The World of the Dark Crystal

The World of the Dark Crystal

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by Brian Froud, Rupert Brown, J. J. Llewellyn
     
 

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Now 20 years old, Jim Henson's classic fantasy film The Dark Crystal—featuring the breathtaking concept design of renowned fantasy artist Brian Froud—is a soaring work of the imagination. This mystical adventure has such a huge cult following that when the film was recently re-released on video and DVD, it quickly sold a million copies. Just as

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Now 20 years old, Jim Henson's classic fantasy film The Dark Crystal—featuring the breathtaking concept design of renowned fantasy artist Brian Froud—is a soaring work of the imagination. This mystical adventure has such a huge cult following that when the film was recently re-released on video and DVD, it quickly sold a million copies. Just as remarkable is the cult status of The World of The Dark Crystal, Froud's book on the film. Originally published in 1982 and long out of print, this definitive volume—packed with brilliant artwork—has been in such demand that used copies can sell for well over $400.

Abrams is now proudly reissuing this sought-after book in a brand new collector's edition. This beautifully printed reproduction of the original volume contains all of its stunning art and text—plus a new essay by Froud, illustrated with never-before-published paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the film's archives. And this new edition features a facsimile of a 20-page booklet Froud and Henson created to present the film to backers—a gorgeous overview of the story so rare only a few copies are known to exist. This collector's edition of The World of The Dark Crystal, like the re-released film, will truly be a must-have for Henson and Froud fans.


About the Author:
Brian Froud, award-winning artist, author, and designer, served as the concept designer of Jim Henson's films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He is also the best-selling author of Abrams' newly released Lady Cottington's Fairy Album, as well as such blockbuster hits as Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Album (with Terry Jones), and Faeries, his million-plus-copy bestseller, co-authored with Alan Lee and just re-released by Abrams in a special 25th-anniversary edition. Froud lives with his wife and son in Devon, England.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This lavish, oversized picture book revisits the collaboration between Froud, prominent fairy artist, and Jim Hensen, Muppeteer, in the creation of their cult favorite The Dark Crystal. Reissued after 20 years, this portfolio of sketches and backdrop paintings retains a certain mystique, crammed to the margins with moss-covered runes and medieval diagrams, and peopled by the movie's menagerie of grotesque, shambling puppets. Unfortunately, the narrative fails to support the elaborate art direction, offering a dim echo of the Lord of the Rings with none of the complexity or scope. The long-nosed Gelflings and vulturish Skeksis-as well as the whole hodge-podge of occult symbols and carefully antiquated tools-come across as strangely arbitrary, constantly reaching for a profundity that never appears. But for the many fans of the movie and young children interested in fantasy-adventure, the book will satisfy greatly. Also included in the package is a preliminary 20-page sketchbook for the production, unseen until now. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Released in 1982 to tie in with the film of the same name, this offers a complete history of Muppeteer Jim Henson's fantasy. Far removed from Kermit and Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal included themes of religion, politics, and science in a world of elfin creatures and monsters. The film, which recently was released on DVD, has amassed a cult following among fantasy heads. Froud's lavishly illustrated volume contains a plethora of concept art of characters, sets, props, and more. This edition also sports a new introduction by the author, with never-before-seen illustrations, as well as a facsimile of the booklet Henson and Froud created to pitch the film to studio bosses, which is attached to the inside rear cover. Originals of this book fetch as much as $400 used, so this stunning enlarged edition is quite a bargain. Be sure to have the DVD in your collection. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810945791
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
228,299
Product dimensions:
11.25(w) x 13.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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World of the Dark Crystal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. It immerses you in the artwork that inspired the film and the colors the designs and the characters are all just amazing. This is an exceptional piece and I highly recommend it to any Henson Fan, Froud Fan, or Dark Crystal Fan. It's breathtaking. (I just got it in the mail today and I'm in love!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Dark Crystal is one of my favorite movies of all time. I was looking for this book forever, but it wasn't cheap. I didn't realize they were reproducing it. It is the most unique art book I have ever read. Especially because it is told from the point of view from that world's first and oldest inhabitant (and my favorite character), 'Augrah'. This book rocks and it is a shame i can only give it 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excelent. The illustrations are breath taking. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy. I haven't seen the movie The Dark Crystal but the book gives some background on it like, for example, it explains the different spieces of creatures and what their world is like. The book also has a short biography on Brian Froud written by him. He's a very interesting person and reading about what he went through to get where he is today makes me appriciate his work even more. So, if you are really into fantasy stuff or just like to look at great artwork, then I really think you should check this book out.