If you think about it, every single piece of media is always about fantasy. But the fantasy genre is a whole other thing, a branch of speculative fiction with magic and dragons and, erm, roller coasters? Sure, anyway, we’re big fans of fantasy movies and TV shows, particularly when they’re done right. This means we’re mostly ignoring the trash (we’re looking straight at you, Gor, you’re the trash), but also the sexism. No, we like our women as we like our fantasy: erm, with epic final battles? Look, we might not know much about politics besides “don’t be a dick and just be cool”, but we do know our fantasy. That’s the point. Thus, we add another entry to our ongoing interest in the genre

In this Pictofact, we’re picking a few classics of the fantasy genre and offering some fun facts about their productions, castings, or legacies. That being said, since we live in a civilization in which “fantasy” is almost synonymous with that lord with those rings, we’re leaving those two trilogies aside for now. At the same time, however, Peter Jacksons’ work is unavoidable, and so be on the lookout for a few times it’ll pop out. Here are, then, 20 fantastic facts about fantasy movies and TV shows. And for a bonus fact, did you know the writers of the classic 2022 Cracked Pictofact “20 Magical Facts About Fantasy Movies and TV Shows” completely forgot about the classic 1986 movie Labyrinth? One truly does learn something new every day.

Game of Thrones

Fantasy movies Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage didn't want to be on the show. Dinklage didn't want to play another stereotypical dwarf after appearing in the second Narnia movie. Не only accepted the role after the showrunners explained Tyrion Lannister's character to him. CRACKED.COM

Source: Insider

Game of Thrones

Fantasy movies Game of Thrones Cast and crew played with Ned Stark's head. It was a bit strange, yeah, a bit creepy, Sean Bean said during a Reddit AMA. We just kicked it around like a football! CRACKED.COM

Source: Sean Bean/Reddit

Legend

Fantasy movies Legend The movie was inspired by Blade Runner. While unused for years, Blade Runner's unicorn sequence was shot back in 1981. That's what gave Ridley Scott the basic idea for Legend. CRACKED.COM

Source: Eighties Kids

The Black Cauldron

Fantasy movies The Black Cauldron Tim Burton worked on the movie. His scenes are probably in the Disney vault, as they were cut by the artistic geniuses of upper management. This is lame even for you, Disney. CRACKED.COM

Source: CBR

The Black Cauldron

Fantasy movies The Black Cauldron This was the first Disney movie to use the blue castle logo. The logo remained unchanged until 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, when it was replaced by a CGI version. WALT Disney PICTURES CRACKED.COM

Source: CBR

Excalibur

Fantasy movies Excalibur The movie's celebrity actors were unknown back then. Director John Boorman wanted moviegoers to pay attention to the story, not the stars, so he hired mostly unknown theater performers. Today this would be the cast for a major blockbuster, including Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne. CRACKED.COM

Source: IMDb

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