Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Dark Crystal Review











The Dark Crystal


Release Date: 22nd April 1983 - Australia


Production Companies
ITC Entertainment (presents)
Jim Henson Productions
Henson Associates (HA)

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: G

Runtime: 93 minutes


Budget: $15,000,000

Box Office Gross: $43,286,001
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
In another time, The Dark 
Crystal - a source of Balance 
and Truth in the Universe - 
was shattered, dividing the 
world into two factions: the 
wicked Skeksis and the 
peaceful Mystics.

Now, as the convergence of 

the three suns approaches, 
the Crystal must be healed, 
or darkness will reign for 
evermore! It's up to Jen - 
the last of his race - to fulfill 
the prophecy that a Gelfling 
will return the missing shard 
to the Crystal and destroy 
the Skeksis evil Empire. But 
will young Jen's courage be 
any match for the unknown 
dangers that await him?


Performers
Jim Henson - Jen/Various
Kathryn Mullen - Jen/Kira
Frank Oz - Aughra/SkekSil
the Chamberlain/The Podlings
Kiran Shah - The Body of Jen,
Kira and Aughra
Dave Goelz - SkekUng the
Garthim Master/Fizzgig
Steve Whitmire - SkekTek
the Scientist
Brian Muehl - UrSu the Master/
Various
Bob Payne - SkekOk the Scroll Keeper
Louise Gold - SkekAyuk the Gourmand
Mike Quinn - SkekNa the Slave Master
Tim Rose - SkekShod the Treasurer
David Greenway - Urlm/Healer 

Voice Cast
Stephen Garlick - Jen
Lisa Maxwell - Kira
Billie Whitelaw - Aughra
Percy Edwards - Fizzgig
Barry Dennen - SkekSkil the
Chamberlain/Podling
Michael Kilgariff - SkekUng
the Garthim Master
Sean Barrett - UrZah the
Ritual Guardian
Jerry Nelson - SkekSo the Emperor/
SkekZok the Ritual Master
John Baddeley - SkekOk the Scroll Keeper
Thick Wilson - SkekAyuk the Gourmand
David Buck - SkekNa the Slave Master
Charles Collingword - SkekShod the Treasurer
Joseph O'Conor - Narrator/Unglm


Crew
Story/Producer/Director - Jim Henson
Director - Frank Oz
Screenplay - David Odell
Executive Producer - David Lazer
Second Unit Director/Producer - Gary Kurtz
Conceptual Artist/Creature/Costume Designer -
Brian Froud
Production Designer - Harry Lange
Cinematography - Oswald Morris
Special Visual Effects/Director: Miniature Unit -
Brian Smithies
Special Visual Effects - Roy Field
Special Sound Effects Creator - Ben Burtt
Film Editor - Ralph Kemplen
Music - Trevor Jones


Review
Made with amazing puppetry and a very simple plot, THE DARK CRYSTAL takes on a mystical realm of a fantasy world that doesn't include human characters which makes it as the most imaginative picture that Muppet-maker Jim Henson has ever done so perfectly. Packed with everything including scenery of landscapes that are absolutely beautiful, interesting characters like The Mystics and the evil Skeksis and a powerful music score by Trevor Jones.

For an unforgettable classic like THE DARK CRYSTAL that is enjoyable for fans of Henson's work, I loved it, because it was a pure mystical fantasy film that has a lot of spirit.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


2 comments:

  1. I have not seen this movie but I really should check it out. Is it entirely puppet or is there live action actors as well?

    -James

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    1. There are no live action actors in this film, but THE DARK CRYSTAL is entirely in puppetry.

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