The plot takes place in Spain in 1944, after the Spanish Civil War. Also present is the main character Ofelia's fantasy world which centers around an overgrown abandoned labyrinth. Ofelia meets several strange and magical creatures who become central to her story, leading her through the trials of the old labyrinth garden. The film employs make-up, animatronics and CGI effects to create its creatures.
The idea for Pan's Labyrinth came from Guillermo del Toro's notebooks, which he says are filled with "doodles, ideas, drawings and plot bits." These notebooks spanned twenty years and at one point during production, he left the notebook in a London taxi and was distraught, but fortunately it was returned two days later.
The film has won academy awards in Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Makeup and BAFTAs for Best Film Not In English, Costume Design and Makeup and Hair.
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