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when_CS
jim_NP
henson_NP
passed_VBD
away_RB
,_,
he_PP
left_VBD
behind_IN
diverse_JJ
legions_NNS
of_IN
fans_NNS
and_CC
a_DT
company_NN
whose_WP$
ultimate_JJ
success_NN
,_,
it_PP
now_RB
seems_VBZ
,_,
hinged_VBD
on_IN
his_PP$
input_NN
._.
jim_NP
henson_NP
productions_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
creature_NN
shop_NN
are_BER
still_RB
thriving_JJ
financially_RB
,_,
but_CC
as_CS
the_DT
last_OD
two_CD
muppet_NN
films_NNS
(_(
or_CC
that_CS
silly_JJ
computer-generated_JJ
monkey_NN
from_IN
lost_JJ
in_IN
space_NN
)_)
demonstrate_VB
,_,
the_DT
thrill_NN
and_CC
genius_NN
are_BER
gone_VBN
._.
i'm_???
not_XNOT
sure_JJ
the_DT
dark_JJ
crystal_NN
,_,
made_VBN
today_RB
,_,
would_MD
generate_VB
from_IN
an_DT
audience_NN
of_IN
kids_NNS
five_CD
to_IN
fifty_CD
the_DT
same_DT
awe-filled_JJ
response_NN
._.
an_DT
all-powerful_JJ
crystal_NN
has_HVZ
cracked_VBN
,_,
causing_VBG
the_DT
leaders_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
green_JJ
world_NN
to_IN
split_NN
apart_RB
into_IN
two_CD
beings_NNS
:_:
the_DT
big_JJ
,_,
gentle_JJ
mystics_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
vulture-like_JJ
skeksis_NN
._.
the_DT
mystics_NNS
send_VB
jen_???
,_,
a_DT
naive_JJ
gelfling_NN
boy_NN
,_,
on_IN
a_DT
mission_NN
to_IN
find_VB
the_DT
shard_NN
that_CS
cracked_VBN
away_RB
,_,
which_WDT
must_MD
be_BE
reinserted_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
crystal_NN
before_IN
the_DT
skeksis_NN
become_VB
eternal_JJ
rulers_NNS
,_,
before_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
"_"
conjunction_NN
"_"
of_IN
three_CD
suns_???
._.
along_RB
the_DT
way_NN
,_,
jen_???
encounters_NNS
and_CC
teams_NNS
up_IN
with_IN
the_DT
only_JJ
other_JJ
gelfling_NN
alive_JJ
,_,
the_DT
rebecca_NP
demornay-like_NN
kira_???
,_,
an_DT
ogre-witch_NN
named_VBN
aughra_NP
,_,
who_WP
removes_VBZ
her_PP$
eyes_NNS
to_IN
look_NN
at_IN
things_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
spastic-but-friendly_RB
,_,
tumbleweed-like_JJ
animal_NN
named_VBN
fizzgig_???
._.
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
beauty_NN
in_IN
the_DT
dark_JJ
crystal_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
a_DT
simple_JJ
tale_NN
(_(
though_CS
it_PP
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
condescend_VB
to_TO
any_RB
viewer_NN
)_)
,_,
lies_NNS
in_IN
its_PP$
art_NN
direction_NN
and_CC
creature_NN
design_NN
._.
the_DT
puppeteering_NN
is_BEZ
phenomenal--observe_NN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
in_IN
which_WDT
jen_???
plays_NNS
his_PP$
flute_NN
,_,
or_CC
the_DT
landwalker_NN
chase--but_???
i_NN
must_NN
stress_NN
that_CS
any_DT
thoughts_NNS
of_IN
strings_NNS
and_CC
hands_NNS
and_CC
remote_JJ
controls_NNS
all_PDT
but_IN
vanish_VB
in_IN
the_DT
opening_NN
moments_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
picture_NN
,_,
a_DT
delicately-narrated_VBN
(_(
by_IN
john_NP
baddeley_NP
)_)
,_,
absorbing_VBG
prologue_NN
._.
the_DT
voice_NN
work_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
by_IN
muppet_NN
regulars_NNS
and_CC
irregulars_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
tone-perfect_NN
._.
as_CS
well_RB
,_,
trevor_NP
jones_NP
'_"
score_NN
should_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
discounted_VBN
:_:
it_PP
contributes_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
almost_RB
as_IN
an_DT
unseen_JJ
character_NN
._.
i_PP
suppose_VB
,_,
due_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
complexity_NN
involved_JJ
in_IN
executing_VBG
a_DT
movie_NN
of_IN
this_DT
nature_NN
,_,
that_CS
it_PP
couldn't_MD
be_BE
helped_VBN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
wish_VB
the_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
longer_RBR
._.
jen_???
and_CC
kira_???
have_HV
wonderful_JJ
._.
._.
._.
well_NN
,_,
chemistry_NN
,_,
and_CC
more_DT
scenes_NNS
of_IN
them_PP
quietly_RB
conversing_VBG
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
appreciated_VBN
._.
the_DT
dark_JJ
crystal_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
very_RB
small_JJ
cult_NN
following_JJ
._.
the_DT
weaker_JJR
labyrinth_OD
is_BEZ
probably_RB
better-known_JJR
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
upsetting_JJ
._.
a_DT
friend_NN
of_IN
mine_PP$
related_JJ
a_NN
story_NN
to_IN
me_PP
that_CS
henson_NN
was_BEDZ
pressured_VBN
into_IN
planting_NN
humans_NNS
among_IN
labyrinth_OD
's_NNS
creatures_NNS
due_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
financial_JJ
failure_NN
of_IN
people-less_NN
the_DT
dark_JJ
crystal_NN
._.
that_CS
film_NN
never_RB
quite_RB
found_VBN
its_PP$
footing_NN
;_;
it_PP
played_VBD
like_IN
an_DT
acid-trip_???
episode_NN
of_IN
"_"
the_DT
muppet_NN
show_VB
"_"
with_IN
david_NP
bowie_NP
as_IN
guest-host_RB
,_,
borrowing_NN
from_IN
tolkien_NP
and_CC
pandering_VBG
to_IN
tolkien_NP
's_POS
fan-base_NN
._.
(_)
i_PP
suppose_VB
i_PP
just_RB
made_VBD
labyrinth_JJ
sound_NN
appetizing_JJ
to_IN
a_DT
certain_JJ
sector_NN
of_IN
the_DT
public_JJ
._.
)_)
the_DT
dark_JJ
crystal_NN
deserved_VBD
(_(
and_CC
still_RB
deserves_VBZ
)_)
a_NN
bigger_JJR
audience_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
kind_NN
of_IN
children_NNS
's_POS
entertainment_NN
:_:
elegant_JJ
,_,
fantastical_JJ
,_,
and_CC
courageously_RB
un-hip_NN
._.
brian_NP
henson_NP
,_,
fortunate_JJ
son_NN
,_,
keep_VB
looking_VBG
back_RP
at_IN
this_DT
,_,
your_PP$
father_NN
's_POS
masterpiece_NN
._.