While the critical response to The Dark Crystal was somewhat tepid in the United States, it did well at the box office and Jim was enthusiastic about its international release. His optimism was not misplaced – the film found favor abroad and in France in particular, the film was much lauded. There, it won the Grand Prix for Best Fantasy Film at the Avoriaz Fantasy Film Festival, and as it spread across the continent, Cristal Oscuro was named Best Film at the Madrid Film Festival in Spain.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.