Nearly forty years on, Netflix and the Jim Henson Company have co-produced a Dark Crystal prequel
The Dark Crystal, released in 1982, was a fantasy film from the mind of Jim Henson, the genius who brought us The Muppets.
The Dark Crystal was co-directed by Jim Henson and his fellow puppeteer friend Frank Oz, most famous for performing as Miss Piggy and of course, Yoda.
As with other Jim Henson projects, the film was created with the use of puppetry and groundbreaking animatronic creations.
In the film, set a thousand years ago on the planet Thra, a magical crystal has become cracked which allow the formation of two new species. The evil Skeksis who use the power of the crystal to replenish themselves and the kind wizards known as the Mystics.
A young Gelfing called Jen, who was taken in by the Mystics when his clan was killed, is told by his Mystic master that he must find the Dark Crystal shard and return it, thus making it whole once again.
If he fails in this task, once the three moons align, the Skeksis will remain in power forever. So begins Jen’s quest.
The film was a moderate success but parents kept their children away from the film due to its darker tone. It wasn’t considered as easily accessible as Jim Henson’s other work, The Muppets for example.
Netflix and The Jim Henson Company have co-produced a new ten episode Dark Crstyal television show and it looks simply awesome.
Entitled, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the show will follow three Gelflings, Rian, Brea and Deet, as they discover the secret behind the Skeksis power and try to start a rebellion.
As before, the film characters and creatures are animatronic creations but enhanced with the use of CGI. As this trailer shows, it looks like we’re in a visual feast.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Rebellion will be available on Netflix from August 30th.