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Guillermo del Toro repeatedly said "no" to Hollywood producers, in spite of being offered double the budget provided the film was made in English. He didn't want any compromise in the storyline to suit the "market needs".
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Guillermo del Toro is famous for compiling books full of notes and drawings about his ideas before turning them into films, something he regards as essential to the process. He left years worth of notes for this film in the back of a cab, and when he discovered them missing, he thought it was the end of the project. However, the cab driver found them and, realizing their importance, tracked him down and returned them at great personal difficulty and expense. Del Toro was convinced that this was a blessing and it made him ever more determined to complete the film.
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The captain's room is made to look like the inside of his father's watch, which Guillermo del Toro says represents his troubled mind.
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The English subtitles were translated and written by Guillermo del Toro himself. He no longer trusts translators after having encountered problems with his previous subtitled movies.
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Stephen King attended a screening of the film and sat next to Guillermo del Toro. According to Del Toro, King squirmed when the Pale Man chased Ofelia. Del Toro compared the experience of seeing King's reaction to winning an Oscar.
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Guillermo del Toro gave up his entire salary, including back-end points, to see this film become realized. To this day, he believes it was worth it.
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The faun's legs were not computer-generated. Guillermo del Toro created a special system in which the actor's legs control the faun's fake ones. The actor's legs were later digitally removed.
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It has been said that, for the fairy eating scene, Doug Jones had to bite condoms filled with fake blood.
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Received 22 minutes of applause at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Doug Jones had to memorize not only his own lines in Spanish, a language he does not speak, but also Ivana Baquero's lines, so he knew when to speak his next line. The servos in the head piece that made the facial expressions and ears move were so loud, he often couldn't hear her speak her lines.
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In 2007, this film became one of the few fantasy films ever nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars.
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The role of Ofelia was originally written for an eight or nine year old. Guillermo del Toro was so impressed with 11-year-old Ivana Baquero that he revised it.
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Doug Jones was the only American on the set, and the only one who didn't speak Spanish.
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It took five hours for Doug Jones to get into The Pale Man costume. Once he was in it, he had to look out the nose holes to see where he was going.
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After the first week, movie theaters in Mexico placed signs on posters warning about the movie's graphic violence, because so many people brought small children to see it. It was also reported in the news in Spain.
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According to the director, the scene involving the giant frog was going to be shot in an extravagant dome "tree" set. Three days prior to shooting, he realized that the frog wouldn't seem so giant in the massive set. The tree tunnel set was constructed in 2 days.
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It's reported that Guillermo del Toro turned down the directing duties of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) to direct this movie.
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The ruined town seen during the opening sequence of the film is the old town of Belchite Zaragoza, in Aragón, Spain. It was also used by Terry Gilliam for The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). The town was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and never rebuilt.
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According to the director's commentary, actor Manolo Solo was nearly killed when one of the horses fell on top of him.
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The Faun addresses Ofelia with the pronoun "vos", which is archaic in Castilian Spanish, but was once used to refer to someone for whom the speaker has great respect.
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Doug Jones stated on disc 2 of the DVD that the Pan suit was the most comfortable, and well made suit he had ever been cast to wear. Thanks largely to the suit being divided into many sections. Having the legs anchor to his hips and not his shoulders distributed the weight better, and having the stomach section separate from the shoulder section gave him better range of motion.
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The film's original Spanish title is "The Labyrinth of the Faun." It was retitled "Pan's Labyrinth," after the goat-human nature god Pan, in English-speaking countries, German-speaking countries, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, and Croatia. Guillermo del Toro said that he felt the Faun is just a normal faun and that Pan himself was too dark and sexual for a fairytale starring an eight-year-old girl.
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On disc 2 of the Platinum Series DVD, Guillermo del Toro points out that he intentionally placed "Faun" references throughout the movie. The most obvious examples are at the entrance to the labyrinth and in the shape of the Giant Toad's tree.
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Björk was so affected by this film that after seeing it, she went home and wrote the song "Pneumonia".
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In order to make capitán Vidal more menacing, Guillermo del Toro made Sergi López lower his voice an octave and speaking as neutral as possible.
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The fauna in the movie was inspired by a lucid dream Guillermo del Toro repeatedly had when he was a child: every midnight, he would wake up, and a faun would gradually step out from behind a grandfather clock.
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Javier Navarrete's score is structured around a lullaby.
