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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In "Kidnap the Sandy Claws," just before Lock launches Barrel across the room, Lock is singing and his words are aligned. But when Barrel begins to sing, Lock's lips are moving to the words that Barrel should be singing. Barrel's lips don't move at all.
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Character error 

Right before the three Mr. Hydes joins the search party for Jack to report that he just searched the pumpkin patch, you can see his foot is already in frame, ready for him to come into frame.
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After researching many books and stories about Christmas, Jack continues to call Santa Claus "Sandy Claws". He should know what the correct spelling of his name is.
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Jack emphasizes to Lock, Shock and Barrel that their mission to kidnap Santa is top secret, and no one can know. However, when they first return (mistakenly with the Easter Bunny), Behemoth is present but Jack isn't concerned about him.
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After Jack orders Lock, Shock, and Barrel to kidnap Santa, they immediately set off, and by the very next scene, they are already back with a wrong catch (the Easter Bunny). Jack points them then into the right direction, and the trio start their "mission" anew. However it takes an inexplicably long time for them to return, more than 30 days, in fact. Considering that they managed to kidnap the real Santa Claus in mere seconds and how quickly they caught the Easter Bunny earlier, it shouldn't have taken them so long.
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Santa Claus prepares the presents and his sleigh first, but only then checks which children were good and naughty. It would make more sense the other way around, unless he wanted to hand out presents randomly.
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Continuity 

When Jack's telling the people about Christmas Town, some of them keep switching places. The "Clown with the tear-away face" is in the first line at the start, then later in the second line, then back in the first line, only on the other side; the guy with snake fingers goes to the first line to the second one, then back again; the werewolf switches place with the devil, etc.
During "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws" Shock has black gloves that disappear and re-appear throughout the song.
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In some shots, the 'Man Under the Stairs' has visible nipples on his chest, in some shots, they are missing.
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Sally's trick spoon (with holes) becomes whole in the shot after she dips it into Dr. Finkelstein's soup.
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Near the end of the movie, when Jack puts a kid on the Mayor's hat, he's doing it from the left, both his arms are on the left of the hat. In the next shot, he's holding the kid with his arms from both sides of the hat.
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When Sally is raising the basket up to Jack's window Jack is writing on the chalkboard. When he stops writing the chalk he is holding disappears.
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When Jack opens the Christmas door, he places his right hand on the third from the bottom tree bough. In the reverse shot, his right hand is on the bottom tree bough.
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When the citizens of Halloween Town gather up for the town meeting, the megaphone on the roof of the Mayor's car changes position during the clip.
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When the cannons are being raised to shoot at Santa Jack, there are search lights in the background. When the cannons start firing, the positions of the lights jump, and they stop their sweeping motion.
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During the song "Making Christmas", some of the characters are building a ramp on which the Mayor rides the snow-mobile that Jack brought. After the small hairy Cyclops puts his piece of the ramp into its place, the 'Clown with the Tear-away Face' does the same with another piece, and the Cyclops suddenly disappears at this point. He pops up again on the other side of the screen at the end of the shot.
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After Sally lifts the basket up to Jack and he opens the bottle, the basket is seen on the window sill. But, after he leans out the window to thank Sally, the basket has somehow vanished.
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When Jack falls after running into the Christmas Town sign's pole, there is a hole in the snow for his umbrella. However, he did not have it coming up the hill, as he left it hanging right after the line "the smell of cakes and pies are absolutely everywhere".
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During the town hall scene, both of the witches are circling Jack when he sings about the present. When the Clown takes it away from him, the big witch is suddenly sitting in the crowd.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During Jack's Lament on top of the hill, the light being used as the moon can be seen.
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Plot holes 

The movie starts by opening the Halloween door in the woods to get to Halloween Town. When Jack walks through the woods and finds Christmas Town, he gets to the Holiday Doors without coming back out of the Halloween Town door.
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Revealing mistakes 

As the Mayor turns on the reflector light at the town meeting, some bats fly off it, scared by the sudden light. Here you can clearly see the wires that they are suspended by.
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When Jack is in Christmas Town, at one part he jumps across from house to house. For about several frames, you can see wires suspending the puppet.
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After he discovers Christmas Town, Jack accidentally stumbles down a hillside. All the lights of the town overlap his body, yet those are supposed to be far away in the background.
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When Jack flips a coin to the street musicians, the wire holding the coin up is visible for several frames.
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As Jack is kneeling in the snow upon his entry into Christmas Town, small black debris is noticeable at 14:31 for about a second next to his knee.
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During Oogie Boogie's song, when he gets to the line "Would someone shut this fella' up?", the camera noticeably lurches a bit. You can tell, because the objects in the background shift position ever so slightly.
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In the cemetery scene, as Jack sings and gets to the line "And I just can't wait until next Halloween", you can briefly see the wires supporting him shining against the background.
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During the song "Kidnap the Sandy Claws", after Shock sends a cage with a bug inside of it to Oogie Boogie, you can see the wires holding up the cage as it bounces upon reaching its destination. And when Lock places Barrel onto a catapult, you can see the metal "skeleton" of Barrel cambering the puppet's feet. Finally, there is a piece of debris next to Barrel when he rises up (as Shock shows them a black box) that disappears.
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When Sally returns to Dr. Finkelstein's home to get her arm back, the doctor enters, as the lamp he's carrying "lights up" the entrance he comes from. However, when Sally starts back up the ramp, and Doctor Finkelstein follows, it is quite apparent that the light wasn't the lamp, itself; rather it was placed behind the wall of the ramp. This is revealed when the light casts a shadow on both Doctor Finkelstein and Sally; it would be impossible for the lamp to cast their shadows in that direction, as the light is supposed to come from that direction in the first place.
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As Jack ponders the holiday doors, the Easter door appears to the right of the Thanksgiving door. Later as he approaches the Christmas door, it is now to the right of the Thanksgiving door and the turkey is facing the other way (the first shot was probably flipped).
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In the Halloween song you can see strings against the moonlight holding up the bats that fly from the moon.
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When Sally is picking the petals off of the dead flower on top of the spiral hill at the end of the movie, the petals disappear when she drops them.
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At the end of the "Making Christmas" song, when the kid throws the last present into Jack's sleigh, the unmoving shadow on the bottom of the screen changes shape from one frame to the next.
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As Sally ducks behind a well to hide from Dr. Finklestein (during Jack's assigning of tasks), one of the well's capstones tilts down a bit with a smooth motion through at least a few dozen frames of this stop-action film.
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When Sally gets dizzy from the fumes of the stew, the steam rising from the pot briefly overlaps her, even though it's supposed to be behind her.
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When the Mayor greets the musicians outside of Jack's place, the upper right corner of the background becomes lighter as a shadow suddenly disappears.
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When Dr. Finkelstein is making the skeleton reindeer and discovers the skull, the skull isn't really near him, as you can tell by the shadows on the back wall (the skull doesn't have a shadow). It suddenly pops into existence as the camera lowers itself (the skull's shadow is now visible).
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Wires are visible holding up the scorpions that jump onto Barrel's head.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Oogie Boogie has a snake for a tongue. There are some scenes when you can't see it inside his mouth when he opens it, especially in his final scene, when he is revealed to be literally a sack full of insects and falls apart - only insects are seen, no snake.
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