The Dark Crystal is, without a doubt, one of the best puppet movies ever made, and even though CGI has taken over people are still blown away by the practical effects created for this film.
It’s one of those iconic films that can never be effectively remade or rebooted, and yet this film almost didn't make it to the big screen due to poor feedback from preview audiences. Jim Henson spent $15 million dollars making sure the film got the chance it deserved in theaters, and The Dark Crystal turned around and made a whopping $40 million at the box office.
A lowly sum by today's movie standards, but enough to keep The Jim Henson Company in the filmmaking business.
Filming The Dark Crystal wasn't just a costly venture, it was also an incredibly difficult film to create, with some of the epic puppet stars like the Skeksis requiring six puppeteers to operate.
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