Labyrinth directed by Jim Henson

Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud.

The film stars David Bowie as Jareth and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah.

The plot revolves around Sarah's quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King.

With the exception of Bowie and Connelly, most of the significant characters in the film are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

FULL CAST:

Jennifer Connelly as Sarah Williams - David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King - Toby Froud as Toby Williams, Sarah's baby half-brother - Christopher Malcolm and Shelley Thompson as Sarah's father and stepmother.

Jennifer Connelly as Sarah Williams

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Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an American film actress, who began her career as a child model.

She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before making her motion picture debut in the 1984 crime film Once Upon a Time in America.

Connelly continued modeling and acting, starring in films such as the 1986 Labyrinth and the 1991 Career Opportunities.

She gained critical acclaim for her work in the 1998 science fiction film Dark City and for her portrayal of Marion Silver in the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream.

In 2002, Connelly won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for her supporting role as Alicia Nash in Ron Howard's 2001 biopic A Beautiful Mind.

Her later credits include the 2003 Marvel superhero film Hulk where she played Hulk/Bruce Banner's true love Betty Ross, the 2005 thriller Dark Water, the 2006 drama Blood Diamond, the 2008 science fiction remake The Day the Earth Stood Still, the 2009 romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You and the 2009 biographical drama Creation.

In 2012, she re-teamed with her Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky and A Beautiful Mind co-star Russell Crowe for the biblical epic Noah.

Connelly was named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education in 2005.

She has been the face of Balenciaga fashion advertisements, as well as for Revlon cosmetics.

In 2012 she was named the first global face of the Shiseido Company.

Magazines including Time, Vanity Fair and Esquire, as well as the Los Angeles Times newspaper have included her on their lists of the world's most beautiful women. ( MORE HERE )

 

David Bowie as Jareth

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David Bowie was born in South London on January 8, 1947.

His first hit was the song "Space Oddity" in 1969.

The original pop chameleon, Bowie became a science fiction character for his breakout Ziggy Stardust album.

He later co-wrote "Fame" with John Lennon which became his first American number one single.

An accomplished actor, Bowie starred in The Man Who Fell to Earth in 1976.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

He is a musician, actor, record producer and arranger.

A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.

He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. ( FULL BIO HERE )

 

Toby Froud as Toby Williams

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Toby Froud (b. 1984) made his film debut as a toddler playing Toby, the infant brother of Sarah, in the movie Labyrinth.

He is the son of the film's conceptual designer Brian Froud and puppet builder Wendy Froud.

Brian Froud has said in interviews and the film's making-of documentary, Inside the Labyrinth, that he drew designs of the baby for Labyrinth before his son was even conceived.

When Toby was born he looked exactly like the picture.

For this and other logistical reasons they opted to cast him as the baby in the film.

Toby Froud has more recently gained experience as a stilt-walker and dancing bear, with costumes built by his mother, and has apprenticed at the Muppet Workshop in New York City and with Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings films.

He attended Wimbledon Art College and apprenticed with WETA on the films The Chronicles Of Narnia and King Kong.

Toby recently performed the effects for a live television Sissor Sisters concert.

Apprenticed in New Zealand on the set of the "Lord of the Rings" films.

He recently worked as an animator on the film ParaNorman. ( MORE HERE )

Creatures in the movie:

Hoggle

Ludo

Sir Didymus and Ambrosius

The Worm

the Wiseman and Bird Hat

The Junk Lady

The Four Guards

The 5 Fireys

Door Knockers

Labyrinth (Original Soundtrack) 1989

As The World Falls Down ( watch the video As The World Falls Down (David Bowie) / youtube )

Chilly Down

Goblin Battle Labyrinth

Hallucination

Home at Last

Into the Labyrinth - Trevor Jones

Magic Dance ( watch the video David Bowie in Labyrinth - Magic Dance / youtube )

Opening Titles Including Underground - David Bowie

Sarah

Thirteen O'Clock - Trevor Jones

Underground

Within You

Watch how Jim Henson made David Bowie spin crystal balls on the set of Labyrinth: ( watch the video - youtube )

 

For the fantasy cult classic Labyrinth, David Bowie played Jareth, the codpiece-sporting Goblin King.

And throughout the film, Jareth is constantly twirling crystal balls just to show off how flamboyantly magical he is.

The thing is, Bowie was never spinning those crystal balls.

No, director Jim Henson had juggler Michael Moschen secreted away under Bowie's armpit, manipulating those mystical orbs completely blind. ( MORE HERE )

“Labyrinth” Starring David Bowie: A Blueprint to Mind Control ( MORE HERE )

Labyrinth is a quintessential 80s movie that contains everything we love from the 80s: 80s synth music, 80s CGI effects and a 80s David Bowie in the same 80s hairdo that your aunt Susan had in the 80s. What’s not to love? The movie has, in fact, become a “cult classic” and is still a children’s favorite.

