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Film

  • The urRu/Mystics chant in unison to call for Jen. True to their name, there is something mystical about it.
  • The Skeksis Emperor spending his last seconds of life in holding on to his scepter when the Chamberlain tries to take it from him.
  • The Trial by Stone, settling a long feud between the Chamberlain and the Garthim Master.
  • The Landstriders put up quite a fight against the dreaded Garthim, which were virtually unopposed up to this point. Even though they are ultimately outnumbered.
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  • Kira's Wing Pull, which saves her and Jen from falling off a cliff during a Garthim attack.
  • Aughra, having been mistaken by the mindless Garthim for a Gelfling, is taken before the Skeksis as presentation. Is she frightened by the presence of the genocidal tyrants? Does she plead for their mercy or her freedom? No, instead, she without hesitation goes on a blistering tirade, calling them idiots, insulting their brainless soldiers, lambasting them for burning her home with a Cluster Fantastic-Swear Bomb, and not giving a single shred of care of who they are while telling them right to their faces that their days are numbered.
    Aughra: Fools!! Skeksis fools!! What do you want from me?!
    skekUng: This is no GELFLING!!
    Aughra: Of course I'm no Gelfling, you putrid lizards!! I'll get my eye to you!!
    (skekEkt whimpers and looks away)
    skekZok: She was with him! She helped him! Where is he?!
    Aughra: Gone! Gelfling gone! Stupid Garthim!
    (Aughra strikes one of the Garthim, making the Skeksis gasp)
    Aughra: You want Gelfling, why not ask me?! No! Easier to send your crab-brained soldiers, burn my home! Now home gone, Gelfling gone! Nothing but Aughra! Moldy mildew, mother of mouthmuck! Dangle, and strangle, and death!!
    skekEkt: Oh! How crude!
    skekZok: Watch your tongue, harridan! We are Lords of the Crystal!
    Aughra: "Lords"?! Not for long!! What about The Prophecy?! That a Gelfling will end Skeksis power?! He'll come! Make you crawl! Like the worms you are!!
    skekUng: FIND THAT GELFLING! NOOOOWWWW!!!!
    skekZok: Crystal bats, fly! Search the land! Search the water! Search the sky!
  • As the Skeksis Scientist tries to drain Kira's essence in the laboratory, Kira (encouraged by Jen and Aughra) rallies the animals in the cages, urging them to break free and attack the Scientist, which they eagerly do, and he ends up falling to his death at the fiery bottom the Crystal's shaft. Unfortunately, this also causes his Mystic counterpart to die as well.
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  • When Jen drops the shard, one of the Skeksis goes to pick it up. Fizzgig bites him on the hand, allowing Kira to pick it up instead.
  • The entire climax. Jen puts the shard back into the Crystal following Kira's Heroic Sacrifice. The castle is suddenly struck by light and openings are blasted everywhere to let the light in, making the Skeksis' dark interior fittings crumble and returning the castle to its original crystalline shapes. The Skeksis are hopelessly panicking, the Garthim fall apart into hollow shells and the zombified Podlings are returned to their normal state. The chanting Mystics enter the castle and gather around the restored Crystal, start emitting rays of light through their eyes that pull the Skeksis to them and stand up, and both species then merge into the single entities they were before the Crystal was broken, the urSkeks.
    Aughra: What was sundered and undone / Shall be whole: the two made one! The wound of the world is closed.
    UngIm: And now... the Prophecy... is fulfilled. We are again... one.
    • Then the urSkeks resurrect Kira.

Trivia

  • Brian Froud's amazing creature designs.
  • It's an understatement to say that Jim Henson and his team turned TV and film puppetry into an art form. Many of the puppets (the Skeksis and Aughra especially) display very convincing emotions on their face.
  • The entire movie's set design. Absolutely nothing in this movie is even remotely recognizable as an Earth-based organism. And it was all done with puppets - no CGI at all.
  • The music score by Trevor Jones. Especially in the climax.

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