One of the reasons why Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, which premiered in 1982, still holds up so well today is because it was not beholden to the ever-changing capabilities of computer graphics. The puppetry and animatronic artistry was and is bold, fresh, creeptastic and extremely intricate. The same looks to be true of Netflix’s prequel series Age of Resistance, which will take place in the years of turmoil after the crystal was split and the world turned upside down.
The series will follow the plight of the Gelflings, who are fated to restore the crystal and peace to the land of Thra, as they are hunted by the Skeksis. Age of Resistance will still be based in puppetry arts, but it will be augmented and smoothed out with CG. That process has been teased by a new featurette that Netflix revealed today during San Diego Comic Con, one that previews a documentary that will air alongside (presumably) the new series called The Making of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Simon Pegg and other stars of the prequel appear with Lisa Henson, Brian Froud, and so many other creatives who are bringing Jim Henson’s vision back to life. Check out the magical featurette below:
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance stars the vocal talents of Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Donna Kimball, Alice Dinnean, Louise Gold, Neil Sterenberg, and Victor Yerrid.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrives on Netflix August 30th; here’s the official synopsis:
Based on The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance tells a new epic story, set many years before the events of the movie, and realized using classic puppetry with cutting edge visual effects. The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.