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lest we forget the magnificence of AUGRA

Violet Jynx, Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:13 (two years ago) link

Was just looking into that book the other day after realizing the reprint has itself gone out of print.

human/hutt hybrid (Old Lunch), Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:16 (two years ago) link

if only i have looked after my first edition better.

(to be fair, it has been through many years of neglect/house moves etc .. )

mark e, Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:15 (two years ago) link

and its only the back sleeve page thats bent, the book itself is not that bad actually.

mark e, Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:16 (two years ago) link

i will totally hunt for a messed up 'reading quality' copy

fish louse (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:20 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

I will buy all this book

http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-look-inside-the-definitive-book-on-bringing-the-dark-1796466091

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 23:44 (two years ago) link

Oh my god yes. My Henson library is gonna need its own shelf soon.

President Buttstuff (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 03:48 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Game of Thrones’ Emmanuel is playing Deet

No word on who’s playing Deep Woods Off though

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 17 December 2018 20:02 (ten months ago) link

I'll reserve judgment until I've actually seen it, but my general feeling about this project is 'no'.

Loggins and Rogers and G are...K3NNY (Old Lunch), Monday, 17 December 2018 20:14 (ten months ago) link

10 parts seems a little much

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 17 December 2018 20:50 (ten months ago) link

five months pass...

I mean...visually, it seems pretty close to the mark. Not crazy about all of the celebrivoices. I dunno, man, I just don't think I need this.

5 favrite kind of animal. jaguar. giraffe. (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 21:51 (four months ago) link

If nothing else, the money is all there on the screen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSV42j8lccg

A little heavy on the fan service, but looks very nice

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:41 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

Anyone else started this yet?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 31 August 2019 01:35 (one month ago) link

started tonight

flippin gorgeous, hard not to just float into pure nostalgic glee

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 31 August 2019 05:55 (one month ago) link

Two episodes in and have to say it's excellent so far, if a little dark for my nine year old.

Looks absolutely stunning

groovypanda, Saturday, 31 August 2019 16:03 (one month ago) link

peeper beetle D:

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 31 August 2019 20:49 (one month ago) link

guys i’m OBSESSED

it’s really really good, super dark, the story is really well crafted and i think everyone should watch it

also my GOD there is some creepy shit in this

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 1 September 2019 04:18 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I'm watching it sans kids now

groovypanda, Sunday, 1 September 2019 19:31 (one month ago) link

I can’t stop looking at their tongues.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 1 September 2019 23:49 (one month ago) link

Just rewatched the movie for the first time since, uh, 1983 I guess - all I remembered was the jump scare with the little dog. Was expecting something shonky and dated, but it’s so fabulous! What a great surprise. Still can’t quite believe this passed for mainstream entertainment when I was a kid.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 2 September 2019 00:12 (one month ago) link

xp one episode in the can and that's all i can think about. i haven't watched the movie in forever but i feel like that wasn't there?

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 2 September 2019 05:05 (one month ago) link

it was there

you need to get over the tongues imo
it will free you

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 2 September 2019 05:22 (one month ago) link

rewatched the movie today & goddamn the original score is a thing of beauty. the worst part is still poor Jen, stuck describing everything we already see happening in the most awkward way :( but Kira sprouting wings is still one of my fave moments. and the intro of Aughra.

also Oz’s puppetry of Aughra & Chamberlain is incredible when you study it. all these subtle movements that create such an incredible canvas for the voice actors to go to town. Dennen’s Chamberlain is still amazing to me

made me appreciate how much the new series ties so much together. like filling in the backstory on the scientist’s light-up eye, the machiavellianism of the chamberlain, and the mystic/skeksis schism; or expands on ideas - like the gelfling throne Kira sits on, or podling culture, the origin of the garthrim.
and man i see even more how great a job Pegg does with dovetailing into Dennen’s original voicework as Chamberlain. It’s really something.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 2 September 2019 19:14 (one month ago) link

and all that natural-looking light! ugh. the staging & production has so much depth you just fall into it even when you try to hone in one a detail

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 2 September 2019 19:16 (one month ago) link

goddamn the original score is a thing of beauty.

OTM

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:53 (one month ago) link

also Oz’s puppetry of Aughra & Chamberlain is incredible when you study it.

As much as I deeply love Jim Henson and all of his work, Oz was the true savant of that crew.

Time to Make a Pizza Pact! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 11:50 (one month ago) link

I have to say, y'all itt are doing a solid job of undercutting my skeksisism re: this undertaking.

Time to Make a Pizza Pact! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 11:52 (one month ago) link

you really should give it a shot

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 14:26 (one month ago) link

I’m really enjoying this (7 eps in, I think). Probably enjoying it more than the film, which I never had as strong nostalgic links to as, say, Labyrinth.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 14:35 (one month ago) link

Hello parasite carrying an eyeball, why am I sympathising with you?

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 16:33 (one month ago) link

don't mess with skexis

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:06 (one month ago) link

i fancy watching this. not a huge fan of the film (although top marks for terrifying me as a child) but it's just nice to see some good old fashioned puppetry on the go in this world of cgi muck

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:07 (one month ago) link

xpost lol

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:10 (one month ago) link

Lookit, when it doesn't land I'm generally content to let it lie but my unheralded coinage of 'skeksisism' upthread was solid imho

Time to Make a Pizza Pact! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:13 (one month ago) link

rewatched the movie today & goddamn the original score is a thing of beauty. the worst part is still poor Jen, stuck describing everything we already see happening in the most awkward way :(

Watched the movie with my 7 year-old the other night (well most of it, got a little too creepy for him) but that was his thought as well, "is he going to narrate everything we already know the whole movie?".

