So, I'm re-watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, and despite whatever lies and exaggerations he tells the citizens of Halloween Town, Jack seems to genuinely believe that Santa Claws - or "Sandy Claws," as he mistakenly thinks - has actual claws instead of hands. (He seems to actually be surprised by the lack of claws when he meets Santa in person.) This despite the fact that Jack sees Santa Claws in person - or, at the very least, Santa's clearly claw-less shadow - during his first, accidental visit to Christmas Town:
Was this merely continuity error on the part of the animation and/or screenwriting teams? Or had they meant to make Santa's hands look more claw-like in his shadow (slash, was Jack intended to somehow mistake the cane and such in the shadow for being part of Santa's hand/"claw," despite its lack of actual/practical resemblance to a claw)? Was Jack just really good at lying/putting on a show on that front (i.e. he didn't actually believe that "Sandy Claws" had claws, but he was putting on a show for the rest of the town)? Is there a different explanation that I haven't thought of?