14 Things You Didn’t Know About “Labyrinth”

This was no easy movie to make.

1. Brian Henson, Jim Henson’s son, voiced the role of Hoggle.

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2. Hoggle was the most difficult puppet to control. There were 18 motors in his face alone.

3. While the voice of the Wiseman was done by another actor, Frank Oz was the Wiseman’s puppeteer. This guy has also voiced the most famous Muppet characters.

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Not only has Oz voiced Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal, Bert, Grover, and the Cookie Monster over the years, he also voiced Yoda!

4. Jareth’s face covertly pops up seven times in the film.

If you want to see where all of them are, read this.

5. Baby Toby was played by Toby Froud, who was the son of the film’s conceptual designer.

 

Toby now works as a character fabrication generalist and prop sculptor and has worked on ParaNorman and The Chronicles of Narnia.

6. Labyrinth was a total flop at the box office.

Henson had a budget of $25 million, but the film only grossed $12.7 million while in theaters.

7. Jareth’s character and physical appearance was inspired by Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights, Rochester of Jane Eyre, Brando, and Grimm fairy tales.

8. Those hands in the tunnel Sarah falls down? REAL PEOPLE. Wearing latex gloves.

9. When Sarah retreats to her room and opens the scrapbook dedicated to her actress mother, this news clipping features a picture of David Bowie.

Kind of messed up, no? In some other storyline, could Jareth have been in love with both the mom and the daughter?

10. It took Jim Henson and the writers forever to settle on the story.

The script apparently went through about 25 re-writes and was a very different film for at least two of them. The idea for Labyrinth was born in 1983 and the movie came out in 1986.

11. This is how they filmed those amazing scenes where David Bowie did tricks with glass balls.

12. Understandably, these scenes were very difficult to nail as the juggler was manipulating the objects blind and from an incredibly uncomfortable position.

13. Jane Krakowski aka Jenna Maroney of 30 Rock fame was one of the actresses who came close to landing the role of Sarah, which ultimately went to Jennifer Connelly.

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A few others who were also considered: Sarah Jessica Parker, Ally Sheedy, Marisa Tomei, and Helena Bonham Carter (?!).

14. Labyrinth was the last feature film Jim Henson directed.

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