The geek in me flipped at that bookstore warehouse sale last week when I found this. I have mentioned before that I am a Muppet geek, and I LOVE The Dark Crystal. Back in 1982, the largest mall in our town had both an indoor and outdoor cinema, and I clearly remember seeing this movie in the outdoor multiplex with my parents and little sister. I was in kindergarten. My parents were worried I would be scared by it, but no, I was entranced.
For years, my dad would sometimes do Chamberlain impressions around the house, for no reason.
I am pretty sure I had this book. It seems so familiar.
As excited as I was to find this book, I would dearly love to own The World of The Dark Crystal, featuring the art of Brian Froud. The public library has it, and it is beautiful. Brian Froud did all the concept art for the movie, and it was there that he met his wife, Wendy, who built puppets. He did the concept art for Labyrinth, too, and their little son Toby played the baby in that movie.
Both daughters claim The Dark Crystal is too "creepy." Sigh. What have I done wrong? When Big Sis was two years old, she could sing every word to "Magic Dance" from Labyrinth (another favorite, if you couldn't tell). As I type this post, they are both watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. They are fascinated by Coraline. But The Dark Crystal is too creepy. Sigh.
By the way, I want this for Christmas. No one will get it for me, though. I'm resigned to this.