character error 

When Prince Phillip is caught in the thorns, Merryweather uses her magic to untangle him. A split second after she has freed him, Flora and Fauna arrive and use their magic on the branch, even though he is uncaught.
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When Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are flying quickly back to the cottage, they are glowing in their respective colors (red, green, and blue). However in a close-up, Flora is glowing green, while Fauna is glowing red.
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Continuity 

Flora's eyes change from green to brown and back to green during the movie, and this was not corrected for the DVD or blu-ray release.
The tiara given to Aurora by the three fairies has no jewels, but later on, when Maleficent shows the fallen figure of Aurora to the fairies, the tiara has rubies in it. They disappear when Prince Phillip and Aurora are descending the stairwell before they start waltzing.
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After King Hubert attacks King Stefan with a fish, he sheaths the fish in his belt. In the next shot of King Hubert, seconds later, the fish has vanished.
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While preparing for Briar Rose's birthday party, the three fairies lock the front door. When Briar Rose returns from picking berries, she opens the door easily.
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Flora closes the drapes to the tower bedroom Aurora sleeps in, but throughout the rest of the movie, the drapes are open.
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During his revelation of the living palace he has had built for Aurora and Phillip, King Hubert places a bottle of wine at the end of the buffet table behind an elevated bowl of food, but when he and King Stefan proceed to the center to share a laugh, they separate to reveal that the bottle has disappeared from the end of the table to the center.
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During the song "Once Upon A Dream" in the forest, Briar Rose places her shawl and picnic basket on the log. When it goes back to the log, they both disappear.
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After the good fairies place the sleeping Aurora on the castle tower's bed, we see the bed draped in a dark blue and royal blue coverlet with golden tree branches. But just before Flora closes the drapes, the coverlet has changed to a solid royal blue.
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In distance shots, Aurora and Merryweather both have black eyes, but in close-ups, they have blue.
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The second time Merryweather turns the dress blue, we see Flora putting a sash around the waist. In the next shot of the dress, the sash is gone.
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While getting out the fabric to make Aurora's dress, Flora gets out a roll of purple fabric as well as a roll of pink. Neither of her two attempts at making the dress has any purple on it.
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In the 'Once Upon a Dream' sequence Aurora's eyes are black but at the end after Prince Philip kisses her and she opens her eyes, they are blue.
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Factual errors 

The opening credits list the late 17th-century Charles Perrault version of Sleeping Beauty (La Belle au bois dormant/Beauty sleeping in the woods) as the basis of the film. However, the film is much closer to the early 19th-century Brothers Grimm (Jacob Grimm und Wilhelm Grimm) version of the same story: Dornröschen (Little Briar Rose).

Plot holes 

Everyone knows that the curse was due to be cast by sunset on Aurora's 16th birthday, so why didn't the fairies just wait an extra day? They also could have transformed Aurora into a shrubbery or something on the last day just to be extra cautious. The dusk walk back to the castle was especially conspicuous.
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The three fairies have been living with Aurora in the cottage for 16 years, seemingly self-sufficient. But in all this time, Flora has NO idea how to sew, and Fauna can't even follow simple directions for a cake?
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

After Maleficent transforms into the dragon, we see Prince Phillip charge at her at full speed. When he's knocked off his horse, Sampson, he charges towards Maleficent and disappears. Seconds later Maleficent destroys the bridge, and somehow Sampson is back in the thorn bushes.
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