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This lavish, oversized picture book revisits the collaboration between Froud, prominent fairy artist, and Jim Hensen, Muppeteer, in the creation of their cult favorite The Dark Crystal. Reissued after 20 years, this portfolio of sketches and backdrop paintings retains a certain mystique, crammed to the margins with moss-covered runes and medieval diagrams, and peopled by the movie's menagerie of grotesque, shambling puppets. Unfortunately, the narrative fails to support the elaborate art direction, offering a dim echo of the Lord of the Rings with none of the complexity or scope. The long-nosed Gelflings and vulturish Skeksis-as well as the whole hodge-podge of occult symbols and carefully antiquated tools-come across as strangely arbitrary, constantly reaching for a profundity that never appears. But for the many fans of the movie and young children interested in fantasy-adventure, the book will satisfy greatly. Also included in the package is a preliminary 20-page sketchbook for the production, unseen until now.
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Brian Froud, award-winning artist, author, and designer, served as the concept designer of Jim Henson's films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He is also the best-selling author of Abrams' newly released Lady Cottington's Fairy Album, as well as such blockbuster hits as Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Album (with Terry Jones), and Faeries, his million-plus-copy bestseller, co-authored with Alan Lee and just re-released by Abrams in a special 25th-anniversary edition. Froud lives with his wife and son in Devon, England.
This is a great book. Full of insight and stories about the making of the movie. As a fan of the movie, I love hearing them explain in greater detail some of the moments in the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kevin Roche
This is a wonderful book. I'm fascinated by Brian Froud and his characters and this books is filled with wonderful drawings as well as detailed descriptions of each character.Published 28 days ago by Lucille Rox
Beautiful book. Came complete with all materials and in original packagingPublished 5 months ago by Neil Wilson
Very cool book. A lot of information I was not aware of. It is a very elegant book and looks amazing on the coffee table. Read morePublished 7 months ago by travis
this is a must have for all dark crystal/brian froud lovers its a big book with shiny thick paper lots of froud art and some screen shots but not so many as to not make it worth... Read morePublished 9 months ago by litta
Condition was not the best, pages were falling out but overall a good buy. Very nice graphics and large book.Published 14 months ago by michelle vasquez
release of this out-of-print book. sketches, concepts and art from this classic family movie. a must have for any fanPublished 14 months ago by shawnzee