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Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui (Video 2004) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Toa Lhikan arrives in the district of Ga-Metru, a male voice gasps his name, even though there are only female citizens in Ga-Metru.
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As Turaga Dume says to Toa Vakama "Matoran one day, Toa the next?", his lips continue moving even after he had finished saying the line.
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In several instances, the characters' mouths do not move when they talk.
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In the Great Temple, when the Toa discuss their next move, a shot in which all of them are seen from above is shown twice. Vakama's mouth moves both times, but it is actually Nokama who's speaking when the shot is repeated.
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In the tunnel scene, right before the two separate Toa teams meet up, Onewa repeats his "I'm the one suffering here!" line from an earlier scene, and Whenua also repeats "This whole thing is a load of duty if you ask me!" from another scene. These lines have no reason to be here. They were probably copied here to break the silence and were meant to sound like random murmuring. But they are still audible, and so they awkwardly stand out, since the characters aren't moving their lips and the lines make it sound like they're saying completely random things.
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Turaga Dume's video screen, as he says "Matoran of Metru Nui, you are required to..." is actually recycled footage from a previous scene. Thus his lines don't match the movement of his lips.
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When the three Toa are hanging from the chute, Vakama can be heard making grunts as Matau complains, but his mouth doesn't open.
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When Vakama merges the disks and Nokama tells her that they should go, their breaths visible in the cold don't always match up to when they're talking.
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When Nuju discovers his mask power and exclaims "That's amazing!", Onewa is also mouthing the sentence and even copying Nuju's gestures, as if the animators couldn't tell which of the two was supposed to be saying the line.
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Character error 

Vakama reacts with amazement when the two Great Disks in his hand merge into one. He is a mask-maker, merging two or more discs to make masks out of has always been his job, so he shouldn't be so surprised in this scene.
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Whenua somehow knows that Vakama was the last of them to be visited by Toa Lhikan, even though Vakama never told that to anyone.
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Whenua complains "When I woke up, all I had to worry about was cataloging", apparently suggesting all his adventures as a Toa happened within the span of a single day. But according to the wider Bionicle canon, at least a month has passed since then by the time this scene happens. So unless Whenua spent that whole month awake or if he was just being ironic, his sense of time is far off.
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Continuity 

