26 Magical Labyrinth Facts You Probably Don’t Know
1. Jareth’s considerable bulge was an intentional choice made by conceptual designer Brian Froud.
2. The armor on Jareth’s leather jacket is a nod to 15th century knights.
3. The short staff with the crystal on the end that Jareth carries is called a “swagger stick,” and the crystal was designed to resemble a microphone.
6. Hoggle was lost in transit and is now on display at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama.
7. The baby noises in the song “Magic Dance” are actually David Bowie. He didn’t feel the recordings of the real baby sounded good enough.
8. All of the amazing crystal juggling Jareth the Goblin King does is trained professional Michael Moschen crouching behind David Bowie, working totally blind.
9. Jim Henson said that Moschen’s work was “as close to real magic as anything that I really know.”
21. The “helping hands” scene is real puppeteers wearing latex gloves and doing choreographed hand movements.
22. The props crew made over a hundred pairs of gloves and worked day and night to finish in time.
23. David Bowie used that scene as inspiration when he wrote the movie’s song “Underground.”
24. In an earlier version of the script, Sarah sings a lullaby to Toby. Jennifer Connelly said she thought it got cut partly because of her singing voice.
25. The Bog of Eternal Stench didn’t really smell, but a lot of the lovely noises it makes were actually happening during filming.
26. Labyrinth was the last feature film Jim Henson directed before his death.
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