Jim Henson’s Labyrinth was an awe inducing and inspirational movie for a lot of us during the ’80s. To some it was more and helped inspire them to be the artists they are today. Sculptor, Johnny Fraser-Allen is one of the lucky few that followed his dreams created by the Jim Henson classic and now works at the legendary Weta Workshop.
On a visit to effects studio Weta Workshop, Adam Savage meets and chats with artists who bring their own obsessions and passion projects to work. Sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, who is working on miniatures for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth board game, shares with Adam his own intricate maze miniature, which will end up being the size of an entire room!
On the latest episode of Adam Savage’s Tested he gets a first hand look at the creation process of such an awesome board game and it’s out-of-this-world play pieces. This is part of a series that Savage has done at Weta with the first few episodes being about Peter Jackson and his immense collection of Sci-Fi and Fantasy movie props. So if you have time, check those episodes out too.
Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies of all time. Jim Henson was one of the most visionary artist of our lifetime. I often wonder “What if” he was still alive and didn’t die an untimely death in 1990 at the age of 53. The idea of being treated to more movies like Labyrinth and Dark Crystal could have changed the landscape of cinema. One can only hope.
Oh, and I would totally insane to not mention the guinea pig fantasy characters Weta Workshop are working on too!! Check them out in the video!!