The fifth episode of Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures, now available on Vimeo, transforms YouTube comedian Anna Akana into a character named “White Spirit,” complete with light tendrils and sharp spikes on her fluffy, hot-pink head.
The documentary web series depicts the behind-the-scenes process of creating the imaginative, flashy characters that appear in Oscar’s Hotel, which follows a human named Oliver who manages, yes, a hotel for fantastical creatures. In the video below, series creator PJ Liguori talks about how the antagonistic White Spirit came to life. At Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, they decided to attach fabrics and use paints that made the character look like she’s floating. As Liguori puts it, they wanted to make the villain look like “the dinosaur from Jurassic Park,” though that creature was also able to spit poison in people’s faces.
“Finally, I look how I feel on the inside,” Akana jokes when she dons the entire look. “This is a little insane, this is crazy.”
Watch the White Spirit come to life below: