That “great film” was, of course, The Dark Crystal. In illustrator Brian Froud, Jim had found another creative mind that could conjure up worlds of characters in remarkable settings. While Jim’s Koozebanians and Gorch-ian creatures frolicked in extra-terrestrial landscapes and bubbling tar pits, Froud’s fairies and goblins flitted among moss-covered tree stumps and magical moorlands. The two men realized that they brought complementary strengths to the project, including Brian’s capacity to make unlimited drawings and designs and Jim’s producing experience, and set about doing something that had not been done before – an all-puppet feature film. Five years in the making, the final product is a testament to the depth of imagination made available by combining the artistic impulses of Jim Henson and Brian Froud.
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.