The Land of Froud book is published. Jim acquires a copy.
Begin shooting Season 2 of The Muppet Show in London.
Deal is made with Brian Froud on the film that is to become The Dark Crystal.
The Henson Organization (ho!), a production division in London, is formed.
Brian Froud comes to NY to live and work. Begins a series of meetings on the Froud film.
Jim and Cheryl are snowed in at the Howard Johnson’s at Kennedy International Airport; he writes the basic story of The Dark Crystal.
Typed version of Jim’s story outline is complete.
Begin Season 3 of The Muppet Show.
Short fantasy test for the "The Dark Crystal" made in Bedford, NY.
Development of Yoda for
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Jim purchases 1B Downshire Hill, Hampstead. The building becomes headquarters for development, and will eventually become the home of Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Fantasy film meetings. David Odell joins.
Second videotape test of the fantasy film.
Muppet Show Season 4 begins.
Jim flies to NY to pitch The Dark Crystal to Paramount.
Videotape test for The Dark Crystal in London.
Jim is in London interviewing cameraman for both The Dark Crystal and The Great Muppet Caper. Meets Ossie Morris.
Begin Muppet Show Season 5.
Begin shooting The Great Muppet Caper.
Jim meets composer Trevor Jones.
Week of meetings on The Dark Crystal in London.
The first scenes shot are: Mystic Valley, Dying Emperor and Crystal Chamber.
The Great Muppet Caper opens in the US.
First unit finishes Dark Crystal shooting.
Location shoot for The Dark Crystal in Yorkshire.
Wrap party at Stringfellows restaurant in London.
Meeting on Dark Crystal costume project.
Final screening of The Dark Crystal.
The Dark Crystal novelization is published.
London Symphony Orchestra records score for The Dark Crystal.
Sound dub for The Dark Crystal.
Begin shooting Fraggle Rock in Toronto.
First preview of The Dark Crystal in Washington DC.
Jim works on changes for The Dark Crystal.
Preview The Dark Crystal in Detroit.
Last mix of The Dark Crystal.
The World of The Dark Crystal exhibit opens at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in NY.
The Art of the Dark Crystal exhibits at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA.
Videotape The Magic Behind The Dark Crystal documentary for PBS.
New York premiere of The Dark Crystal.
Los Angeles premiere of The Dark Crystal.
San Francisco premiere of The Dark Crystal.
Henson Associates purchases The Dark Crystal from Associated Communications Corporation and the film premieres across the U.S. on the same day.
The Making of The Dark Crystal book by Christopher Finch published.
The World of The Dark Crystal documentary airs on PBS.
The Dark Crystal wins the grand prize for Best Fantasy Film at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival in France.
UK premiere of The Dark Crystal.
Paris premiere of The Dark Crystal.