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Many of us raised in the eighties devoted countless hours to watching and rewatching Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. Decades later, their cult following continues to grow. Maybe it’s the fascinating and more-than-slightly androgynous Goblin King, played by David Bowie in tights and a Tina Turner wig. Maybe it’s the soundtrack. (Even now, if asked to recite—or better yet, sing—the lyrics to “Magic Dance” or “As the World Falls Down,” I could . . . and would, if David Bowie was the one asking.) But really—and no offense, Jennifer Connelly—it’s the Goblins and the Fireys and the Cleaners that captivate and carry you from one twist of the Labyrinth to the next. And with no human cast, The Dark Crystal is drawn by Jen and Kira and the wild weirdness that accompanies them: the Skeksis and the Mystics, the leggy Landstriders, Aughra the oracle (who has always reminded me of a grumpy long-haired Pekingese, albeit with a marginally better grasp of language).
The creatures—and subsequently, our love of them—in both films are the work of Brian and Wendy Froud: Brian was the conceptual designer for Labyrinth and Dark Crystal, while Wendy sculpted and built puppets for the films (And Yoda! Different movie).