Legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson was inspired by a Lewis Carroll poem to create his own fairy tale about Jen, the last surviving Gelfling, who is sent by his dying master on an epic and mythical quest to defeat the evil Skeksis, fulfill his destiny and heal the fractured Dark Crystal.
“The Dark Crystal is a miraculous rush of innovation and storytelling … a bona-fide classic that’s timeless in stature and masterful in execution.” – Brian Orndorf, DVD Talk
After three years of brainstorming with an extraordinary team of collaborators that included renowned fantasy artist Brian Froud, Henson and co-director Frank Oz created a richly-detailed fantasy world unlike any other. Given the chance to work with more complex material, Henson’s team let their imaginations run wild in this charming, thrilling and occasionally spooky adventure, using then-state-of-the-art technology to create a groundbreaking alchemy of puppetry and electronics on a scale never before attempted. With The Dark Crystal, Henson and Company pushed puppetry into dazzling news directions: traditional puppets, marionettes, giant bodysuits, and mechanical constructions are mixed seamlessly in a fantasy world of towering castles, simple huts, dank caves, a giant clockwork observatory and a magnificent landscape that seems to have magically appeared from the pages of a storybook. (Dir. by Jim Henson & Frank Oz, 1982, USA/UK, 93 mins., Rated PG)