In today’s world of modern CGI effects, and big-budget computer animated cartoons, seeing this movie is really refreshing. Using puppets and good story The Dark Crystal managed to be interesting after all this time. Actually, hard work that went into bringing puppets and other elements to life, pushed the creativity of already very creative and talented crew to the maximum. Brian Froud, an exceptional artist with an unlimited imagination, really brought to life the characters and the story. Usually, when we are talking about great movies, there’s this perfect storm of talent that usually happens. Jim, Frank and Brian along with countless others involved in a production of this size, gave their best and created a timeless classic, a definition of a fantasy movie. Their next movie, Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly did poorly on the box office, but developed a cult following throughout the years.
It is set in a past and on a distant planet, two races, one good and one evil are on brink of extinction. The true power of the dark crystal must be restored, and a Gelfling Jen is chosen to do so. He will embark on a long journey to achieve this goal. With a screenplay that works on many levels, The Dark Crystal is a movie for kids, but adults can enjoy watching it too. It’s so easy to forget that once we were kids and that magical beings, crystals and other tales were quite real for us. It’s important to stay in touch with this part of yourself and never forget it, despite what religion, ideology, capitalism and other bullshit buzzwords are telling us.
Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Cast: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
Fun Facts: At the time it was made, it was hailed as the only live action film in which a human actor makes no appearance.