When Vakama takes a last look at Metru Nui, the other Toa are missing from the background.
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Vakama falls onto Lhikan's shield with his back, yet in the following shots, he is lying on it on his stomach. He had no time to roll over, as he would have fallen off that way.
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There is a minor editing goof that occurs during the final confrontation between Vakama and Makuta. After Makuta pulls a chunk of rock towards himself and smashes it to pieces, the shot ends with an odd frame that doesn't correspond with the following shot. Makuta can be seen standing in a totally different position from the waist-up, whereas the next shot is a closeup of his face.
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The characters react with shock when Matau's blades turn into wings and save him from a fall. However, in the comics, he has already used his blades for flight a while earlier, and the movie was meant to follow the events of the comics.
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When Matau crashes the ship into the giant water-pillar, the ship is flying upwards into the air, even though in the previous shot, there was no indication that if was moving upwards. In fact, since the ship cannot fly and nothing was shown flinging it into the air, it doesn't even make sense for it to be flying in this scene.
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When Vakama points at the Coliseum's video screens, the two Dark Hunters are standing right behind Turaga Dume. In the immediate following shot, they are much farther back and start walking towards Dume.
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Whenua, Onewa and Nuju don't retrieve their tools after breaking out of their cell, but they suddenly have them moments later.
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When Nokama looks inside the capsule, she puts her hand on its window. From another shot, she's holding her hand on the capsule's side.
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The Vahki squad attacking the Toa en route to the Great Temple pop into existence between shots.
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When Turaga Dume's box rises back up, the position of the Toa changes between shots.
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Some characters have less detail in certain scenes. Most noticeably, Vakama's mask appears slightly blocky in some shots, while it is more smooth in others (look at the rim on the back of his mask).
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When Vakama orders Matau to drive the transport over the bridge, he's standing behind Onewa on a lower section of the machine. A moment later, he's on the same level as and in front of Onewa, as they duck for cover. Then in the next shot, both Vakama and Onewa are side by side, in a standing pose.
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After Onewa smashes the water pillar, he lands in the front of the craft, but following a couple of shots, he is gone. Then, when Vakama orders Nuju to lift him up to the cliff, Nuju suddenly appears next to him, even though he wasn't there before.
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When Makuta tells Vakama that he could have "many destinies", the fog is barely moving. As it cuts to Vakama, the fog is moving faster.
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The Vahki standing behind Dume are suddenly gone when Dume's box begins to rise.
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When Krekka and Nidhiki attack the Toa's transport, Nidhiki can't be seen in the shots with Krekka and Krekka can't be seen when the shot shows Nidhiki, even though both of them are standing on the top of the vehicle.
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When Onewa mind-controls Krekka to grab Nidhiki, they are in the back of the transport. When they jump off in the following shot, they are suddenly in the front and flying towards the back.
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After Vakama breaks the mask he's making and jumps back, there's visibly nothing on his worktable. After that, he picks up the masks's parts from the table.
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Vakama throws the broken mask into a nearby mask-pile. The pile then disappears.
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The little drone that carries part of the broken mask away disappears when the scene cuts to Lhikan standing in the same area.
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When Nidhiki starts firing his blasts at Lhikan in Vakama's foundry, they are on the second floor, even though just seconds before, they were standing on the first.
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Dume puts the disk into Vakama's extended hand as he leaves. In the next shot, Vakama suddenly has his hands held behind his back.
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The energy bolts that turn the Matoran into Toa knock them off their feet. In the immediate following shot, Onewa and Whenua are up and standing.
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The positions of the Toa constantly change back and forth when they present the disks to Turaga Dume.
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As the vortex sucks him in, Nuju appears far too small.
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The large vortex that captures Nuju, Onewa and Whenua disappears from the background when Vakama brings down the statue.
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The Vahki chase Nokama and her mount through a narrow passageway. However in one shot, there's a solid rock wall in the background as the Vahki run toward them. After that, they're running through the passageway again.
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When Nivawk lands on Dume's balcony, Dume's hands are behind his back. In the next shot, he's holding his right fist out to the front.
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When the Toa are riding the Kikanalo, the establishing shot is repeated at the end of the scene, making it look like they've passed the same way twice.
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The pistons from the sides of Nokama's blade disappear when she uses the blade as a hook to latch onto the metal ring in the transport chute.
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When the Toa and Lhikan rush toward the vehicle in the cave to escape from the Vahki, Lhikan suddenly has his cloaked helmet on his head.
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As Makuta lets a huge pillar of water fall on the Toa's transport, its shadow falls on them at first, but in the next shot, there is no shadow.
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The chute station's windows look different from the inside than from the outside.
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Errors in geography 

When Nidhiki and Krekka harass a green Matoran (Kongu, as revealed by the credits), the scene takes place in an chute-station in the ice-region of Ko-Metru. This doesn't make sense, as Kongu works in a Le-Metru (air-region) station, and he is also a Matoran of Air and not Ice. In the novelization, this scene correctly takes place in Le-Metru.
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Between breaking out of the Coliseum in the middle of the city, and reaching the Great Temple in Ga-Metru on the east side of the city, the heroes can be seen driving their transport vehicle through a village in Po-Metru. However, Po-Metru is situated up north and wouldn't be en-route to Ga-Metru.
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Factual errors 

When Nokama and the other five Matoran walk up to the Toa Suva in the Temple, she places her Toa Stone into the Ice section of the Suva. However, she is a Water Matoran, and becomes a Toa of Water afterwards (so using an Ice power to achieve this would be impossible within the laws of Bioncle). The correct Matoran to use the Ice section would be Nuju, who is an Ice Matoran.
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All the metrus (regions) of the city of Metru Nui, bar Po-Metru, are written without hyphens, which is an incorrect spelling.
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Miscellaneous 

