September 23, 2013 would have been his 77th birthday and even in his absence his vision still touches the world. His Sesame Street program has been on the air here in America for almost half a century, broadcast in over 120 countries and has 20 international co-productions with its own regional rendition of the series. The Muppets have made a resounding comeback in 2011 with a sequel on the way following a career of two television series and 6 prior films and his independent works have become cult masterpieces.
In 1982 directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz, in collaboration with acclaimed artist Brian Froud, introduced us to the vivid world of Thra via their high fantasy film classic The Dark Crystal. Like many great fantasy epics a key reason for the success of Crystal lies in the believability of the setting in which it takes place. The setting of Henson, Oz, and Froud’s grand effort is rife with suggested histories and mythologies, a place teeming with a vast array of arcana seen everywhere: on clothing, jewelry, amulets, weapons, carved into ancient architecture, and scrawled across ancient crumbling parchments.