1. It's a beloved cult classic now, but it totally bombed in theaters. Reviewers called it “silly and flat.”
2. It was the last movie Muppets creator Jim Henson ever directed.
3. It is NOT being rebooted.
4. The script was worked on by Jim Henson, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, and comedy legend Elaine May.
5. It could’ve been Helena Bonham Carter who faced the Goblin King.
6. Jane Krakowski, Ally Sheedy, and Maddie Corman were also top choices.
7. Though Henson knew he wanted a major artist & entertainer, he landed on David Bowie for the role of Jareth because his son John was a huge fan.
8. Henson’s son Brian worked with him on the film, voicing goblin Hoggle.
9. Henson called Hoggle “the most complicated puppet creature we’ve ever built.”
10. It was a real family affair for Henson.
11. Bowie was intrigued from the beginning, but Henson sealed the deal by giving him a copy of 1982’s The Dark Crystal.
12. Bowie had a "free hand" in writing the music for the movie.
13. Henson was thrilled with Bowie’s casting.
14. In fact, Henson became quite a fan of Bowie’s.
15. The Firey’s creepy song “Chilly Down” was the first Bowie wrote for the film.
16. It took four puppeteers to maneuver each of the five Fireys.
17. Those baby sounds in “Magic Dance” were actually Bowie.
18. The “Shaft of Hands” scene was made up of 150 live hands.
19. Some of the hands would pass Connelly notes during breaks, or try communicating using sign language.
20. The ballroom scene was inspired by Henson’s own love for masquerade parties.
21. In fact, Jim frequently threw parties for his cast and crew.
22. And the movie later inspired its own annual costume ball in LA.
23. Though he believed “the possibilities were infinite,” not all of Henson's fantastical ideas made it into the final cut.
24. Artist Brian Froud created an expansive world of goblins for Labyrinth, even releasing a 160-page art book The Goblins of Labyrinth in 1986.
25. Froud’s son Toby starred in the film as Sarah’s annoying baby brother.
26. It pulled together quite the team.
27. This wasn’t the first time Henson and Lucas’s team had come together.
28. It’s all relative.
29. It’s back in theaters for a limited release in honor of the 30th anniversary.
30. A new exhibit for the film just opened at the Center for Puppetry in Atlanta, Georgia.
More interesting facts can be found at Jim Henson's Red Book.
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