I’m watching The Dark Crystal with my son. It’s probably one of my top three favorite movies from my childhood. He was confused when we first started watching it, I think because it isn’t animation and is almost too cool looking to be real.
He asked me if it was 3D. I had to explain that the puppets and the costumes were “real” as opposed to cgi and all the stuff they use now. The level of detail is just amazing – the environment, the creatures.
I think it’s really sad that no one has really followed in Jim Henson’s footsteps since he died. Sometimes I wonder what other pieces of genius we missed out on as a result of his death. He was a brilliant, brilliant man.
If you haven’t seen The Dark Crystal, I recommend it. I’m seriously considering ordering a blu-ray copy.