Announced last May to a combination of glee and trepidation, the Dark Crystal sequel - The Power of the Dark Crystal - now has a director, and things are officially looking up. Way, way up: the damn thing is going to be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. What's that? You've never heard of Genndy Tartakovsky? Friend, you need to watch more cartoons - Tartakovsky not only created both Dexter's Laboratory and the astonishing Samurai Jack, but also produced and directed the much loved Star Wars: Clone Wars series. Put simply, the guy's pretty much a genius - nothing involving animation or CGI could be in better hands.

Set thousands of years after the original, the sequel will still be puppet-based, but this time will take place in front of CG backgrounds (think Sin City) rather than on (expensive) actual sets. The story, cowritten by David Odell (who penned the original) and newcomer Annette Duffy, revolves around "a mysterious girl made of fire who steals a shard of the crystal in hopes of reigniting the dying sun."

So, yeah - it's officially safe to get excited. That said, production won't start until the summer, so there's going to be a lot of waiting before we see what brilliance Tartakovsky has in store for us.