Day 3… “Center for Puppetry Arts” Part Five: “Labyrinth” Collection
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Before we get any further in this post, please know this is PART FIVE of the “Center for Puppetry Arts” and even though you can read them separately, I don’t want you to miss out on the “Sesame Street”, “Muppet Show”, “Fraggle Rock” and “Dark Crystal” sections before this- check them out HERE. Part Six will showcase other famous puppets from around the World that are outside the Jim Henson Collection, check it out!
Labyrinth…what do I even say about this film. As a child, this was the one that made me believe that magic was real. I believed there was a real labyrinth, there was a real Hoggle to hang out with me and fairies that bit you instead of being sweet. LOL I was Sarah, with stuffed friends that lined the shelves in my room, hoping and wishing they would come to life. Memorizing fairy tales, moments in my head that would take me far away when I was hurt or scared in my young years. Still to this day I would love a real Sir Didymus or Ludo….loyal companions who didn’t abandon you when you needed them, who weren’t fake to your face. Some lean into pets and animals, I leaned into magical lands…. probably still do. I did live near Disney World for a decade, might be something to that.
So seeing Dark Crystal was already a huge moment, amongst the many others…but turning the corner to see “Sir Didymus” RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME was just about too much. It’s not just a Muppet, it was my childhood friend. I get teary eyed just talking about it because just like music, it was a trigger, a good one, that just brought me right back to that little Amy in pigtails. So after my chat with him, I said hello to the goblins, the door knocker, and looked at other notable items from the film. It was great!!
At the end of the Jim Henson Collection is the fast food “Krystal” Muppets that were used in their campaign. I went through the exhibit several times, taking pics and filming, with and without Walter. I spent a couple hours here geeking out and playing with my friends. Seriously, it was the coolest.
Check out my last part of the “Center for Puppetry Arts” which explores some very familiar puppets … including Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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