The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance - Netflix produced prequel

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  • YenRug 18 May 2017 17:36:34 4,553 posts
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    And, yes, it is a Henson puppet show.

  • Tomo 18 May 2017 18:07:43 16,703 posts
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    Errhhh maaa guddd
  • BonzoBanana 18 May 2017 18:11:00 104 posts
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    I thought the film was a big flop, surprised they are making this I must admit. If I remember rightly it was done by ITC and Lew Grade. I don't think I ever watched the film completely but I've only just watched the never ending story for the first time so I'm running a bit behind.
  • JoeBlade 18 May 2017 18:25:10 4,464 posts
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    Saw the original in the cinema as a kid, thought it was fascinating and disturbing in equal measure. I hope this will be good.

    As an aside: is it me or is Netflix all over the place with its series? They seem to be betting on a million horses at once.
    I'd rather they spend a decent budget on a select few instead; I get the feeling they're currently spreading it all very thinly indeed.
  • BearFishPie 18 May 2017 18:39:09 717 posts
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    I hope they retain the original's... essence
  • BeebleB 18 May 2017 18:41:49 1,312 posts
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    Is Brian froud involved?
  • creepiest-lizard 18 May 2017 19:05:51 688 posts
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    But.. But...we all know what happens to the poor gelflings and podlings...
  • Tomo 18 May 2017 19:07:46 16,703 posts
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    I do love that Netflix will fund some leftfield stuff. Props to them. They fund a lot of shit too, but if it means programs like this are given a chance, then fair enough.
  • Immaterial 18 May 2017 19:36:36 2,321 posts
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    I reckon I'm right in the middle of the target market for this. I watched the original in the cinema as a nipper, and watched it on the sofa with my kids, who loved it. Looking forward to it, to be honest.
  • YenRug 18 May 2017 23:44:11 4,553 posts
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    https://www.henson.com/press-releases/2017/press-release-2017-05-18.php

    May 18, 2017
    Netflix Announces The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a Prequel Series to the Groundbreaking Jim Henson Film.

    10-episode series from The Jim Henson Company starts shooting in Fall 2017

    HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 18, 2017) - A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.

    The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

    Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).

    “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

    “Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. "Netflix has a deep respect for my father's original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world."

    About Netflix

    Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 100 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

    About The Jim Henson Company

    The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot. (Sprout/Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout). Television productions include Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.

    With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of- the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show.

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    About Jim Henson’s Creature Shop

    Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides performed digital visual effects, animatronic creatures, animation and soft puppets to the international film, television and advertising industries. Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the Sesame Street puppets, the classic Muppets, the aliens from Farscape and the fantastical creatures from The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Other features credits include The Jungle Book, The Hangover, Where the Wild Things Are, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Cee Lo Green, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5.

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  • YenRug 18 May 2017 23:48:14 4,553 posts
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    Seeing the mention about the Creature Shop at the end, reminded me when I spoke to Brian Henson at a Farscape convention. I asked him if they ever opened the London Creature Shop to the public, or did tours, he said no, but if I went to a particular pub on a Friday and offered to buy a round of drinks for a rather large group of people, I would probably get an invite. Sadly, living so far from London, it wasn't really feasible.
  • RobAnybody 30 Aug 2019 19:37:57 1,762 posts
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    Perhaps time to resurrect this thread now that the series is up on Netflix? So far it's great and it's getting many rave reviews.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 30 Aug 2019 21:04:51 10,911 posts
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    The trailer looks like they've stayed true to the production values of the original which I love.

    I'm curious how they'd pace it over ten hours
  • Wavey 30 Aug 2019 21:38:32 906 posts
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    Never saw the original (was it a movie?) but this looks kinda cool. Any good?
  • Addy__ 30 Aug 2019 21:46:04 1,432 posts
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    Tried watching it but had to turn it off after 10 mins. This kind of thing just doesn't float my boat as an adult. I kept laughing thinking of team America for some reason.
  • RobAnybody 30 Aug 2019 22:03:32 1,762 posts
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    Wavey wrote:
    Never saw the original (was it a movie?) but this looks kinda cool. Any good?
    Yes, the original is a movie, this new series takes place before the movie. You don't need to have seen the movie to enjoy the series.

    I'm loving it so far.
  • ChiefGB 30 Aug 2019 22:31:48 11,338 posts
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    Posted in Netflix thread. I thought first ep was fantastic.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 30 Aug 2019 22:32:34 20,717 posts
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    Is it young kid friendly?
  • ChiefGB 30 Aug 2019 22:39:34 11,338 posts
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    Hmmm it seems potentially quite complex, but in terms of things to keep them watching it does have all kinds of little fuzzy things in it. There’s a lot going on in it, also there’s one scene that’s not very nice for littleuns, not scary but a death that you may or may not want to put them through emotionally and I imagine there will be others along the way
  • adamasunder12 31 Aug 2019 00:05:22 727 posts
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    Yeah, not a film for Infants. Around 8 or 9 may be the best age to start from. It's a bit creepy in terms of enemy design and life-force absorbing.

    That said, it looks great. Not overly flashy, better quality puppets and miminum cg. It feels like you're back.

    2 episodes in, they're short so should hold kids attention.
  • ChiefGB 31 Aug 2019 01:54:14 11,338 posts
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    Each ep is an hour, that’s not exactly short.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 31 Aug 2019 07:32:42 10,911 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    Is it young kid friendly?
    The film is the first I can remember shitting me right up.

    Return To Oz not far behind
  • GuybrushFreepwood 31 Aug 2019 07:44:26 1,266 posts
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    @Decks no its not really something for kids unless they et least watched a couple of Harru Potters and a Dr Who or two. The Skeksis are not pleasant
  • GuybrushFreepwood 31 Aug 2019 07:44:39 1,266 posts
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    @Decks no its not really something for kids unless they et least watched a couple of Harru Potters and a Dr Who or two. The Skeksis are not pleasant
  • Dougs 31 Aug 2019 07:57:13 90,229 posts
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    My 2 (9 and nearly 7) are currently watching the film in preparation. They can't wait.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 31 Aug 2019 08:48:44 20,717 posts
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    Tried my boy with it as he doesn't scare easy but he just got bored with it. Looks pretty cool from what I saw though.
  • robthehermit 31 Aug 2019 09:01:14 7,425 posts
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    @Dougs Daft question, but why would you need to watch a film before seeing the prequel? Wouldn't it make more sense to watch the series first first?
  • Dougs 31 Aug 2019 09:31:35 90,229 posts
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    Didn't know it was a prequel tbh, but I'd still encourage them to watch the original first. It'd be like starting the Star Wars saga with TPM. Urgh!
  • neems 31 Aug 2019 10:40:31 4,675 posts
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    @robthehermit

    Prequels are often predicated upon a certain familiarity with the original story. I have no idea if that is the case here though.
  • ChiefGB 31 Aug 2019 11:03:20 11,338 posts
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    To be honest the original film is fairly linear with few characters. The setup of the prequel seemed to give you enough to start from. It might spoil the arc of the chamberlain a bit though.
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