50 Min Released Sep 6, 2016

#043: (Pt. 1) Kubo and the Two Strings / The Dark Crystal

Inspired by the new Laika stop-motion marvel KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, we look back at another unconventional children's movie, made by unconventional creators pushing the envelop of their craft: Jim Henson's live-action puppet fantasy THE DARK CRYSTAL. In this half, we talk about how Henson and conceptual designer Brian Froud created their high-fantasy world, and wonder whether there's room for a satisfying story among all the visual wizardry. Plus, we talk over some of the other suggestions we got for KUBO pairings from our listeners.

Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about THE DARK CRYSTAL, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, or both by sending an email to , or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730. 

Time Codes
Intro/Keynote: 00:00-07:01
Main Discussion: 07:02-41:53
Feedback/Outro: 41:54-50:55

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