Happy Birthday Labyrinth!! Did you know….

Twenty-seven years ago today, a Jim Henson-directed fantasy movie called Labyrinth was released and… well, quickly became a bit of a box office disaster. This strange movie, about a girl (Jennifer Connelly) searching for her baby brother who’s been kidnapped by a goblin king (David Bowie), was maybe a little too weird for mainstream audiences at the time.

But thankfully over the last 27 years whether it was due to the amazing creatures and sets or to Bowie’s extraordinary wig and lunchbox, it’s really gathered a strong following and you only need to see the popularity of our Labyrinth T-Shirts to know this movie has definitely become a cult classic, and for good reason. Labyrinth is one of the last non-animated films of the pre-computer age. Yes, there is probably a few computer effects used in the film, but when you consider that 1986 was also the year that Pixar released Luxo Jr., marking the beginning of a computer animation revolution, Labyrinth’s props-and-puppets approach to imaginative filmmaking feels like something of an to an era in film making.

To celebrate this fantastic mile-stone (yes, it makes me feel old too) I thought I’d give you 10 interesting facts surrounding Labyrinth, so enough gas-bagging as we only have 13 hours to reach Goblin City, after all….

1 – The screenplay went through 25 drafts, mostly to inject songs and more humour to ensure legendary pop star David Bowie would agree to star as antagonist Jareth the Goblin King.

2 – Originally, Jareth was conceived as a puppet-based creation until Henson decided that the movie’s two main characters ought to be played by actors. He considered casting a magician for the part, as well as Sting or Michael Jackson, before pursuing Bowie.

3 – During development, the film’s main character varied vastly from a king all the way through to a fantasy-world princess, until a modern teenager named Sarah was decided on. After British actress Helena Bonham-Carter auditioned for the role, the character’s nationality was chosen as American – probably for US marketing purposes.

4 – Baby Toby was infact conceptual and costume designer, Brian Froud’s son, also called Toby

5 – The movie’s climax takes place in a room in Jareth’s castle that features gravity-defying staircases heavily influenced by dutch artist MC Escher’s print Relativity.

6 – The puppet-operating and voice-acting team that worked with Henson on Labyrinth was drawn from those he’d collaborated with on previous Muppet movies, Fraggle Rock and his educational programme Sesame Street. They included Frank Oz (famed as operator and voice of Star Wars‘ Yoda), and Henson’s own daughter Cheryl and son Brian.

7 – Hoggle, although a dwarf actor by the name of Shari Weiser wore the costume, while four operators control all facial features via radio-controlled animatronics. Henson explains: “five performers trying to get one character out of one puppet was a very tough thing; basically what it takes is a lot of rehearsing and getting to know each other”. Watch the video below for more of an insight….

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8 – Labyrinth was an ambitious project in terms of set design. The Goblin City set featured cinema’s largest ever panoramic back-cloth. The forest Sarah and her companions pass through to reach the castle required 120 truckloads of tree branches, 1,200 turfs of grass, 850 pounds of dried leaves, 133 bags of lichen to list but a few factors. Meanwhile, the Shaft Of Hands sequence was filmed on a 40-feet-high rig and involved nearly a hundred performers’ hands.

9 – David Bowie recorded four songs for the film’s soundtrack: Underground, Magic Dance, As The World Falls Down and Within You (all of which he ‘performs’ in the movie). The first two were released as singles – Underground reached #21 on the UK charts.

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10 – Although Labyrinth was a financial failure at the Box Office, according to his Jim Henson’s son Brian, before his death in 1990 “he was able to see all that [growing popularity of Labyrinth] and know that it was appreciated”. David Bowie has also commented: “every Christmas a new flock of children comes up to me and says, ‘Oh! you’re the one who’s in Labyrinth!“, while Jennifer Connelly has said: “I still get recognized for Labyrinth by little girls in the weirdest places. I can’t believe they still recognize me from that movie. It’s on TV all the time and I guess I pretty much look the same”.

So there you have it, 10 facts you hopefully didn’t know another fantastic retro movie. Thankfully we have some great retro tshirts to show your appreciation too!!

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10 things you [hopefully] didn’t know about Forrest Gump…

“Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Well you do when you shop at TruffleShuffle… You can guarantee that you will find some great movie t-shirts amongst pages and pages of the best retro gear on the web.

If [like me] you’re a fan of the slightly slow-witted southern boy and his extraodinary life story then we have some great Forrest Gump T-Shirts that you will definitely love. As with other famous block-busters there is lots of great facts and trivia surrounding the making of this epic romantic comedy-drama classic, so I thought I’d share 10 of my favourite facts about the making of the story surrounding the Bubba Gump shrimp entrepreneur.

1 – John Travolta, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray all turned down the role of Forrest Gump.

