Thursday, May 21, 2009
Rewatching it, I can still see why. The plot isn't the most original, but it's a dark tale that's taken so damn seriously that you can't help but be drawn in. More importantly, the movie is a window into this world that's completely different than our own, yet portrayed with an attention to detail that is rare in movies these days.
Recall the scene in which Jen first meets Kira. The camera spends like 5 minutes just panning across the garden, showing all the plant and animal life living there, none of it real but all of it convincing. The next scene, we're treated to 5 minutes of watching the Skeksis eat. Scenes like these would probably get cut out of a modern movie, to keep up a nice music-video pace. But to me, it's absolute movie magic to be shown the details of the dining habits of a completely alien race
More incredibly, these hundreds of fictional plants and animals were created without the aid of computer graphics. And although some of the special effects look a little dated, there is still an indescribable sense of reality to the creatures that CG still hasn't been able to duplicate.
This makes me terrified for the planned sequel, but at least the creators seem committed to using muppet technology instead of computer technology whenever possible.
Oh and one thing I didn't notice when I watched this as a kid: Aughra's perky nipples.
Also, I want Fizzgig as a pet.