* AbilityOverAppearance: Philip Pullman had something of a reaction like this when Nicole Kidman was cast as Mrs. Coulter in ''TheGoldenCompass''. The character has black hair in the books (Kidman being blonde) and Pullman said "I was wrong, she has to be blonde", Kidman having been his personal choice for the role.
* DisasterDominoes: The film [[Main/BoxOfficeBomb bombed domestically]], Creator/NewLineCinema [[Main/CreatorKiller got absorbed into parent company]] Creator/WarnerBros, which led to Warner Bros' and New Line's arthouse subsidiaries Warner Independent Pictures and Picturehouse shutting down. [[note]] The latter studio was revived in 2013, albeit not owned by Warner Bros. [[/note]] New Line largely exists today as a distribution outfit for Warner Bros produced genre films.
* ExecutiveMeddling - The director attempted a more faithful adaptation. The money men differed. See the main page for the result.
** Replacing the original voice of Iorek, a Shakespearean actor virtually unknown in Hollywood, with the instantly recognizable voice of Sir Creator/IanMcKellen.
* FakeNationality: French (with an English accent) Eva Green as a Scandinavian witch.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: A particularly cruel KickTheDog variation. The movie bombed hard here in the states, but made over $300 million worldwide. That would be impressive if [[Creator/NewLineCinema New Line]] [[Main/{{Irony}} didn't sell the worldwide rights just to get the movie funded.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Franchise/JamesBond as Lyra's uncle.
** [[Series/DoctorWho The Fifth Master]] as a corrupt priest.
** Sam Elliott - [[TypeCasting as a cowboy]].
** Fra Pavel is [[{{Rev}} Archdeacon Robert]], an equally creepy churchman.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Iorek is [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]].
** Ragnar is [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Blackbeard]].
** The Japanese dubbed version has two dubbed versions, one for theaters and another for TV and DVD releases:
*** Lyra Belacqua [[Creator/RieKugimiya is]] [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana Shana]], [[LightNovel/ToraDora Taiga Aisaka]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Nena Trinity]] in the TV dub.
*** Mrs. Coulter [[Creator/AtsukoTanaka is]] [[Anime/GhostInTheShell Motoko Kusanagi]] and [[Anime/QueensBlade Claudette]] in the TV dub, this is [[HilariousInHindsight very funny at first sight]] since Lyla's TV VA also voiced [[Anime/QueensBlade Melona]] who is Claudette's enemy and they get their roles inverted this time.
*** Lord Asriel [[Creator/HirokiTochi is]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Lasse Aion]] and [[{{Bokurano}} Kokopelli]] in the theater dub.
*** Billy Costa [[Creator/JunkoTakeuchi is]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Uzumaki]] in the TV dub.
*** In the video game version: SteveBlum, WendeeLee, JimCummings, KathSoucie... Only Dakota Blue Richards and Freddie Highmore reprise their roles. Seriously, check out the IMDb [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1149870/fullcredits page]].
** In Spain, Pan is the Spanish {{WesternAnimation/Arthur}} and the Catalan [[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Beth]].
* TheOtherDarrin: Different voice actors were originally chosen for Iorek and Hester, Iorek's even making it into the teaser trailer. They were recast with Creator/IanMcKellen and Kathy Bates.
* StillbornFranchise: They were willing to make a trilogy. However, criticism from the Catholic church and middling box office return killed those plans.