"What was sundered and undone shall become whole... the two made one."
The Dark Crystal is Jim Henson's crowning achievement. The movie was originally released in 1983, and was the first non-muppet movie produced by the
puppeteering geniuses. It's about a wild and mystical world dominated by a race of powerful beings. Through their arrogance, they tried to purge themselves of all their bad
intentions and evil desires. Instead of removing the darkness from their souls, the beings were split into two races. The evil and cruel Skeksis, and the gentle and kind
Mystics. It was then that the Crystal cracked, and became dark. From that time a prophecy was foretold, that a gelfling would come and repair the damage that was made. The
Skeksis seeing this as the end of their way of life, decided to kill all gelflings to prevent this from ever happening. Jen who is regarded as the final gelfling is sent to
heal the Dark Crystal before the great conjunction. He meets many strange creatures, and people on his journey including Augra, the keeper of secrets. She gives Jen vital
information about the Crystal, as well as the shard itself. While looking for the Skekies' castle Jen encounter's Fizzgig, and his owner Kira, who is also a gelfling.
Together, they go to end the turmoil of the world. It's a very epic film, but still close to the heart. As a side note, during the course of the entire movie, not a single
human is ever seen.
And if you don't want to take my word for how great this movie is, Jim Henson is quoted by saying that this was his most prized creation ever. (Of course
that was before he made the movie Labyrinth which may have topped it.)
The Dark Crystal was re-released in 1999 with the movie re-mastered, as well as a special section of the Making of the Dark Crystal, which contains plenty
of information on the movie, as well special interviews, and behind the scenes filming. It's pretty darn cool.
welcome.to/darkcrystal - The Unofficial Dark Crystal Homepage.
m.webring.com/hub?ring=darkcrystalring - The Dark Crystal Webring.
www.lostworldproductions.com/darkcrystalbooks.htm - A listing of all the Dark Crystal publications.
www.imdb.com/title/tt0083791 - Internet Movie Database: The Dark Crystal.