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Ooohhh... Check out these great pieces of PAN'S LABYRINTH concept art!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bunch of cool shit for you to take a gander at. If you're at all like me, you've been drooling over the pics and trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's newest fantasy PAN'S LABYRINTH and are champing at the bit to see the movie.

Well, I have a ton of preproduction art for your perusal. If I was at a 9 in my anticipation, I'm now pulling a SPINAL TAP and am slowly turning up to 11. The art you're seeing below is by legend William Stout, who I was lucky enough to have met at Comic-Con last year. He's famous for his dinosaur work and in films he worked in production and/or art design on CONAN THE BARBARIAN, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (his art for the drippy zombie is iconic for us horror geeks), THE HITCHER, INVADERS FROM MARS and FIRST BLOOD.

Below you'll also find a bit from a French magazine called Mad Movies, where these pics were printed, that is a sort of summary of the text from our spy in Spain, mathesonlegends. Here's the good stuff! Enjoy!!!

Hi Harry,


I write you from Spain. Usually here few places get to release specialized magazines from other countries, but i have the luck that the place where i buy the newspaper everyday sells Mad Movies, a genre french magazine in the line of Fangoria.

This Month they had a long interview with Guillermo Del Toro about his upcoming spanish horror fairy tale " Pan´s Labyrinth " and a bunch of new pics along with some old released one were featured among its pages. Between the new ones we get the chance to get a sneek peek at the amazing art work of some of the creatures that will appear on the film, creatures which haven´t been seen on any picture released on the net yet. The rest of the article is composed by the interview with director Del Toro and his thoughts about the film. Most of it it´s about his insight on what good and evil is, the origins of the project ( this film was born even before "Cronos" but the expensive  budget it required made Del Toro to turn to the more modest vampire tale ) where he explains that in the beginning this film was about a married couple that buys a house on  the England country side, there the wife, pregnant, entered the garden´s labyrinth where she encounters the pan. After having a sex encounter with him, the pan proposes to keep her future new-born and sacrifice him in order to open up the labyrinth for her so she can run back to freedom, she refuses, knowing little after that if she would have accepted she would have been condemned to live with the monster for eternity. A more bleak, hard-edged and insane film than the one he ended up making ( go figure! more insane than the stuff we have benn seeing!).

We also get information about some ceatures that the studio is getting under secret until the released date and won´t be releasing any pics of it but Del Toro gives us a little insight on this and talks about a giant toad that has to be seen to be believed and a bunch of fairies that are as sensual as scary looking.

The article ends up with an interview to art director William Stout, if you guys don´t know who this guy is he is the man behind the concept art of the two Conan films, " The Return of the Living dead" and the upcoming "John Carter of Mars".

Stout talks about how he didn´t knew who Del Toro was until Frank Darabont introduced them at the Comic-con in San Diego, where Del Toro bought Stout one of his works intitled... "Hellboy at the Mountains of Madness" which he conceived for Hellboy Weird Tales. There the talk started and the mexican director asked Stout to work for 2 of his new projects one being the "Pan´s Labyrinth" and the other the adaptation of Lovecraft´s "In The Mountain of Madness". Stout seems the perfect man for this project as he claims he loves that novel and that he even went to the Antartic because of it, an expedition that left a deep impression on his persona and seems he handled art work for that project to Del Toro although claiming he fears the director will work fisrt on the sequel to Hellboy.


Hope you enjoy the pics and what i sent you if you post me call me mathesonlegends , once more sorry about possible mispellings and english errors.

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  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Jesus, that's spooky.

    by team america

    Nice, too.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:15 a.m. CST

    As David Brent Says......

    by TheBoyFromUlster

    Cocept art does not always turn out the way it looks...fact!

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by Babba-Booey


  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST

    I remember...

    by gobofraggleuk

    ...the concept art for Brothers Grimm was amazing and look how that turned out.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by masterchappy

    Nice stuff. Gives me a chubby.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST


    by Warcraft


  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by havocSchultz

    that shit is teh bomb... and i am seriously pumped for this now even more so... i can't wait till the rumored sequel Pot's Enigma... should be grand...

