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The Jungle Book (1967) Poster

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Continuity 

Although Baloo has only four claws on either hand in most scenes, in a few he also has additional opposable thumbs.
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Character error 

Hathi, a bull Asian elephant, is the leader of the elephant when in reality elephants are a matriarch society. The herd is led by the top cow elephant (Winifred). Once a bull elephant becomes matured, he would either go alone or join a group of other bulls.
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Baloo asks Mowgli to scratch his left shoulder, however when Mowgli scratches him, he scratches his right
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Shere Khan's stripes on his forehead are absent throughout the movie, but are visible during the extreme close up during his entrance.
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Wolf cubs do not wag their tails when they are curious. The tail wag among wolves is largely a sign of submission.
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During the "I Wanna Be Like You" song, King Louie says "One more time!" Baloo appears to be mouthing the words, but his voice isn't heard.
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Continuity 

Colonel Hathi breaks his stick; in the next scene it is intact, then broken again.
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When Colonel Hathi orders the troops to halt it is clear that Winifred is at the front. However, later in the scene, a gray elephant appears to be at the front instead.
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When Bagheera drops baby Mowgli off with the wolf pack, he leaves the basket at the mouth of the cave den. When he leaves the baby, the basket is closed and when he looks back from his hiding place, the basket is open.
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When Shanti is kneeling by the water at the end, singing, as she fiddles with one of her pigtails and flips it back you can see that it is still tied with the purple ribbon. However, the shot right after she fiddles with her other braid shows both ribbons as missing and her hair loose.
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When Baloo is fighting Shere Khan, the landscape is desolate and littered with dead trees. After the fight, when Baloo is lying unconscious with Mowgli and Bagheera looking over him, the landscape is the jungle again, full of live plants and trees.
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When Baloo and Bagheera are trying to rescue Mowgli from the monkeys, Baloo opens a door smashing it against Bagheera. The door has no handle. The next shot is a close-up of Bagheera's head with the door behind it; the door has now a handle.
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When Baloo and Bagheera enter the ruined city to rescue Mowgli, Baloo opens a door which hits Bagheera in the face, giving him a black eye (we see it a couple of shots later when he looks out from behind the door). Moments after that when Bagheera physically tries to retrieve Mowgli, the black eye is gone, only to reappear after all three of them have escaped the city.
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Errors in geography 

The story takes place in India, yet King Louie is an orangutan - they live in Borneo and Sumatra.
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During the "The Bare Necessities" song, Baloo is shown picking the fruit off Prickly Pear cacti - a type of plant that only grows in North America and nowhere near India.
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The monkeys are hanging from their tails in several scenes, but monkeys with grasping tails are only found in South America.
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Set in India, yet the monkeys' ruined city is clearly Cambodian.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After the fight with the monkeys Baloo and Bagheera have black eyes. They seem to be reversed at one point, but that's because they're looking at reflections in a pond.
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