Hello my nerds, Cristian Garcia, AKA Your Friendly Neighborhood Mexican, AKA co-host of Nerds with Friends Podcast and I’m back at it again with a quick review of the first two episodes of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. I’m mostly going to go over the voice acting, practical effects/puppeteer CGI effects. For a more in depth review of the series please check out our friend, your Twisted Girl Chauncey K Robinson www.chaunceykrobinson.com
Brian Froud and The Jim Henson Family, the team that brought you The Labyrinth, the original Dark Crystal, and The Storyteller team up again after 32 years to bring us another gem of cinematic dark fantasy. I’m so happy to report that it’s mostly practical effects and puppeteering. Not to say that it’s CGI free, there’s long panned shots that’s show the audience the planet Thra along with castles landscapes. When it comes to the characters themselves its ninety percent puppeteer. There’s a sprinkle of CGI when it comes to the villainous spiders or some of the shots of the Gelflings running. The Gelflings are masterfully colored and all look very unique, you can clearly tell each one apart. Which I remember having a little trouble at times telling individual Gelflings apart in the original film. Each Gelfling feels original and unique due to the amazing voice actors and once again to the carefulness taken rendering of each puppet.
All of the voice actors thus far have all been equally great but if I have to highlight one actor that would be Simon Pegg who voices the Chamberlain. The Chamberlain was originally voiced by the amazingly talented Frank Oz, who’s contribution to cinema is too much to list. I would have never guessed that Simon Pegg was behind the voice of The Chamberlain, much respect to Simon Pegg. His rendition of The Chamberlain is spot on and equally as great as Frank Oz’s performance. Though I highlighted Simon Pegg, all of the voice acting so far has been great. Netflix went after spectacular talent such as Mark Hamill as the Scientist, Jason Isaacs as the Emperor, Nathalie Emmanuel as Deet, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Brea.
I’m looking forward to finishing the series, nerds make sure and check it out! I hope we get more Brian Froud and The Jim Henson Family team ups! Let me know what you nerds think about the series hit us up on Twitter @nerdswithfriend or Instagram. Remember nerds you’re not alone, you’re with friends, thank you and goodnight!