Have you ever been at a party and had someone mention… the macarena or something similar, and before you know it, a whole pile of 20-somethings are on their feet, singing along, doing all the movements, generally making right eijits of themselves, and loving it?
Well, my version of that occurs at least twice a year. I’ll be at some do or other and someone will say ‘You remind me of the babe…’
And before I know it, we’re replying:
‘the babe with the power…’,
‘the power of voodoo,
‘you do, you remind me of the babe!’
If you’ve seen the Labyrinth, and loved it, chances are you knew what I was typing before you read it!
If you’ve seen it and didn’t like it…then this might not be the blog post for you(but you’ll probably find something else you like!).
If you haven’t seen it…yet… I envy you!!!
The Labyrinth is a 1986 film, directed by Jim Henson (The Muppet’s!), produced by George Lucas (some space based trilogy, twice), and designed by Brian Froud (who created the good faeries/bad faeries book, amongst others).
More importantly, it stars a be-wigged, all singing, all dancing, all Lycra wearing David Bowie, as Jared, alongside an enchanting and enigmatic Jennifer Connelly as Sarah.
The film follows the adventures of Sarah Williams, a 15 yr old girl struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother, her father’s remarriage, and her relationship with her baby brother Toby. During a fit of rage, she wishes the baby away with the goblins, and to her shock, the baby vanishes.
He has been kidnapped by Jared, the King of the Goblins, who is in love with Sarah, but has a rather strange way of wooing her. She has only 13 hours to learn the tricks of the labyrinth or she will lose her baby brother for ever (such a pity…).
On her journey, she meets the weird and wonderful, makes some true friends and finds that life is not always as it seems. It’s all very surreal and wonderful (gotta love the MC Escher inspired ending), and there is singing and dancing galore, by creatures of all sorts and shapes. For years, it has been one of my favourite films, and I would have happily chewed off my own arm for some sort of a sequel.
Turns out, they didn’t need my arm!
The wonderful people at Tokyo Pop have released a four part comic series, designed to bring the legendary world back to life, and up to date.
It is set some 15 years in the future, and little Toby – now a rather blase, yet hapless teenager – is the hero of the books…though Sarah does make her presence felt too!
The characters that we know and love are all present and correct (Jared, Ludo, Sir Didymus and of course, Hoggle), though the focus is on new ones. Though very different (in that durr, it’s a different format completely sort of way), I do think that the spirit… the heart of the original lives on in a glorious fashion!
Everyone that I have lent these too has loved them, almost as much as the original film. So, if you are a fan, I can’t recommend these enough! If you merely liked the film, but are looking to explore the world of comics more, this is a great introductary set. I know that it’s contrary to all comic conventions, but these are set out in western linear fashion – you don’t have to read em backwards. I find reading backwards disorientating with comics. My eyes automatically move in the wrong direction, so this was fantastic.
If you fancy em, I know that OK Comics have had em in the past, and are rather super about ordering stuff in (and lending a patient ear when you want something but can’t remember the name!). I imagine that they will be available competively priced online, though I obviously haven’t looked (never understood that tendency myself) – I have mine now!
(As for me, I’ve started collecting the sister series – a sequel to the Dark Crystal
! 2 down, 2 to go)