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:15 (one month ago) link

What's wrong with being skeksy?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 17:16 (one month ago) link

xpost lol, yeah it’s like you find yrself saying to the tv “HEY JEN: WE KNOW”

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:17 (one month ago) link

I'm Skeksy and I Know It

Melon Musk (Leee), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:42 (one month ago) link

let's talk about skeks

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:43 (one month ago) link

Bringing skeksi back

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 22:45 (one month ago) link

twitter took that through to its logical conclusion

While watching #DarkCrystalAgeOfResistance I rewrote the lyrics to SexyBack from The Chamberlain's perspective. As you do. #DarkCrystal pic.twitter.com/rlUjHBiQpW

— Sarah Doran (@sarahisnothere) August 31, 2019

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 01:49 (one month ago) link

I was kind of iffy until the third episode, but I'm definitely draw in now. Hup + Deet are my favorites so far, and I think part of my fondness for Deet in particular is how poorly Missandei was treated as a character in GOT.

Melon Musk (Leee), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:46 (one month ago) link

HUP SPOON 2020

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:41 (one month ago) link

OMG!!!! I know a lot of you have mentioned how dark the series gets, but I didn't expect all the feels.

Aphex Twinge (Leee), Friday, 6 September 2019 17:52 (one month ago) link

right?

v emotional

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 6 September 2019 20:52 (one month ago) link

The Heretic!

BTW one reason I love Deet is how bright eyed she is, and how, because Grottans live in caves, their pupils are perpetually dilated, and so she is also literally bright eyed because everything is bright to her.

Aphex Twinge (Leee), Saturday, 7 September 2019 08:10 (one month ago) link

yes! that was such a specific & beautifully realized detail

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 September 2019 16:04 (one month ago) link

the season is so rich with detail storywise & it is clear by the end that there’s so much more to tell, the idea of more seasons is v exciting & i did not expect to feel that way going in

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 September 2019 16:07 (one month ago) link

Get that season 2 confirmed, Netflix!

Johnny Grottan from the Skeks Pistols (Leee), Monday, 9 September 2019 05:36 (one month ago) link

Finished it now.

Fuck me. I already thought it was dark but those last few episodes take it to another level.

Kind of glad my kids stopped watching as episode 7 would have totally freaked them out.

Is this a lock for a second season or do the costs involved mean it's not such a sure thing?

groovypanda, Monday, 9 September 2019 08:03 (one month ago) link

THis is cute
https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/the-lead-artist-on-netflixs-new-dark-crystal-series-was-the-baby-in-labyrinth-114447773.html
saw the headline a few days ago.

So far seen the first episode which is really nicely done and already getting a bit dark.
Will watch the rest shortly.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 September 2019 08:59 (one month ago) link

groovyP: how come the kids stopped watching?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 9 September 2019 13:42 (one month ago) link

Son (9) was a bit too young, daughter (11) is not interested in any shows unless they're about Australian hotels or baby showers

groovypanda, Monday, 9 September 2019 13:49 (one month ago) link

Wish they had focused on fewer characters to give them more depth. Without that, the relationships between the characters felt thin, except maybe Deet and Hup. Everyone's hugging at the end and I'm like "you said two words to that character". Also, would have liked to see more about the aftermath of Seladon realizing her error - how it affected her and her relationship with Brea. Seemed like it was just dropped, everything forgiven/forgotten by both characters.

Some of the voices were grating but it's ostensibly a kid's show, can't really fault that. Many of the Skeksis voices were great tho

Visuals were simply amazing. My wife complained about the lack of emotion due to it being puppets, but I dunno, I was sold

Vinnie, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:19 (one month ago) link

Some things that I've learned since I finished the series:

- Puppeteering happens BEFORE voice actors record their lines, meaning that voice actors match to the puppeteers.
- Voice actors record their lines solo, because syncing to the puppets' mouth movements makes ensemble voice acting much more difficult.
- Voices aren't processed, i.e. Simon Pegg is actually using that voice for Chamberlain.

Johnny Grottan from the Skeks Pistols (Leee), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:43 (one month ago) link

i see you watched that 90 minute making-of episode to.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:13 (one month ago) link

*too

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:13 (one month ago) link

yeah I learned a lot of cool stuff from that!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 12 September 2019 02:03 (one month ago) link

it was enthralling!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 12 September 2019 02:47 (one month ago) link

i love that the whole Froud family is involved

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 12 September 2019 03:27 (one month ago) link

Something to be Froud of.
It's nicely done anyway.
I think I need to give the original a watch again. & hope there's more or similar coming.

Stevolende, Thursday, 12 September 2019 06:27 (one month ago) link

Just finished watching this last night, over about a week. I am a big fan of the original's charm despite its slowness; my wife could take it or leave it, but we both LOVED this. This is fantasy world-building like you rarely get to see in entertainment of this nature, and the puppetry and set building is unbelievably gorgeous. If there isn't a season 2 it will be a crime!

I also don't think that I have ever seen another actor take over a role that had originated with someone else 35 years prior and knock it out of the park the way Simon Pegg did here. The whole voice cast was great but his performance was next level.

I don't get wet because I am tall and thin and I am afraid of people (Eliza D.), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 13:17 (three weeks ago) link

otm

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:58 (three weeks ago) link

Mostly, I loved this. It’s flawed, a few too many forced references to the original for my tastes, and the skekses said the word “essence” about 50 times too many, but damn.. beautiful. I have a fair amount of insider knowledge on sets and props, and I can tell you that these people knocked it out of the park. Really, the first time in a while I felt like I was seeing something new and surprising in the classic fantasy genre.

Manitobiloba (Kim), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 15:01 (three weeks ago) link


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