The Dark Crystal Trivia
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Thanks to Hanne Kjersem / Kathy EvansA sequel to "The Dark Crystal" called "The Power of the Dark Crystal" was almost put into production in 2011.
It was to reunite many of the performers from the first movie and Lisa, Jim Henson's daughter was to be the producer.
However, at the "Jim Henson: Friends and Family Panel" at the Museum of the Moving Image in September 2011, Cheryl Henson was asked about the upcoming film. She stated that the project had been put on hold until further notice.
In February 2012, it was officially announced that the project was no longer in production.
During the scene where SkekEkt (the "effeminate" Skeksis) and SkekAyuk (the fat one) come running into the throne room after having seen the Chamberlain with Kira, SkekEkt is screaming "Gelfling!" plus something unintelligible, that for the last 27 years sounded like, "bla, bla-bla-bla, bla, bla!" I just realized the other day what he was saying: "Gelfling! Gelfling in the castle!"
Thanks to Leigh BarrettAlmost cut was the name of the Mystics. They were originally called the Ur-ru. If you listen carefully during the Great Conjunction scene, a Skeksis voice identifies the UrRu as they are entering. It is indeed the only mention of their name in the movie.
At the end of the movie, when the Skekses and Gelflings are all together in the Crystal Chamber, immediately after the Chamberlain discovers a second Gelfling (Jen), one of the Skekses cries out, "Oh, the bloody Hell!"
Thanks to Robert BaumCo-director Frank Oz and co-producer Gary Kurtz previously worked on "The Empire Strikes Back" where Oz served as the voice of Yoda and Kurtz was producer of the Lucasfilm hit.
Rewind ArchiveLater, Henson and Froud reunited for "Labyrinth."
Thanks to Paul SauberlichFizzgig was primarily a hand puppet, the SkekSis and UrRu all had one performer inside to provide gross movement, plus up to three others operating facial and secondary features. Landstriders were performers on stilts, Garthim performers in fibreglass suits, Pod People, Nebri, Auhgra, etc, - puppets. Long shots of Jen and Kira used performers with masks.
Thanks to Suzie QuzieThe choreographer for the puppet actors (in the full suits) was Gates McFadden, better known as Dr. Beverly Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
When Jen and Kira first meet in the swamp, Kira begins speaking "Podling" to him. Surprisingly, one of the words she spoke was Russian! She says "otkuda", a Russian word that means "from where". So she was probably asking, "Where are you from?" in a dialect form, and it certainly fit the context. Technically, the grammatically correct Russian would be "otkuda vwi", meaning "Where are you from?"
Thanks to the horroristThis year (2009) NECA produced an action figure of the Chamberlain Skeksis under their Cult Classics banner.
Rewind ArchiveIn 2002 special Edition, collectable dolls were released. Jen came with the shard and his flute as well as a stand. Kira came with a fizgig and wings sewn into her costume.
When Jen is climbing up Aughra's mountain and he stumbles and startles some pinkish tentacled creatures that suddenly roll away. If you look carefully, you will see that the creatures to the right and in the foreground are actually actors in suits (probably dwarves).
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