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05. 11.

Pan's Labyrinth
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Cast and Characters
Ivana Baquero ... Ofelia
Doug Jones ... Pan/Pale Man
Ariadna Gil ... Carmen Vidal
Sergi López ... Capitán Vidal
Maribel Verdú ... Mercedes

In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again.

RATING: 4 buckets
REVIEW: Funny thing happened with this movie. I'd seen trailers and promos for it, and I thought I was in for a nice time watching a girl going into the fairy world, getting to know herself and maybe learning things about other creatures. I had no idea it involved war, and one of the meanest villains I'd seen lately. It was a surprise, and not a bad one. It's a different experience, and it's certainly no Alice in Wonderland. This little girl is so scared and traumatized by the world around her, that even her make-believe thoughts are strange, wicked and scary. The artwork is exceptional, and it was probably what took people to the movies to see it, and for that (and the music) I give it 4 buckets of popcorn. YUM.

RATING: 4 buckets
REVIEW: I, too, went into this film thinking it was going to be a slightly-dark-but-ultimately-light kind of fairy tale. Boy, was I surprised. First of all... the film is BEAUTIFUL. Even the scenes where nothing out of the ordinary is happening are beautifully lit and directed. Guillermo del Toro has a fantastic eye for color, a fantastic eye for the amazing. Ofelia is an endearing character and every scene had me riveted to the screen. The only reason this gets 4 buckets is that I seemed to get a weird feeling of disappointment when it ended. I don't know if it was because it wasn't what I expected or if I was just sad it was over. But something this wonderful deserves multiple viewings... I'm sure after a couple of more times it will be a 5 bucket film for me.

- The ruined town seen during the opening sequence of the film is the old town of Belchite, which 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
- Guillermo del Toro is famous for compiling books full of notes and drawings about his ideas before turning them into films, something he regards essential to the process. He left years worth of notes for Pan's Labyrinth in the back of a cab, and 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.
- The faun's legs were not computer-generated. 'Guillermo Del Toro' created a special system in which the actor's legs puppeteer the faun's fake ones. The actor's legs were later digitally removed.
- Ivana Baquero was too old to play the lead part originally written for an 8 or 9 year old, but Del Toro was so impressed that he revised it to accommodate the eleven year old actress.
- The English subtitles were translated and written by Del Toro himself. He no longer trusts translators after the results in his previous subtitled movies.

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Awesome icons, you two. Not enough PL stuff around the 'net, which is a problem.
thank you! i agree. maybe because it just recently came out on video? i derno. i'm having trouble picking one to use though! haha.
Oh, I LOVE your icon. Wow.
great work ! love the colors =)