Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Tales

Cel­e­brated il­lus­tra­tors Brian and Wendy Froud in­vite us into their fan­tasy world for a nose around their whim­si­cal cre­ations

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Au­thors Brian and Wendy Froud

APub­lisher Abrams Books s the new Mup­pets films in­duce gig­gles in cin­e­mas around the world, it’s easy to for­get that Jim Hen­son’s Creature Work­shop also pro­duced some darker and more iconic fan­tasy films in the 1980s, such as Labyrinth and The Dark Crys­tal. The spirit of those movies lives on in Brian and Wendy Froud’s Faeries’ Tales, which comes as lit­tle sur­prise be­cause the mar­ried cou­ple con­trib­uted de­sign work to those clas­sics of 80s pup­pet­based cin­ema.

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Avail­able Now how to give orig­i­nal char­ac­ters more back­story and flesh them out.

Brian and Wendy’s art is very good, and they’ve cap­tured a lot of the joy­ful self-belief of Jim Hen­son’s fan­tasy movies. At the same time, the book can be cloy­ing in its cute­ness. Whether or not you’ll like it will de­pend on your opin­ion of the tit­u­lar fan­tasy crea­tures.

Kris­ten Ste­wart’s like­ness ac­com­pa­nies the en­try on the in­trigu­ing-sound­ing Dream Catcher.

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