The World of the Dark Crystal Hardcover – 1 Jan 1983
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About the Author
Brian Froud, one of the most respected mythic artists of our time, has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Original Artwork. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Brian Froud has always been fascinated with faeries and goblins and such so when he was hired by Jim Henson to work on this movie it must have been a dream come true. The first section of this book covers Froud's experiences working on the movie. It's an interesting read but the remaining part of the book requires the reader to have a vivid recollection of events in the film and patience to add it all up. Not an easy read or your typical 'making of' book at all.
Two thirds of the book is told from the point of view of Aughra, the one and only of her race, the prophet born of rock and stone. She explains to us the history of her world, the great divide of the Urskeks and the creation of uUru and Skeksis.
The depth of Brian Froud's imagination is astonishing. The triangular and circular imagery of the film is spelled out so vividly that several reads of each page are needed in order to fully understand it all. The quality of the presentation is of the highest standard. The book is a huge hardback with beautiful pictures in color, black and white and daguerreotype. Some pages are translucent trace paper laid over spirals to give us a better idea of what they mean. A reproduction of Jim Henson's original presentation to potential backers of the film is included in the back page inserted in a pouch.
Investment in this book is well worth the money for fans of the film and those interested in faery mythology and even art students.
Full of sketches and artwork based on and from the film, the Gelfings, the Pod People, the Urhu's & the Skesis', the book is written as a folk history, by Aughra, about the background of the world leading up to the events of the film.
The text doesn't stand on its' own that well, as the "story" tends towards the technical (lots of mathematical formulas, which, frankly, went over my head), but is still so fascinating you continue reading.
The exceptional artwork is simply incredible, and very beautiful.
Fans of "The Dark Crystal" will want this, especially as the 20th Anniversary of the film's release is quickly approaching.
Absolutely fantastic - a very special book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love this book. Beautifully done. Would be perfect as a gift or for a fan like mePublished 6 months ago by ash
Five stars for the content, but only one star for the condition of this book. Nowhere was it stated that this copy has been used as a writing pad by a teenage girl to do her... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bookfinder general
amazing if you love the dark crystal or like film books, this will be great in your collection. great quailty book :)Published 24 months ago by marmitelover