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  1. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is an American fantasy streaming television series produced by Netflix and The Jim Henson Company.It is a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal that explores the world of Thra created for the original film.

    • August 30, 2019
    • Netflix
  2. A Netflix-produced prequel series detailing the start of the war between the Skeksis and the Gelflings and the ensuing decay of Thra, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, was released in August 2019. For the franchise as a whole, see here.

  3. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance S1E10: "A Single Piece Was Lost". Rian and Deet are joined by Brea's group while waiting for the other clans' arrival. skekSo calls upon the Darkening before leading the Skesis to battle, ordering skekTek to remain at the Castle to work on a new army. Once the Skeksis arrive, skekSil sets up skekVar to fail ...

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    1000 years ago on the planet Thra, two new races appeared when a Shard was shattered from the Crystal of Truth: the cruel Skeksis whose continued corruption of the Crystal to extend their lives ravages Thra, and the gentle urRu, more commonly known as Mystics, who made their home in the Valley of Stones to await their destiny. The leader of the Mystics, the Master UrSu, raises a young Gelfling named Jen whose clan were slaughtered by the Skeksis. As the Great Conjunction of Thra's three suns draws near, a dying UrSu instructs Jen to fulfil a prophecy to heal the Crystal by first retrieving the Shard from Aughra. As UrSu passes, the Skeksis' Emperor, skekSo, also dies, leaving the position for the leader vacant. The Chamberlain, skekSil, and the Garthim Master, skekUng, challenge each other in a "Trial by Stone" for succession, resulting in skekUng defeating skekSil. SkekSil is stripped of his robes and banished, while skekUng is proclaimed the new emperor. When the Skeksis learn of...

    Main 1. Stephen Garlick as Jen, a Gelfling raised by the urRu and entrusted to restore the Dark Crystal. He is performed by Jim Henson and performed by Kiran Shah. 2. Lisa Maxwell as Kira, a Gelfling raised by the Podlings who joins Jen's quest. She is performed by Kathryn Mullenand stunt-performed by Kiran Shah. 3. Billie Whitelaw as Aughra: The Keeper of Secrets and an astronomer. She is performed by Frank Oz and performed by Kiran Shah and Mike Edmonds. 4. Percy Edwards as Fizzgig: A species of animal on Thra that is Kira's pet, performed by Dave Goelz. Skeksis 1. Barry Dennen as The Chamberlain (skekSil): A Skeksis who was exiled following his failed attempt to claim the throne, performed by Frank Oz. 2. Michael Kilgarriff as The General (skekUng): The easily-angered Garthim-Master who becomes the new Emperor, performed by Dave Goelz. 3. Jerry Nelson as The Ritual-Master (skekZok): The high priest of the Ceremony of the Sun, performed by Jim Henson. 3.1. Both Nelson and Henson a...


    Henson's inspiration for the visual aspects of the film came around 1975–76, after he saw an illustration by Leonard B. Lubin in a 1975 edition of Lewis Carroll’s poetry showing crocodiles living in a palace and wearing elaborate robes and jewelry. The film's conceptual roots lay in Henson's short-lived The Land of Gorch, which also took place in an alien world with no human characters. According to co-director Frank Oz, Henson's intention was to "get back to the darkness of the original Grim...


    Brian Froud was chosen as concept artist after Henson saw one of his paintings in the book Once upon a time. The characters in the film are elaborate puppets, and none are based on humans or any other specific Earth creature. Before its release, The Dark Crystalwas billed as the first live-action film without any human beings on screen, and "a showcase for cutting-edge animatronics". The hands and facial features of the groundbreaking animatronic puppets in the film were controlled with relat...


    The film's soundtrack was composed by Trevor Jones, who became involved before shooting had started. Jones initially wanted to compose a score which reflected the settings' oddness by using acoustical instruments, electronics and building structures. This was scrapped in favor of an orchestral score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra once Gary Kurtz became involved, as it was felt that an unusual score would alienate audiences. The main theme of the film is a composite of the Skeksis'...

    Box office

    The Dark Crystal was released in 858 theaters in North America on December 17, 1982 and finished third for the weekend with a gross of $4,657,335, behind Tootsie and The Toy, performing better than some people expected. In its initial weekends, it had a limited appeal with some audiences for various reasons, including parental concerns about its dark nature, creative connections with Henson's family-friendly Muppet franchise. In its third weekend, it moved up to second place nationally with a...