2 – Sally Field, who played the mother of Forrest, is only 10 years older than Tom Hanks. Sally Field had previously co-starred with Tom Hanks, in the film “Punchline” 1988. In this film the character of Hanks makes proposal to heroine of Sally.

3 – With the first scene of each age transition one thing remains the same, Forrest always wears a blue plaid shirt.

4 – Apparently, the line Forrest says when his microphone is turned off at the Vietnam rally is: “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.”

5 – There was no ball in the Ping-Pong matches scenes; it was entirely CGI.

6 – Gary Sinise’s lower legs were wrapped in a special blue fabric that allowed them to be digitally removed later.

7 – Tom Hanks’ younger brother Jim Hanks doubled for him in many of his numerous running sequences.

8 – The traffic flow around squares in Savannah is normally counterclockwise. The flow was reversed for the movie in order to have the bus doors open into the square.

9 – This was Haley Joel Osment’s first film role.

10 – Forrest has his eyes closed in every photo you see of him in the movie.

So there you have it, 10 facts you hopefully didn’t know another one of my favourite retro films. Thankfully we have some great retro tshirts to show your appreciation too!!

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May The Fourth Be With You!

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It’s that day that approachs faster than an Ewok on a runaway speeder bike – Star Wars Day!

Hopefully your favourite Chewie t-shirt is freshly pressed and your Darth cape is back from the dry cleaners in time to flex your intergalatic fashion this weekend. If not, we are definitely the people to help you out with your Star Wars Clothing dilemma…..

If you’re reading this thinking ‘What the heck are they on about?’ then here’s a little background…
‘May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honor the films. It is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase “May the Force be with you” is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say “May the fourth be with you” on this day.

Want to get involved? Well, head over to our Star Wars page and treat yourself.

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10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About Top Gun!

As soon as you here the opening chords of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” you are transported back to a time when the coolest men in the universe were flying F-14 Tomcats for the Navy and had silly names like Maverick, Goose and Ice Man. “Top Gun” made Tom Cruise a household name and gave Meg Ryan one of her first movie gigs. But even though it’s one of the most frequently quoted guy movies, how well do you really know it? Here are some facts about “Top Gun” that might surprise you.

10 – The bar in which a boozy rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” was performed is real, and still exists. It’s called Kansas City BBQ, and it’s in San Diego, California. Although a 2008 fire destroyed a lot of its memorabilia, the piano is still there and they still sell Top Gun t-shirts.

9 – Top Gun was inspired by a 1983 article in California magazine called “Top Guns,” which was about young fighter pilots training at a Naval Air Station in San Diego. Unfortunately the school itself does not award a “Top Gun Trophy,” nor is there a points system. Those elements were invented for the film.

8 – The bad guys’ MiG-28s that battle the Navy’s F-14 squadron at the end of the film don’t exist, and never have. They were made up for the film, and were actually American Northrop F-5s painted black, chosen because they looked “villainous”.

7 – The band Toto was also originally asked to record the film’s now famous ’Danger Zone’ track, but the deal fell through due to legal disputes. Thus, Kenny Loggins recorded the song, and music history was made.

6 – Ever wondered why Kelly McGillis is so incognito in the lift scene or the subsequent love scene is shot through an obscuring blue tint? Well, during test screenings the audience complained about a lack of love scene between the two characters so the movie was sexed up, and those scenes were added six months after the film wrapped. By then, McGillis had dyed her hair for another role.

5 – “Cougar”, the fighter pilot who loses his edge in the opening scene and gives way for Maverick and Goose to attend the Top Gun academy, was played by actor John Stockwell, writer of the Mark Walhberg film “Rock Star” and Surf classic “Blue Crush”.

4 – As for call signs, did you know that the squat, bald officer (James Tolkan) who wants to ’bust Maverick and Gooses butts’ had one? It’s never mentioned in the movie, but in the script and credits (and his name plate pictured here) it is revealed as “Stinger”.

3 – Many viewers of “Top Gun” assume the MiG fighters are Russian. In fact, their country of origin is never actually identified because the studio didn’t want to anger any possible overseas audiences. In the original script, however, they are revealed to be North Korean.

2 – The introduction of Charlie (Kelly McGillis) famously begins with a close-up of her high heels as she addresses the assembled pilots. Later in that same scene, though, you can clearly see she’s wearing flats so the 5’10″ McGillis wouldn’t dwarf 5’7″ Cruise.

1 – Despite being very cooperative during production, the U.S. Navy told director Tony Scott that he could only fire the F-14’s missiles twice. Scott filmed them both, then reused the same two shots over and over throughout the movie.

So there you have it, 10 little known facts about one of my favourite retro films. Thankfully we have plenty of retro tshirts and cool accessories available so you can show your appreciation too!!

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