For Disney’s film Maleficent, Michael mixed things up “This is the kind of stuff that I really enjoy doing. It’s a character for a fantasy movie but the director, Rob Stromberg, was giving me a lot of freedom to play with the design.
“What I liked most about the design is that it’s not a distinct creature like a dragon or troll, but rather a weird mix of a lot of animals. And it’s evoking all kinds of sensations when you look at it. For one it’s repellent, slimy and ugly – but at the same time cheerful and somewhat cute. You might even want to give it a hug if you’re not wearing your favourite shirt.”