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Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Cast created by the Jim Henson creature shop.

Written by Jim Henson and David Odell

Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz

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A pair of gelflings must save the world.

High Point

Running in terror from a captive gelfling.

Low Point

The gratuitously happy ending.

The Scores

How original is this movie? It’s yet
another version of
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but the massive
changes make it more
original that the other versions. An entire world
was created to
house this story. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were mostly lighting effects and
the fading
images in the Master’s pool or crystal shard. There
was also the
horrible animated launching of the crystal bats. I
give it 4 out of

The story is extremely simple. The mystery
was obvious to me
the first time I watched it, partly because they
don’t give the viewer
anything else to really think about. (By my
calculations, I would
have been five or six; it was just after the initial
video release.)
I give it 3 out of 6.

The puppeteering is being judged in place of
the acting.
It’s a bit stiff, especially in the faces of the
Gelflings. There is
a very good range of expression in the Sleksis,
though. I give it 4
out of 6.

The emotional response is helped by
nostalgia, but not enough
to overcome the very flat characters. I give it 3
out of 6.

The production was incredible. An entire
world was built
from scratch. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a great film for the very
young or the
nostalgic members of my generation. I give it 4 out
of 6.

In total, Dark Crystal receives 28 out of