Labyrinth stars David Bowie as the Goblin King Jareth, who abducts the baby brother of Sarah Williams, played by Jennifer Connelly. Indeed, it was one of the weirdest and most wonderful kids films of the 1980s. And alongside all the fantastical puppetry, musical interludes and ridiculous yet incredible hair, the Jim Henson classic also taught young viewers several life lessons. From the importance of deadlines to the power of teamwork, here’s a look at 20 of the most invaluable.
20. Don’t take everything for granted
Sarah is so caught up in her own little fantasy world at the start of the movie that she forgets what she’s got in the real world. Sure, most teens wouldn’t be particularly happy at having to look after a baby when they had plans. But perhaps Sarah should have cherished the bonding time she would have had with her sibling Toby, instead of complaining about it.
Sarah does eventually realize what she had but only when it’s too late. Indeed, it takes a villainous wild-haired goblin king prone to bursting into song to make her see the error of her ways. And when both she and her brother Toby return to their family home, it’s clear that Sarah now appreciates what she has.