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    William Stout rules.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    del Toro was smart to get him. Hope there's an "Art of..." book.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    Now I'm REALLY excited to see this. Thanks mathesonlegends for sending this stuff in!

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    this is a press release

    by HypeEndsHere

    not a scoop. for shame.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Indiana Jones story...WTF

    by la_sith

    please repost...won't work

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Gotta agree

    by Langerlad

    the concept art looks great n still looks so raw! count me in!

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Eesh...the figure with the horse skull...

    by morGoth

    ...coming out of its mouth is pretty creepy. Damn, tell that goat to blow his nose fer cryin' out loud! Does anyone know what the story is about?

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    william stout is the master

    by stvnhthr

    His dinosaur work totally turned me on to drawing those fabulous beasts. I hope this art is collected in book form eventually.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    but will cgi ruin it?

    by emu47

    Seriously, how awesome would it be if Pan's Labyrinth was hand-drawn to look exactly like the images above? For me, looking at this stuff is great, but it's like that scene in Crumb where he's working with his daughter. He tells her she is good a copying, but the art of it is to capture that extra something else--the thing that gives the art its perspective. These have perspective. Will the final result? I'm not sure. Color me crazy, but I'd queue up for Del Toro's movie faster if it wasn't going to look like everything else, processed and drained of all its original artistry. Of course, I could be way off base ... the trailer looks really freaking cool, so... what do I know?

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 12:20 p.m. CST

    It's gonna suck like everything Del Toro does

    by Foxman

    Wake up!! the guy is crap and this will suck, i assure you....

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    But will it have an androgynous singer and a hot chick?

    by chrth

    If not, it can't be as good as the original Legend.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    DAMMIT, I meant Labyrinth (obviously), not Legend

    by chrth

    Stupid post-op meds ...

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    It will all be lost in the translation to screen...

    by Angry Mean Panda

    The shear awesomeness of that art, that is. Unless they use animatronics/really advanced puppets with extremely detailed craftsmanship. That might have a chance of working. CGI will not do it justice.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I'd love to see this guy's concept art for "Mountains

    by Regenhund

    of Madness". Regarding the DelToro bashing: Hellboy wasn't great, but I still enjoyed it.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 1:10 p.m. CST

    AICN didn't hype Hellboy at all

    by PVIII

    yeah right. I went into that movie thinking it was next fucking Godfather and found something more in the LXG. What's the general concensus on Blade II v. Hellboy? I loved Blade II, but Hellboy really didn't do it for me.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Randy-Pan pics are awesome

    by Goatboy

    But then I might just be a tad biased. This isn't going to have David Bowie juggling orbs whilst his junk winks through man-tights is it? I'm still scarred from that

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I saw hellboy on Dvd and

    by emeraldboy

    I can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable films. There were fight scenes Hellboy Iwanted to see in spiderman. Ron Pearlmans finest hour. the stuff with the nazis was great. it was dark, menacing but pearlman gave the movie a heart. I lved the scene where he is getting love tips from the kid. great. I think del toro del toro is a great director and cannot wait to see pans labyrinth....on DVD. I live in Dun laoghaire and New line do not show there films in that cinema anymore.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Last one looks like...

    by Christopher3

    Concept art leftovers from Blade 2.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Movies like Batman Begins & Hellboy show that...

    by Orionsangels don't have to go over the top to make a good superhero movie, as opposed to spider-man, x-man, hulk and burton's batman and joel gaymockers batman. Write a good story, take your time to develop the characters. use effects when needed. have a good sountrack with a central theme and relax and enjoy the movie. no mega epic credit intro is needed with rotating letters and CGI web and all that crap. calm down.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Ancient Goat Creature? Yeah, I saw Mononoke too.

    by HypeEndsHere

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I thought a good deal of Hellboy was over-the-top

    by PVIII

    CGI crap. Especially running over that bridge with the pendulum swinging and whatnot. you'd never see something like that in a Mignola book. I don't think it achieved the poe, confined feeling that I get from Mignola's storytelling.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by Winterchili

