I’ve addressed this before, but now that we know more about the movie, the mystery seems even greater.
In a nutshell, Maurice Sendak’s names for the Things are not the movie’s names for the Things. Moishe has become Carol, etc…
The names seem to have come from Sendak’s own relatives, but there are differing reports about which relatives.
In 2001, the Atlanta Jewish Times reported that:
Sendak says he’s “obsessed” by the anguish of the Holocaust.
References to family members who perished thrive in his meticulous artwork, “Wild Thing” dolls are labeled Moishe and Bernard after cousins who died, and the texture of the Jewish experience fuels his limitless imagination.
However, a “Resource Library” article about the 2005 museum exhibit “Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak” has this to say:
While Sendak pays tribute to the relatives who perished [in the Holocaust by using their faces for the illustrations in “Zlateh the Goat“], he pokes fun at those he grew up with. His best-known creations — those beloved monsters of Where the Wild Things Are (1963) — are none other than his maternal aunts and uncles who visited his childhood home in Brooklyn every Sunday, pinched his cheeks and ate all the food in sight.
There’s a IMDB message board thread on the differing names and a writer has said that Sendak didn’t want to give them names, but did. I have no idea where that bit of info originated, possibly from an article about the Macfarlane toys.
A regular fan, like myself, may have come into contact with the names through these toys. I have a couple myself. In this photo you can (maybe) see that the Thing is named Moishe.
But this is the movie’s “Carol.” It appears that other Wild Things are named Judith, KW and Daniel the bull, as best I can make out from the list of voice actors at IMDB. The cast list certainly does not have a “Moishe” or “Tzippy.”
Over at the online store Things From Another World they’re handling it like this: Where The Wild Things Are – Carol (Moishe) Wacky Wobbler (Nice looking Wacky Wobbler by the way! There’s no doubt about the name either, as you can see.)