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The latest cinema-inspired capsule collection built around The Dark Crystal in collaboration with Brain Dead. Directed by the legendary animator and puppeteer Jim Henson in 1982, the film is widely regarded as one of the all-time great fantasy epics. The film follows the story of Jen, a Gelfing who's been tutored by the wisest of mystics. In a world in which evil runs amok, Jen sets out on a quest to restore balance to his once sacred land by finding the missing shard of the mysterious Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal not only encapsulates Jim Henson’s genius storytelling capabilities but highlights his innovative techniques both as a puppeteer and director with an on screen presentation that was far before it’s time. 

The Dark Crystal is a 1982 dark fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. It stars the voices of Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, and Barry Dennen. The film was produced by ITC Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company and distributed by Universal Pictures. The plot revolves around Jen, a Gelfling on a quest to restore balance to the world of Thra and overthrow the ruling Skeksis by restoring a powerful broken Crystal.

It was marketed as a family film, but was notably darker than the creators' previous material. The animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking for its time, with most creatures, like the Gelflings, requiring around four puppeteers to achieve full manipulation. The primary concept artist was fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, famous for his distinctive fairy and dwarf designs. Froud also collaborated with Henson for his next project, the 1986 film Labyrinth.

The Dark Crystal was produced by Gary Kurtz, while the screenplay was written by David Odell, with whom Henson previously worked as a staff writer for The Muppet Show. The film score was composed by Trevor Jones. The film initially received mixed reviews from mainstream critics; while being criticized for its darker, more dramatic tone in contrast to Henson's previous works, it was praised for its narrative, aesthetic, and characters. Over the years, it has been re-evaluated by critics and has garnered a cult following.

Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz
Screenplay by David Odell
Story by Jim Henson
Produced by Jim Henson and Gary Kurtz

Cinematography Oswald Morris
Edited by Ralph Kemplen
Music by Trevor Jones

Costumes from The Dark Crystal are featured in the Academy Museum gallery.  
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