Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures, a video series created by YouTube star PJ Ligouri, features several intricate puppets as well as life-size colorful costumes.
Many of those costumes are worn by Ligouri’s fellow YouTube influencers, including Grace Helbig, who stars in episode 4, “The Fountain of Forgetfulness.” Helbig plays a forgetful hermit crab, just one of the several fantastical creatures Oliver (Chris Kendall) encounters while taking over his uncle Oscar’s hotel for a week.
Watch the video above to see how the designers of the Jim Henson Creature Shop shape and assemble layers upon layers of foam to transform Helbig into a hermit crab.
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“Henson had made some of the coolest creatures from some of my favorite films that I’ve ever seen,” Ligouri said. “Getting to get them involved making creatures for the show just completes that ’90s kids show vibe that we wanted to try and recreate.”
Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures is currently available on Vimeo on Demand.