They don’t make movies like this anymore. And unlike Frankenstein Island, that’s not a good thing.
With Toy Story blazing the trails for the exciting new world of CGI full-length features, there will probably never be another puppet movie like Labyrinth. Sure there was The Muppets, an Oscar-winning movie that came out as recently as last year, but it’s not the same. And though I refuse to articulate the reason why, I stand by it.
While I was watching this movie, I wondered why no one thought to make another film like this one (or Dark Crystal) since 1986. Sure, it’s campy by nature, but it’s also fun as heck and probably somewhat globally important to have a kid’s movie that isn’t just all invented inside a computer.
Yes, the premise is that a teenager wished her baby brother away to the land of the Goblins, and if dissected completely, the plot wears thin in a place or two, but it is a fun variation of the typical kid’s movie and it would be nice if somebody tried to do something like this again. Unfortunately, I think we all know why no one has tried this in 25 years (R.I.P. Jim Henson), but it would be nice for someone in that camp to try to pick up the baton and run with it. Maybe Jennifer Connelly can executive produce it. Jenn? Please? 9 bugs (out of 10).