Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 494, “Geek Challenge: Alice vs. Labyrinth”

Top: Alice (1988), directed by Švankmajer / Bottom: Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie Labyrinth (1986), directed by Jim Henson

Gobbledygeek episode 494, “Geek Challenge: Alice vs. Labyrinth,” is available for listening or download right here, on Spotify, and on Apple Podcasts.

You remind me of the pod…the pod with the geeks. Paul and Arlo fall down the rabbit hole of another Geek Challenge, this time pitting Jim Henson’s 1986 cult classic Labyrinth against Jan Švankmajer’s 1988 headtrip Alice. Henson’s film finds Jennifer Connelly dancing with David Bowie and a variety of Muppets as she attempts to rescue her baby brother, while Švankmajer’s finds Kristýna Kohoutová assailed by a variety of bizarre stop-motion creations and a taxidermied rabbit. It should be obvious who picked which movie. Topics of discussion include codpieces, sellouts, practical effects, and weird sex, among others.

NEXT: Paul and Arlo ride through The Last of Us’ post-apocalypse with the inestimable Dale Guffey and Ensley F. Guffey


  • 00:00:52  –  Intro / Reminiscence on Vomit
  • 00:42:07  –  Alice
  • 01:19:20  –  Labyrinth
  • 02:11:50  –  Outro / Next



  • “Magic Dance” by David Bowie, Labyrinth (Original Soundtrack) (1986)
  • “Alice” by Sisters of Mercy (1982)