SDCC 2019: Netflix's 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' offers fans a sneak peek into the show's production process
Netflix's ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ already has one trailer out but now the creators are treating fans with a sneak peek released at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The upcoming prequel series to Jim Henson's cult classic film ‘The Dark Crystal’ is scheduled to drop on August 30 and by the looks of things, it is going to be a visual feast.
The video shows some of the work done in creating the puppets and enhancing them with CGI. It also gives us some beautiful shots of the mystical world of Thra where the series is set. The footage from the show is so stunning, you almost can’t tell that these are puppets and not animated characters and that was always the idea.
"The idea is you watch the show and you forget you're watching puppets," director Louis Leterrier, who is also an executive producer on the series, said in the video.
While CGI has been used to enhance scenes, the characters themselves are carefully handcrafted puppets. "It was always puppets, thanks to Netflix," Leterrier explained. He also said that having to work with real puppets made sure that "every shot is the most complicated shot of my career."
‘The Dark Crystal’ is a 1982 dark children's fantasy film. The movie exclusively features animatronic characters and tells the story of the dying world Thra and its inhabitants, the monstrous Skeksis and the kind Mystics.
The prequel series tells the story of three young adventurers: Rian, Brea, and Deet. The trio embarks on an epic quest to discover the secret behind the Skeksis' rise to power. The show has received a 10-episode order from Netflix.
The show's cast includes Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel as the three main characters. Other cast members include Mark Hamill, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Harris Dickinson, Eddie Izzard, and Theo James.
‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ will arrive on Netflix on August 30, 2019.