Click on CAPCon Alert image for explanation
ChildCare Action Project:
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP Ministry)
Entertainment Media Analysis Report
A service to His little ones (which includes at-home teens) through you, their parents and grandparents, in His name by His Word

(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 17, 2004
Posted March 25, 2004
59 out of 100

Give your visitors full access to over 800 CAP movie analyses! Place this image on your website and link it to

Click it to try it!

Click for more information

UPDATED regularly!
We exist only by your
tax-deductible donations.
PLEASE .......

Features PayPal!
Stay informed ...OBJECTIVELY...
on what Hollywood feeds your kids. SUBSCRIBE
to our FREE newsletter.
Please tell a friend about the CAP Ministry:


If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(1986), PG -- Nothing is always as it seems.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Delphi V Productions, Henson Associates, Lucasfilm Ltd., TriStar Pictures
Distribution (US): Columbia TriStar Home Video
Director(s): Jim Henson
Producer(s): Martin G. Baker, David Lazer, David Lazer, George Lucas, Eric Rattray
Story: Dennis Lee, Jim Henson, Terry Jones, Elaine May
Cinematography/Camera: Alex Thomson
Music: David Bowie, Trevor Jones
Film Editing: John Grover
Production Design: Elliot Scott
Art Direction: Terry Ackland-Snow, Roger Cain, Peter Howitt, Michael White
Viewed on: Columbia/TriStar Home Video

Jim Henson and Brian Froud, the creators of Dark Crystal bring us Labyrinth (1986), a fairy tale that seems to combine just about every fairy tale you've seen as a child.

A 13 year old embittered lass named Sarah (Jennifer Connely) became so enraged at having to care for her baby step brother Toby (Toby Froud) that she wished the goblins would come and take him a way. Sarah uttered a chant. Toby's crying stopped. Sarah got her wish. She did come to realize she had done terribly wrong but a noble regret does not excuse an ignoble deed. She must rescue Toby (especially since Toby is the son of Brian Froud, one of the producers).

Goblin king, Jareth (David Bowie) visited Sarah in her bedroom to gloat on his new prize, telling Sarah she has 13 hours to rescue Toby else he will mutate into a goblin and become Jareth's property forever. All Sarah had to do was to travel to the king's castle, which he showed her, and collect Toby. But ... there is always a "but" ... to get there Sarah must successfully navigate a dense labyrinth of passages filled with a plethora of nasties surrounding the king's castle. If successful, Sarah would have to then contend with the king himself.

Sarah also befriended a number of the labyrinth inhabitant nasties who then tag along with her to use their special skills to help her through the labyrinth. One was Hoggle (actress - Shari Weiser; voice - Brian Henson), a particularly nasty little urinating dwarf bent on tricking and confusing ... at the start ... but later became a rather significant ally to Sarah. A gentle giant named Ludo (actor - Rob Mills; voice - Ron Mueck) who could convince rocks to do his bidding became Sarah's most loyal nasty. Nothing is always as it seems.

The alluring and even somewhat enchanting music of David Bowie tends to mask from adults some of the issues your children will likely pick. One of these is the foul language in Bowie's songs -- four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus "no love injection" twice. [Prov. 22:11; Luke 17:2] Adolescent arrogance against parental authority [Exod. 20:12], a strong desire for freedom from accountability and heavy portrayal of unearned youthful independence [Prov. 22:15] nearly saturated the film. Sarah was verbally vicious and brutal even to a baby.

There as also heavy use of magic/sorcery to manipulate events to unfair advantage. Other issues of witchcraft/sorcery included shape-shifting, materialization/dematerialization, closing/opening doors, crystal ball gazing and magic to harm plus others. [Gal. 5:19 - 21] There was even a mockery of Satan teasing Jesus when Satan tempted Jesus to jump off [Matt. 4:5-10; Gal. 6:7]. Jareth tempted Sarah with "Look at what I'm offering - everything you want." Now is there any doubt as to what Jareth was supposed to be?

All that was noted is listed in the Findings/Scoring section of this report.

SPECIAL NOTE: We will be reducing the volume of coverage in the Summary/Commentary section of our reports and the number of reports generated in an effort to reduce costs until full funding can be achieved. The Findings/Scoring section of each report, the heart of the analysis model, will NOT be reduced in any way.

Thank you for your patience as we diligently search for funding. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help us locate 501(c)(3) nonprofit funding and sponsors is encouraged to notify me.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ]. If you wish to have full context available, the Blue Letter Bible is a convenient source. If you use the Blue Letter Bible, a new window will open. Close it to return here or use "Window" in your browser's menu bar to alternate between the CAP page and the Blue Letter Bible page.

  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Exod. 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. [The "rod of correction" does not have to be physical punishment. It can be non-physical as well. The "rod of correction" can also mean the teachings learned from discipline.]
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Matt. 4:5 - 10 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Labyrinth (1986) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • recklessness with a baby
  • burning and removing body parts (of muppets)
  • axe attack
  • goblin army attacking with swords, spears and cannon fire
  • spear threats
  • automatic gunfire to kill
  • baby repeatedly in precarious positions to threaten his life

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 12 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, three by an adolescent
  • euphemism of the most foul of the foul words by a sprite
  • adolescent arrogance toward parents
  • "I hate you. I HATE YOU" to a baby
  • "Stop it. STOP IT" to a crying baby.
  • urination
  • lies, repeatedly
  • cruelty n speech
  • sounds of flatulence

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • innuendo of intercourse with "no love injection" in song, twice
  • ghosting of male anatomy through thin clothing, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drugging to erase memory

    Offense to God (O)
  • calling for help from the unholy, repeatedly
  • goblins, repeatedly
  • incantation to take a baby away, repeatedly
  • unholy abduction of a baby
  • shape-shifting, repeatedly
  • materialization/dematerialization, repeatedly
  • magic to, e.g., close doors, repeatedly
  • magic to make changes to impede, confuse, entice, manipulate or harm, repeatedly
  • two uses God's name in vain without the four letter word vocabulary, once by an adolescent
  • crystal ball gazing, repeatedly
  • rocks doing the will of a living creature
  • "Look what I'm offering you - everything you want"
  • the use of evil (magic) to do good [Isa. 5:20]

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Please visit our sponsor(s):


    And please visit also these links.


     Artist:   Album:   Title:   Lyric:  

    Single Christian Network

    Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
     Click Here for a Quality Christian Site

    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

    Join Christian Banner Exchange Network Today!

    The ChildCare Action Project (CAP) is a nonprofit Christian ministry. We rely on public support. If you wish to contribute to the CAP, please send your donations to
    ChildCare Action Project
    Post Office Box 177
    Granbury, TX 76048-0177

    Your gifts are tax deductible in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Codes. Please feel free to write to us.

    You are welcome to go to the
    CAP Reports page
    or go to the
    Top of the CAP Home Page
    or the
    CAP Site Map (Table of Contents)
    or leave me an email message or comment at

    Thank you for visiting us and may God bless you. Prayerfully, we will provide you with some of the most revealing commentary and investigative reporting you have ever read.

    In the name of Jesus:
    Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
    Tom Carder
    ChildCare Action Project (CAP): Christian Analysis of American Culture
    100% dependent on your tax-deductible financial support

    Copyright ChildCare Action Project (CAP) Ministry

    Since December 5, 2000

       The Fundamental Top 500