The Nutcracker

Continuity mistake: When the father takes the Nutcracker out of the tree, there is a bowl of nuts on the very edge of the table behind him. After the close up of him saying, "let me show you how it works first." It cuts to a different angle as he bends down to grab a nut, and the bowl has moved half way across the length of the table.

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Continuity mistake: When the father pulls down the Nutcracker from the tree, a bowl of nuts suddenly appears on the table that was not there in any of the previous shots showing the table.

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Continuity mistake: After the bell is rung, Marie and Fritz run over to where their gift from Godfather Drosselmeier is, still hidden under a veil by their parents. As they do, they rub past a table that is by the window, which is a considerable distance away from the Christmas tree by a few feet. But when Drosselmeier points out the Nutcracker hanging in the tree, the table is suddenly at most right up next to the tree.

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Continuity mistake: When the toy castle is unveiled, the drawbridge is facing towards the Christmas tree, and is the same way in pretty much all the shots it is shown. But when Fritz scoffs and says "well it's kinda interesting" he walks off towards the tree. In the shot showing him heading to the tree, the drawbridge is suddenly facing the door, perpendicular to the tree.

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Continuity mistake: Godfather Drosselmeier switches on the mechanisms in the toy castle to make the figures inside and around it begin moving as music begins playing from it as well. The soldier on the tower begins spinning around the tower. But after the kids look at it for a moment and then Fritz begin a asking in Drosselmeier to make the soldiers in it do different things, the figures have stopped moving, and in some shots disappear. Yet the music is still playing from the castle and the sounds of the mechanical components moving can still be heard.

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Continuity mistake: When the father pulls the cover off the toy castle that's Drosselmeier's gift to Marie and Fritz, there are no soldiers visible in or on any of the towers. But when there is a close up of Marie asking how Drosselmeier got in, there is a soldier on the tower next to her head. Then the camera cuts to a different angle as Drosselmeier approaches and the same tower is visible, but with no soldier.

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Continuity mistake: After you hear Godfather Drosselmeier off screen say, "That's not amazing!" the camera then cuts to him walking in the door to the living room. Beside the door on a mantel is a large round vase with a bushy green plant in it, and there is a picture frame on the wall with a red picture in it. Then it cuts to a close up of Drosselmeier saying "I'll show you amazing." Suddenly the vase is much smaller and shaped like a cup, the plant is now flowers, tulips by the looks of them, the picture in the frame on the wall turns blue with clouds in it, and a stand up picture frame and green box suddenly appear on the mantel next to the vase.

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Other mistake: After Marie and Fritz take off to the Christmas tree in the first scene where they talk to their parents, Fritz is shown pulling toy soldiers off the tree to play with. In the first shot of the tree, Fritz stands back up from the toys he has already taken down and reaches for another one. There is nothing in his hands. The spot he reaches for has nothing in it, but as soon as his hands reach that part, a toy soldier suddenly appears in the spot he touches, without the camera cutting. And then in the next shot he bends down and puts his hands on his toys as if he is placing the toy soldier with the rest, but there is again nothing in his hands.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the film when it is showing several townsfolk mingling in the snowy streets, a horse drawn carriage with a driver and a woman holding a present goes by a brick house. A few shots later after you see a guy waving, the same carriage with passengers goes by, again in the same direction.

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Continuity mistake: When Marie and Nutcracker are in Christmas Wood, some shooting stars fall to them and turn into sugar plums. In the first shot there are 3 of them, but when it cuts to the next shot where they turn into plums, suddenly there are 5. Then when the plums come down and begin circling around Nutcracker and Marie, there are 8 of them.

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Continuity mistake: In Marie's bedroom, the finials atop the tall cabinet beside the door appear and disappear, and when Marie gets out of bed while Nutcracker and Mouse King duel, the cabinet now has an additional pediment.

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Continuity mistake: After the bell is rung, when Marie and Fritz rush over to their parents the tall cabinet has a flat top, but once the toy castle is uncovered there's a pediment atop the cabinet, which vanishes and reappears in following shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Fritz breaks Nutcracker's teeth, Marie removes the ribbon bow from her waist and wraps the ribbon around Nutcracker's mouth. When Marie walks to the cabinet we see the back of her dress minus the bow as it should be, but when Marie walks toward the clock the bow returns to the back of her dress. It then vanishes and reappears in following shots.

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Continuity mistake: While Godfather Drosselmeier is sitting on the clock talking to Marie, she has a bow in her hair, but when she turns around to see the mice the bow has vanished, then it reappears.

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Continuity mistake: While the Mouse King and Nutcracker are in the midst of the sword fight, in the closeup a long drapery cord has suddenly appeared in front of the draperies which wasn't there in the wideshot, and after Nutcracker uses the cord it vanishes just as quickly.

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Continuity mistake: While the Mouse King and Nutcracker are fighting, when Marie wakes up we see the stuffed toys are at the foot of her bed and the wardrobe doors have handles. However, when she walks toward the door, the four stuffed toys have vanished, and the wardrobe handles are missing.

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Marie Stahlbaum: Gosh, this is the most wonderful Christmas ever!
Fritz Stahlbaum: Look at all these presents! I didn’t think we were good enough this year to get all this!
Marie Stahlbaum: Well… you weren’t. But I make up for it.
Fritz Stahlbaum: Ha ha, Marie. Watch it or I’ll have my soldiers attack.
[Fritz fires a toy cannon.]
Marie Stahlbaum: Uh! I am just tooooo scared for words.

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