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(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.
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|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.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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