This amazing 1986 British-American musical fantasy adventure, that was directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, and based upon the ethereal conceptual designs by Brian Froud, became the cult classic almost immediately upon its release.
The story revolves around 15-year-old Sarah’s (played by Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her baby brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King (played by recently departed David Bowie).
With the exception of Bowie and Connelly, most of the significant characters in the film are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which added a bonus obscurity and amazing weirdness to this endeavor.
It’s not all about the Money
Despite the commercial failure and its box office flop – Labyrinth had a budget of $25 million, but only grossed $12.7 million during its US theatrical run – Labyrinth managed to gain a cult following.
The commercial failure of the movie, however, demoralized Henson completely. It was reported that the director remembered the time of the film’s release as one of the most difficult periods of his career, which would later turn out to be quite true as Labyrinth was the last feature film directed by Henson before his death in 1990.
Nonetheless, the true fans will always be grateful for this cinematic achievement, and we hope the reboot (if one ever happens) will rise to the occasion.