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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day looks like a Gelfling, smells like a Gelfling… maybe it is a Gelfling!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Nope, not a Gelfling. But the Skesis with some human hands up its butt. heh.

At the big Your Highness triple feature held at the Alamo Drafthouse last night (consisting of The Sword and the Sorcerer, Your Highness and Krull) they showed a ton of great ‘80s fantasy trailers, including one for Dark Crystal. Just seeing little bits and pieces from the movie made me want to immediately race home and throw it on.

That “Henson Look” is such a massive part of my childhood it’s hard not to feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I see it. And Dark Crystal is oddly stands apart from Henson’s other work of the time. As dark as Labyrinth goes (bouncing heads and creepy well-of-talking-hands anyone?) there’s just an overall feeling of dread in the tone, atmosphere and design of Dark Crystal.

I really miss this level of giant-scale Henson muppet/puppet work, which is why I get so much joy from those owls in Where the Wild Things Are and why I could forgive the flaws of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

There’s no doubt Henson and his talented crew made real, tangible magic. You can see that just by watching any of the Muppet movies, Labyrinth, the Muppet TV show, Sesame Street and, of course, Dark Crystal. Or you look below and see the master at work.

Click to make bigger! Enjoy!




Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic might just feature an illegal creeping up to rape a famous director. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going on there… wait and see if you agree…

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  • April 5, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    No one shall be

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    First. Bitch.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Aughra = Oprah

    by tylerzero

  • April 5, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Oprah = Augrha

    by tylerzero

  • April 5, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    odly never saw this... i will

    by Ben

  • April 5, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST


    by ThisBethesdaSea

    When will we have solid news or images from this supposedly in production film?

  • April 5, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    A puppeteer knows....

    by viteazu

    The value of underarm deodorant

  • April 5, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    ha hah ha "Aughra = Oprah"

    by ufoclub1977


  • Maybe that's because the End of the World is at stake here.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Good LORD that took a lot of people to puppeteer!

    by D.Vader

    Much more than I suspected.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    These guys must have had incredible shoulder strength

    by D.Vader

  • April 5, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    such a memory .. beta .. sigh

    by Beniffer

    Had this on beta as a kid and I loved it. Have watched it recently and I am so afraid of a remake ... so afraid ..

  • April 5, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    BOO-shay BOO-shay BOO-shay

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    This film looks AWESOME on Blu-Ray.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    The world needs Jim Henson

    by Raggles Wimpole

    I often sit & wonder what kinds of films Jim Henson would make were he still alive. He was always able to take advantage of existing technology to make something incredible. I can only imagine what he could do with modern film techniques, which have evolved considerably since his death.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Watch Farscape

    by BackwardGalaxy


  • April 5, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Be honest...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Who else was a little scared/disturbed by this film as a kid? For weeks, I thought one of the Skesis would bite at my ankles from under my bed if I didn't jump into it quick enough at night. Still, I loved the film. Pure magic. I miss Jim Henson as well.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    One of the most epic soundtracks EVAR!!!1

    by DickBallsworth

    Loved it so much as a kid that I taught myself to play the main theme on the piano. Trevor Jones FTmotherfuckingW!!!

  • excuse me, *MASA-HOLE*

  • April 5, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    An all-time favorite!

    by Admonisher

    This movie made a deep, deep impression on my as a child, and I've watched it numerous times over the years. It never gets old. I most recently watched the Blu-Ray on a friend's huge HDTV, and the detail was exquisite. A magnificent score for Trevor Jones, also. I'm leery about prospects for a sequel. If they're going to go the route suggested by the early promotional blurbs, they can shelve it as far as I'm concerned. For those who weren't around or paying attention, the announced premise was that a shard of the crystal is stolen by a being from the planet's core to ignite their dying "sun" ... so far, so good! But they were going to use that as an excuse for Mystics, Skekses, and Garthim to all magically reappear ... a complete betrayal of the intricate mythology that Henson and Froud constructed for the original film, and on that smacks of Disney-DTV-style recycling.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Oprah? Aughra. Aughra? Oprah. Uma? Aughra. Aughra? Uma.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Uma? Oprah. Oprah? Uma.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I have Froud's Art of the Dark Crystal...

    by zinc_chameleon

    in our library, with a ticket to the premiere showing for a kid called Seth, signed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. It's a treasure of a work, with parchment inserts and the works.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    chick on left is kinda cute


    who's she? (granted she's my age now in that pic from 20+ years ago) art chicks rule.

  • April 5, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the scene where the Podling gets "drained" still freaks me out

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's mainly the way it starts "breathing" heavilly after the crystal beam is shut off. The damn thing seems totally ALIVE in that moment...alive and in utter agony. That's why the later scene where Kira is about to suffer the same fate works so damn well.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    love love

    by vaterite

    love it.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    What a douchebag

    by MooseMalloy

  • April 5, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    In your library eh? Well I have a full-scale model of the Millennium Falcon in my laboratory, which is next to my observatory, just down the hall from my indoor pool which is next to my helipad ;). I must see The Dark Crystal one day. Not sure why I didn't see it at the time.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    you know it didnt REALLY take that many people...

    by StrokerX

    to hold up that puppet. "I'm helping!"

