20th anniversary screening July 20 in Beverly Hills
Henson, Brian Fround, Toby Froud, Dave Goelz, Jane Gootnick, Karen
Prell and Mira Velimorivic will attend this rare screening open
to the public.
of The Jim Henson Company
evil goblin king, a talking door knocker, fairies and a colony of
goblins will join producer/director Brian Henson and members of
the Jim Henson Creature Shop at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences’ 20th anniversary screening and onstage discussion
of “Labyrinth” (1986) on Thursday, July 20, at 8 p.m.
at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
conversation featuring the creative team behind “Labyrinth,”
including Henson, who is the voice of Hoggle and co CEO of the Jim
Henson Company, will offer the public a rare opportunity to hear
from animatronics specialists both behind and infront of the camera.
David Bowie and Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful
Mind”), “Labyrinth” follows the fantastical adventures
of Sarah (Connelly) as she attempts to rescue her baby brother Toby
(Toby Froud) from being transformed into a goblin by Jareth, the
goblin king (Bowie).
a milestone in the development of animatronic technology, utilized
a very early version of what would ultimately become the Henson
Performance Control System, which in 1991 received a Scientific
and Engineering Award from the Academy for allowing a single puppeteer
to remotely control up to 32 isolated facial movements in an animatronic
character. The technology made it possible to express complex emotions
through the character and simulate a live performance in real time.
Academy’s current exhibition “It’s
Alive!: Bringing Animatronic Characters to Life on Film,”
which contains original animatronic puppets from the film, will
be open for viewing immediately following the screening.
to “Labyrinth” are $5 for the general public and $3
for Academy members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is unreserved.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in
Beverly Hills. Free parking is provided in the garages located at
8920 and 9025 Wilshire Boulevard. For additional information, call
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