Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Night Magical Movie: Labrinth

Ok, after posting the Sweeny Todd Halloween pics earlier today, it reminded me of the time Dan dressed as David Bowie aka Jareth the Goblin King from the movie Labyrinth, so I thought that would be a fun Monday Night Magical Movie.

This 1986 cult classic fantasy film is a must see for anyone who loves magical films! Directed by Jim Henson, and starring David Bowie who also provided the music, and a world full of creatures imagined by Brian Froud, this movie is the result of successfully nailing things together in a way that really, really works! This is also one of Jennifer Connelys (He's Just Not That Into You, Blood Diamond) first films, and at 15 years old, she really delivered a great performance.

Labyrinth is the story of a young girl who adores her pretties and her fantasy life, and thinks she really has it hard. She becomes frustrated when asked to babysit her baby brother and she unwittingly (and quite dramatically) summons up the Goblin King to take him away..."right now." The entrancingly hot and dramatically devious Goblin King, Jareth complies with her wishes, even though she immediately changes her mind. "What's said is said..." She is given the task to find her way to the castle at the center of the labyrinth in 13 hours to reclaim her baby brother, or he'll become a goblin forever. She learns some great lessons along the way, meets some really great characters, and meets challenge after challenge head on.

In this world, things aren't always what they seem, fairies bite, walls move, and everything is dripping in magic. You will see only a minimum of digital effect in this movie, which I really like myself, most of what you see is puppetry and optical movie illusion. There are some really great musical numbers like Bowies, "Magic Dance", (or as my daughters used to call it Dance Magic Pants, in tribute to Bowies tight wardrobe in the scene)
You just have to quote it,
"You remind me of the babe!
What babe?
The babe with the power.
What power?
The power of Voodoo!
Who do?
You do!
Do what?
Remind me of the babe!"

A Goblin Babe! hahahaha.....well...laugh....

This film was actually responsible for starting many various fantasy related trends. The modern Witches Balls and Faerie Balls are at least partly inspired by the fabulous ball room scene in which Sara becomes enchanted and finds here self in a room full of Victorian style party goers in fabulous Froud inspired masks. Many of the faerie events have drawn at least some inspiration from this scene as well. Many of today's crystal gravity jugglers learned their craft after first seeing it done by Jareth in Labyrinth as well. Bowie really wasn't the one rolling those crystal balls effortlessly through his fingers though, it was a man tirelessly working behind him, (Michael Moshen) but it was done so seamlessly that it looks like Bowies really doing it.

One of my favorites is the scene in the M.C. Escher "Relativity" room with stairs and arches leading every which way. Sara's little brother Toby is so near, but she has to navigate this crazy room somehow, as Jareth sings, "Everything I've done, I've done for you, I move the stars for no one!" Toby was played by Toby Froud, artist Brian Frouds son, who has become a master stilt walker, film maker and puppeteer.
If you watch the disk that has the special features, I highly recommend watching that too, it's got lots of great behind the scenes footage.
Just for fun, Dan and I Halloween 2008!

"Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom is great. You have no power over me!" ~Sara, Laryrinth

Monday Movie Featured Item:

The Autumn Masque Key Rack would look great in Sara's bedroom, she could hang scarves, jewelry, and maybe the key to the castle beyond the goblin city!  What a perfect memoir of the magical masked ball she attended with Bowie?!  Available in our Etsy Shop


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