Labyrinths of Childhood – The Exploration of Childhood through Fantasy in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth


My second contribution to Diegesis film magazine critically discusses how fantasy films explore the transition from childhood to adulthood in Pan’s Labyrinth and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

The article examines how through (arguably imaginary) escapism into fantasy, two child protagonists learn how to deal with their worldly troubles, learning responsibility as they care for their younger siblings, thus growing into adults, taking with them what they have learnt in their escape into magical worlds.

This article can be found on pages 8 – 11 of issue 5 CUT TO [Magic] (currently on the home page of the website).


About Enchanted By Film

1st class Film uni graduate who has a love for films old and new. I write for Diegesis and Film Matters film journals. Currently saving to do a Masters and PhD in Film. My ambition is to be a University lecturer on film and write about film academically. I also wouldn't mind working for the BFI or writing for Sight and Sound :-)
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