Go Behind-the-Scenes of Our Favorite Bowie Fantasy Film, The Labyrinth
Inside the Labyrinth is a behind the scenes documentary about the movie Labyrinth. The special was originally released on February 18, 1987, and was included on the DVD release of the film.
This one-hour documentary details the technological effects, story development, animatronics and puppetry tricks, casting, music recording, film making, and Henson magic.
Watch this excerpt for a great peak behind the scenes:
Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars David Bowie as Jareth and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah. The plot revolves around 15-year-old Sarah’s quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King. 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.
Labyrinth started as a collaboration between Jim Henson and Brian Froud, with ideas for the film first being discussed between them following a screening of their previous collaboration, The Dark Crystal. Terry Jones of Monty Python wrote the first draft of the film’s script early in 1984, drawing on Brian Froud’s sketches for inspiration. Various other script-writers, including Laura Phillips (who had previously written several episodes of Fraggle Rock), George Lucas, Dennis Lee, and Elaine May, subsequently re-wrote and made additions to the screenplay, although Jones received the film’s sole screen-writing credit. Labyrinth was shot on location in Upper Nyack, Piermont and Haverstraw in New York, and at Elstree Studios and West Wycombe Park in the United Kingdom.
The New York Times reported that Labyrinth had a budget of $25 million. Labyrinth was a box office disappointment and only grossed $12,729,917 during its U.S theatrical run. The commercial failure of the film demoralized Henson to the extent that his son Brian remembered the time of the film’s release as one of the most difficult periods of his father’s career.
It would be the last feature film directed by Henson before his death in 1990.
Although it was met with a mixed critical response upon its original release in 1986, Labyrinth has since gained a strong cult following and counts us among it’s biggest fans.