Labyrinth (feat. Meredith and Jillian) : Episode 71

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What: Jennifer Connelly has to solve a magical labyrinth in thirteen hours to save her baby brother from the Goblin King.
Directed by: Jim Henson
Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Puppets

Featuring guest co-hosts
Jillian and Meredith holiday buddy shotMeredith Conti & Jillian Berke

Recommended and Related Media

The Dark Crystal
Jim Henson’s elaborate puppet-based fantasy which preceded labyrinth.
Get the thing iTunes | Amazon

Brian Fraud’s Art Books
Did you dig the art direction in Labyrinth? The dude behind it made a few books of his art. One of them is a book of goblin art directly from the film! They are neat.
Good Faeries/Bad Faeries Amazon
The Goblins of Labyrinth Amazon

Show Notes

Labyrinth production

The Dark Crystal -> Labyrinth -> Mirrormask : a spiritual trilogy. Jim Henson. Beverly Crusher’s choreography.

Gate sMcFadden Labyrinth Choreograpger

Fantasy Rules and Dream Worlds

Our difficulty with fantasy again, and further difficulty specific to dreamland stories. Nothing makes sense, cause and effect cannot be counted on, and essentially nothing is on the line. Yet Labyrinth is still delightful (because nostalgia!).

Relating to adolescents

Identifying with adults now more, since we are adults.


Dreaming. Animal models. Rats and humans and dreaming during non-REM sleep.

The Greek Myth of the Labyrinth

Minotaur, reverse-minotaur. Plus, a succinct and accurate retelling of the story.

Maze-solving and cognition

Humans are okay. Rats are okay. Dogs, not so much. “Ecocentric cognitive mapping.” FMRI and navigation in virtual reality.

The bog of eternal stench

Irreparable putrescence. Not something that is on you, but something that infuses your very flesh to continue to be stinky. Or, magic.


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