I was making a little list of the fantasy movies I loved as a child (Labyrinth, Legend, Ladyhawke,Willow, Dragonslayer, The Never Ending Story, Return to Oz, Red Sonja) but just could not remember The Dark Crystal.
I had images of this movie in my head for a while now….and for the love of God i couldnt remember the name of the movie!
All I rememeber was it scared the crap outta me when I was a kid and first saw it in the early ’80s.
Thanks to one of my lovely twitter friends, Lady Cyanide, who posted about the movie, I was able to get a flush of images and sensations back.
And also thanks to Mr Google, I took a little trip through memory lane…..read a bit about the movie facts and watched the movie again.
The SKEKSIS (characters in the movie) still scare the crap outta me……. !!!!!!!!
Below some movie info and images 🙂
· The Dark Crystal is a 1982 British-American fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. It tells the story of Jen, an elflike ‘Gelfling’ on a quest to restore balance to his alien world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem.-
· Although marketed as a family film, it was notably darker than the creators’ previous material. The animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking. The primary concept artist was the fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, famous for his distinctive faerie and dwarf designs.
· Before its release, The Dark Crystal was billed as the first live-action film without any human beings on screen, and “a showcase for cutting-edge animatronics”.
· Originally, Jim Henson wanted the Skeksis to speak their own constructed language with the dialogue subtitled in English. This idea was dropped after test screening audiences found the captions too distracting.-
· The hands and facial features of the groundbreaking animatronic puppets in the film were controlled with relatively primitive rods and cables, although radio control later took over many of the subtler movements.-
· Human performers inside the puppets supplied basic movement for the larger creatures, which in some cases was dangerous or exhausting; for example, the Garthim costumes were so heavy that the performers had to be hung up on a rack every few minutes to rest while still inside the costume.-
· The Dark Crystal was released in 858 theaters in North America on December 17, 1982. In its initial weekends, it had a limited appeal with audiences for various reasons including parental concerns about its dark nature, creative connections with Henson’s family-friendly Muppet franchise and because it was overshadowed by the film’s competition over the Christmas of that year.-
· The film has gained a cult following over the years since its release.-