When the pillar of rock crashes onto Onewa, you can see that there is a water-symbol carved into it. But the scene takes place in Po-Metru, the district of stone, not water. It should be a stone-symbol.
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Nokama shouts "Hang on!" when the flow changes direction inside the chute she, Vakama and Matau are traveling in. The chute is filled with liquid, and they have to hold their breaths, so she wouldn't have been able to shout.
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Nokama turns to Vakama with a very bitter and angry expression when Turaga Dume dismisses his suggestion that collecting the Great Disks would prove that they are capable heroes, even though she was the one who supported Vakama in the first place and convinced the others to go looking for the Disks.
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When the three escaped Toa arrive at the platform's edge, they are shown standing in the middle of the metal frame at the platform's tip. But since there is a wide gap between the platform's base and the bar that they're standing on, technically they should be standing on the sides of the frame not the middle. They are also seen moving forward before the stop, making it look like they magically crossed that gap instead of circling around it.
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When Nuju discovers his Great Disk, his hip and torso are moving wholly separately and his midsection stretches like rubber.
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When the Vahki are running toward the Toa in the tunnel, for a couple of frames a strange rectangle rises from the bottom right half of the screen that "blots out" the dust.
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At several points in the movie, the frame-rate drops severely and the screen also pixelates at times. The movie was probably rushed, so a lot of shots weren't rendered properly.
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When the Toa start piling up the disks into Vakama's hands, Nokama jerks from standing still to her walking animation abruptly instead of smoothly.
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When Vakama picks up the broken Mask of Time to show it to Dume, he doesn't really pick it up, instead, the mask seems to magically jump into his hands.
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As he's suspended upside-down, Vakama seems to be holding his disk with his mouth, but it's actually under his chin. Yet when he moves his head, the disk moves with it, as if it was really in his mouth.
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Lhikan tilts his head up to look at Krekka one or two seconds before Krekka actually stands up.
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In some shots, mostly in the beginning of the movie, the reflection textures are mapped incorrectly on Vakama's armor. As he moves his head, the reflections for some reason move in unison with it. Most other scenes don't have this error.
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When Vakama shoots out of the vent, the lid of the vent pops off on its own before Vakama slams into it.
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After Nidhiki bursts out of the mask pile in Vakama's workshop, we see that there's a wall behind the masks, so Nidhiki couldn't have feasibly hidden there.
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As Nidhiki says "Krekka, circle right", Krekka's upper body makes a very sudden jerk forward between frames.
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Before Nokama and Vakama start running to help Matau, Nokama's stomach distorts for a moment, then pops back into shape.
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When the lead Kikanalo roars at Nokama, for a moment the flesh connecting its jaws disappear.
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The writing on all the Matoran capsules is misspelled as "capsue".
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Plot holes 

A major theme in the movie is that none of the Toa know what their mask powers are. This makes little sense, seeing as their leader Vakama worked as a mask-maker, was in fact the best mask-maker city-wide, and thus should have been more than aware of what their masks powers were.
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When Turaga Dume says that finding the six Great Disks isn't enough to declare them the city's protectors, all the Toa throw their Disks to Vakama in disappointment, Whenua even declaring "What a waste!" However, the movie was meant to tie into the BIONICLE comic and novel series, in which they had used the Disks to save the city from the evil Morbuzakh plant (which has a cameo earlier in the movie), so they should know that the Disks were indeed worth the time to collect.
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The Vahki fall to their doom when Nokama lures them into a trap, even though they can technically fly.
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Turaga Dume commissions the Mask of Time from Vakama. Yet even after he finds out that Dume was actually the evil Makuta in disguise, for some reason he still continues crafting the mask. Why did Vakama make the mask if he knew the villain wanted it so bad? If he left it unfinished, that would have thrown a wrench into Makuta's evil plot, as far as he knew.
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At first, Makuta claims that he must have the Mask of Time. In another scene, he gleefully monologues that he doesn't need the mask to win. He even attempts to sink the ship that the mask is traveling on. Then, when he steals the mask but loses it thanks to Vakama's doings, he becomes enraged about it and tries to kill him. So, does he need the mask or not? Makuta keeps contradicting himself.
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At the end it's shown that Vahki can fire energy blasts out of their mouth. If so, why did they never use this attack in the previous scenes when they were trying to catch the good guys? They had a clear shot at them several times.
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A major plot point is that Makuta has stolen Dume's mask to impersonate him. Yet when the heroes find Dume's body, he's wearing his mask. This was likely artistic license on the creators' part, as they wanted people watching the movie to recognize Dume, but within the context of the movie's story, it doesn't make sense.
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Revealing mistakes 