But like many of these delightfully twisted fantasy movies, there is more to Labyrinth than meets the eye. By understanding the occult symbolism and references in Labyrinth, the movie becomes a big allegory for mind control, where each scene refers to a particular aspect of the process. What appears to be a young girl’s quest through a Labyrinth to find her baby brother becomes a metaphor for the internal world of a mind control victim that is being programmed by a handler. The obstacles that Sarah, the hero of the story, must go through relate to real life ordeals inflicted to mind control slaves to incite dissociation (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, read the article entitled Origins and Techniques of Monarch Mind Control). Mind games, torture, drugs and sexual abuse are all referred to in veiled symbolism during the movie, giving to “those in the know” an entirely different story than what is shown at face value. Labyrinth is therefore constructed like most esoteric works in History: it uses symbolism to conceal from the masses while revealing to the initiates.

Very little prior knowledge is required to understand the underlying meaning of Labyrinth. however. The movie was, in fact, mentioned by a few authors on mind control who described it as one of the most blatant movies on Monarch programming. Fritz Springmeier even states Labyrinth is used by actual mind control handlers as a programming script to train the slaves. This very plausible as the movie bears many similarities to Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz – two movies that are known to be used in mind control programming. The only difference is that Labyrinth was probably specifically constructed to this purpose while, at the same time, exposing the masses to this kind of symbolism.

Since Labyrinth is a blueprint for mind control, it is only fitting that the star of the show is an artist who has served as a blueprint to modern pop stars: David Bowie. Throughout his long and eclectic career, Bowie has touched on many occult and ritualistic themes that are today rehashed by industry-made pop stars. And, for some reason, many of those who touch upon these occult themes also integrate mind control into their works. Maybe it is due to the fact that mind control heavily relies on black magic rituals and Kabbalistic teachings. So, before we look at the symbolism of the movie, let’s take a brief look at some of the symbolism used by David Bowie. ( more )

Did you know?

-The movie became a cult classic on DVD and for fifteen years, it has been celebrated annually in Los Angeles with the Labyrinth of Jareth masked ball.

-The movie assembled an awesome set of talents. Labyrinth was produced by Star Wars creator, George Lucas, written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and directed by Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppet Show. Sadly, it was Jim’s last film as he died a few years later of pneumonia.

-Jim Henson said that Labyrinth was a fairy tale for adults with messages about the contrast between appearance and reality and about the change from a “child to a woman”, but Sarah is not yet ready for that transition.

-Before singing Magic Dance in Labyrinth, Jareth begins a ridiculous and fun bit of dialog with one of the goblins.

Jareth: You remind me of the babe.

Goblin: What babe?

Jareth: The babe with the power.

Goblin: What power?

Jareth: The power of voodoo.

Goblin: Who do?

Jareth: You do.

Goblin: Do what?

Jareth: Remind me of the babe.

The dialog is clearly important as it is repeated in a voice-over at the end of the movie. In ‘Ziggy Stardust’, Bowie tells us that Ziggy was “jiving us that we were voodoo”, but what was on his mind (or Terry Jones’s mind) in Labyrinth was a scene from a 1947 Cary Grant movie called The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, with almost identical dialog. (A bobby-soxer is a mid-century term for a teenage girl.) In that movie, a bobby-soxer has a crush on a much older man and the equivalent dialog goes like this: Bachelor: Hey, you remind me of a man. Bobby-Soxer: What man? Bachelor: The man with the power. Bobby-Soxer: What power? Bachelor: The power of hoodoo. Bobby-Soxer: Hoodoo? Bachelor: You do. Bobby-Soxer: Do what? Bachelor: Remind me of a man. The film-makers clearly intended the parallel as an insider’s reference to the age gap between Jennifer and David.

-Brian Froud explains on the DVD that Bowie’s costumes were deliberately tight. “He is supposed to be a young girl’s dream of a pop star.” Several other touches were used to enhance the presentation of Jareth the rock star, such as his leather jackets and his swagger stick (meant as a microphone substitute) ( MORE HERE )

-One of the most complicated scenes to film was that where The Fire Gang harass Sarah. The scene was filmed against a black velvet screen, and the puppeteers wore black, costumes and face coverings when operating the creatures. Each Firey was operated by three puppeteers, and all of them had to be highly co-ordinated in order to make the creatures move convincingly. After it was filmed, the footage of the Fireys was composited with the back-drop of a forest that was filmed separately. Jim Henson told Ecran Fantastique that he "Liked the rhythm of the sequence" and "strove to keep it in" despite issues with its visual effects becoming apparent in post-production.

-The upside-down room in the Goblin City is directly inspired by a drawing by M.C. Escher (entitled "Relativity") - which can been seen in Sarah's room at the beginning of the film.

-Sarah's dog "Merlin" is also used for Sir Didymus' mount "Ambrosius". In Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain, Merlin is called "Merlin Ambrosius"

-The "Dance Magic" scene consisted of over 48 puppets, 52 puppeteers, and 8 people in goblin costumes (as revealed by Brian Henson in the "Inside the Labyrinth" special).

-Over a hundred pairs of latex hands were made for the "Helping Hands" scene.

