"Everyone knows the way Max looks like, and I wanted to stay within the realm of what a kid's suit would look like. But I also thought that the rest of the Wild Things were already looking like a glam rock band, so I thought he should be a little bit rock n' roll. I found this weird silver fabric, and we made the paws and crown out of Mylar, and then the tail is like a found piece from a fabric store."
"I forget what this guy's name is; I think it's Carol. Originally, we were going to make it out of vinyl, but that started taking too long, so I decided to make the whole thing out of felt. It was kind of like a real-life drama club costume: 'How do we make this quick?' I silkscreened the leggings and the shoes are Converse. All the costumes are pretty much based of off Karen's size, because I had just been doing her costumes for the Reading and Leeds festivals."
"There's a character in the book that has long hair and it's parted in the middle, so it looks like a girl to me. The fabric was a cream-colored heavy-knit that I silkscreened. It's supposed to look like fur, and then I did the flowers because this character is supposed to be kind of shy. The funny looking hair is just yarn, and then she has these weird balls around her ankles. A friend of mine who is a prop designer turned me on to this stiff called Wonderflex, that you heat and shape, and my husband used that to make the feet."
"Well, I guess the sea creature isn't in the movie, but it was my favorite character in the book because, from a design point of view, you can do so much with it. The whole thing is covered in scales and it has these '70s pom-poms. The character has a weird hair-do. I was looking at the hair and the year the book was made, and decided this character was kind of a beatnik. He has these weird sort of wings, and his legs look like dinosaur legs."
"I'd never actually read Where the Wild Things Are, so I did, and went off the illustrations in that, but I thought I needed to gear it different, because I didn't want to just make fuzzy animals. This character was like a chicken or a rooster, so I made him really proud and colorful. The flowers are based off the flowers in the front of the book, and I tried to copy the cross-hatching of the illustrations. My husband made the claws from Wonderflex. I think he did a really good job. You're supposed to heat it with a heat gun, but we didn't have one of those, so we used a blow dryer."