The Dark Crystal
Director: Frank Oz, Jim Henson Run Time: 93 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG Release Year: 1982
Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kathryn Mullen, Dave Goelz
One of Jim Henson’s darker muppet tales, The Dark Crystal takes us to another planet from the very distant past where two races were born from the crack of a magical crystal: the tyrannical, reptilian Skeksis and the hunchbacked wizards called the Mystics. In this story, an elflike “Gelfling” named Jen (an orphan raised by the Mystics) is on an incredible quest to return a missing shard to the mysterious “Dark Crystal” and, thus, restore order back onto the world by taking away the Skeksis’ power. The animatronics used in this film were considered groundbreaking at the time and they will surely continue to amaze today!