I don't really know when the first time I saw Labyrinth was. It released in 1986 and I was 4 years old at the time, but it must've been some years later when our family could afford a VCR that I was able to watch it. For some reason I remember thinking these movies had always existed and that my mom must've grown up on them, because she spoke as if she knew what was happening. I can only assume she pre-screened the movies before showing them to me and MAYBE she saw them in the theater.
All I really know is that since I did see it, it's stayed with me, along with many fantasy movies at the time. They are part of what made me want to be an artist, why I was reluctant but excited to play D&D in college, and why for many years I was in my own bubble of magic and glitter. There are few movies that are cut from this cloth, and I can't imagine them not being burned into my psyche.
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