The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 57 โ€“ The Dark Crystal

This week Stephen and I are talking about the 1982 all-puppet fantasy film, The Dark Crystal! It’s been one of my favorite movies since I was little… will Stephen like it as an adult? Listen and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Music Notes


  • Rick James – Give It To Me Baby


  • The Jacksons –ย Blame It on the Boogie

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Meet the Feebles (1989)

meet_the_feebles_poster_02Starring Danny Mulheron, Donna Akersten, Stuart Devenie, Mark Hadlow, Ross Jolly, Brian Sergent, Peter Vere-Jones, Mark Wright, Jay Snowfield, Doug Wren

Directed by Peter Jackson

Expectations: Moderately high. I expect to like this more this time.

On the general scale:

On the B-movie scale:

Meet the Feebles is a film chock full of wild & crazy stuff to talk about, but the sheer amount of wild & crazy stuff is also what makes it so hard to find where to start. Meet the Feebles is a film out of deep, deep left field and it takes a certain type of soul to enjoy it. You’ve got to be pretty warped, and I’m actually pretty proud to say that I enjoy it more and more every time I see it. This is also the first film where Peter Jackson and special FX wizard Richard Taylor worked together, forging a collaborative bond that continues to this day on the Hobbit films. And speaking of The Hobbit, the guy that played the dwarf Dori, Mark Hadlow, was the voice of Heidi the Hippo, Wobert Robert and Barry the Bulldog all these years back!

But what is Meet the Feebles about? That’s a hard question to answer. Its plot is loose and episodic, telling the story of an entire performing company’s downfall as opposed to just focusing on a couple of its characters. There is something of a hero, and a couple of villains, but mostly it moves seamlessly and quickly through its characters to tell the overall story of the day’s rehearsal leading up to the live Feebles Variety Hour. Oh, and they’re all puppets except for the big characters which are played by people in suits.

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The Dark Crystal (1982)

The Dark Crystal (1982)

Vocal Talent: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, Barry Dennen, Michael Kilgarriff, Jerry Nelson, Thick Wilson, John Baddeley, David Buck, Charles Collingwood, Sean Barrett, Mike Iveria, Patrick Monckton, Susan Westerby, Joseph O’Conor

Directed by Jim Henson & Frank Oz

Expectations: One of my favorites. I watch it every few years.

Here’s another review that I did for my buddy JP’s blog. I won two DVDs in his Oscar contest with the condition that I would review them for his site. Sounds like a fair trade to me! The first review went up a while ago for Buster Keaton’s The General and you can check that one out through the link a few words back. This week I fulfill my obligation with J.P. and with the review for Jim Henson’s masterful 1982 fantasy classic, The Dark Crystal. Check it out on J.P.’s website by clicking here!

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