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The Jungle Book (1967) Poster

(I) (1967)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

There are several scene in which the same animation is reused for the Colonel Haiti and his elephants march during the song. Since they sing different lyrics during this piece of animation, the mouth movements do not match what they are saying. This is most noticeable when they cross the water.
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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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Character error 

Baloo asks Mowgli to scratch his left shoulder, however when Mowgli scratches him, he scratches his right
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When Bagheera argues with Baloo, Bagheera incorrectly calls the monkeys "apes". Monkeys have tails and apes do not.
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King Louie shows three fingers instead of two when he tells Mowgli to have two bananas.
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Continuity 

Colonel Hathi breaks his stick; in the next scene it is intact, then broken again.
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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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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 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 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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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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The number of elephants in Harthi's army change between shots. Plus the last three elephants Harthi inspects including the messy haired elephant appear out of nowhere after Harthi breaks his stick.
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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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During "The Bare Necessities", when Baloo sings "I'll tell you something true", he is in the water up to his chest as he throws up his arms, then belly flops out of the water and floats with his front down the river with his arms crossed in front of him. But in the next shot, as he goes over the waterfall, and splashes into the water below, he is sitting right on top of the water holding his toes.
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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.
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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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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Set in India, yet the monkeys' ruined city is clearly Cambodian.
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Despite the film being set in India Hathi's ears resemble those of an African elephant which as the name suggests are native only in Africa.
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During the "Bare Necessities" scene, Baloo is seen picking a papaw fruit. This fruit is native to North America, yet the film is set in India.
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Factual errors 

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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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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Winifred Hathi's mate is apparently the only female elephant in her herd. In real life elephant herds mostly consist of females while males live alone once they reach adulthood though some males also live in 'bachelor' herds.
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Kaa closes his eyes several times in the film but snakes do not have eyelids in real life.
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King Louie lacks the beard and floppy cheeks of a real male orangutan.
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Baloo despite being a sloth bear is about the size of a grizzly bear. Sloth bears are actually one of the smallest bears in the world.
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Hathi claims Sher Kahn is miles away when Bagheera warns him Mowgli is in danger after the boy ran away as the tiger would kill him while alone. In reality elephants like all mammals except humans can smell animal scents from miles away meaning they should be able to detect Sher Khan's scent.
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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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