Children’s films with adult themes. New Studio. Aimlessly wandering through fantasy in Dark Crystal. Puppetry and immersion. Peter Molyneux. Making an audience feel for a character. Subtitles? Attention to detail. B-Roll. Folk or camp? The benefits of using a deceptively child-like medium. The introduction of obscene ideas to each individual child. When and why. More evidence that books are not better than films. More genre blending in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Film Noir in all its glory. Hampster styles. The whatever device. Cartoon shorts before films. The early 20th century Grindhouse. An incredibly well written device. An argument for death set against a cartoon reality.
The Dark Crystal: 1:14 | Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 19:13
Also referenced: Highlander, The Aristocrats, Peter Jackson (Meet the Feebles), Team America, Fable, Star Trek, Rob Zombie, JJ Abrams, The Muppets, Lost, Monster Man, The Neverending Story, Hostel, Inglourious Basterds, Contact, Back to the Future, Ghost Ship, Polar Express, Double Indemnity, Orgazmo, South Park, Super Mario Brothers, Dark City, Cool World, Duel, Vanishing Point
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The Dark Crystal
Released: December 17, 1982
Runtime: 93 min | IMDB | Wikipedia
Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Writer: David Odell (screenplay), Jim Henson (story)
Starring: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz
On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Released: June 22, 1988
Runtime: 104 min | IMDB | Wikipedia
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Gary K. Wolf (novel), Jeffrey Price (screenplay), Peter S. Seaman (screenplay)
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer
A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.