History Trivia / PansLabyrinth

26th Apr '16 8:12:33 PM Prfnoff
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The Faun is ''played'' by del Toro regular Doug Jones, who had to speak his Spanish-language lines phonetically...''and his lip-movements are a perfect match to Pablo Adan's voice acting''.
*** Federico Luppi, who had more prominent roles in del Toro's ''Film/{{Cronos}}'' and ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'', has a brief cameo at the end as the King of the Underworld.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The Faun is voiced by Creator/PabloAdan, a very successful Spaniard voice actor who was, among many others, the Spanish voice of [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Goliath]].
1st Mar '16 6:26:30 AM fearlessnikki
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Ofelia was written to be a younger girl, aged seven to nine. However del Toro was so impressed with Ivana Baquero (who was twelve), he rewrote Ofelia's age to accommodate her.
* ActingForTwo: Doug Jones plays both the Faun and the Pale Man.
* BigNameFan: {{Music/Bjork}} and Creator/StephenKing. The former was inspired to write the song 'Pneumonia' after seeing the film. The latter sat beside del Toro at a screening and squirmed during the Pale Man scene. Del Toro compared his reaction to that with winning an Oscar.
* DoingItForTheArt: Guillermo del Toro gave up his director's salary to see this film realised.
* FatalMethodActing: Narrowly averted. Actor Manolo Solo was nearly killed when horses fell on top of him.



** An earlier draft of the script had the situation more ambiguous as to whether the magic was real or not (as Ofelia would encounter a dragon that speaks with Vidal's voice). In the finished film, it's strongly implied that the magic is definitely real.



*** This was a relic of an earlier draft, in which the boundaries between the material world and the fantasy one were much less clear cut. The idea was going to be that it was unclear which world was the "real" one.



** The toad was originally going to be a more active adversary, leaping around in a large, womb-like cavern and attacking Ophelia. Unfortunately the animatronic model ended up not being up to the task even with the aid of CGI, so it was reduced to the lethargic beast in a narrow tunnel that we see in the film.

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** The toad was originally going to be a more active adversary, leaping around in a large, womb-like cavern and attacking Ophelia. Unfortunately the animatronic model ended up not being up to the task even with the aid of CGI, so it was reduced to the lethargic beast in a narrow tunnel that we see in the film. Additionally del Toro realised that the toad wouldn't seem as scary in such a large set, so the tunnel was considered a better choice.
* WordOfGod:
** Some fans have interpreted the magic elements to be just Ofelia's imagination, and the ending to be [[spoiler: a DyingDream]]. Del Toro has claimed that he considers the magic real, but has left it open to interpretation.
** He's also claimed that Ofelia's famous IdiotBall moment of eating food from the Pale Man's table to be a representation of her biggest virtue: courageous disobedience. According to him, it's a sign that she doesn't blindly follow orders - which emphasises her as a {{Foil}} to Vidal.
9th Feb '16 1:17:34 PM Silverblade2
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The Faun is ''played'' by del Toro regular Doug Jones, who had to speak his Spanish-language lines phonetically...''and his lip-movements are a perfect match to Pablo Adan's voice acting''.
*** Federico Luppi, who had more prominent roles in del Toro's ''Film/{{Cronos}}'' and ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'', has a brief cameo at the end as the King of the Underworld.



** HeyItsThatGuy: The Faun is ''played'' by del Toro regular Doug Jones, who had to speak his Spanish-language lines phonetically...''and his lip-movements are a perfect match to Pablo Adan's voice acting''.
*** Federico Luppi, who had more prominent roles in del Toro's ''Film/{{Cronos}}'' and ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'', has a brief cameo at the end as the King of the Underworld.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first outline of the story was about an adult woman that found a hidden labyrinth behind an old house's bookcase. She would then be ''raped'' by a faun living inside the labyrinth, and as a result she would give birth to a magic-powered baby. Creator/GuillermoDelToro is ''that'' weird.
** That could have something to do with Ofelia's birth...
*** Seeing that Ofelia's true father is the King of the Underworld, not the Faun, that scenario is unlikely.

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The first outline of the story was about an adult woman that found a hidden labyrinth behind an old house's bookcase. She would then be ''raped'' by a faun living inside the labyrinth, and as a result she would give birth to a magic-powered baby. Creator/GuillermoDelToro is ''that'' weird.
** That could have something to do with Ofelia's birth...
*** Seeing that Ofelia's true father is the King of the Underworld, not the Faun, that scenario is unlikely.
weird.
6th Nov '15 7:39:44 PM Lightice
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** The toad was originally going to be a more active adversary, leaping around in a large, womb-like cavern and attacking Ophelia. Unfortunately the animatronic model ended up not being up to the task even with the aid of CGI, so it was reduced to the lethargic beast in a narrow tunnel that we see in the film.
6th Oct '15 4:08:17 AM gfrequency
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***Federico Luppi, who had more prominent roles in del Toro's ''Film/{{Cronos}}'' and ''Film/TheDevilsBackbone'', has a brief cameo at the end as the King of the Underworld.
7th May '15 3:16:11 PM PrimeEvil
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** HeyItsThatGuy: The Faun is ''played'' by del Toro regular Doug Jones, who had to speak his Spanish-language lines phonetically...''and his lip-movements are a perfect match to Pablo Adan's voice acting''.
12th Feb '15 7:20:48 PM spirasen
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** This plot idea incidentally bears some resemblance to Creator/ArthurMachen's ''Literature/GreatGodPan''. The movie that happened ends up taking more influence from a different Machen story, ''Literature/TheWhitePeople'', which features a little girl associating with dangerous fairies.