    The film received a mixed response upon its original release, but has earned a more positive reception in later years, becoming a favorite with fans of Henson and fantasy. Vincent Canby of The New York Times negatively reviewed the film, describing it as a "watered down J. R. R. Tolkien... without charm as well as interest." Kevin Thomas gave it a more positive assessment in the Los Angeles Times: "Unlike many screen fantasies, The Dark Crystal casts its spell from its very first frames and p...

    Home media

    The Dark Crystal was first released on VHS, Betamax, and CED by Thorn EMI Video in 1983. The company's successor HBO Video re-released it on VHS in 1988 and also released it in widescreen on LaserDisc for the first time. On July 29, 1994, Jim Henson Video (through Disney's Buena Vista Home Video) re-released the film again on VHS and on a new widescreen LaserDisc. On October 5, 1999, Columbia TriStar Home Video and Jim Henson Home Entertainment gave the film one final VHS release and also rel...

    A tie-in novelization of the film was written by A. C. H. Smith. Henson took a keen interest in the novelization, as he considered it a legitimate part of the film's world rather than just an advertisement. He originally asked Alan Garner to write it, but Garner declined on account of prior engagements. Henson and Smith met several times over meals to discuss the progress of the manuscript. According to Smith, their only major disagreement had arisen over his dislike of the Podlings, which he considered "boring". He included a scene in which a Garthim carrying a sackful of Podlings fell down a cliff and crushed them. Henson considered this scene to be an element of "gratuitous cruelty" that did not fit well into the scope of the story. In order to assist Smith in his visualizing the world of The Dark Crystal, Henson invited him to visit Elstree Studios during filming. In June 2014, Archaia Entertainmentreprinted the novelization, with included extras such as some of Brian Froud's il...

    Cancelled sequel

    During the development phase of The Dark Crystal, director Jim Henson and writer David Odell discussed ideas for a possible sequel. Almost 25 years later, Odell and his wife Annette Duffy pieced together what Odell could recall from these discussions to draft a script for The Power of the Dark Crystal. Genndy Tartakovsky was initially hired in January 2006 to direct and produce the film through The Orphanageanimation studios in California. However, faced with considerable delays, the Jim Hens...

    Prequel novels

    On July 1, 2013, an announcement was made by The Jim Henson Company, in association with Grosset and Dunlap (a publishing division of Penguin Group USA) that they would be hosting a Dark Crystal Author Quest contest to write a new Dark Crystalnovel, as a prequel to the original film. It would be set in the Dark Crystal world during a Gelfling Gathering. The winning author was J.M. (Joseph) Lee of Minneapolis, Minnesota, whose story, "The Ring of Dreams," was selected from almost 500 contest s...

    Prequel series

    In May 2017, it was announced that The Jim Henson Company in association with Netflix would produce a prequel series titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Shooting began in the fall of 2017 with Louis Leterrier as director. The prequel was written by Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The series premiered on August 30, 2019.There are ten episodes, and the series explores the world created for the original film.

    A book entitled The World of The Dark Crystal, written and illustrated by Brian Froud, was released at the same time as the film. The book, written as the annotated translation of the Book of Aughr...
    An illustrated children's storybook version, The Tale of the Dark Crystal, written by Donna Bass and illustrated by Bruce McNally.
    A board game called The Dark Crystal Game was also released in 1982 by Milton Bradley.
    A book-and-cassette adaptation was released in 1983 by Disneyland Records as part of its Read-Along Adventures series.
    John Bauer (illustrator)— an inspiration for Brian Froud's work on The Dark Crystal

    Gaines, Caseen (2017). The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History. San Rafael, United States: Insight Editions. ISBN 978-1-60887-811-6.

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    • $25 million or £25 million
    • Jim Henson, Gary Kurtz
  4. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a Netflix original series, that acts as a prequel to The Dark Crystal. A teaser for the series was released on May 18, 2017. It premiered on August 30, 2019. On September 21, 2020, the series was canceled by Netflix according to a report by Gizmodo. The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it ...

  5. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Created by Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews. With Neil Sterenberg, Beccy Henderson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton. Return to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power, and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

  6. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the fantastical world of Thra with an all new adventure set a generation before Jim Henson’s revolutionary film. When three young Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion, unite their people and save their world.

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