We should tell you that even though he still works in showbiz, you are unlikely to spot Toby Froud’s face from a movie because labyrinth remains his only screen credit as an actor. Nowadays, the boy who would be the goblin prince is a grown man who helps bring dreams and nightmares on the screen to a living life behind the scenes.
And its time on labyrinth made a clear impression when Froud now spent his days creating his own creepy creatures. Indeed, since the escape labyrinthToby Froud has developed into a guru slash maker for special effects with a penchant for puppetry. He has worked in this role since the early 2000s. Earn credits on critically revered films like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Paranorman, Kubo and the two strings, and Missing link.
Most recently Froud supervised creature design in the 2019s Dark crystal: age of resistance‘Netflix’ boldly stylized prequel to Henson’s classic fantasy epic from 1982. He is currently working with Guillermo Del Toro on the upcoming Netflix adaptation of PinocchiÖ.
It should come as no surprise that Toby ended up becoming a puppeteer himself, because that’s actually the family business for the Frouds. While Toby was thrown by David Bowie labyrinthHis parents, Brian Froud and Wendy Midener, worked on creature and costume design roles – roles that the couple also held for both originals Dark crystal and the Netflix series.
in the Toby Froud’s own words per a 2016 Huffington Post Interview, creature creation is a family legacy that he likes to continue. “I grew up in this world of fantasy and this world of goblins and I shaped my life, so to speak, with the art of creating creatures, dolls and characters with my parents.”
We hope Froud returns to labyrinth Fold – even if only behind the scenes – if they ever get this tedious sequel underway.