Episode 67 – The Dark Crystal
We have had several requests for The Dark Crystal (including from the two of us) so we thought it was finally time to cover it. The Dark Crystal is an iconic film of the 1980s, but one often forgotten when discussing the adventure fantasy film genre. Jim Henson and Frank Oz, giants among the world of puppetry and animatronics, pioneered numerous techniques during the making of this movie. With such a dark and surreal visual style, it’s no wonder the movie get’s misunderstood so often. But now with the new Netflix prequel in production, does the original stand up to the test of time or is it in need of a refresh? Come grab a listen as we explore these very questions in our latest episode of Childhood Remastered.
The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy adventure film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and stars the voices of Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, and Barry Dennen. The plot revolves around Jen, an elf-like ‘Gelfling’ on a quest to restore balance to his alien world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem.
Jim Henson,Brian Froud, David Odell, Masters of the Universe, Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Frank Oz, Gary Kurtz, American Graffiti, Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return to Oz, Little Nemo: Adventure in Slumberland, ITC Entertainment, Trevor Jones, Excalibur, The Last of the Mohicans, Joseph O’Conor, Kiran Shah, Superman, The Lord of the Rings, Aliens, Doctor Who, Kathryn Mullen, Jen, Kira, Aughra, Billie Whitelaw, The Omen, Dave Goelz, Gonzo, Skeksis, Mystics, Barry Dennen, Pirates of Dark Water, Animaniacs, Avatar, Fallout: New Vegas, Jerry Nelson, Gobo Fraggle, Trash Heap
Theatrical trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ5_0CEXrf0
DVD/VHS trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW23YcaBHUg