You can file Jim Henson's Creature Shop under things I haven't thought about in a long time - which may help to explain why I missed an article from earlier this month which reported that the London branch of the famed monster-making studio might be closed due to tax issues and an uncertain economic climate. The shop was opened specifically for the making of Henson's The Dark Crystal back in the early eighties (which, like The Muppet Show, was filmed in London) and is still operating today. As much as it pains me to say it, this may be another sign that Henson's creations just don't have the draw they once did. Here's hoping that solid three-dimensional characters aren't completely packed away forever to make room for digital effects. I'd like to think there's a place in cinematic fantasy for both.

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