The Dark Crystal was a Jim Henson creation that got a tepid response from viewers and critics when it was released in 1982. This was majorly because Henson fans were accustomed to seeing adorable Muppets, rather something genuinely special. Presently a cult classic, the live action fantasy revolves around Jen and Kira. They are the last two individuals from the Gelfling tribe, who are attempting to prevent the insidiousness Skeksis from vanquishing the world. Here are a few facts about the film that was promoted as the first film which didn’t have any human on-screen character.
1. THE ILLUSTRATOR, BRIAN FROUD, WAS DISCOVERED BY JIM HENSON SIX YEARS BEFORE THE DARK CRYSTAL WAS RELEASED.
Henson saw a little art from the British artist in a book called Once Upon a Time. Pretty soon, he requested that he team up. The movie was a mix of symbolism from the brains of both Henson and Froud. Henson acknowledged Froud for building up The Dark Crystal’s “symbolic structure.”
2. FROUD GOT DESIGN IDEAS FROM EATING LOBSTER DINNERS.
After making the most of his suppers, he would stick the shells together for inspiration on designs.
3. BRIAN FROUD MET HIS WIFE ON THE SET.
Brian Froud met his future spouse, Wendy Midener, a puppet designer, while producing The Dark Crystal.She was employed to shape 3-D forms of Brian’s Gelflingdesigns for the film. She later etched and helped puppeteer Yoda for The Empire Strikes Back.