In one of the close-ups of the Kikanalo beast roaring at the Vahki soldiers, you can see that the red light-effect of his eye "shifted" to the side, and continues to glow next to his eye.
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In the Great Temple scene, when the six chosen Matoran find each other, Nokama is walking down a staircase. The camera then lowers to focus on Onewa. The staircase remains visible, yet Nokama cannot be seen coming down on it, even though the light given off by the stone she carries is apparent. Her animation simply stopped as she got out of screen.
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As Lhikan says to Nidhiki "You lost the right to call me brother long ago", two fingers on his right fist look like they're each missing a digit, or if they were "tucked back" into the armor covering his hand.
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As Whenua places his palm on a capsule to free the Matoran inside, the capsule seems empty, because you can't see anything through the window on its lid. But as the lid slides away, the Matoran becomes visible.
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When Toa Matau gives up his Toa power by awakening the Matoran and turns into a less powerful Turaga, the head of his Turaga form's animation model (more visible in 16:9 wide-screen) is painfully twisted to the side, rather than facing forward like it should.
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The shot of Vakama looking up in realization prior to his final vision is repeated after the vision concludes, but played backwards. Due to this, it looks like the ship he is on is moving backwards, and in the background, Matau is talking, though now no words are coming out of his mouth.
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As Whenua uses his mask's x-ray vision to see through the Coliseum floor, the floor can still be seen at the edges of the screen. But as the camera moves, the floor's outline doesn't move with it.
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In the canyon scene, when Krekka goes after Matau, his arm clips through a rock wall. Later, when he's talking to Nidhiki and pointing into opposite directions, his hands also clip into one another.
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In some shots, the metallic texture on the Kikanalo's bodies do not move in unison with them. They remain in one place, even though the creatures themselves move.
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There are lots of animation errors in the movie that come from incorrect motion-blur effects. Sometimes limbs that don't move are affected by the blur-effect of limbs that do move, and in some cases, even the background is blurred when an object moves. And in other cases, motion blur is entirely absent.
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Whenua's shoulder, as he brushes past Onewa, actually passes through Onewa's shoulder.
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The animation of the Matoran crowd in the Coliseum reveals a few shortcuts. Those that are standing in the background seem to be two-dimensional animations, and some of them are badly scaled, either abnormally huge or tiny.
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The door that slides up in the back of the Vahki transport actually sinks into the roof of the vehicle, with no openings or slots visible. It simply disappears.
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As Matau splashes into the liquid protodermis chute, the ripples he creates spread outward as if on a still surface. The protodermis is moving at fast speed through the chute, so the ripples should keep on going too together with the liquid. (This was correctly done in the promotional Bionicle videos, however the animators of this movie neglected it.)
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As the Dark Hunters are threatening Kongu, the side of Krekka's head very clearly phases into his chest armor.
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Whenever Vahki soldiers are caught up in the wind or falling off a cliff, they are simple, unmoving models.
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When Nidhiki bursts through the mask pile in Vakama's workshop, a couple of masks pass through his body, and as he closes his right claw, the pincers also phase through each other.
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In some shots, it is obvious that the hexagonal pillars coming out of the Coliseum floor are separate models from the floor itself, because they are much wider and larger than the hexagons on the floor.
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There is a layering goof when Krekka ties to grab Matau in the transport's control seat. Krekka's fingers gripping onto the top of the transport briefly overlap Matau's head, even though Matau is in front of him.
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When Onewa throws his disk into Vakama's hands, it briefly clips through the one that Vakama's holding, and in the next shot, Vakama's fingers are also clipping though some of the disks.
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When the Vahki are sucked in by the vortex, Nokama's blade which she is anchoring herself to the ground with is visibly floating, as part of Vakama can be seen under the blade. In the same shot, Matau's shadow is visibly unconnected to him, making it looks like he's floating too.
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When Vakama stops to look at the strange capsules stacked on each other, the highlights on Nokama's armor overlap Matau, even though he is in front of her.
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After having defeated Makuta, before he gets up, Vakama's left shoulder briefly but noticeably distorts and shrinks and pops back into shape.
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Despite the bright light shining into their cell, the Toa's shadows are pointing into other directions even when they're under the light.
