Drum roll please! My copy of the Archaia re-issue of the Labyrinth novelisation is finally here, and it’s a thing of beauty. The book is of high quality (I only wish it had a dust-jacket, but that’s very nit-picky of me) and I’m fascinated by the new material, which I will need a little while to go through properly. As you probably know, this re-issue contains some new Brian Froud goblin sketches and pages from Jim Henson’s prep notebook for the film.
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 seem to pre-date any draft of the script and 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”. There is far more to it than that, and I will write a longer post on what can be gleaned from the notes at some later stage.
I’ve flicked through the novelisation itself, and it all seems to be there and is presented simply and beautifully.
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. Get it now, and treat yourself!
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