I own several of the books by Brian Froud. I remember getting Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book as a Christmas gift when I was in high school, and now own the Goblins of Labyrinth, too. It was awesome to hear them talk of the rather mundane way such a fantastical work took shape. Little did they know that we had recreated a goblin/David Bowie scene from the movie using a Cabbage Patch Preemie in place of their son. It's recorded for posterity. It's a tribute to the imagination that took root in us in Germany, when we were undistracted by American television. Brian Henson also voiced Hoggle, one of the main characters in the movie, who we've imitated for the last twenty-five years.
|Working Hoggle's face|
|The Dog from the Storyteller series, puppeted and voiced by Brian Henson|
Afterwards, we were lucky that Brian Henson came out into the audience and was willing to stand there for photos with fans. I had wanted to give him a notecard with the Hans-My-Hedgehog illustration on it, but didn't want him to think that I was hitting him up for a job, which was not the point. A few people had tried it in advance. So we told him how happy my mom would be to see the photo, and then I thanked him for helping to give us all an imagination as children. He smiled and thanked me and added, "We were just having some fun." Thank you Jim, thank you Brian, thank you to the Froud family...your fun changed our lives and gave us verdant, luscious imaginations. It made creativity and art sit at the forefront of our imaginations. For that, we will be forever grateful.
|Me, Brian Henson, and my siblings Chris, Meghan and Josh at the Museum of the Moving Image|