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Ep. 041 – TFFP: Labyrinth (1986)

EP41-Labyrinth - courtesy of Kevin Spencer at inkspatters.comIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we’re harking back to a much beloved childhood film, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986)!

Director: Jim Henson

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Toby Froud, and Brian Henson.

Synopsis (courtesy of Wikipedia): Labyrinth is a 1986 British/American fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, and designed by Brian Froud. Henson collaborated on the screenwriting with children’s author Dennis Lee, Terry Jones from Monty Python, and Elaine May (although only Jones received screen credit).

The film stars David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah Williams. The plot revolves around Sarah’s quest to find the way through an enormous otherworldly maze so that she can rescue her little brother, Toby, from Jareth.

Most of the other significant roles are played by puppets or by a combination of puppetry and human performance. It was shot on location in New York and at Elstree Studios and Hampstead Heath in the UK. It was the last feature film directed by Henson before his death in 1990.

This week’s Forgotten Flix Movie Picks are:

Jason’s Pick:

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

Joel’s Pick(s):

Phenomena (aka Creepers) (1985)

Career Opportunities (1991)

Join us next week when our feature presentation is the fondly remembered Michael J. Fox vehicle Teen Wolf (1985) !

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Labyrinth (1986) Trailer


8 comments for “Ep. 041 – TFFP: Labyrinth (1986)

  1. Gailinva
    November 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Great artwork! Adds a lot to the website.  Love the Muppets but this wasn’t Jim Henson’s best.  Looking forward to the new Muppet Movie but expect to be disappointed.  I watch the Muppet Christmas Carol at least once every Christmas season.  I have a good friend who loves Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. So yes, it is a real movie. 

    • November 15, 2011 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Gail! Yes, Kevin’s art is incredible, isn’t it? And to think, we only had to sell Jason’s soul to get him to do it!

  2. Mags
    November 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Stroike a loight Mary Poppins! Yeah, I don’t talk like that and Mr Grooms can vouch for me. I’ll call in next time I want to say something 😉

    • November 15, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Hi Mags, Well I warned you, didn’t I? : )

  3. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’m bummed Jason didn’t chime in with “doot doo duh doo duh doo” after Joel said Phenomena. You guys WERE talking about the Muppets, I mean c’mon! Missed opportunity there, govna!

    • November 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

      That’s hilarious Twana! I didn’t even think about it. Wish we had though. : )

  4. alorindanya
    January 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    You’ve got it all wrong; this was not a dream for Sarah, it actually was real-this is according to the creators (watch the documentary of the making of the film Inside Labyrinth and the 25th Anniversary DVD commentary). I’m surprised you guys haven’t read the official Jim Henson Company sequels Return to Labyrinth Vol. 1-4 by Jake Forbes about how Toby was chosen by Jareth to be his successor. Also there is a prequel about Jareth coming out this Spring. Jennifer Connelly was actually 14 when the film was in production. Brian Froud was the creative designer of most all the look of the film, not just the costumes but the designs of the characters as well.

    Labyrinth has a large cult following. There is even a masquerade ball every July in Hollywood, CA called “Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade.” Check out fanfiction for Labyrinth at There are wiki websites with facts, merchandise for the film on many various sites including Hot Topic…so this film is in no way forgotten.

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