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The World of the "Dark Crystal" [Hardcover]

Brian Froud
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26 Sep 2003
Now 20 years old, Jim Henson's classic fantasy film The Dark Crystal - featuring the breathtaking concept design of renowned artist Brian Froud - is an incredible work of the imagination. This mystical adventure has such a 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, this definitive and beautifully illustrated volume is being reissued in a collector's edition. This superb reproduction of the original volume includes an additional new essay by Froud, illustrated with previously unpublished paintings, drawings and sculptures from the film's archives. The new edition also features a facsimile of a 20-page booklet Froud and Henson created to present the film to backers - an overview of the story so rare that only a few copies are known to exist. This collector's edition of The World of the Dark Crystal, like the re-released film, is a must have for all Henson and Froud fans.

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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; New edition edition (26 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862056242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862056244
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 34.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,136,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Froud is an English fantasy illustrator whose work has been used as the inspiration for creatures in films such as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He collaborated with Terry Jones, who was a screenwriter on Labyrinth, on The Goblins of Labyrinth and subsequently on a number of books about faeries and goblins, the "Lady Cottington" series. More recently he has worked with American writer Ari Berk on books including The Runes of Elfland. Froud has also dabbled in other media and has just created a deck of Oracle cards called The Heart of Faerie Oracle made in conjunction with his wife Wendy Froud.

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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 Pavilion's recently released Lady Cottington's Fairy Album as well as Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, Lady Cottington Pressed Fairy Book (with Terry Jones) and Faeries, co-authored with Alan Lee and recently re-released as a 25th Anniversary edition. Froud lives with his wife and son in Devon.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The World of the Dark Crystal 15 July 2003
A lavish and beautifully laid out visual record of the concept art that created the unique world of the film. Innovative use of overlays and foldouts gives this work the feel of a design proposal, or a pitch for the movie. The book only disapoints in that there is nothing here on the making of the film, and the text is written in slightly laboured, archaic style in the vein of the mythology behind the films narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite companion and guide 15 Jun 2005
Anyone who knows and loves Henson and Froud's "The Dark Crystal" will cherish this book - just as I do!
I first saw the film as a seven year old and have been fascinated, enchanted and irrationally in love with its world and characters ever since.
This book has given me the most amazing insight into the staggering amount of care and attention to detail that allowed them to create such a rich and credible environment.
I'm currently enjoying the experience of watching my daughter discover Jen and his world - somehow, it makes the film all the more special!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering art book, surprising narrative 2 Jan 2013
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I could not be more in love with this book. I have always been a Dark Crystal fan, ever since being scared witless as a child watching it with my family. The artwork, the puppetry, the imagination that it took to create this vivid landscape and story. Simply put, I feel it is the perfect film for kids, because it doesn't shy from darkness and evil. The villains in the piece are every bit as villainous as in an adult horror. And the sense of peril is maintained to a knife edge throughout the latter half of the film. But what of this book? Where does it fit?

Well, much to my surprise, it fits. To clarify, I thought this was just an art book, showcasing the incredible work of Mr.Froud. Turns out, this is half artwork, half narrative which sets out not to prequelise or set up for any future works, but rather as an overview for the universe. It has a wonderful trick of mixing the ancient ramblings of our narrator with the interpretations of a legitimate professor in "our universe". The juxtaposition between all of the beautiful and primitive art and the soft but pointed remarks by our educated elite is absolutely beautiful. Moreover, the detail of the actual universe goes so far beyond what I ever would have expected. I feel I know the creatures not just by description, but somehow palpably. I know how they view mathematics, I know how they view artwork. There aren't things that I'd easily find in a complex novel, never mind an art book. In short, if you liked the films, this is a must have piece. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and informative book 18 Jan 2005
By spamitz
This book would make a great gift. It is a must for any fan of Brian Froud or fantasy art in general. The illustrations and fascimilie of the original treatment are quite stunning. Perhaps the publication of this book will encourage a reprint of the equally fascinating 'The Making of the Dark Crystal', which focused on the story and the special effects in the film.
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