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Friday, December 20, 2013

"The Dark Crystal" Tribute by Carl Coling

by Carl Coling

Celebrating its 31st Anniversary
Originally released on
December 17, 1982
Jim Henson's 1982 film, The Dark Crystal, was a huge leap forward in puppetry, physical effects, and in showing what a little imagination (and a lot of elbow grease) can do. The influences of  Jim Henson's work are far reaching, both inside the entertainment industry and beyond.

I did a tribute Jim Henson and the men and women involved in The Dark Crystal after seeing a touring exhibit of the characters at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, prior to the release of the film.

The tribute took two years to complete, and was presented at the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention, held in Anaheim, California. At this event, a Masquerade/stage competition, featuring original and re-created costumes, characters, and elaborate, short programs was presented. The Dark Crystal project won "best re-creation of show for a group."  It was a curious coincidence, but there was an individual named George Docherty, who did a full-bodied "mystic" character, and he won "best re-creation of show for an individual."  These entries competed against others, some of which were produced by professional costume makers, prop makers, and designers, as well as amateurs, and costuming hobbyists. 

For the 30th anniversary of the release date of the film, I put up a website documenting the project at

My purpose in doing so was again to honor Jim Henson, his creative team, and to let fans of the film who couldn't attend the convention (so many were not even born yet!) see what it took to put the project together.  I was later able to meet Jim Henson, and presented him with an album of pictures of the project. There's so much to say about the genius of Jim Henson and the amazing work of his creative staff, that a short blog will not do!  See my site for my thoughts on the subject.

It says something about the man, when the mere mention of his name brings forth smiles.  Jim was a genius, who shared his gift with the world. I'm very glad that his children are carrying on his mission. 

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