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(2003)

Goofs

Crew or equipment visible 

When Santa moves the sleigh while Buddy is putting on the turbine engine to get away from the Central Park Rangers, Buddy flails, making it obvious that he is lying down on a softer padding than the floor.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Jovie is singing in the shower, after Buddy joins in she stops singing but her voice can still be heard.
The raccoon that attacked Buddy makes the sound of a monkey.

Character error 

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's concert in Central Park was in 1981, not 1985 as the news anchor says when talking about the "Central Park Rangers".
At the end of the movie when Buddy is reading his story to a group of children he says aloud that he "passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, through the sea of TWIRLY SWIRLY gum drops", however the book from which he is reading clearly reads that he passed through the sea of "SWIRLY TWIRLY gumdrops". The previous two times he recounted the story, once to Walter, Michael, and Emily at the dinner table at their first meeting and then to the mail room guy in the mail room, he referred to it as the "sea of SWIRLY TWIRLY gumdrops".
At the beginning of the film, no nurse would really give a baby a bottle and then leave him alone with it in his cot.

Continuity 

When Emily is eating the breakfast that Buddy made her, an utensil switches between being in the bowl to on the table between shots.
After Miles Finch attacks Buddy, he leaves the boardroom and slams the door. As he does so, a picture falls off the wall, but it is back in place in the next shot.
During the boardroom meeting with Miles Finch, a chair repeatedly moves between shots.
The position of the blue book in the executive's hand behind Buddy when he first meets and sings for his father changes repeatedly between shots.
The size of Miles Finch's black notebook changes. The book held by Eugene later in the movie is obviously much wider than when we see Miles's book for the first time.
When the nun puts Buddy in his crib she covers him up. The close-up shot of Buddy shows the blanket down around his kicking feet. In the next shot, the blanket is back up under his arms.
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In the scene in Central Park when Santa is trying to fix his sleigh, the trap door is open but when Michael comes to help Santa, Santa asks Michael to open the trap door for him.
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In Central Park, while trying to fix Santa's sleigh, we see Buddy through the trap door. But in the long shot, as the sleigh rises off the ground a few feet, Buddy has disappeared. This happens several times in the scene.
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When Walter and Emily are talking in their room, and Walter is lying on the bed, his legs change position between shots.
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When Buddy and Michael take cover behind the snow bank during the snowball fight, rips in Buddy's tights can be seen in his inner thigh area during one shot, but not in the others.
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When Emily is eating the spaghetti for breakfast, you can see the amount of sauce on the pasta changes between shots.
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Buddy's date with Jovie takes place during the night. In the next scene in Walter's office, it is obviously day; however, Buddy is still wearing the same clothes from the date.
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When baby Buddy is in his crib, he kicks off his blanket so you can clearly read "Little Buddy Diapers". The blanket is covering him completely in the next shot.
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When the nun puts Buddy down he has a bottle, but when we next see him the bottle is gone.
When Walter and Buddy are in the "tickle fight" on the bed, there is a red piece of yarn or fluff that moves around Walter's shirt from shot to shot.
When Buddy is at the apartment having dinner with the family, the coke bottle is near Michael's right hand. When Buddy goes to drink the coke it is right next to him. He never asks for the coke to be passed.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Buddy chases Michael down the street from the school, a crew member in a yellow hat can be seen trying to duck back behind a doorway of a house on the street.
Lights are visible in the office and mailroom scenes.
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Factual errors 

The trucks on the skateboard that Santa gives Michael are facing the same way. It would be impossible to turn like that; a skateboard is put together with the trucks facing opposite each other.
After Buddy was arrested for assaulting the store Santa, he was let out pretty easily. In real life, Buddy wouldn't be released out so easily, as when he was booked at the jail, the NYPD would have been suspicious of the fact that he had no identification and no background (of course, if Buddy insisted he was an elf from the North Pole, the police would have probably thought he was insane and committed him to an asylum).

Revealing mistakes 

When Michael is reading from Santa's list, he recites the names as they are listed. Suddenly, when given a name to "look up", he says "D" and flips pages looking for "D" as if the book is in alphabetical order. However, the names he already read are in no particular order.
After the boardroom meeting when Miles knocked Buddy over onto the floor and the picture fell off the wall, in the next scene the picture is back up on the wall. Also, Buddy is sitting down in an opposite position from the last scene when he got knocked down on the ground.
When Buddy is in the elf classroom, the platform on which Buddy's desk is sitting to aid in forced perspective is visible at the bottom of the screen.
When Jovie is first seen singing in the shower, her body stocking is visible.
When Buddy rides the revolving doors when he first comes to New York, he runs to the curb to throw up in the street trash can. You can see two people on the left waiting for the signal to start walking.
When Buddy discovers Santa in Central Park, a tether holding the lead reindeer in place is plainly visible, running from his harness off the left-hand side of the screen.

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