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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Serves Up the Laughs in Blooper Reel

Netflix has released a series of bloopers from its new series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

"Turns out that the only thing better than a blooper reel is a blooper reel featuring puppets!" the post declares, showing a series of silly shenanigans featuring the elaborately designed puppets of Jim Henson's classic fantasy world. The set pieces and choreography of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance are fairly meticulous, so naturally this leaves an opportunity for all kinds of gaffes and goofs when all those careful plans don't play out quite the way the crew hoped for.

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The puppets frequently lose their hat, hair or other important elements of their costume or presentation. The actors and puppeteers roll with the punches, sometimes literally as characters fall from their proper positions, and add comically timed screams and bemused expressions to the Gelfling's expressive faces. There are even a few silly song numbers as the performers have the puppets sing show tunes, such as a Dark Crystal rendition of the Weber ballad The Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera. And some of the events are just plain unexpected, like the sudden arrival of a pigeon on set during a poignant scene.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a new series streaming on Netflix. It is a prequel to the 1982 cult classic The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The Dark Crystal is a fantasy adventure story that takes place in the mystical world of Thra, populated entirely by flora and fauna completely alien to the audience, unique to the franchise and animated by vividly designed puppetry. Age of Resistance focuses on the events leading up to the circumstances of the original film, depicting the all but vanished Gelfling race at the height of their power. The series not only fleshes out established elements of the film's idiosyncratic canon, but adds new characters and lore as the narrative expands.

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

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