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Anachronisms 

The balloon is not a hot air balloon, but a hydrogen balloon. Such balloons were the only practical balloons of this period, before compact propane fuels were available. They are recognisable by being smaller and spherical, without the lower opening of a hot air balloon. And of course, they don't need a burner.
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Character error 

In the opening scene, Oscar (who is "Oz") is trying to impress his new assistant by offering her a music box owned by his deceased grandmother, "a decorated war hero", a seriously embarrassing English grammatical mistake that no American male would have made when speaking to a female in 1905, for at that time, everyone knew the difference between "hero" and "heroine", and there was no such thing as "political correctness".
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Continuity 

When Oz and Theodora flee from the crash site, Theodora's boots are flat; moments later, when he boosts her into the cave, the boots have high heels.
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When Oz first meets Theordora, his bag disappears from his hands then reappears twice. The first time is when the fairy spits on him and he covers his face, the second is when he conjures the magic flowers.
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When Oz is talking to Glinda about leaving and packing his bag, he puts the deck of cards into his bag and the table is mostly empty. Next shot the cards are laying on the table again. Finally, he picks the deck up for a second time and places them in the bag.
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When Theodora starts to remove her red coat at the camp fire, her pendant disappears between shots.
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When the hot air balloon gets pulled in to the tornado, the top hat is snatched off his head by the wind. When gravity is affected, the hat comes up out of the basket.
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Throughout the movie, the facial hair thickness of the Oz was not as it was at the beginning shots of the movie. The thickness of the hair slightly changed between short to shorter, then back to normal.
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Glinda's hair changes from scene to scene near the end. A string of hair is visible then it disappears.
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In Return to Oz, the sequel to The Wizard of Oz, it's established that the year is 1899. However, the year at the beginning of this film says 1905, even though it's supposed to be a prequel.
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When Oscar is talking to Annie about leaving, the pendant of her necklace is under the bust line of her dress. When she stands up a few moments later, the pendant is visible.
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Theodora bit the apple. The red cloak slipped off her left shoulder then is restored.
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When Theodora and Evanora are on the city wall watching the dummies approach, the broom in Theodora's hand flips over between shots. When facing out, the bristles are down, but when she turns around to yell an order at the baboons, the bristles are up with her hand near them.
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When Oz flees the circus, he escapes by cutting the tether rope that the circus strong man is pulling towards himself. However, in the previous shot, there are clearly two ropes holding the balloon to the ground.
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When Oz and Theodora are standing outside the waterfall, the string on her hat is alternately in front of her ear and behind her ear.
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There's a string on Theodora's hat before and after she and Oz are at the waterfall, but it's missing while they're hiding inside the cave behind it.
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As Oz, Glinda, China Girl and Finley heads towards the protective wall of Emerald City whilst in their protective balloons, Oz panics and shouts Wanda instead of Glinda.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Oz is telling Glinda his battle plan, he hands her a book. She thumbs through the book. In the process, you see the exact same page appear twice. It is the one with the trick box diagram. The wording on the pages is exactly the same.
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The basket of the balloon is about waist high to Oz. It falls into the water and sinks completely. However, when Oz stands up the water only reaches his mid-thigh showing it is much too shallow for the basket to completely sink.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Glinda and the others are standing before the Wizard in the final scene, her shoes are plain white high-heels. When the Wizard takes her behind the curtain they are suddenly bejeweled.
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Factual errors 

The machine which projects a giant image of Oz is based on a 'praxinoscope', and indeed the mirrors can be seen rotating behind him. However, that mechanism is totally irrelevant since what's required is one large stationary mirror in the light path between Oz and the lens to invert the image.
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