Excerpt: It’s strange that the two lead puppets in Dark Crystal are so stiff. With all of their lavish surroundings, amazingly full and rich creations elsewhere, the two Geflings look completely out of place. They almost look like they belong in an episode of the quirky Thunderbirds series, an odd distinction in what becomes a technical masterpiece elsewhere. Jim Henson’s talents were not just in puppeteering, but in imagination.
Excerpt: The Film A dying race in a dying land, with a dying ruler -- this opens the tale of The Dark Crystal . The race of the Skeksis lives for and by the power of the Dark Crystal, a gem with mystical properties that was damaged long ago, causing strife among the world's inhabitants. The Skeksis' one fear is that a gentle being known as a Gelfling will cause their final downfall, so they make it a point to eradicate that species.
Conclusion: ‘The Dark Crystal’ still retains its charm after all these years. Sure the puppets look a little dated and their mouths don’t move fully to the dialogue being spoken, but they still have that creative essence of Jim Henson. This is one of those films that can be watched over and over. It has garnered cult status for a reason. It’s fun, inventive, and full of heart. Considering its age, the movie looks and sounds fantastic in HD.
Summary: Before there was CGI, there was Jim Henson. The master puppeteer, best known as the creator of "The Muppets" and for his work on "Sesame Street," would in 1982 turn to a darker, more fantastical project, The Dark Crystal . Henson co-directed alongside fellow puppeteer Frank Oz and created a splendid world quite unlike anything audiences had ever seen before.