Director Toby Froud (the baby from Labyrinth 1986) premiered his directorial debut puppet fantasy short entitled Lessons Learned. Needless to say it was a full house.
Check out the trailer below:
The world premiere was a collaborative event with Heather Hensen, who also happens to be the daughter of Labyrinth director Jim Hensen. The short fantasy is about a young boy who receives a 'lessons learned' box from his grandfather where you put all the lessons of your life inside. The boy then becomes curious about his grandfathers box, now a trunk, and looks inside. What follows is a fantasy adventure.
As well as being the baby in Labyrinth, Froud's parents just happen to be Wendy and Brian Froud. Brian Froud was the conceptual designer and Wendy Froud was the creature designer and workshop artist on both Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal respectively. I suppose it's inevitable that Toby Froud would at least dabble with fantasy puppetry if he were to become a filmmaker.
There is something so unique about puppetry that is just miles away from anything else. It's not necessarily better than the stylings of say Andy Serkis, it's just different, it's unique and I think if anything that's the strongest reason why puppets still have a space in film.
What do you think?