“I can’t live within you!”: Jareth as Sarah’s wanna-be psychologist

June 6, 2007: So in November of last year, Mike Dillon sent me five single-spaced pages of erudite speculation on Jareth, Sarah and the psychological ramifications of the Labyrinth. Not until today did I hack a shorter, less dense essay out of all his fascinating thoughts. See below for a theory on Jareth’s secretly benevolent nature. Apparently he really wants to be Sarah’s therapist. No really…just read it…

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“The other leads to certain death, oooooooh!”: death in the Labyrinth

August 25, 2006: Recently a 20th anniversary edition of The Goblins of Labyrinth, Brian Froud’s book of conceptual drawings, came out. In a new afterword, Brian Froud looks back on designing the film. He comments on the various costumes, settings and, of course, the characters. Speaking of Jareth, Froud compares him most strikingly to a knight in the Grimms’ fairy tales “with the worms of death eating through his armor.” I never thought of the Goblin King as a Death figure, much less the theme of death as it related to Labyrinth in general. As I started replaying the movie [it's on permanent rotation in my head], I noticed that the Labyrinth is a very grim place. Though camouflaged by comedy, death lurks everywhere.

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Laberinto: a promo program translated from Spanish

This Jareth’s Realm exclusive is a Spanish-language promo program entitled Laberinto [Labyrinth]. It’s 4 pages and full color, printed on A4 card stock. Best guess is that it came out in 1986. See scans and read the translation [by me] below.

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Review from Cosmopolitan

Here’s a transcript of the relevant portion of an article from Cosmopolitan, December, 1986, entitled “Cosmo reviews movies,” by Helen Duncan. Click below for scans and the snarky, poorly written text of the review.

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“Daddy, get me out of here!”: Sarah’s unhappy family and Jareth’s alternative

Poor Jareth is doing double, triple, even quadruple duty in this movie. Rock star, fashion icon, pin-up boy, Byronic hero, antagonist, DAD?!!?!

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“Once upon a time”: site history and credits

Site history

Now pay attention, boys and girls… In 1996, most Labyrinth sites sucked. Some of them didn’t, but most did. If you were surfing back then, you know what I mean. The same pix ‘n’ links appeared everywhere in small sites popping with pop-ups. The nascent Laby community clearly shared a love of the movie, but didn’t have anything to say.

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For guys: Your Laby obsession is critical if…

1/18/06: Nick Berquist updates us on the ever-expanding Laby fascination of a male fan. Here are 50 more signs you might be a male Laby nut…

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Labyrinth T-shirt promo from Frontline

Just a clipping from the fall, 1986, issue of British film mag Frontline, featuring a neat ballroom photo of Jareth and Sarah and a promo for Laby T-shirts. I want one.

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Rockin’ On article about David Bowie

Here’s an article from the Japanese mag Rockin’ On, “David Bowie strays into the Labyrinth,” August, 1986.

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You know you’re a male Laby geek when…

1/6/06: Seeing a sorely neglected gap in Laby humor, Nick Berquist generously jumped in to fill it. He says, “As one of three male Labyrinth- obsessed fans, I felt it my duty to create my own list. All I have ever seen are lists for teenaged girls. JARETH IMPERSONATORS MUST UNITE! Ahem. I hope the file is satisfactory. ” Quite satisfactory, I should say. :D

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“Time is short”: a timeline of Labyrinth and its fandom

In 2006, Labyrinth turns 20, while the Realm turns 10. Jesus, I can’t believe it’s been that long. As I reflected back over the past two decades, I started making a timeline of Labyrinth and its fandom.

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“You’re going the wrong way!”: too many geniuses at work on Labyrinth

8/26/05: As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less enchanted with Labyrinth. I realize its flaws. But I still love the movie. I often wonder why I’m so fascinated by a movie that has such glaring problems with it. How can I like something that’s so BAD in some respects? I’ve come to the conclusion that the very things that make Labyrinth BAD are also the things that make it so GOOD. Read on.

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“Goblin babe”: what does Jareth want with Toby?

8/25/05: I’m not very fond of Toby. As a character, he has two modes: whiny and impossibly cute. Not much depth. But he’s the third major human player in the movie, so it was inevitable that this site should discuss him eventually. But Toby himself is too boring for me to analyze. More interesting is what Jareth does with Toby…

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“Now why did you have to go do a thing like that?”: site rationale

Why does this site exist? you ask. Call it my personal rewrite of Labyrinth.

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Interview / Review with Jim Henson from Veronica

April 14, 2005: Another Jareth’s Realm exclusive, this is an overview of the film and interview with Jim Henson: “Not Just For Kids” by Els Smets. I translated it from the December 20, 1986, issue of Dutch women’s mag Veronica. It’s a doozy — how often do you get two pictures of Sarah looking intelligent?

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