Jim Henson and Frank OZ Promote The Dark Crystal on Russell Harty (1982)

The Dark Crystal was released in 1982 and it was radically different from Jim Henson’s other work. This interview on the Russel Harty show Jim Henson and Fran OZ explain the world and folklore of the Dark Crystal. The film utilized some of the most sophisticated puppets at the time. Henson also provides the audience with information on how puppeteers operated  the Mystics. This was very physically exerting and it also required the use of TV monitors so puppeteers could see where they are going. The film was an ambitious project with a budget of  $25 million. The Dark Crystal was being produced simultaneously with The Muppet Show. Henson and OZ emphasize that the most important part is to make the audience believe that these creatures could be real. This required making puppets with more expressive eyes. Doing so made them more life like. Although reviews for the film were mixed at the time, it gradually became a favorite of  fans of Jim Henson’s work. He actually considered it one of his best  productions. It is amazing to think that The Dark Crystal  was a large puppet show. The world of Mystics, Gelfling, and Skeksis are brought to life in one of the most unique fantasy films of the 20th century.

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