Despite internet buzz the past week, it turns out there will NOT be a sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (http://www.themarysue.com/no-labyrinth-sequel/).
And you know what? I’m glad there won’t be.
Whereas The Dark Crystal has a rich world that could sensibly be explored more (a sequel to that has been in the works for over a decade: Genndy Tartakovsky - Samurai Jack, the original Clone Wars series - was going to direct it), Labyrinth's story is a very specific one that ends exactly when it should. It's a coming-of-age tale about an adolescent girl trying to figure out her place in the world, which is why it's ending is so satisfying. A follow-up would just be gratuitous. Those of you who know me know that JM Barrie's Peter & Wendy is one of the defining books of my entire life; and that I consider the entire story to be a dream by Wendy. Like Sarah, I’ve always considered it to be the story of Wendy’s subconscious attempting to make sense of the changes in the world around her AND in herself.
The video attached - posted at the end of September, before all this “sequel” talk started - is a great summation of why I still love the film as much as I do. The way the story is written up here is exactly why I don’t think a sequel would be a good idea.
Being off the Internet almost entirely for October, I thankfully missed all this sequel talk.
But I’m glad it’s not happening. (Besides, I don’t think they could beat some of the fanfic I’ve reads, so heh.)
the-introspective-serpent asked: Hi, Ursa! I like your episodes a lot, particularly the Labyrinth ones and the Devil Wears Prada/Legally Blonde episodes. Why did you disable your youtube comments?
It’s a brand new Bad Movie Beatdown, where Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl make a deadly duo in tedious action rom-com Killers, but one lethal pairing deserves another: can me and Ursa from Stuff You Like take them out?
I think you speeeled stuff wrong Mat :P
Have you ever stopped to think about what Facebook would be if it were a real, physical place?
Just think about it for a second—a big, open, blue and white marble plaza, with softly bubbling fountains. Off to one side, someone is wearing a sign that reads, “THIS IS THE BEST DIET YOU CAN BUY.” No one seems bothered.
In the middle of the square sits everyone who you’ve ever known, talking about everything they’ve ever cared about. When something someone blurts out happens to tickle some of the crowd around that person, they ALL give an exuberant thumbs up and start making snarky comments. You turn your eyes elsewhere.
You DO? Well, that’s fantastic.
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