The Dark Crystal (1982) USA
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Director:Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Studio:Sony Pictures
Producer:Bruce Sharman, David Lazer, Duncan Kenworthy, Gary Kurtz
Writer:Jim Henson, David Odell
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Awards:Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations
Genre:3-6 Years
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English, Spanish
Jim Henson, Frank Oz  ...  (Director)
Jim Henson, David Odell  ...  (Writer)
Jean-Pierre Amiel  ...  Weaver (performer)
Robbie Barnett  ...  Numerologist (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Peter Burroughs  ...  
Malcolm Dixon  ...  
Mike Edmonds  ...  
Dave Goelz  ...  Fizzgig, A Friendly Monster (performer) / General (Garthin Master) (performer) / Dying Emperor (performer) / Podling (performer)
Louise Gold  ...  Gourmand (performer)
David Greenaway  ...  
Jim Henson  ...  Jen / High Priest (Ritual Master) / Podling / Additional Characters
Hus Levant  ...  
Brian Muehl  ...  Ornamentalist (performer and voice) / Urzah (performer) / Dying Master (performer and voice) (voice)
Kathryn Mullen  ...  Kira, a Gelfling (performer)
Frank Oz  ...  Aughra - A Keeper Of Secrets / Chamberlain / Podling / Additional Characters
Bob Payne  ...  Historian (Scrollkeeper) (performer)
Toby Philpott  ...  
Kiran Shah  ...  
Richard Slaughter  ...  
Steve Whitmire  ...  Scientist (performer and voice) / Kira, A Gelfling (assistant) (voice)
Simon Williamson  ...  Chanter (performer)
Mike Quinn  ...  Slave Master (performer)
Timothy M. Rose  ...  Treasurer (performer) (as Tim Rose)
Hugh Spight  ...  Cook / Landstrider (performer)
Swee Lim  ...  Hunter / Landstrider
Tim Rose  ...  Treasurer (performer)
Simon J. Williamson  ...  Chanter (performer) (as Simon Williamson)
Comments: Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder.

Summary: Jim Henson's fantasy epic The Dark Crystal doesn't take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but like Star Wars it takes the audience to a place that exists only in the imagination and, for an hour and a half, on the screen. Recalling the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, Henson tells the story of a race of grotesque birdlike lizards called the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. A prophecy tells of a Gelfling (a small elfin being) who will topple their empire, so in their reign of terror they have exterminated the race, or so they think. The orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal (which gives the Skeksis their power) and restore the balance of the universe. Henson and codirector Frank Oz have pushed puppetry into a new direction: 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 seem to have leaped off the pages of a storybook. Muppet fans will recognize many of the voice actors--a few characters sound awfully close to familiar comic creations--but otherwise it's a completely alien world made familiar by a mythic quest that resonates through stories over the ages. --Sean Axmaker