Arguably the most iconic of all Jim Henson's films, Labyrinth's dark and twisted coming of age tale enraptured children of the '80s and '90s. If you can't recite the first 30 seconds of David Bowie's Magic Dance which was featured in the film, just stop reading, and watch this:
If you go and watch the movie now, you'll witness the glory of the young Sarah Williams fighting her childish desires to be seduced by the Goblin King (David Bowie) after he kidnaps her baby brother. I know, perfection. Believe it or not, however, the film wasn't a box office smash when released in 1986, and Jim Henson was pretty distraught about it. He had worked for years to perfect this puppet-ed fairytale, and had high hopes.
Needless to say the many years after its release proved that the film's destiny was greatness as Jim had intended, as it now is one of the most beloved cult-classics of our time. I mean, what's not to love? David Bowie is pure sex (ya I said it), Jennifer Connelly is so young and innocent, and Ludo is... well... Ludo, and he is besties with rocks!
So if you are like me and can never get enough of this magical adventure, check out some fun little known behind-the-scenes facts about Labyrinth below!
1. David Bowie's character, Jareth, was originally written as a puppet, but Jim Henson decided to make him human
2. Hoggle was voiced by Jim Henson's son, Brian Henson
They have the same nose!
3. Jareth's face is hidden throughout the movie, watching Sarah
4. Ludo met the royal family at the London premiere!
5. Jennifer Connelly suspected a certain scene of her singing to baby Toby was cut because of her bad singing voice
Could her voice sound as bad as the bog of eternal stench smells?
6. Michael Jackson and Sting were also considered to play Jareth
Bowie was meant for that role. R.I.P.
7. George Lucas had Darth Vader personally wish Jim Henson good luck on the first day of filming
The force was definitely with Labyrinth.
8. The 'Magic Dance' intro is a nod to a scene from a 1947 Shirley Temple/Cary Grant film titled 'The Bachelor and Bobby-Soxer'.
This is by far my favorite fact!
9. Labyrinth was a huge box office flop that made just over 12 million in theaters...
However it soon became immortalized in cinematic history as a cult classic.
10. Bowie was so displeased with the baby sounds in 'Magic Dance', he ended up doing them himself
Yup, that's Bowie! David Bowie's passing has only made this film more valuable, and its message even more stark. It's important to grow up, but to never lose your childlike imagination, and should you need it, Labyrinth will always be there to remind you.
Ludo: [in the mirror] Goodbye, Sarah.
Didymus: And remember, fair maiden, should you need us...
Hoggle: Yes, should you need us, for any reason at all...
Sarah: I need you, Hoggle.
Hoggle: You do?
Sarah: [nods] I don't know why, but every now and again in my life - for no reason at all - I need you. All of you.
Hoggle: You do? Well... WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY SO?