Remember The Dark Crystal? The 1982 American-British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz that revolves around Jen, an elflike ‘Gelfling’ on a quest to restore balance to his alien world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem? Well, Melissa Irwin decided to create her own version of the landslider called “Stilt Spirit”. Continue reading to see the actual Landstriders featured in the movie and for the Etsy page where you can get instructions on how to make your own Stilt Spirit suit.
The animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking. The primary concept artist was the fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, famous for his distinctive faerie and dwarf designs. Froud also collaborated with Henson and Oz for their next project, the 1986 film Labyrinth, which was notably more light-hearted than The Dark Crystal. The film stars the voices of Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell and Billie Whitelaw. Etsy page.