Theme Park University teamed up again with AdventureDragon.com to cover the launch of the Center for Puppetry Arts‘ new special Labyrinth exhibit that celebrates 30 years since the debut of the 1986 film. As one of my favorite childhood stories, I couldn’t wait to see the original props and puppets up close and personal, but I didn’t expect to be so immersed into the environment of Labyrinth that the exhibit was able to recreate.
The entrance to the exhibit gives visitors the experience of stepping into a labyrinth just like the one in the film. The false brick walls appear slick and wet, and the attention to detail is striking. A painting of an endless passageway cleverly placed against adjacent walls of a small hallway recreates the endless corridor that frustrated Sarah when she first entered the labyrinth.
Whether you turn to the left or the right, the labyrinth appears to just go on and on endlessly. And, just like in the film, the solution to finding a way inside lies in going neither left nor right but in walking straight towards the back wall…and then slipping off to another passageway on the right.
Of course, the little worm appears to show you the way. You can stop for a cuppa tea and meet the misses, too, if ya like.
The Labyrinth Exhibit
Once inside, the Labyrinth exhibit brings you face to face with some of the most loved puppets from the film. Like the cheery ‘Ello worm. And Hoggle’s plaster head.
And since a large part of the humor comes from the absurdity and incompetence of the goblins, we created a bit of goblin silliness of our own by having fun with some of the puppets. In true goblin spirit, of course.
“It was Jim Henson’s intention to provide action and excitement, but not actual violence, resulting in a true ‘battle of the absurd.’”
The crystal balls are surprisingly as mesmerizing in real life as in the film. Even though they remain completely stationary inside the glass display case, they appear as if they are constantly in motion.
But none of them compare to The Junk Woman– my favorite of them all. She taught me about growing up and leaving things behind. Or taking things with you that you don’t want to carry. She taught me that sometimes it hurts to be a grown up, and she holds a special place in my heart.
“It’s not until you’re an older adult that you understand about the baggage of life.”
-Brian Henson, on The Junk Woman
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