Muppet Guys Talking - Group Shot

Muppet Guys Talking Is Finally Getting Released!

Well, to be honest about it, Muppet Guys Talking has already been released. It actually was released on March 12, 2017 for the South by Southwest Film Festival. Now though it’s going to be released for all of us to see, by way of the Muppet Guys Talking site on March 16th!

[Via] MuppeGuysTalking

Just as a bit of trivia you might want to know of course, the original title for Muppet Guys Talking was in fact entitled Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched. That is certainly a mouthful, right?
Muppet Guys Talking - SXSW 2017

Over these many years that I have been fortunate enough to share my interests on The Retroist. I have continuously shared my love of the work and creations of Jim Henson. Now we have this amazing opportunity to listen to five of the Muppet performers share their memories. Not on just on how Henson led his team of performers but personal tales of how they helped to develop a legacy that is still relevant today.

In Muppet Guys Talking we will hear from Frank Oz, the creator of Miss Piggy, Grover, Animal, and Bert to name a few.

[Via] Norwegian Norway

Also in the documentary is Fran Brill, the talent behind characters such as Prairie Dawn, Betty Lou, and Polly Darton.
Muppet Guys Talking - Polly Darton

The late and great Jerry Nelson is featured in Muppet Guys Talking too. Gobo Fraggle, Count Von Count, as well as Emmett Otter were a few of his creations.

[Via] Jim Henson Foundation

Bill Barretta is part of the group in the documentary, getting his start with The Muppets backin 1991. He has helped to bring to life Bobo the Bear, Earl Sinclair, and of course Pepe the King Prawn.
Muppet Guys Talking - Pepe the King Prawn

Last but certainly not least in Muppet Guys Talking is Dave Goelz. The performer behind such characters as Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beauregard, as well as the one and only the Great Gonzo!

[Via] Squigiman

So make sure to take a moment out of your busy schedule, go visit Muppet Guys Talking. Let us all prepare to be informed and entertained by the legends in the interview. Furthermore I would be willing to bet we will frequently be moved by the discussions too.

To tide us over until the Muppet Guys Talking documentary goes live. How about we listen to Frank Oz and producer Victoria Labalme talk about how the idea got started.

Age of Resistance - The Dark Crystal

Teaser Released For Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance!

Why is there an Age of Resistance in the world of The Dark Crystal? We will find out the answer to that thanks to Netflix’s exclusive new series. In fact the company just announced The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance today with this teaser trailer.

[Via] Netflix

Age of Resistance - Skeksis construction
While the teaser indeed showed us some wonderful footage from the likes of Jim Henson. As well as some brief glimpses at the legendary Creature Shop at work. We however aren’t given a lot to go on in regards to the the Age of Resistance‘s story. Thanks to a press release from The Dark Crystal website – it turns out this will be a prequel to the classic 1982 film.

“A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”

Age of Resistance - Skeksis Illustration
So in addition to the awesome news that Leterrier will in fact be using practical visual effects alongside digital work. This prequel will most probably explain why the Skekis made it point to seek out all of the Gelflings. If you go by J. J. Llewellyn’s exceptional 1982 book The World of the Dark Crystal. A book I would also add is chock full of beautiful Brian Froud artwork. The Skekis in fact weren’t totally evil when the sundering first took place but soon however they changed. Taking the Gelflings as slaves and then of course destroying them almost entirely when the diminutive race devised the prophecy.

[Via] Antoneey

Of course I will be sure to pass along any new information that we get about this exciting new series. Not only that but if you would like more vintage fun concerning the Dark Crystal.

Read: After 31 Years It Was Time To Open Up That Pack Of Dark Crystal Cards!

Moreover to prepare yourself for The Dark Crystal: Age of Reckoning why not listen to episode 058 of the Retroist Podcast?

Retroist Dark Crystal Podcast


Retroist Scoreboard: Untouchables And Labyrinth – Goblins And Gangsters

Two Retroist Scoreboards in one week? Well…I thought these two releases might be worthy of note for you retro-fixated collectors and listeners out there.

Dragon’s Domain Records is giving us a 2-CD set of music from an early ‘90s TV series whose scores have never seen the light of day before: the syndicated revival of The Untouchables, a series that followed Eliot Ness, a federal agent who has to push the boundaries of the law to try to bring down Al Capone’s gang operation in the era of Prohibition. Obviously the success of the then-recent 1987 film had a lot to do with The Untouchables’ return to our screens, and a big-screen musical treatment was sought, courtesy of Joel Goldsmith, who composed music for the show’s entire run after the studio was swayed by the quality of his score for the pilot episode. For the recording session involving the series’ main theme, Joel’s dad, Jerry Goldsmith, dropped by to conduct the orchestra. The younger Goldsmith would go on to score Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, the live-action Witchblade TV series, and would collaborate with his father on the music for Star Trek: First Contact. Joel Goldsmith died in 2012. There will be only 1000 copies of The Untouchables TV music pressed, which is a good reason to do a special Scoreboard column – you’d better snap this up before Capone and his gang snatch them all.

That’s the Chicago way.

[Via] The Rap Sheet

Amazon.Com is taking pre-orders for the May 12th vinyl re-release of the soundtrack from Labyrinth, scored by Trevor Jones and featuring David Bowie. This is the first vinyl pressing of Labyrinth since the LP was released alongside the movie itself, and the contents of the album are exactly the same. If your attempts to get Labyrinth on vinyl have been stymied by the steady increase in the price of the original pressing on the secondary market, the arrival of a new pressing that can be had for under $20 will be a welcome development.

Okay, now I think we’ve covered all of this week’s releases and pre-orders. Tune in next time to see how the soundtrack labels decide to make my life interesting in the weeks ahead!
P.S. Mr. Nitti is waiting in the car.

Jim Henson’s Puppeteer Workshop For The Dark Crystal (1981?)

As is often the case when I am trying to find something retro or at the very least retro related to share, I am following a totally different and unrelated subject from what I end up deciding to write about. In the case of finding this incredible behind the scenes video clip from what I believe are the weekly workshops that Jim Henson held with his crew during pre-production of 1982’s The Dark Crystal, I was looking up some Dick Cavett interviews with Stan Freberg!

[Via] The Jim Henson Company

While in all honesty my heart is more aligned with Brian Froud and Jim Henson’s second partnership with 1986’s Labyrinth, I still very much love The Dark Crystal. I can remember seeing it for the first time at the Razorback theater, immediately getting sucked into the movie right from the first few seconds, thanks in no small part to Trevor Jones’ moving soundtrack for the film.
[Via] Oinkers the Turnip

I also want to say that this was the one-sheet on display at theater when I saw it…there might even have been two different posters hanging up, one inside the lobby and the other in the vestibule.
The Dark Crystal - One Sheet

Of Muppets and Men (1980)


I’ve been on a big Muppet kick lately, and this documentary is simply amazing. If you enjoy not just the Muppet Show but the Muppets in general, you owe it to yourself to set aside an hour and watch this documentary which has been uploaded to Youtube.

Filmed during the fifth and final season of the Muppet Show, “Of Muppets and Men” features all your favorite Muppets and “Muppeteers” and gives viewers a glimpse into just how crazy it was putting on a new episode of The Muppet Show every week. The documentary has been released twice, once by Films Incorporated (for educational outlets) and once as a bonus feature on “The Very Best of the Muppet Show: Volume 1.” I had not seen it before I stumbled across it this morning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.