We turn our discussion of puppet-driven fairy-tale adventure stories to Laika Studios' new stop-motion wonder, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, to see how it extends THE DARK CRYSTAL's tradition of deep personal investment on the part of committed craftspeople. We discuss the two films' shared strengths and weakness, and how they're reflected in how each utilize puppetry, villains, and mythology. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent film-related experiences in hopes of putting something new on your radar.
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Main Discussion: 02:00-37:08
Your Next Picture Show: 37:09-49:46
*Keith: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION
*Tasha: "How the father of Claymation lost his company" (via Priceonomics.com); Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal; Mark Osborne's THE LITTLE PRINCE (Netflix)
*Genevieve: Jim Henson's Creature Show Challenge, "Return of the Skekses"; Journey; WEINER
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