There was a time when there was nothing that Jim Henson and his team of animatronics experts couldn't create. Before CGI brought soullessness to the big screen, Henson’s puppets featured more life and expression than Joan Rivers’ face, and his talents were coveted all over Hollywood.

Henson’s 1982 movie, Dark Crystal, was a family film that was co-directed by Muppets veteran, Frank Oz. In it, Henson’s team created countless animatronic puppets to fill his world, but none were more advanced than the Skeksis, a race of vulture-beaked creatures from another world.

Henson’s genius somehow turned rubber and metal into living, breathing characters that effortlessly told a story and connected with audiences. He made puppetry into an art form and, in the process, changed films forever.