You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What power? The power of voodoo. Who do? You do. Do what? Remind me of the babe.
Have you ever noticed that the movie Labyrinth is a lot like The Wizard of Oz?
Let’s do a comparison:
- Munchkins = Goblins (avoids the issue of how PC the term “Munchkins” is)
- Dorothy = Sarah (except brattier and more dramatic)
- “There’s no place like home.” = “You have no power over me.” (more feminism)
- Yellow Brick Road = Labyrinth (The road was too easy.)
- Wicked Witch of the West = David Bowie (except more fashionable)
The similarities are amazing, aren’t they?
It’s a tale as old as time. Girl ends up in a strange land. She makes some new friends. They travel to the Emerald/Goblin City. Someone melts or turns into an owl. Happens all the time.
Rewatching this movie just proved how
oblivious innocent I was as a child. As an adult, I kept staring at David Bowie’s…pants.
I did manage to take some notes about what I learned from the movie:
- If you want goblins to take away your baby brother, just say, “I wish the goblins would come take you away.”
- An oubliette is a place you put people…to forget about them.
- Watch out for poison
- Fairies bite; they don’t grant wishes.
- The only person who grants wishes is Bowie in crotch-hugging pants.
- Slapping babies will make them pee.
This movie should have included a tutorial on how to do that crystal ball spinning thing. But since it didn’t, the most important thing I learned is David Bowie may be Macaulay Culkin’s inspiration.