Some films became surprising cult classics because they hit on a unique — almost magic — combination that could never be replicated. 1986 movie Maze There is one of these special cases where everything came together.
Was it David Bowie’s performance as the Ghost King? Was it the puppets that brought the magical – and creepy – characters to life? Was it the classic theme of good versus evil? Was this a breakthrough role for a young Jennifer Connelly?
It was all together, and Puppet, in particular, had failed to hold up as well in previous iterations. who made them Maze, and why did he do such a good job for the film?
‘Maze’ was a huge success after theatrical performance
It might be hard to believe now – since the film has such a dedicated fan base – but Maze It did not receive much critical acclaim or popularity during its theatrical run after its 1986 release. In fact, the strange film left audiences scratching their heads more than applause, and it only ran in theaters for three weeks.
Obviously, we are still talking about the film after 35 years, so something changed. The popularity grew in sales of VHS and became a hit on cable. Eventually, it became a defining piece of pop culture for a generation of children who had grown up watching Bowie’s portrayal of the Ghost King of Jareth as they sailed through the labyrinth to Sarah (Connelly) with their baby brother. Were implied to return safely.
Jim Henson puppets for ‘Maze’
If the puppets sound familiar, it’s likely because they are the work of the famous puppeteer Jim Henson. Henson is perhaps best known for creating and working for The Muppets Sesame Street. Their characters, although they may be made of cloth and stars, are still the most recognizable and important faces in children’s entertainment today.
As Yahoo Reportedly, Henson was also behind the puppets Maze, but he did not create the imaginary and dark world of creatures on his own. The film was the work of his creative team at Creature Shop. A large part of the team was Henson’s wife, Wendy Frowde. Fraud Was Incredibly Impressive Maze: “The illustrator and conceptual designer dreamed up nearly all of Henson’s puppet characters that the director packed into every frame of the film.”
Inspiration for ‘Maze’ puppets came from surprising places
You might be surprised to learn how the inspiration for the puppets that became the most memorable characters Maze came forward.
For example, Sir Didymus – the wise fox who helps Sarah in her quest – was given a walking stick for very practical reasons. “It gives the puppets something to do. When we did Yoda, Frank Ozu [who puppeteered and voiced the character in The Empire Strikes Back] We would talk about how to manipulate him in the early days, while we were making fun of it as a puppet,” explained Froud.
The character’s actual costume and design were inspired by real medieval knights. Her “flamboyant” dress and wings came straight from this historical model.
Another set of memorable characters are the four guards who try to block Sarah with mind-boggling puzzles. Taking a closer look at these can bring up images of a familiar object: playing cards. Fraud said he took inspiration Punch and Judy, a classic puppet show. However, she explains that they wanted something more interesting, “It’s just a square with a hole in it and a puppet on top. I thought it was cool, but also a little boring. What I like about playing cards.” The like is that your heads are up and down, so we can put a puppet on the bottom.”
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