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King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the Kong suit roars, it doesn't open its mouth.
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Character error 

In the scene where the Japanese explorers reach the island, their guide speaks to the island natives in their language. In the English dubbed version of the movie, you can clearly tell the guide has two different voices. (When he talks to the natives in their language, it is not dubbed over.)
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In the scene where the soldier is delivering the message that King Kong is on his way to Tokyo, the soldier delivering the message calls General Shinzo General Kenzo.
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The voice actor for Yasuhisa Tsutsumi's character changes mid-line during the "all-night session" conference scene in the U.S. cut.
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Continuity 

During the climactic battle the extensions are taken off the arms of the Kong costume, making them almost a third shorter than in the rest of the movie.
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The arm extensions used for Kong appear and disappear throughout the film, especially when Kong has to pick something up, or when he grabs Godzilla's tail and such in the fight at the end.
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The previous film established Godzilla as a nocturnal creature that is attracted to light. This, as well as all subsequent movies, ignores this.
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The doors of the train cabin that Kong lifts up disappear between shots.
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When the balloons lift up the sleeping Kong, the shine in his eyes reveal that his eyes aren't closed.
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The miniature models of Sakurai and Furue are visible aboard the deck of the ship before the two actually emerge to greet Tako.
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In the stop-motion shot of Godzilla dropkicking King Kong, the miniature monsters puppets look completely different from the suits and puppets used in the rest of the film.
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The face of the King Kong head used for closeups is somewhat wider than that of the suit (look at the skin around the eyes). On the other hand, the head as a whole seems thinner than on the suit.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the natives' fight with the giant octopus, you can see the shadows of the torches and spears on the backdrop.
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Miscellaneous 

In the U.S. version, the English dubbing voices for Mie Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi mispronounce "Hokkaido." James Yagi, who stars in the U.S. inserts, pronounces it properly.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the scenes were Godzilla destroys the train, shots of Godzilla walking towards the train are reused several times, making it look like Godzilla walks to the train, smashes it, then starts walking toward the train all over again.
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You can see the eyes of the stuntman playing Kong through the eyes of the Kong suit head, especially near the end when Kong is unconscious, before he gets struck by lightning, in the close-ups of him laying on the ground while Godzilla is hitting him with his tail.
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The puppet head used for the closeups of Kong does not look much like the head on the Kong suit, especially the eyes. You can see Kong's eyes, pupil and white part in the close up shots, but only plastic reflecting studio lights on the head of the Kong suit.
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The soldiers climbing all over Kong to attach the harness and balloons to him are badly animated "soldiers" (you can see the buildings through them).
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When one of the octopus' tentacles grabs a native (stop-motion) and shakes him around, the native itself is a static doll that does not move (its 'skin' is also much darker than the skin of the human natives around it).
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When being hauled around by the balloons, Kong's right leg is twisted around painfully and sticks out of him at an odd angle. When it cuts to the suit with an actor inside it, the leg is back to its normal shape.
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After Kong throws pieces of the gate at the giant octopus, the camera moves to the side, but the wood superimposed onto the screen is static, it seems to follow the camera.
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An edge of the Toho special effects pool is visible during a shot of Kong aboard the raft.
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In the U.S. cut, the same shot of Downtown Ginza is shown every time the film cuts to the lead actors' apartment buildings (you can tell by the street cars and traffic, which proceed the same direction every time).
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When Kong lands face-first into a bunch of rocks, the rocks bounce around, revealing they're made out of a soft material.
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In a handful of shots, the arm prosthetics used for the Kong suit bend, making it looks like he has two elbows or his forearms are broken.
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