- David Bowie, recorded five songs for the soundtrack of the film along with the help of the Harlem Choir inside of Atlantic Studios located in New York City. In an odd happenstance while recording the song “Magic Dance”, Bowie himself ended up having to sample his own vocals as the voice of the small child heard in the song due to little one remaining quite uncooperative during the recording process. Actually, the only song on the soundtrack that Bowie did not provide vocals for was the song entitled “Chilly Down”, which was performed by Charles Augins, Richard Bodkin, Kevin Clash and Danny John-Jules, the actors who voiced the 'Firey' creatures in the film.

- For the finale of the film, the Jim Henson Workshop had constructed their largest puppet creation to date in the form of a 15-foot-high armored knight. Originally built using a form of fiberglass for its outside appearance the puppet needed to be built once more due to the fact that the fiberglass kept cracking under the duress of the creatures intended movements. On the second build, the giant was constructed using a polyurethane foam that seemed to do the job. Inlaid with a series of animatronics the giant weighed several tons and took about 2-3 months to build. Strangely enough, this humongous metal beast was able to be operated by only one man using a complex remote device.

- For a fleeting moment both Michael Jackson and Sting were considered for the role of The Goblin King.

- Hoggle was hailed as the most advanced and difficult puppet that the Jim Henson Workshop had ever produced. Requiring 18 motors just to control his face, four people were needed to operate all of these motors in concert with one another. Shari Weiser, a little person actress, was inside the full body costume of Hoggle while the jaw of the character remained unattached to her own. Therefore, the facial expressions of the puppet head worked independently from her own movements inside the costume. And because Shari had such tiny hands, animatronic hand extensions were attached to her own to allow the character to use his oversized, knotted hands. (INK & PIXEL: LABYRINTH)

Labyrinth (Novelization)

Labyrinth: A Novel Based On The Jim Henson Film is the novelization of the film of the same name by A.C.H. Smith, which was first published in the U.S by Henry Holt to tie-in with the film's release in June 1986.

A U.K edition of the book was published by Virgin Books in late 1986 to tie-in with the film's release in the region. Editions of the book were published in numerous languages, including French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.

The novelization is now out of print. However, it has been transcribed and can read here

Differences from the Film: While largely faithful to the events of the film, the novelization features some notable diffirences.

The insertion of dialogue and/or non-musical scenes to replace sequences that featured Bowie's songs in the film. The scene that replaces the Magic Dance sequence includes a passage describing Jareth's ennui and general dissatisfaction with his position as Goblin King. The ballroom scene in the novelization has Jareth attempt to kiss Sarah, who is said to be "suffused by disgust" and wrenches herself away from him.

Added background information on Sarah's family, most significantly an explanation of the absence of Sarah's mother Linda and scenes that feature both Linda and her boyfriend Jeremy.

An expanded version of the scene where Sarah is faced with the two door knockers. In the novelization, Sarah first takes the door with the knocker that has the ring through its ears, and finds herself in a flower filled forest that resounds with the laughter of birds, trees and flowers. Sarah starts to laugh as well, but soon realizes that her laughter is uncontrollable and is starting to cause her pain. She summons the strength of will to leave, and takes the other door which leads into a grey, dank forest that appears to be formed of bones. The forest of bones eventually leads into the firey forest Sarah enters in the film.

When Sarah returns home after defeating Jareth, it is ambiguously noted that "tears were trickling down her cheeks". ( MORE HERE )

 

David Bowie's Odd-Looking Eye Explained We may never get answers to some of David Bowie's bizarre behavior, but at least we now know why his eyes look so different from each other. As it turns out, the Thin White Duke's ocular oddity is the result of fight from a romantic rivalry in his teens. "When I was 14 I fell in love with a girl. I was crazy about her. Only trouble was, my best mate had a bit of a soft spot for her too, but I was the winner," Bowie told biographer Mark Spitz, according to the Daily Express. "I moved in before he'd even made up his mind about how to approach her. Next day I was at school boasting to my mate about what a Casanova I was and he became terribly annoyed. In fact he threw a punch at me." "It caught me in the eye and I stumbled against a wall and onto my knees," Bowie added. "At first he thought I was kidding. It wasn't a very hard punch but obviously caught me at a rather odd angle." George Underwood, Bowie's friend and then foe, also gave his two cents to Spitz. "He knew damn well why I did it," Underwood said. "We both wanted to go out with her and I was lucky enough to get a date. On the day of the date David rang me up and said that she had to cancel. So I didn't go but he had made up the whole story. The girl stood around for over an hour waiting for me as I discovered later. It was a bastard thing to do and I was furious with him, so it developed into a fight between us. And during the punch-up I caught his eye with a fingernail." The sphincter muscles in Bowie's left eye were torn and after some operations, his pupil remains permanently open. "For quite a while I was very embarrassed about it," Bowie said. "Although I could see very well out of the eye, it made me self-conscious." ( MORE HERE )

 

Movie Quotes for Labyrinth:

Jareth: You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us... forever.

Hoggle: [sadly, after Sarah broke free from the crystal] Oh, she'll never forgive me. What have I done? I've lost my only friend. That's what I've done.

Fiery 1: When your thing gets wild, chilly down, chilly down! ( all quotes here )

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