    Which could be a good thing since he rules.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    does anybody else think that Bill Stout....

    by LHombreSiniestro

    Looks like the long haired pot smoking long lost brother of Bill O'Reilly? I saw him in Frazetta Painting with Fire, and The Return of the Living Dead DVD. Awesome artist, though.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Really PVIII?

    by Orionsangels

    I think back on hellboy and i think low budget. nothing about it screams epic. it has an independent movie feel, no big stars, makeup to create the main character. not cgi like the hulk.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Pan's Labyrinth

    by William Stout

    Just a couple of corrections re: Pan's Labyrinth. If you read the Mad Movies interview you'll see that I was quite aware of Guillermo and his fine work prior to Comic-Con; the two of us had just never personally met until Frank Darabont introduced us. I'm also not worried about the potential delay of "At the Mountains of Madness" --- as a matter of fact I welcome it as I'm in the middle of a huge mural project (twelve murals depicting the prehistoric life of San Diego) for the San Diego Natural History Museum that has me tied up until June 21. One other thing --- a much more important thing --- that's been gnawing at me: How can anyone make any disparaging remarks about Guillermo after seeing that little cinematic gem of his, "The Devil's Backbone"? The mere fact that Guillermo turns down Hollywood blockbusters on a regular basis in order to create one of these little horror masterpieces every other film should have him being worshipped for his rare integrity --- not slandered by fans not fit to carry his DayRunner.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Where's the monster with the jazz hands?

    by Doc_Strange

    That was a funny picture.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Bill O'Reilly Look-Alike

    by William Stout

    To LHombreSiniestro, Yikes! Long haired pot smoking long lost brother of Bill O'Friggin' Reilly?! That's a first...usually it's Neil Diamond. Glad you like my art!

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Del Toro..

    by Josh Town

    Needs to stick with his moody, visual, horror pieces such as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone. To me, that's where he really shines.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by PVIII

    Yeah. You can't tell me that in the books BPRD was a suave X-mansion like in the movie. It's a cluttered office in Connecticut. There were no massive clock rooms, etc. under prague or wherever the hell it was supposed to be. Granted, the casting was inspired, but for some reason I didn't get that aura I get from Mignola--again, I think LXG is closest comic movie I can compare it to (though LXG is far, far worse).

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 3:58 p.m. CST

    If that wasn't a good Hellboy movie, what is?

    by Orionsangels

    I mean you can't get any closer to the comic than that. Maybe hellboy doesn't work as a live action movie, for you at least. I mean what could have they added? what does a red devil man with a big rocky fist look like in real life?

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I would have slowed it down.

    by PVIII

    Movie seemed disjointed to me, like they were trying to cram way too much into one movie. Certain cuts at the end didn't make sense to me. Didn't need to shove the humor in their either with Tambor (though I love Tambor). Thinking about it, maybe I just don't think Hellboy translates to screen. I think Mignola's art really makes the story anyways, on equal if not surpasses the writing.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    The remake of Invaders From Mars stank

    by Wild At Heart

    but the creature designs were pretty darned sweet!

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Blade II was fun...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but not particularly original. Hellboy had an interesting story (I'd never read the Hellboy books, so I went in without preconceived notions) and seemed to be well pieced together, above-averagge comic fare. I put the latter slightly above the former on the scale of stuff I'd watch again given the choice (why i own the Hellboy DVD and not Blade II - although I've left the latter on every time I've tripped over it on cable). Both are certainly above the low-sitting bar that marks the median for comic properties turned films.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    the last drawing...

    by simulated stereo

    reminds me of "Fantasic Planet".

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Del Toro uses animatronics...

    by paralyser-pro

    ...and cgi when it is needed to get the best shot. It's about whether the shot is a close up or wide shot, and what'll do the job better. The creature mandibles in Blade 2 were combo puppets and cgi. They were fucking scary, don't lie! Anyways, he's a tasteful director and could make a good movie out of this. If only we knew what it was about...