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** This plot idea incidentally bears some resemblance to Creator/ArthurMachen's ''Literature/GreatGodPan''.''Literature/TheGreatGodPan''. The movie that happened ends up taking more influence from a different Machen story, ''Literature/TheWhitePeople'', which features a little girl associating with dangerous fairies.
12th Feb '15 6:52:49 PM spirasen
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12th Feb '15 6:51:04 PM spirasen
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* HeyItsThatVoice: The Faun is voiced by Pablo Adan, a very successful Spaniard voice actor who was, among many others, the Spanish voice of [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Goliath.]]

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* HeyItsThatVoice: The Faun is voiced by Pablo Adan, Creator/PabloAdan, a very successful Spaniard voice actor who was, among many others, the Spanish voice of [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Goliath.]] Goliath]].



* PlayingAgainstType: Much of the cast. Sergi López (Captain Vidal) typically played slimy, arrogant creeps who were somewhat LaughablyEvil. Alex Angulo (Doctor Ferreiro) had been considered a lightweight comedic actor. Maribel Verdú (Mercedes) had played mostly love interests, and her most famous role (at least in the English-speaking world) had been Luisa Cortés in ''[[Film/YTuMamaTambien Y tu mamá también]]''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first outline of the story was about an adult woman that found a hidden labyrinth behind an old house's bookcase. She would then be ''raped'' by a faun living inside the labyrinth, and as a result she would give birth to a magic-powered baby. Del Toro is ''that'' weird.
** That could have something to do with Ofelia's birth...
*** Seeing that Ofelia's true father is the King of the Underworld, not the Faun, that scenario is unlikely.
** This plot idea incidentally bears some resemblance to Arthur Machen's ''Great God Pan''. The movie that happened ends up taking more influence from a different Machen story, ''The White People'', which features a little girl associating with dangerous fairies.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Much of the cast. Sergi López Creator/SergiLopez (Captain Vidal) typically played slimy, arrogant creeps who were somewhat LaughablyEvil. Alex Angulo Creator/AlexAngulo (Doctor Ferreiro) had been considered a lightweight comedic actor. Maribel Verdú Creator/MaribelVerdu (Mercedes) had played mostly love interests, and her most famous role (at least in the English-speaking world) had been Luisa Cortés in ''[[Film/YTuMamaTambien Y tu mamá también]]''.
''Film/YTuMamaTambien''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The first outline of the story was about an adult woman that found a hidden labyrinth behind an old house's bookcase. She would then be ''raped'' by a faun living inside the labyrinth, and as a result she would give birth to a magic-powered baby. Del Toro Creator/GuillermoDelToro is ''that'' weird.
** That could have something to do with Ofelia's birth...
birth...
*** Seeing that Ofelia's true father is the King of the Underworld, not the Faun, that scenario is unlikely.
unlikely.
** This plot idea incidentally bears some resemblance to Arthur Machen's ''Great God Pan''. Creator/ArthurMachen's ''Literature/GreatGodPan''. The movie that happened ends up taking more influence from a different Machen story, ''The White People'', ''Literature/TheWhitePeople'', which features a little girl associating with dangerous fairies.



** Del Toro's ''Cabinet of Curiosities'' (an art book that collects some of the director's sketches, complete with English translations) shows that one of the earlier incarnations of the Pale Man was a wooden doll in a tree.

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** Del Toro's ''Cabinet of Curiosities'' (an art book that collects some of the director's sketches, complete with English translations) shows that one of the earlier incarnations of the Pale Man was a wooden doll in a tree.
28th Jan '15 9:50:28 AM Nathanoraptor
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* PlayingAgainstType: Much of the cast. Sergi López (Captain Vidal) and Alex Angulo (Doctor Ferreiro) had been considered lightweight comedic actors. Maribel Verdú (Mercedes) had played mostly sexpots, and her most famous role (at least in the English-speaking world) had been Luisa Cortés in ''[[Film/YTuMamaTambien Y tu mamá también]]''.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Much of the cast. Sergi López (Captain Vidal) and typically played slimy, arrogant creeps who were somewhat LaughablyEvil. Alex Angulo (Doctor Ferreiro) had been considered a lightweight comedic actors. actor. Maribel Verdú (Mercedes) had played mostly sexpots, love interests, and her most famous role (at least in the English-speaking world) had been Luisa Cortés in ''[[Film/YTuMamaTambien Y tu mamá también]]''.


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*** This was a relic of an earlier draft, in which the boundaries between the material world and the fantasy one were much less clear cut. The idea was going to be that it was unclear which world was the "real" one.
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