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was this movie an allegory for date rape?


Interesting article

https://www.slashfilm.com/jim-hensons-labyrinth-allegory-date-rape/

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It's an interesting article and some of the observations are clever, but ultimately this is a kids' fantasy film made by people who didn't envision this as a date rape allegory.

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People make up their own ideas as to what a movie is really all about.

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No, I think the intention was to turn all the old myths and legends about Faeries kidnapping children into a movie, and add on a modern protagonist who comes of age, learns responsibility, and has their sexuality awakened.

Coming of age stories are always a good sell.

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There's a "coming of age" metaphor under a lot of "girl vanishes into fantasy land" stories. I think The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland have that, too.

Growing up means the world stops making sense, you're topsy-turvy, you're growing oddly, you're uncomfortable, you're looking for home...the whole bit.

Labyrinth is clearly (partly) about a girl advancing to womanhood, with all the confusion of that. She also learns not to necessarily let go of childhood and fantasy. It's there still from time to time... "If you need us..."

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A lot of the old Fairy stories featured either small children or adults going into Fairyland to rescue the kidnapped, But Hollywood tends to shy away from fairy stories with very young protagonists, as having child actors in major roles is awkward, and you can't fit any sex into the story.

All those old fairy stories about small children performing heroic deeds came from a very different age, when lots of children held jobs, and all children of any age were thought to be susceptible to Eternal Damnation. Children's stories from that era tended to be very heavy on lectures about morality and responsible behavior, not much was dumbed down for the wee ones in those days.Well maybe sex.

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Not even really sex. The OG Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty get pretty 0_0

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No, it was a coming-of-age story, particularly about the emotional trials a girl goes through on her journey to becoming a woman.

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