Jim was not disappointed by his choice of David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King. Late in the shoot, Jim told his staff that Bowie had, “added a truly magical spark as Jareth.” His tall, lean presence was a perfect contrast to Brian Froud’s earth-toned and compact goblins, highlighting their delightful design and eccentric personalities. Creating this population was a joy for Froud, and his imagination was overstuffed with a diversity of goblins. Inspired by the drawings and etchings of northern European artists like Albrecht Dürer, Froud produced page after page of sketches. Collaborating with screenwriter Terry Jones, he compiled a goblin catalogue complete with clever names and descriptions. Published in 1986 as The Goblins of Labyrinth, it gave readers a window into the depth of the film’s creative thinking.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.