Being bleeding edge in puppetry and other filmmaking skills in 1982 doesn't always translate a generation (or is it two generations now?) later. Jim Henson always tried to be high tech with his films and television shows. Always trying something new to stand next to the tried and true puppet with a hand in it or on wires. Even one of his last TV shows had a prototype CGI puppet. The Dark Crystal could be scary back in the day, though one needs to get about 20 minutes in I think, even though the Skeksis by themselves are both scary and a bit funny at times (thanks t their performances). Put the camera work was excellent in that film.