The Dark Crystal

Jim Henson's fantasy epic
i The Dark Crystal
i0 doesn't take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but like
i Star Wars
i0 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.
i --Sean Axmaker

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upc: 9780767821650
title: The Dark Crystal
theatricalDate: 17-12-1982
stars: Jean-Pierre Amiel
Robbie Barnett
Peter Burroughs
Malcolm Dixon
Mike Edmonds
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Sony Pictures
published: 05-10-1999
price: $14.94
net Rating: 4.5
MPAA Rating: PG
minutes: 94
last lookup time: 203998368
genre: Heroic Missions
Sword & Sorcery
Fantasy Adventures
3-6 Years
7-9 Years
10-12 Years
Feature Fantasy Films
Family Films
Kids and Family
fullTitle: The Dark Crystal
features: Anamorphic
director: Jim Henson
Frank Oz
currentValue: $6.49
created: 203998368
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00000JPH6