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Live At EW Fest: How Oscar's Hotel recalls classic kids' shows from the past

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Chris Kendall, the star of Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures stopped by the first-ever EW Fest on Saturday, where he screened an episode of the Vimeo On Demand series and how it harkens back to classic children’s shows of the past.

Kendall plays the Oscar of the show’s title, who is left in charge of the hotel by his uncle finds the only human among those fantastical creatures.

“They’re kind of big creations by Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop. It’s kind of got that kid show, Sesame Street feel, but I think it’s one of the most original things I’ve worked on in a long time,” he said.

On Oscars Hotel, in the vein of shows like Sesame Street, The Muppets and H.R. Puff N Stuff, many of Oscar’s cohorts are of the puppet variety. So, when Kendall is acting alongside a bit of cheese or a purple octopus, does he ever forget his creature cohorts aren’t real?

“All the time,” he admitted. “I grew in Britain, and there isn’t that many channels, so Sesame Street was watched by everyone and it was like those kinds of shows all the time. It felt very natural to be acting alongside bits of cheese.”

Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures is currently available on Vimeo on Demand. For more on EW Fest, head here.