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Yup. I'm getting the same vibe.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    "Goat Creature" = Princess Mononoke.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Doug Jones as Pan

    by Lonestarr2

    Bill Souts' art direction is amazing, but it will be the terrific Doug Jones who will bring Pan and other characters to life. Even Del Toro has said that "Doug has brought mannerisms to the characters that he himself never came up with" that's collaboration. That's filmmaking. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this talented actor.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 7:05 p.m. CST

    We should be encouraging these types of movies.

    by Mel Garga

    We always complain that we get more and more of the same old shit. Well, here comes something that's relevantly original and involves a little creativity. Bring that shit on. But don't forget teen idols Frankie Muniz and Hillary Duff as star crossed lovers caught in a web of violence and intrigue.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 7:07 p.m. CST

    moviemack, you'd probably have more success

    by HypeEndsHere

    arguing that the sky is green, that you have arguing that Batman Begins sucks.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Nerve Ghost!?

    by MachinaMan

    WTF? This movie is so going to rock!

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Del Toro

    by oducerproducer

    It was said that this will recieve a US release date, if so then i'm their.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Damn thing must've died from Mad Cow Disease

    by KongMonkey

    Beef: Its whats for dinner. And what you puke up in the afterlife apparently. Okay so its got a booger-nosed goatman with twigs growing out its ass and a see through ghost. I'm already looking forward to it(sarcasm)

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Why y'all hatin' on GDT?

    by fiester

    The dude makes good fuckin' movies. Who do you think is out there making better movies in his genre at this time? Who? Tell me cuz I'd like to see them.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Oh bullshit on you moviemack... get in the corner!

    by Orionsangels

    What the fuck? If you can make these movies any better. Tell us how Your homework here in talkback is to right a 5000 word essay on how you could improve upon these superhero films. Since you cock suckers seem to know what makes a good movie. Now is your chance. Tell us about your brilliant superior superhero movies. You high and mighty cocksucker. I can't wait for this.

  • Feb. 21, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by fiester

    And to the dude who's claiming to be the guy working on "Mountains of Madness": you and anyone else concepting that flick really ought to read Michel Houellebecq's short book "H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life." It's not a long essay, but it makes some great points about Lovecraft's writing and its obsessions with physical space and architecture.

  • Feb. 22, 2006, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Answering William Stout

    by Mathesonlegends

    Hi, i am the guy who wrote the resume of the article based on what appeared on Mad Movies. I am really really sorry of those two bits you make reference to. You are completely right. I kinda tried to resume everything the best i could cause it was a long and very interesting article, and sometimes trying to be concise i expressed things not the right way. I only have to say that in the second part when i talk about the "in the mouth of madness" project i didn

  • Feb. 22, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST


    by rabban

    hmmm...moviemack must really hate everything.

  • Feb. 22, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    This shit looks like the cat's pajamas.

    by Traumnovelle

    William Stout....did he do any concept stuff for Labyrinth? Cause I have this hefty book of goblin sketches and such that looks extremely similiar to that goat. That goat has devil eyes. Pan's Labyrinth is going to be awesome. Guillermo Del Toro is adorable. I want to tickle his belly to hear his girlish laugh. Rock on like a magickist.

  • Feb. 22, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by HogCholera

    Bring on the Fantasma de Nervio. As for the goat--with what I can only assume is a "Crystal Power" staff, he must be ancient indeed, hearkening back unto circa 1,980 A.D.

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Answering Matheson Legends & Lonestar2

    by William Stout

    I haven't talked to Guillermoin awhile. I assume that the goat creature in the film is the same creature I was designing. But realise that my designs were the first preliminary concepts to be produced. I assumed that as Guillermo went through the design process that my design would altered or even discarded, serving as only an early ispiration for the goat creature as the project developed. That's usually how the process works. Some stuff stays, some stuff is elaborated upon and lots of stuff gets discarded. As far as Doug Jones goes, I'm in complete agreement. I always insist that an actor is inside my creature suits --- not a stuntman. It is the fine craft of acting and movement that really makes those special effects makeups come alive. Case in point: Allan Trautman's brilliant performance as the Tarman in "Return of the Living Dead".

  • Feb. 23, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST

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    by William Stout

    Sorry about the typos in the last missive...I'm in the middle of work!