- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Archaia; 01 edition (28 Feb. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608864162
- ISBN-13: 978-1608864164
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jim Henson's The Labyrinth Novelization Hardcover – 28 Feb 2015
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About the Author
Jim Henson is the founder of The Jim Henson Company and created puppet characters for Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and other programs.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is very detailed and adds scenes that were not included in the film which makes it so charming, especially with the amazing goblin art work and pages from Jim Henson's note book.
I will treasure this book and continuously return to the chapter "O Body Swayed To Music" on page 155! Now if you'll excuse me, "I'm off the take the little lady back to the beginning of the labyrinth, just like we planned!"
After having yet another argument with her stepmother over babysitting duties, Sarah appeals to the goblin king to take away her younger brother Toby. When this actually happens Sarah starts a quest to retrieve her younger sibling and she only has thirteen hours to make her way to the centre of the labyrinth to confront Jareth, the Goblin King.
Ok, so if – like me – you are a child of the 80s then Labyrinth will have been a firm favourite of yours. It most definitely was one of my favourites (to the point where I have the soundtrack on CD and vinyl and the DVD and film posters and the T-Shirt and a weird crush on David Bowie) so when I saw that a book was going to be released of the story I will admit my inner geek went into overdrive. This occasionally happens, especially when I find random memorabilia from movies that I love.
I bought a copy of the book in a moment of proud madness – well technically I Pre-Ordered it from Amazon. I had just had a root canal after 30 years of avoiding the dentist and felt that I had been a brave little toaster and deserved a treat. And boy was this book a treat.
It was strange reading a story that I have loved for such a long time. The characters’ were exactly how they were in the movies but what is good about the book is that you get a vision of the unedited movie. Deleted scenes take place in the book that obviously didn’t make it to the actual movie. What I did find is that some of the descriptive narrative read like extra detailing in a script.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because if you have seen the movie you can see just how accurate that the movie makers got it.
Overall, this is a sumptuous book for the lovers of the film. Now, having finished the book I am off to watch the movie. Dance, Magic Dance….
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth by ACH Smith and Brian Froud is available now.
I only put 4 stars because I believe novelizations are great to expand on the characters and have more insight on their motives and feelings, and I find that it was an opportunity that they missed. But still a great read!
The novelisation itself is great, capturing all the key moments in the film while also adding in intriguing additional details that flesh out the characters and their back-stories. Many scenes are extended beyond the versions seen in the film, and I particularly enjoy the insights into Sarah's family life (her relationship with her absent mother is explored, and knowing the background to her mother's departure really makes Sarah's petulance in the film far easier to understand) and Jareth's thought processes (he becomes a fully fleshed out character in the novelisation, with fears and desires),
Now for the new content - while the Froud sketches are wonderful they are inescapably familiar (although the character concepts are new, I’ve seen many other goblin sketches before in Goblins of the Labyrinth and elsewhere); by contrast, the Henson notes are completely fresh and have really captured my imagination. They provide a genuinely fascinating insight into the early development of the film. The notes can best be best described as embryonic ideas - among other things, they reveal that one of Jareth’s early names was Torquil (!), the Wiseman’s bird hat started life as the top of a Jester’s staff and an early description of Sir Didymus summed him up perfectly as “small and feisty”.
Overall, I can’t recommend this enough - the book is perfectly presented, and the new content makes it a must have even if you already own the original print of the novelisation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ordered this at 10pm last night and it was delivered by 10am this morning that is amazing very pleased. Daughter just started reading it but hasn't yet put it down so must be good.Published 4 months ago by Red
Beautiful book but not illustrated throughout as I imagined it would be. The artwork is all in the back of the book .Published 4 months ago by kehs
A few spelling errors here and there but still an enjoyable read full of fantasy and adventure.Published 5 months ago by Coleen Baillie
I love the film, and this novelisation is amazing - I didn't realise that it existed, and was so pleased to stumble across it online. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sally Holmwood
brand new hardback, looks good it is and has everything in the book right down to the last detail, recommend to anyone, it will be delievered by a private driver so not DPD, Post... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tyler Wenisch
Absolutely gorgeous book! Worth every penny and was delivered very quickly!Published 6 months ago by Erin McElwee
There are a small niche of films that have become classic not just on a wave of nostalgia, but also because of the manner in which they were made. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
My all time favourite story. I have wanted a copy of this book forever and I finally have it. I cannot wait to dive in and relive the magic of this story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lisa jones