7/12/1982 – ‘Preview Dark Crystal in Detroit – a bit better.’

The first time Jim showed his first cut of The Dark Crystal to a test audience, they were less than enthusiastic about the film. As Jim reshaped and edited his masterwork over the summer and fall of 1982, audiences began to react more positively (“a bit better,” as Jim noted.) The film opened in December to mixed reviews but its popularity as a fantasy classic and technical wonder has grown tremendously over the last thirty years.

Brian Froud’s Skeksis costume design, c. 1980.

Brian Froud’s Skeksis costume design, c. 1980.

Read more from Jim Henson’s Red Book in Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal available from Chronicle Books.

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