Just think…If Jim Henson hadn’t dawdled on visiting his doctor, he might have been 85 years old next month. But the things he left with us are still here, like his legendary collaboration project with George Lucas and David Bowie: Labyrinth.
Sarah is being forced to watch her stepbrother and doesn’t like it. So she wishes someone would take him away, and the Goblin King arrives in her bedroom to do just that. Now Sarah’s only hope of avoiding bring grounded is to traverse Bowie’s dangerous Labyrinth. She’s only got a limited amount of time to rescue Toby, bot fortunately the creatures native to the area know their way around better than she does and agree to help.
Despite many trips to the video store, I never knew Labyrinth existed until some time in the 2000s, and did not get to watch it until fairly recently. I thought the Sarah character was a rather bland Alice knockoff, but the puppet characters were a hoot. And of course Bowie was usually great in anything he did.
Whether you’ve never seen the film either or you have fond memories of it, the chance is coming once again to view Labyrinth theatrically. For its 35th anniversary, Fathom will be screening it over three nights (check this link for the one nearest you). Before the movie you’ll get a brief featurette called “The Henson Legacy” starring Jennifer Connelly and the Henson family, plus a visit to the “Center for Puppetry Arts” featuring over 100 of the puppets used in the movie.
The Goblin King returns Sunday, September 12, Monday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 15. Keep an eye on your kids.
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