The ’80s were a great time to be a kid. Mall arcades, awesome cartoons, cool toys — and Jim Henson’s mesmerizing/terrifying not-world filled with whimpering Skeksis, essence-sapped Podlings, and David Bowie as Jareth, the baby-purloining Goblin King. If these fantasy flicks colored your childhood as much as they did mine, then I come bearing great news. This Memorial Day, ditch the subdivision weenie roast, and catch HDNet’s high-def double-feature of Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, scheduled to air for one night only, Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m.
This event marks the first time the beloved films have aired on TV in over a decade, as well as their maiden broadcast in super-clear HD. That means you’ll be able to view skekUng’s jerky-like skin and wiry hair patches in full, glorious detail. Directed by the inimitable Henson (Frank Oz co-directed Crystal), the adventure films were an artistic departure from Big Bird, Kermit, and the gang, and though the movies were popular in their own right in the ’80s, they’ve since maintained a strong cult following into the new millennium. (Have you considered a Skeksis for next year’s Halloween costume?)
I loved these movies as a kid, and welcome HDNet’s Memorial Day showing of Jennifer Connelly’s early days and ’80s-tastic animatronics. Anyone else as excited as I am? Or are you too scared of the Skeksis invading our own world?