Labyrinth fans: do you ever sit around and wonder what happened to the actor who played Toby Williams, the infant brother of Jennifer Connelly’s Sarah who is kidnapped by David Bowie’s Jareth, the Goblin King? The end of the film shows little Toby safe and snug in his bed, but what did the child actor do when he grew up?
The answer can be found in this trailer for the live-action puppet short film Lessons Learned.
Actor and puppet maker Toby Froud is the son of Brian Froud and Wendy Midener — two of the renowned artists who worked on the Jim Henson-directed film and created some of its memorable characters (the “junk lady,” for starters). It turns out that young Toby was bitten by the puppeteering bug and grew up to attend the Muppet workshop in New York City, apprenticed in New Zealand on the set of the Lord of the Rings films, and studied filmmaking.
He’s the director behind this Heather Henson-presented (the youngest of the Jim and Jane Henson family siblings) short about a boy whose grandfather brings him with an intriguing gift for his birthday. “When curiosity gets the best of him, the boy falls into an adventure of otherworldly experiences not intended for him. Where will this journey lead? What lessons will he learn?”
Toby has worked as part of the artistic crew behind feature films The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and ParaNorman, but this is his first time breaking out on his own. It's great to see Toby carry on the family tradition, creating magical, whimsical characters that ignite our imaginations.
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