Magazine article Variety

Deborah Cook 'We Had to Make Sure Everything Was Accurate'

Magazine article Variety

Deborah Cook 'We Had to Make Sure Everything Was Accurate'

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LAIKA'S LATEST STOP-MOTION feature, "Missing Link," recently won a Golden Globe for animated film, and picked up an Oscar nomination as well. It's the story of late Victorian-era Sir Lionel (voiced by Hugh Jackman), who discovers a creature resembling a yeti in the Pacific Northwest (Zach Galifianakis). They travel to the Himalayas with Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), a woman looking for adventure, to bring it to its kin. Deborah Cook, who was the costume designer on Laika's "ParaNorman," "The Boxtrolls" and "Kubo and the Two Strings," brought much hard-earned experience costuming puppets and working with stopmotion armature and animators - to the film.

What did you realize about the film when you first read the script?

I realized how expansive the costume opportunity was. We got to explore the Himalayas and the fabrics used there in that period of time, and the jewelry. I worked with a specialist from that region and that era. We had to make sure everything was accurate.

What kind of liberty did you take with the color palette?

Sir Lionel is from London and I am from London and very much into the history of fabric and the evolution of textiles. At that time, in late Victorian London, certain new dyes were in play and I used lemon yellows, fuchsia pinks, purple, teal blue. That vivid palette is very much of Sir Lionel's time. He's quite dapper, quite vain. And with his character, I looked at color mixing in a very different way. Just a few years earlier, Lionel and Adelina would have been wearing dusky blues and duller pinks, more subdued colors. …

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