THE DARK CRYSTAL

Rating: G
Length: 93 mins
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Fri 16th Aug:

Revisit one of the all-time great 80s fantasy films The Dark Crystal from the imaginations of Jim Henson and Frank Oz!
See it before the prequel series releases in late August.

The Dark Crystal is a 1982 puppet animated dark fantasy adventure film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. It stars the voices of Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, and Barry Dennen.

The film was produced by ITC Entertainment and Henson Associates and distributed by Universal Pictures. The plot revolves around Jen, an elf-like “Gelfling” on a quest to restore balance to his alien world by returning the lost shard of a powerful but broken gem.

It was marketed as a family film, but was notably darker than the creators’ previous material. The animatronics used in the film were considered ground-breaking.

The film received mixed to positive reviews from mainstream critics; while being criticised for its darker, more dramatic tone in contrast to Henson‘s previous works, it was praised for its narrative, aesthetic, and characters, and has garnered a cult following in recent years.

A prequel television series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, will premiere on Netflix on August 30, 2019.

“Remains an admirably inventive and uniquely intense entry in the Jim Henson canon.” – Rotten Tomatoes

“The Dark Crystal, besides being a dazzling technological and artistic achievement by a band of talented artists and performers… that could teach a lesson in morality to youngsters at the same time it is entertaining their parents.” – Variety

“Filled with imagination and fanciful designs, The Dark Crystal is a film unlike any other.” – IGN Movies

Official Trailer