The Dark Crystal

Day 57. 91 pages, 45,216 words.

So, it seems that Netflix is going there. And by “going there”, I mean “getting all up in The Dark Crystal and doing stuff.”

Now, I’m slightly concerned but not all that upset by this. I was excited to see that Netflix had snaffled up Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget, but was underwhelmed by their attempt to resurrect them[1]. And, to be fair, Danger Mouse was always just five minutes of silliness before Doctor Who came on anyway, they might as well reboot Bananaman[2]. Wump, however, seemed to find the reboots quite fun even though they didn’t have anywhere near enough horses, unicorns, pegasuses, unicorn pegasuses, and butterfly centaur horse unicorn fairies in them. Wump has a very specific set of requirements for a television show to be considered good.

[1] And seeing new Inspector Gadget episodes just succeeded in finally making me realise that I had absolutely no idea what Gadget actually was. Was he a person with augmentations? Was he a full-on robot? He had a niece, so … dear God, it’s horrifying. He was a tortured parody of life and his clumsiness was clearly a not-even-subconscious attempt to end his own suffering. He should have been allowed to die.

[2] No, seriously. They should. Oh wait.

And that’s all fine. I don’t think film or television creators have an obligation to satisfy the now-aging kids who watched earlier iterations of movies or shows.

But let’s keep it real. Wump loves The Dark Crystal, and she’s not a nostalgic thirtysomething, sitting with her arms folded and lips pursed as a heartless money-mill reboots her cherished childhood memories. She’s still six goddamn years old. So I’ll be taking my cues from her on this.

I loved The Dark Crystal too, it’s right up there with Labyrinth, Willow and The Neverending Story as a movie that shaped my imagination as a kid. And Henson’s work is so amazing. Just a single slow-pan across a fantasy Henson forest shows you caterpillars and flowers and eyeballs on stems and … just so much stuff. And it’s all made from practical effects. And it’s not even the point of the scene. It’s just Henson creating a world for his characters to be in. It makes Avatar look stupid.

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Which, you know, it kinda was. I liked it, but it kinda was.

I’m heartened to see Netflix is teaming up with Henson’s company for this. There seems to be plenty of non-computer work going into it, so with any luck it will be a faithful addition to the world, and a fun prequel – and I have to admit, this was one story I have always wanted to see more about. And Netflix seems to do better (in my arms-folded, lips-pursed thirtysomething opinion) with live-action stuff than it does with animation revivals.

Now, I think I’ll go back to my Internetting and wait for the first reviews of Twin Peaks to start rolling in. It’s meant to be starting on HBO Nordic tonight. Apparently Twitter’s already boiling.

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3 Responses to The Dark Crystal

  1. dreameling says:

    Wump, however, seemed to find the reboots quite fun even though they didn’t have anywhere near enough horses, unicorns, pegasuses, unicorn pegasuses, and butterfly centaur horse unicorn fairies in them. Wump has a very specific set of requirements for a television show to be considered good.

    So good. 😀

    I loved The Dark Crystal too, it’s right up there with Labyrinth, Willow and The Neverending Story as a movie that shaped my imagination as a kid.

    Man, we really are of the same generation. Although, it needs to be said, all except Willow were never quite as good as I imagined or expected them to be as a kid. But they stuck all the same. (Plus there were, of course, a host of other movies that significantly contributed to my imagination as an 80s kid.)

    • stchucky says:

      Oh yeah. Well, I still enjoyed them, on different levels. But they had some cringey moments that I used to find awesome, for sure. Maybe that’s what made them cringey.

      Funnily, I think practical effects hold up better after 20-30 years than any other sorts of effects. How much of that is nostalgia, though, who knows?

  2. dreameling says:

    Now, I think I’ll go back to my Internetting and wait for the first reviews of Twin Peaks to start rolling in. It’s meant to be starting on HBO Nordic tonight. Apparently Twitter’s already boiling.

    Now that I have a Chromecast device hooked up to my TV set, meaning I’m no longer limited by the app selection on my aging BD player, I’m thinking of subscribing to HBO Nordic. Twin Peaks, Westworld, Game of Thrones, etc.

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