The artist who designed the film was Brian Froud. He has several books in print on Fairy's. My favorite being "Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book."
The creators of the film did not originally intend to have the characters speak English. The vision of the film was very different, and it was shot to be mainly silent - with musical overture and minimal, non-earth dialogue. This is why there is so much overdubbing of Jen thinking, his masters thinking and so on. Each group originally had its own made-up language. The Podlings and animals maintain their languages, as to account for and demonstrate Kira's gift as a linguist. This somewhat changes the effect of the scene in which Jen discovers that Kira can speak "gelfling" language. This is why the dialogue is so superficial: The visual elements were meant to stand on their own. Of course, Henson was a great business man, and the film was decidedly unmarketable, especially in the Hollywood paradigm, without English speaking characters.
Contributed by: Mak Wilson - Puppeteer/CGI Animation Director With Jim Henson'S Creature Shop
The film was originally to use an original language but after viewing this, the decision was made to re-dub into English.
Contributed by: Sara Jayne
Lisa Maxwell who voiced the character Kira, Plays Samantha Nixon in the UK's popular Police drama the Bill, and was also regulary featured on UK comedian Benny Hill's show. She once stated that the language that she used on the film was not scripted for her, she ad libbed it.
There were originally several scenes that Jim Henson decided to cut from the film. The funeral scene being one of these. It's funny how they were left in the book "The World of the Dark Crystal."
Contributed by: Hanne Kjersem
Artist Brian Froud and puppet designer Wendy Midener met on the set. They later married and had a son named Toby who played the baby in "Labyrinth".
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Contributed by: Kathy Evans
In the 25th Anniversary edition of "The Dark Crystal", we have a chance to see a deleted scene and some lines spoken by Jen and Kira that are not in the movie. On the 2nd disc of the set, go to Special Features, Extra Scenes, Original Language Workprint Scenes, Podling Village. There you will hear these lines, as Jen and Kira are enjoying the party at the Podling village:
“Kira, how long can we stay?”
“As long as we want.”
“Then I don’t want to go. EVER.”
Contributed by: 80'sRocked
A Skesis funeral scene for the Emperor was cut from the original release. The negatives from this scene were lost, but a home video of the scene appeared years later on special-edition LDs and DVDs.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.