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Also on the supplementary disc of the Platinum Series DVD, Guillermo del Toro indicates that the film is quilted with a pattern of threes. He mentions that this was intentionally done so as to evoke a greater sense of fairy tales and mythological traditions, both of which typically feature a hero or heroine existing among threes; for instance, "the three tasks".
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The movie, set in a verdant forest, was shot in a location that was experiencing its worst drought in years. Gunshots and explosions had to be added digitally to reduce the risk of fire.
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Guillermo del Toro conceived the Pale Man as an allusion to the perverted image of stigmata - ghastly wounds that are supposed to signify grace and piety.
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Guillermo del Toro first started writing ideas for the film in 1993.
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Proposed as the middle film in a trilogy about the Spanish Civil War. This would make The Devil's Backbone (2001) the first film in the series. As of 2016, Guillermo del Toro has no immediate plans (or indeed time in his schedule) to start work on the third film.
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Doug Jones' faun horns weighed 10 pounds. They were so heavy they had to be applied last.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Mexico's entry to the Academy Awards, in the category of Best Film in a Foreign Language (2006).
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Although Doug Jones plays El Fauno and The Pale Man, he doesn't voice either character. Doug Jones spent his 5 hours in the makeup chair practicing Spanish to play the role. In the end, Del Toro hired Pablo Adán, a theatrical actor, to voice El Fauno. Jones's efforts were not in vain though, as it made Adán's job of synchronising with his lips and Ivana Baquero's job of interacting with the character easier.
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Appeared on more than 130 top ten lists in 2006.
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Is the last New Line movie to be available in both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats. All subsequent films are released exclusively on Blu-ray. (Jan. 2008)
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Sergi López, who plays Captain Vidal, was considered a melodramatic or comedic actor, and the Madrid-based producers told Guillermo del Toro: "You should be very careful because you don't know about these things because you're Mexican, but this guy is not going to be able to deliver the performance". Del Toro replied "Well, it's not that I don't know, it's that I don't care".
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Engraved onto the headboard of Ophelia's mother's bed is the shape of the faun's horns.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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The pale man's eyes on his hands is a feature shared by the Japanese mythological monster the Tenome. Te-no-me means "eyes on hands"
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In Spanish, when addressing two or more women, one would say "Bienvenidas." The presence of any man or boy would require the use of "Bienvenidos." When Captain Vidal welcomes Ofelia and her pregnant mother, he says "Bienvenidos," showing that he's most interested in his unborn son.
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Javier Cámara turned down the role of Doctor, played by Álex Angulo.
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The only non-Best Picture nominee for the year to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
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"Pan's Labyrinth" is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican film Written and Directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and of the list of Producers, also includes the impressive Alfonso Cuaron of "Gravity"(2013) fame.
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The giant frog was inspired by the monster in The Maze (1953).
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The film is shot in shades of green, the color of nature and the forest. Notably, Ofelia wears green throughout the film.
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Guillermo del Toro sent Ivana Baquero many comics and fairytales to help her prepare for the role of Ofelia.
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Guillermo del Toro selected Maribel Verdú to play Mercedes because he saw in her "a sadness which was perfect for the part."
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There is a Paranormal YouTube video which claims to have captured images of a Fairy not dissimilar from the one in the movie.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Although audiences have interpreted the film's bittersweet ending as everything from a religious metaphor to a psychological allegory, Guillermo del Toro offers a simpler, but more poetic, explanation, "I always think of that beautiful quote by Søren Kierkegaard that says the tyrant's reign ends with his death, but the martyr's reign starts with his death. I think that is the essence of the movie; it's about living forever by choosing how you die."
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While some viewers believe Ofelia's eating the grapes in the Pale Man's den to be something of a "too dumb to live" moment for the young heroine, it would actually seem to be a reference to what turns out to be her ultimate virtue: Courageous disobedience. According to Guillermo del Toro this theme is why the movie is set against the backdrop of falangist Spain (where disobeying the fascist regime was dangerous), and the final test of character for the princess confirms the importance of disobedience as well.

Of course, Ofelia hadn't eaten for a day, and was likely very hungry, which probably didn't help.
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Guillermo del Toro has compared the rebels in the forest to the woodsman in Red Riding Hood.
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In classical mythology, Pan was a god associated with the wilderness and natural world. He was commonly depicted having goat legs and horns.
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