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As the Vahki are pounding the door, the curved pieces on its center are moving independently from and out of sync with the door's trembling.
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When Krekka starts climbing the statue and Nidhiki yells at him to get down, Nidhiki's right pincer clips though the "kneepad" of his front right leg.
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Before Vakama shouts "Makuta!", and Makuta is seen from afar, the rubble around his feet starts rising up into the air before the shot cuts. This is because this is a reuse of the shot in which he smashes a boulder, but played in reverse.
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When Dume says "Trust in me", his right hand clips though his robe.
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During Dume's "Matoran one day, Toa the next" line, his fingers pass through his chin.
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When the big cargo begins falling toward Nokama, Vakama and Matau inside the transport tube: their reflection on the chute's surface gradually moves away from them even though they aren't moving, and the ripples in the chute's liquid stop moving before the shot cuts.
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When Matau readies his tool inside the chute, you can see that Vakama isn't holding onto his foot because his palm is open and his hand is floating a slight distance away from Matau's foot.
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Makuta moves his head around when Nivawk approaches him, but his reflection in the mirror doesn't move.
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When the windstorm sucks up the Vahki soldiers, the ground is shaking violently, yet Matau, whose blades are stuck into the ground, isn't shaking with it.
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Nokama has a transparent mask, so from certain angles, you can see that she lacks a face under it. When she is given her stone by Lhikan, you can even see that her eyes are just big orbs floating under her mask and that her head is only made up of its back.
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Part of the steam rising out of the mask that Vakama breaks ends in a sharp "cut", revealing that the footage of the smoke has been cropped improperly into the shot.
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When Dume first shows up and says "Mask of Time", he raises his mask's eyebrows so much that you can see how his eyes are separate CGI models that are just floating in font of his head.
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The shadow of Dume's hand reaching over the map is misaligned, so it starts a little bit inward from the map's edge.
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The light rising out of the Suva shrine overlaps the heads of Vakama and Nokama who are standing in front of it.
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When Onewa crosses his arms in the temple, the stone he's holding clips through his left forearm.
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When running from the pillars, Onewa at one point runs in the air.
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When the flow in the transport chute stops, Nokama is "holding" her left tool with her left hand open. The animators forgot to close her fist so the tool just floats there.
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When Krekka lands in Vakama's foundry, his right fist is clipping though the floor.
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When the Toa march into the Coliseum, a high angle shot has their feet sliding on the ground, because their movement hasn't been adjusted to the animation of their feet.
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During the montage, when Nuju slams his climbing spike into the side of the ice tower, it keeps moving and clipping through the ice even though it's supposed to be locked into place. Then, when Nuju discovers the disk, his left arm briefly pops out of and back into place and his entire shoulder armor clips through his torso.
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When the Vahki activate in the Coliseum, the blade of the Vahki standing on the right clearly clips through its own head.
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In the first Matoran crowd reaction shot after the Toa have marched into the Coliseum, the blue Matoran in the middle is transparent.
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The Vahki running towards Nokama and her Kikanalo on the cliff side are briefly transparent as they come out of a dust cloud.
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When the Vahki are pounding on the door and the Toa try to hold it back, Nokama's right arm is oddly twisted around.
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When Vakama rushes to help Matau after he's been felled by the Dark Hunters, his shoulder clips into the camera and you can see the inside of his CG model for a few frames.
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When the Great Disks start shaking in Vakama's hand, the disk in his left hand keeps clipping through his shin.
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As Krekka dangles Kongu by the leg, the tubes attached to the back of his head clip into his torso armor as he lowers his head.
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Nidhiki's eyes are oddly misplaced when he "persuades" Kongu to reverse the flow in the chutes, you can even see the background through the gap in his head. Then his slowly his eyes slide back into their normal place during the shot. Also in the same shot, Krekka's fingers clip into Kongu's feet as he holds him.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the Toa Metru arrive at the Coliseum, you can see Makuta (disguised as Turaga Dume) on a huge video screen saying "Too late, Toa." The movement on his lips suggest that he should be saying a longer sentence, and talking more slowly. "You are too late, Toa", for example, would match his mouth's movements more correctly.
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Continuity 