  • April 5, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Couldn't get past the first 10 minutes

    by Marat

    Sorry, folks. Don't bother cueing the Transformers insults. Just watched Taxi Driver and loved every minute of it. The designs just didn't draw me in for this one, but kudos to anyone who can sit through it.

  • April 5, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    I dragged my family to theater for Dark Crystal....

    by LowDevil

    My dad didnt speak to me for a week. It was TOTALLY AWESOME!!

  • April 5, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    A perennial favorite at Casa de Morbius

    by DrMorbius

    When single shines the triple sun/ What was sundered and undone/ Shall be whole, the two made one/ By gelfling hand or else by none.

  • April 6, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Is that a Skesi or a Skeksi??

    by Aloy

    Just wanna know....

  • April 6, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    With certain reservations, I do love this movie to death. As many people as they need to operate a Skeksis, I still have no idea how they got the performers into the Landstrider outfits with the stilts. Also happy La-La Land released the OST on CD, and NECA produced a figure of the Chamberlain, etc, keeping TDC alive for new fans.

  • April 6, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    The Dark Crystal is the best fantasy film ever made.

    by Ecto-1

    I love this film so much. It's an amazing piece of work that never fails to inspire. I've got two versions of this on dvd, one I bought because you got an original framed film cell with it and also a reproduction of Jim Henson's original notes. Got the score too, Trevor Jones, incredible music (love his score for Dark City as well and Excalibur) and I have the 'Art Of' book too. Brian Froud is a treasure. I also often find myself thinking about what other amazing films Jim Henson would have made had he lived longer. It's so sad what happened to him. Since his passing, there's been no one else who's picked up the torch for fantasy cinema. I'm really dreading what the sequel to the Dark Crystal will look like. I'm not sure that a direct sequel is the right approach. I'll always prefer rubber and puppets over CGI. Always. Seeing a puppet come to life is so magical.

  • April 6, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Met Toby Froud and Karen Prell at the SIFF Labyrinth quote along.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Sweet guy. He works in effects, currently on some hush hush project. He brught his stripey pj's from Labyrinth and some amazing Goblin puppet he made he called "Ignatz." Karen Prell was cool, as well.

  • April 6, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    First blu-ray I bought

    by tomimt

    true story.

  • April 6, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    "The world needs Jim Henson" and "Watch Farscape"

    by Red

    Emphatic YES on both counts. Dang they don't make'em like they used to...Loved. Absolutely LOVED this movie as a kid. Someone give Brian Henson some money so they can get Farscape fire back up already.

  • April 6, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Naked dude playing the flute at the start creeps me out

    by Mel

    and by "creeps me out" i mean "gives me a huge boner"

  • April 6, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Trial by STONE!!!!!

    by Johnny Wishbone

  • April 6, 2011, 4:56 a.m. CST

    At SDCC I talked to Brian Froud adout Dark Crystal 2-

    by Playkins

    He sounded VERY bummed about it while "regrettably informing" (his words) that it wasn't going to happen.

  • April 6, 2011, 5 a.m. CST

    80's genre films

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Are the best. Hands down the greatest decade for sci-fi and fantasy. Those IPs are still getting milked today. The Dark Crystal would never get made in this day and age. Children today aren't intelligent or mature enough to handle the subject matter. I saw this when I was six or seven years old and loved it. My friend's 10 year old nephew watched this and freaked out and switched on Pokemon instead. He reacted like a baby. A testament to a society in decline I guess.

  • April 6, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    zombot: agreed, she's quite cute

    by Rebel Scumb

    Nice body to from the looks of it.

  • April 6, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    I just read 'farewell my lovely' the other day, your handle now makes sense to me.

  • April 6, 2011, 5:59 a.m. CST

    serious arm strentgh


    my joints ache looking at this pic. i'm in good shape but i am winded and in pain if i put up a shower curatin in one go, like i just competed in the final stage of NINJA WARRIOR. rebel scum: she's definitely a modern-day 'Mucha'.

  • April 6, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    kira is voiced by...

    by emeraldboy

    lisa maxwell. loose women panellist, actress and former singer. she is due to star in coronation street.

  • April 6, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    that is louise gold...

    by emeraldboy

    former henson puppeteer and now cabaret singer.

  • April 6, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Animatronic Boner!

    by ZOMBRE

    I love animatronics and puppets. Always loooks better than any Boss Nass or Jar Jar. Reading that Brian Froud says it's not happening is kind of sad... I guess Genndy leaving was the death of it all... I was psyched to see what they said was going to be a mix of cgi and cutting edge animatronics.

  • April 6, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Incredible film

    by NightArrows

    LOVED it as a kid and still do to this day. And I still get terrified for the Podlings when the Garthim attack the village and drag them away. I also still get disturbed at the sight of the Garthim encircling the Land Strider and killing it.

