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The Dark Crystal Trivia

AKA:
The Dark Crystal Picture
1982
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Trivia, fun facts and more for the 1982 Family movie starring Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz et al.
Contributed by: Hanne Kjersem / Kathy Evans
A sequel to "The Dark Crystal" called "The Power of the Dark Crystal" is in production. It reunites many of the performers from the first movie and Lisa, Jim Henson's daughter is the producer. According to IMdB, the release date for the sequel has been pushed to 2011. It is currently in production.
Contributed by: Kathy Evans
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!"
Contributed by: Leigh Barrett
Almost 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.
Contributed by: Kathy Evans
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!"
Contributed by: Robert Baum
Co-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.
Later, Henson and Froud reunited for "Labyrinth."
Contributed by: Paul Sauberlich
Fizzgig 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.
Contributed by: Suzie Quzie
The choreographer for the puppet actors (in the full suits) was Gates McFadden, better known as Dr. Beverly Crusher from Start Trek: The Next Generation.
Contributed by: Kathy Evans
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?"
This year (2009) NECA produced an action figure of the Chamberlain Skeksis under their Cult Classics banner.
In 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.
Contributed by: Kathy Evans
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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Incorrect Trivia
What follows are trivia items we now believe are bogus. Some of them will have explanations, some will not. We just leave 'em in for interest, really.
Jim Henson was the voice of Jen.

NO, Jim Henson was NOT the voice of Jen. He was the puppeteer. Jen's voice was supplied by Stephen Garlick, who will be returning as Jen for the sequel.
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