Making Of...
Making Of...

Labyrinth Behind The Scenes

AKA:
Labyrinth Picture
1986
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1986 Family movie starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud et al.
Contributed by: Mak Wilson - Puppeteer/CGI Animation Director With Jim Henson'S Ceature Shop
It took 4 puppeteers to perform Hoggle's face - I know because I was one of them!
The baby who plays Toby is Toby Froud, son of Brian Froud, who drew the sketches and art for this movie and The Dark Crystal. Originally, a baby was picked to play Sarah's brother "Freddie". Unfortunately, the child was terrified of the goblins. Toby Froud, however, had grown up with them so he was chosen to replace him. Only problem was, he wouldn't respond to "Freddie". The script was changed, so when Sarah calls out "Toby" he turns around.
Contributed by: Sara Morgan
Before David Bowie was cast for the part of Jareth, Jim Henson also had in mind Sting, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson for the part.
This movie was produced by George Lucas, the Creator of "Star Wars".
Contributed by: Bellina
The Shaft of helping hands consisted of 40 human hands and 40 "Supporting Role" hands.
Contributed by: April
Gates McFadden, the actress who played Dr. Beverly Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," was part of the Labyrinth creative team. She choreographed the Ballroom scene, teaching Jennifer steps in order to dance with the others. Gates is her middle name and she is billed in the credits by her first name: Cheryl. It wasn't until later that she went by Gates.
Another major behind-the-scenes player in Labyrinth was juggler Michael Moschen. Moschen worked as the hands of Jareth in all those crystal ball scenes.
Contributed by: J.R. Weber
The set for Goblin City included the biggest panoramic back-cloth ever made up to that time.
Contributed by: Bellina
Look out for three bottles of milk outside Jareth's Castle. Placed there by the crew as a laugh, Jim Henson decided to leave them there.
Contributed by: Bellina
A very expensive Panaflex movie camera was dropped into the Bog of Stench and ruined. The Bog also claimed a lot of clothing as any stains REALLY couldn't be removed!
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Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
I read in the info for the movie a scene to the song "Frist Kiss" by David Bowie was cut because the test audience didn't like Bowie kissing Connelly, as she and her character were underaged!

This cut the movie a whole six minutes!
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Alternate Versions
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