|Originally posted by kama'aina mama
The ultimate plot on Labyrinth is to kidnap the babe which will lure the girl to come rescue her at which time she will be captured and used as bait to caoture a unicorn. Or tame a unicorn. Or something like that.
sounds like you're infusing labyrinth with some of the plot of 'legend' with mia sara, tom cruise & tim curry. (movie junkie - don't get out much)
in labyrinth, the goblin king (david bowie... mmmmmm...) wants the young girl to forget about her baby brother and fall in love with him
- like that's hard - and stay with him in the goblin city.
in outside over there, ida's sailor papa is away at sea, and goblins kidnap her sister "to be a nasty goblin's bride" leaving a changeling all made of ice. ida has to travel into outside over there to rescue her and bring her home.
we (okay - it's my doing...) are huge sendak fans.
i've never felt that anything in his works would frighten my children, or disturb them. i think children can really identify with max, and his need to be a wild thing, and then be done with it and come back to his room and just be a boy, who wants to feel in control of himself again, and loved unconditionally.
and my son loves 'outside over there' and heroic ida.
'we are all in the dumps with jack and guy' is actually two old nursery rhymes, 'we are all in the dumps' and 'jack and guy' - that sendak merged to create a wonderful story about finding family in different ways; and make a social commentary at the same time.
he did beautiful illustrations for george macdonald's 'the golden key' and 'the light princess' - and i second the 'dear mili' reccommendation. (my daughter is right now looking at it as she attempts to use the potty
sendak has said that he thinks children can understand his books perhaps better than adults. i find myself identifying & reconnecting with my own childhood through his work. sometimes i think we forget that it is an inherently scary thing at times to be a child. i remember very much being able to be drawn into sendak and feel at home. his imagery is wonderful.
just my experience.