Adults will recognize David Bowie’s voice in the “Labyrinth’s” opening credit song even before he appears as the Goblin King himself. But kids without a strong interest in rock and pop history probably won’t recognize him as a highly influential figure in 20th-century music.
Jennifer Connelly was only 14 years old when she played Sarah, but as she looks relatively similar today, adults will know who she is. Kids may not know her as she takes on more mature roles, like her Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winning role in 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind.”
While some kids may have heard of Monty Python, they probably won’t realize that the credited screenwriter for “Labyrinth,” Terry Jones, was a part of it. The irony is that the actual script that made it into production was not his, but a draft with changes by famed screenwriter Elaine May.
Kids may not catch that the Goblin King’s real name is Jareth. The reason is that the only person who calls him that is Hoggle, but he says it in a way that is more amusing than intimidating, especially in contrast to the way that the goblins proclaim “Your Majesty.”
While kids may relate to Sarah’s struggle to grow up, adults will probably find Sarah to be unlikeable and immature. They will question why at 16, she has a room full of toys and children’s books, and instead of taking care of her baby brother, Sarah gets mad at him for taking her teddy bear.