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The World of the Dark Crystal is a companion book, written by J.J. Llewellyn and illustrated by Brian Froud, to the film The Dark Crystal

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Brian Froud's Majestic Vision

  • Dec 22, 2008
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Combining the talents of Jim Henson's storytelling with Brian Froud's exquisite art, The Dark Crystal is an amazing film. The World of the Dark Crystal is a must-have companion piece to the film. On its pages are inscribed in detail the epic story's conceptualization and the process of designing its beautifully imagined characters and creatures. The book contains rare artwork by the ingenious fantasy artist Brian Froud who designed the complex and immense world of the Dark Crystal, a world whose people feel culturally authentic and utterly believable, a world where the landscapes feel familiar and yet completely alien at the same time. It is this fabricated universe, this artificial sense of reality that makes The Dark Crystal such an enduring classic.
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Never before had movie audiences been transported to an entirely new world, a world without any human contact, a world divided by two opposing principals, a world that was so fragile and yet so savage. In The Dark Crystal, we see the evolution of imagination and a physical, tangible representation of spiritual duality. We see the importance of balancing logic and faith, science and spirituality, self-preservation and sacrifice. The triadic images found in Brian Froud's artwork express the importance of social, spiritual, and psychological equilibrium. This is a spiritual philosophy shared by many cultures and religions including Druidism, Buddhism and even in Christianity. This is also reflected in the design of the characters and the sets that at times resemble, in physical appearance as well as in architectural design, those of different ethnicities but both Froud and Henson avoid racial profiling. Instead they've created a rich and majestic vision of a world that never existed and still it is so believable that we feel as if we are seeing the documentation of a recently discovered alien culture.
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Along with Froud's artwork, the book includes informative descriptions of the characters, creatures, and flora and fauna of this fantastical world. There is also a new introduction by Froud and a facsimile booklet featuring original concept drawings that were used as a tool in marketing the film to studios. In conclusion, The World of the Dark Crystal is a wonderful addition to any fantasy fan's collection, an inspirational look into the mind of an artist, and an essential collector's item for all those who love the film.
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The Dark Crystal The Castle of the Dark Crystal Dark Crystal character montage Kira and Jen Back cover of the book

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June 08, 2010
I need to pick this up man, it looks amazing.
June 08, 2010
Are you a fan of the film? If you are, this book is a must-have. In fact, I would extend that so far as to say that if you're a fan of fantasy in general any of Brian Froud's books are a must-have.
June 21, 2010
Indeed good sir, how could one not be a fan.
 
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Quick Tip by . January 23, 2010
A wonderful companion piece to the film, that features superb artwork & interesting insights by Froud. Highly recommended to fantasy fans.
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The World of The Dark Crystal is a companion book written in conjunction with the film The Dark Crystal. The book was designed and edited by Rupert Brown, with Illustrations by Brian Froud, who was the conceptual designer for the film, and text by J. J. Llewellyn. It was originally published in 1982 by Alfred A Knopf, Inc. In 2003 the book was re-released by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. While it is rumoured that copies of the original book are valued at several hundred dollars, first printings can easily be found on the internet at auction sites such as eBay for less than $100 US.

The book gives background information for the film and contains many sketches and art concepts drawn by Brian Froud. It is in this book that the names of the Skeksis, the urRu, the urSkeks, and many of the creatures created in The Dark Crystal are introduced. In addition to being a prequel book, it is an art book that contains spectacular drawings.

In the 2003 edition of the book a small pamphlet titled "The Crystal" is included. This was the original concept design and story pitched to financial backers before the film went into full production. Four years after "The Crystal" was created, the film was released in theatres.




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Type: Fantasy Art, Illustration , Conceptual Design
Style: Fantasy Art, Illustration, Conceptual Design
Medium: Paintings , Drawings
Year Created: circa 1978-1982
Artist: Brian Froud
Editor: Rupert Brown
Author: J.J. Llewellyn , Brian Froud
Genre: Fantasy, Philosophy, Filmmaking, Art
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Pavilion Books
Date Published: 1982
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