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Lisa Henson on Pioneering Puppetry in Cinema
Lisa Henson reminisces about her father, Jim Henson’s, groundbreaking work with puppets in films like “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth,” where puppetry paved the way for beloved characters, from Yoda in the Star Wars sequel to last year’s “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”
A Digital Rebirth: “The Dark Crystal” Now Available in 4K UHD
Henson Films announced the digital release of “The Dark Crystal” in stunning 4K UHD format, bringing the magic of puppetry to a whole new generation of viewers.
Collaborating with George Lucas: The Birth of Yoda
During the development of “The Dark Crystal,” Jim Henson collaborated with George Lucas, who was working on his Star Wars sequels, introducing iconic characters like Yoda in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980).
Evolution of Puppetry: Merging Electronics with Artistry
Before the completion of “The Dark Crystal” in 1982, the animatronics were operated by experienced puppeteer Frank Oz, seamlessly blending electronic control with puppetry.
The Continuation of Tradition: Puppetry in “Five Nights at Freddy’s”
While CGI creatures dominate modern cinema, Lisa Henson reveals that Henson Company still employs Jim Henson’s classic techniques in films like “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” featuring animatronic characters reminiscent of an old pizza parlor.
A Retro Charm: The Unique Appeal of Puppetry
Lisa Henson emphasizes the timeless allure of puppetry, which creates a distinct charm unparalleled to CGI characters, offering a nostalgic and genuine connection with the audience.
Brian Henson’s Contribution to Puppetry Legacy
Brian Henson, Lisa’s brother, follows in their father’s footsteps, directing puppetry sequences in “Labyrinth” and overseeing a team of 40 puppeteers.
Preserving Jim Henson’s Vision: The Importance of Puppetry
Despite technological advancements, the essence of Jim Henson’s puppetry remains intact, preserving the legacy of characters like the Gelflings in “The Dark Crystal” and nurturing a new generation of puppet enthusiasts.
Revisiting the Past: “Labyrinth” and Its Enduring Impact
While “The Dark Crystal” explored a fantastical realm, “Labyrinth” delved into a more human-centered narrative, resonating with audiences through its emotional depth and memorable characters.
Critical Reception and Legacy
Though “Labyrinth” faced initial criticism, it gained popularity over time, eventually becoming a cult classic, showcasing the enduring appeal of Jim Henson’s puppetry.
Digital Era and Future Prospects
With the latest digital releases, Henson Films aims to introduce Jim Henson’s timeless creations to a wider audience, ensuring that the legacy of puppetry continues to thrive in the digital age.
In conclusion, Jim Henson’s pioneering work in puppetry continues to inspire generations, reminding us of the magic that can be achieved through artistry and imagination.