Ok, serious question folks, how in the hell have one of my fellow geeks not written about this show yet?!?! We’re seeing more and more reboots and remakes these days, so I had low expectations for this prequel, especially since capturing Jim Henson’s perfect puppets and the feeling you got watching them as a child is hard to replicate, but somehow, they did it.
Hello my monster followers, this month I have been highlighting Jim Henson’s amazing creature creations every Saturday, which I am sure you have enjoyed. You might have wondered why I had the idea in the first place to delve into this topic. Well with this being the last weekend of December, and the weekend after Christmas let me explain: I was trying to think of a theme that was Christmas related and I started thinking what was my favorite Christmas movie of all time. I sadly realized that I don’t have any. Seriously. Yes I love A Christmas Story, and as a child I enjoyed Home Alone though I probably couldn’t stand it now. As I pondered what movie embodies Christmas to me I suddenly pictured a group of otters, covered in snow, playing a jug band and remembered: Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas!
In addition to my adoration of all the creatures from The Dark Crystal, I am also a huge fan of Labyrinth, another amazing Jim Henson movie. I mean, how can you not love David Bowie as the Goblin King?! But since we are talking creatures in this column I wanted to spotlight Ludo this week, one of my favorite creatures in the movie that I would love to have as my own companion.
In addition to sticking with the Jim Henson theme this week, I am also sticking with the same movie as last week’s creature spotlight. This week we will be exploring landstriders, another Henson wonder that inhabits the world of The Dark Crystal. I really wonder where Henson and his buddies got the idea for these creatures, but they are at once bizarre and amazing. I have had numerous dreams with these creatures in them since I first saw them, as they are at once unique and powerful.
Welcome back my slimy reptilian followers. I spent awhile scratching my head with my claw this week, thinking what would be a good topic for the month of December here at your favorite monster adoring weekend column. Star Wars has loads of species we could talk about, The Southern Vampire Series has many more monsters than fangers, and Middle Earth is crawling with creatures we could discuss, but for some reason the holiday spirit made me think of Jim Henson. So folks, this month I am dedicating my posts on this column to creatures designed and imagined by the infamous Jim Henson, a mastermind in the world of fantasy. Today we start with your favorite antagonist from The Dark Crystal: Skeksis.