Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Creature that is MORE FIERCE than YOU of the day : Elderly Skeksis


Frank Oz came to CalArts and talked about how originally The Dark Crystal was shot in an fantasy language with subtitles and the executives sat there speechless after the screening and walked out without saying a word. So it got re-done. Here it is in its original language. The Skeksis were genuinely fierce and scary as hell. They did the BEST job of displaying opulence as simultaneously fierce but also gluttonous and repulsive. The end of this scene where hes screaming as they basically rape him is fucking nightmarish, how they got away with that for kids is beyond me. Im so glad they did though because it really got the message through... Dont be a gluttonous greedy horrible power hungry cunt or your sisters are gonna come for you! AND If you are a gluttonous greedy horrible power hungry cunt your those people who you hang out with probably arent your sisters anyways!?!

8 comments:

whitney said...

a lesson worth remembering.

R.J. Gilmour said...

David
The Skeksis are fierce...
Thanks for the info on the film...that would have made it really interesting...one of my all time favourites...always wondered why its never received more attention and adulation...

crake said...

OMG there's crackheads in my hometown that TOTALLY look like Skeksis

Sue said...

Somehow, I watched this show when it originally aired over twenty years ago. I am still confused. But I see the genius in it.

gavin said...

"Dont be a gluttonous greedy horrible power hungry cunt or your sisters are gonna come for you! AND If you are a gluttonous greedy horrible power hungry cunt your those people who you hang out with probably arent your sisters anyways!?!"

Except for the winner, who proved himself superior by cutting the crystal and earning the respect of the other Skeksis, who crowned him as their new emperor.

The lesson of that scene could easily be not to be weak and crush your enemies with brute force! LOL

DARK CRYSTAL was the only children's film to truly scare me.

PETER AND THE WOLF gave me shivers, but DARK CRYSTAL actually traumatized me, with its sick, "essence draining" holocaust themes or whatever ...

John Michael said...

Brian Froud, artistic consultant did a book for the movie detailing more of the world, narrated by Aughra. The detail and thought they put into the entire world, including what Astrology would be like on a world with three suns, is amazing. I think it was re-released a few years ago. Worth checking out for the details of the garments and tools.

David Mason said...

I have the book :)

John Michael said...

Sweet. I love Brian Froud and it was great that they gave more backstory on Aughra. I loved her as a kid even if that thing she did with her eye freaked me out for years... Still kinda freaks me out.