My children loved it, too. We watched the entire movie before dinner, the "making of" section during dinner, and restarted it following dinner. It's playing as I type.
You know how old movies often look dated and worn? Labyrinth doesn't. Granted, all the actors are much younger looking, but as I haven't seen David Bowie in a really long time, in my head he still looks like Jareth, anyway. In a total squirrel moment - I love David Bowie as Jareth. He has just the right mixture of reluctant evil with a heart. Gets me every time.
Back to my point. After several minutes of watching, I realized something.
Labyrinth influenced Finding Meara, my current work-in-progress, and not just a little bit. There are several parts from the movie that I find submerged in Finding Meara. For example, I have a masquerade ball in Finding Meara. I totally didn't realize until watching the movie that the influence for that scene is directly linked to the Labyrinth ball scene.
Sadly, I tried to share the ball scene I found on YouTube, but it was blocked. Instead of trying to find a video link that wasn't blocked, I decided to not participate in copyright infringement and gave up. If you want to watch it, you can go here.
It isn't just a particular scene or character, though, that I recognized. For me, at least, there is a general feel of Labyrinth to the fantasy sections of Finding Meara. I just didn't realize it until watching the movie now.
So, I'm wondering... Have you ever had an a-ha moment over the inspiration for your work?
Really quickly, I wanted to let you all know that I'm going to post on Saturday, instead of Friday, in order to coordinate my posts with Mark Koopmans' Blog O'Hop on the 17th - St. Patrick's Day! There is still plenty of time to sign up, so click on the flag over in the side bar, and I'll see you there.