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On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

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Cast

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Kathryn Mullen ...
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Fizzgig, a Friendly Monster (performer) / General, Garthim Master (performer)
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Scientist (voice)
Louise Gold ...
Brian Muehl ...
Ornamentalist (performer and voice) / Urzah (performer) / Dying Master (performer and voice)
Bob Payne ...
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Tim Rose ...
Jean-Pierre Amiel ...
Weaver (performer) (as Jean Pierre Amiel)
Hugh Spight ...
Cook (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Robbie Barnett ...
Numerologist (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Swee Lim ...
Hunter (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Simon J. Williamson ...
Chanter (performer) (as Simon Williamson)
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Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos has began! The evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. Meanwhile the orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal which gives the Skesis their power and restore the balance of the universe. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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crystal | shard | quest | evil | mystic | See All (36) »

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Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder.


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Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dark Chrysalis  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Brian Froud based the Mystics on a previously designed troll from his 1977 book "The Land of Froud". In order to keep the two creatures separate for licensing purposes, he designed the Mystics to have four arms. This way Froud would keep copyright of his trolls while Jim Henson got the right to the Mystics. The Skeksis also have four arms, but their second set, a pair of tiny chicken legs beneath their shoulder blades, are mostly hidden from view. The only time you can catch a glimpse of them in the film is after the Chamberlain has been stripped of his robes. See more »

Goofs

When Jen and Kira are climbing into the Castle via the water duct, Kira bumps her head on the tooth of the water-spouting gargoyle. See more »

Quotes

Chamberlain: Hmmmmm...
General: I hate your whimper!
Chamberlain: HMMMM!
[they proceed down the hallway]
Chamberlain: Hmmmmmmm-mmmmm...
General: QUIET!
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The opening credits show only the credits for the crew. See more »

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Referenced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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The Pod Dance
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Written by Trevor Jones
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User Reviews

 
What a fun movie!!!
8 December 1998 | by (Wollongong,Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm so sick and tired of people bad-mouthing this movie.This is the best of one of Jim Henson's creations (besides Jim Henson's Hour The Storyteller and Mythology)!It isn't so preachy or cheesy like a lot of the works before or after Henson's demise!

This would be a good movie for little kids.You can really tell the good from the bad in this movie.The Skeksis are really evil and frightening villains,unlike a lot of villains in most family-fantasy films,where they are often more moronic than vile.

The characters have personalities,not so talkative and there's no human to be seen!All 100% animatronics,no actors in the suits!!!

Now how amazing is that?


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