- The film was to have a different tone from The Dark Crystal, with more comedy, songs and human/puppet interaction
- One of the characters, Hoggle, had 18 motors inside his face so that the puppeteers could create complex and realistic expressions
- The Fireys were each performed by four/five people
- The largest human-operated puppet was created for this film, with Ludo being eight foot tall
- The film had mixed reviews and poor box office takings, demoralising Henson to the point where he was getting quite depressed
- Last feature film directed by Henson before his death in 1990
- Both The Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal have become cult films with a large following
The Dark Crystal
- Primary concept artist was Brian Froud
- Written by Henson while snowed in a hotel
- It took five years to make The Dark Crystal
- The Dark Crystal had a bad premiere with it being too scary for children compared to the Muppets. People found it too dark and serious
- At the time, it was hailed as the only live action film in which a human actor makes no appearance
- Plot revolves around Jen the Gelling on a quest to restore balance to his world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken crystal
- Landstriders were performed by performers on stilts! So glad i found this out, I'd always wondered how they managed to make them work!
HOW MAGIC IS THIS FILM, I LOVE IT!!!
- Created and Produced by Jim Henson
- The series retold European folk tales, particularly ones that were considered obscure in western culture
- There was a four episode spin off series titled The Storyteller: Greek Myths
- Jim Hensons son, Brian Hensons, performed and voiced the Dog, whilst John Hurt performed The Storyteller
I think after researching these i definitely want to try and include them some way in my work. I know Hensons a lot more well known for The Muppets and Sesame Street but I think it's important to bring some light to his more serious, fantasy work aswell.
At the minute I'm thinking of keeping the stamp set to The Muppets as they were a really notable part of his career, and then maybe making the postcards into something that represents/relates to these three pieces? And then when I get to doing the poster maybe i could combine them all?