After the Vahki attack the Toa and Turaga Lhikan in the underground tunnel, they hide inside a chamber, and try to keep the door shut. In one shot, you can clearly see Vakama and a couple of other Toa straining against the door. In the next shot, he is standing away from the bunch, trying to come up with a plan. In the following shot, he is back at the door, and after that, he returns to the spot he was two shots before.
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When the Toa get out of the Vahki Transport in the Coliseum, Turaga Lhikan lags way behind. The next shot shows that the Toa have already raced forward. Then, in the following shot, Lhikan is seen among them, lagging slowly behind again.
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Lhikan leaves his shield in Vakama's workshop when the Dark Hunters capture him, yet later, when Lhikan shows up in the Dark Hunters' prison, he is suddenly carrying his shield.
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Errors in geography 

At the end, the Toa take the Matoran capsules on foot through what appears to be a simple tunnel above the sea surface. However according to the Bionicle book series, this area is actually supposed to be a lengthy cave river that they have to steer their ship through.
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Miscellaneous 

A strange animation error occurs when Makuta, still disguised as Turaga Dume, looks down at the approaching heroes. As he lowers his head, the two metal pieces of his lower jaw (under the mask) slowly twist and flip backwards.
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When Turaga Vakama walks toward the maskless Jaller, Takua next to him slightly jerks to the left between frames, then back.
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Plot holes 

Makuta is defeated by a rock pinning him against a cliff, even though there is a giant chasm between the cliff and the spot where Makuta was standing. How did he and the rock get over to the cliff instead of simply falling into the chasm? The rock clearly crumbles into that chasm after it pins him to the cliff face.
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When the Mask of Time falls into the sea thanks to Vakama's doings, Makuta abandons his plan and turns his focus on trying to kill him. Why doesn't he go to retrieve the mask if it's so important to his plans? He is clearly able to control water and make it rise, and it's later even revealed in the books that anyone could easily have found the mask just by going for a short dive in the sea.
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If Lhikan was the last of his team and the rest got hunted down, why was he spared and put into prison after being captured by the evil Dark Hunters? Of course, he has to be alive to be able to meet the other characters and forward the plot, but it's not explained why they didn't simply kill him like the rest of his team. Makuta, who hired the Dark Hunters, clearly didn't need him and the Dark Hunters try to kill him anyway once he escapes.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Makuta dons the real Turaga Dume's mask, the large side-appendages of the mask go through his fingers.
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As Turaga Lhikan grabs Nokama's arm in the tunnel scene, his fingers seem to pass through her shoulder.
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The shot where the Jaller receives his mask and stands up is filled with clipping errors:
  • The capsule behind him seems to be halfway filled with sand because its 3D model is sinking into the beach
  • The top of Jaller head is poking through his mask
  • The muscle on his stomach clip into his chest armor before he gets up.
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As the fake Turaga Dume removes his mask, his arms pass through his clothing almost completely.
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When Vakama, in his invisible form, picks up a stone, the outline of his fingers seems to obscure part of the stone. However, since he is invisible and the stone isn't, the entire stone should be visible.
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When Whenua's group stops upon hearing a noise in the tunnels, the end of Turaga Lhikan's staff can be seen under his foot, making it look like he's floating in the air or has been wrongly composited into the shot.
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When Makuta puts on Dume's mask, it looks like he is standing in front of Nivawk because parts of him overlap Nivawk. But as the camera pulls out, it's revealed that Nivawk is closer to view and Makuta overlapping him is a layering error.
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The tips of the Turaga Vakama's robe clip through his knees when he walks.
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