WithThe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance out now on Netflix, its time to revisit the original movie. Whether you watchedThe Dark Crystal as a kid, or youre discovering it for the first time now, its a charming (and lowkey creepy) example of classic, pre-CGI fantasy filmmaking. And yes, its definitely available to stream online.
Where to streamThe Dark Crystal online
The Dark Crystal is currently available to stream on NetflixandAmazon Prime if you have an account.
You can also rent The Dark Crystal for $2.99 onAmazon (if you dont have a Prime account), Fandango, Vudu, and Redbox, and for $3.99 on YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, and Microsoft. Basically, if you want to watch this cult classic, its super accessible online. Another Jim Henson fantasy favorite,Labyrinth, is also available on those services, just in case youre in the mood for more.
What isThe Dark Crystal?
Released in 1982,The Dark Crystal is one of several 1980s original fantasy films that went on to become cult faves.Labyrinth, Willow,andThe Neverending Story are some of they others. Kid-friendly, and sharing a similar kind of goofy sincerity, they feel very different from modern fantasy blockbusters with a huge CGI budget and lots of high-octane fight scenes.
Directed by Muppet masterminds Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal was filmed using puppets and handmade miniatures. Set in a fantasy world called Thra, its about two elf-like creatures called Gelflings going on a quest to defeat the evil Skeksis that polluted and destroyed their world. Its kind of likeThe Hobbit with strong ecological themes, and is famous for its gorgeous landscapes and complex worldbuilding. Aimed at all ages, its one of those films that sticks in your memory if you saw it as a childpartly because the Skeksis are so scary!
Filmed by the Jim Henson Company, the new Netflix seriesThe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a 10-episode prequel to the movie. Rather than being a cheap appeal to nostalgia (which, lets face it, it kind of a common problem these days), its earning rave reviews for its visual beauty, unique puppet-based storytelling, and all-star voice cast including Mark Hamill, Taron Egerton,Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel, and Helena Bonham Carter.
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