- Hardcover: 132 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Collector's ed edition (May 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810945797
- ISBN-13: 978-0810945791
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.8 x 13.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World of the Dark Crystal: The Collector's Edition Hardcover – May 1, 2003
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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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About the Author
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.
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Anyone interested in more, as seen advertised here, there are a few interesting graphic novels available which I very much enjoyed. The “Creation Myths” trilogy offered by Archaia takes you back to the beginnings, when the Mystics and Skeksis were one entity, and how the whole conflict began. Then TokyoPop put out two smaller “manga” novels in 2007 that also predate the film, though not so distantly. Haven’t got around to the current “Shadows” story arc.
As to this big hardcover, it’s a decent tie–in, with its stark imagery and celestial overlays. Oh, and before I go, the grandson (and I) anxiously await the new Funko Pop! ReAction figures that each contain a piece to assemble a Dark Crystal. Good Stuff!
Unfortunately, this book is very hard to find nowadays. It costs a small fortune in the secondary market. As such, I'd really only recommend it for diehard fans of the film. If you just want more stories from Thra, also check out the new Myths of Darth Crystal comics.
Brian Froud has always been fascinated with faeries and goblins and such so when he was hired by Jim Henson to work on this movie it must have been a dream come true. The first section of this book covers Froud's experiences working on the movie. It's an interesting read but the remaining part of the book requires the reader to have a vivid recollection of events in the film and patience to add it all up. Not an easy read or your typical 'making of' book at all.
Two thirds of the book is told from the point of view of Aughra, the one and only of her race, the prophet born of rock and stone. She explains to us the history of her world, the great divide of the Urskeks and the creation of uUru and Skeksis.
The depth of Brian Froud's imagination is astonishing. The triangular and circular imagery of the film is spelled out so vividly that several reads of each page are needed in order to fully understand it all. The quality of the presentation is of the highest standard. The book is a huge hardback with beautiful pictures in color, black and white and daguerreotype. Some pages are translucent trace paper laid over spirals to give us a better idea of what they mean. A reproduction of Jim Henson's original presentation to potential backers of the film is included in the back page inserted in a pouch.
Investment in this book is well worth the money for fans of the film and those interested in faery mythology and even art students.