  • April 6, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    My kids were still scared of The Dark Crystal at ages

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    7 and 9. Maybe now they can watch and enjoy this classic.

  • April 6, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Sword and the Sorcerer - Use the force heart rip out scene

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    is classic. Go look for it on You Tube. Lee Horsley owned with his badass sword. Your Highness looks like crap.

  • April 6, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Ahhhh...LOTR, Muppet Style!

    by darthderp

    And that's not a knock on this movie, by the way; it was a favorite of mine as a kid, and still holds a dear place in my heart. I just can't help seeing parallels to LOTR; Jen/Frodo; the Shard/One Ring; the quest to make it all right means going into the heart of I the only one who sees this?!? The score kicks major ass, and the fact that this was all before CGI, and still came out this good? Love it. I cringe at the thought of a remake, however. Sequel? Hmmm...jury's still out.

  • April 6, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by Essemtee

    There's a full Skeksis puppet on permanent display at a puppetry museum in Atlanta, GA. Ooh, he is gross looking when you see him up-close with your own eyes. What I liked about The Dark Crystal was it didn't back away from being genuinely scary, disturbing and unsettling. There didn't seem to be any signs of studio intervention - "No no, you can't show that" etc. Unless I'm mistaken on those counts, it really was the film Henson wanted to make.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Gelflings, Ghobbits and Gwarves, oh my.

    by Ingeld

    How about Gorcs? Take "elf" add the last syllabus of hafling and throw on a "g" for good measure. Loved the movie, just thought that adding the "g" to elf was a little _hey.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    The Skeksis ruled my nightmares!

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    I couldn't get Chamberlain's little noise he made out of my head.

  • April 6, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    I call dibs on the crotch!

    by Knobules

    Got my right arm all lubed up for ya

  • April 6, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Louise Gold

    by m2298

  • April 6, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I recall the Skeksis being on a UK chat show. Wogan, I think.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • April 6, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Loved this movie!

    by dingleberryjerry

    Went to a museum while I was in London in 1991 (I think). They had a retrospective on Hensons work with full sized presentation of Dark Crystal, Labyrinth puppets. Creeped me the fuck out! and I was 20!!

  • April 6, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    yeah this movie still

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Scares the shit out of me. Would have nightmares as a kid, being surrounded by Skeksis in that dark chamber. "Mmmmmmmmmmmmm" I do favor Labyrinth over this. Still, a classic.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Dark Crystal is proof positive you don't need CGI

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    to make a great fantasy movie. Lynch's Dune also. I'm not anti-CGI mind you, and I know LOTR couldn't have been made the way it was without it. I'm just anti-overuse CGI.

  • agreed that this kind of story doesn't need CGI. It's just as magical (perhaps more so) using puppeteers and performers

  • April 6, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Sequel? Eh. Prequel, however....

    by darthderp

    Showing how the Crystal got cracked in the first place, and about the origin of the Prophecy? To me, that would have potential MUST be done the same as the original. CGI DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS DOJO!!!

  • April 6, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Henson wasn't down on CGI in principle...

    by Admonisher

    He used it to the extent that it was available, and was always pushing the technology envelope. Of course, Henson would probably *not* have made a DARK CRYSTAL sequel. He'd have done an original fantasy. I honestly think MIRRORMASK is exactly the kind of film he'd have made.

  • April 6, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Dark Crystal is still one of my favorites.

    by bubcus

    Its tone, music, quotes, and beauty still resonate in me today. As to the sequel, I check in with the websites from time to time on updates and they're still in pre-production... a very, very slow pre-production. It sounds as far along as the World of WarCraft movie which is also dead quiet and in a slow pre-production (I am more anxious for Power of the Dark Crystal than the WarCrack film).

  • April 6, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Jim Henson wore a lotta ugly shirts

    by monorail77

    Other than that he was a great artist. Love The Dark Crystal.

  • April 6, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Dark Crystal is golden

    by shran

    Loved this movie as a kid and am proud of the fact that I got to see it in the theater first run. A mostly packed house too, as I recall. I agree about the "podling life-force draining" scene. That wee beastie was alive as far as I was concerned. Freaked me out but good. The 80's were great for genre type flicks but remember that there were a lot of dogs too. But Dark Crystal was completely magical. I still do a damn passable Skeksis imitation that absolutely nobody gets. I am certain that Henson, if he were alive today, would be using a mix of CG and practical in camera type effects much like what was used in LOTR. Jurassic Park was made the same way, with animatronics and CG and it changed the game as far as movie FX were concerned. Relying on just CG is not such a good thing; I still feel that the human eye can detect something real from something generated by a computer. I hope that more film makers choose to use models when filming ships in space for that matter. But that's probably just me.

  • April 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I like to think Henson would use cgi sparingly

    by darthderp

    Mostly to enhance the organic effects, rather than replace them. CGI would not dominate his stuff.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    admonisher I thought that was the thing

    by MurderMostFowl

    When the crystal got splintered, so did the life on the planet. I haven't seen it in a long time, but I thought that was basically it... what would the betrayal be?