Animal Costumes


Sunday, 29 August 2010

Mary Bale put in dustbin by a guy in a cat costume

When news broke last week of the bank-worker Mary Bale's atrocious act of animal cruelty (if you haven't seen the CCTV footage click here) she was propelled into utter infamy. The UK was dumfounded - how could a sweet old lady be so cruel to a cute little cat? What were her motives? and why the hell was that bin under 24hour CCTV surveilance anyway?

For a while she remained annonymous. But when her identity was revealed the nation's press had a field day. Check out this video reaction featuring little old Mary getting her just deserts from a guy in a cat costume:

The video was produced by Mercia, Coventry radio station. The video has already been watched by more than 1.5 million people on YouTube.

Bestival fancy dress ideas (fantasy)

So Bestival kicks off in just over a week and this year's fancy dress theme is 'fantasy'. To celebrate, we're giving Bestivalites 10% off our animal costumes. Just use promo code BESTIVAL at the checkout stage.

Here are some animal-themed ideas for the fantasy fancy dress theme:
  • White rabbit - the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. A classic.
  • Falcor - the labrador dragon thing from The Neverending Story.
  • Chewbacca - from the original Star Wars trioligy.
  • Pandorians - Any of the creatures from Avatar=
  • Noah's Ark - The Bible is surely the origin of the fantasy genre. This option is pretty good for large groups.
  • Totoro - from Studio Ghibli's brilliant My Neighbour Totoro
  • Donkey - from Shrek
  • Sharkboy - from The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D
  • Harry Potter's cat - hypothetically speaking
  • Ator the fighting eagle
  • Beorn - the bear from the Hobbit
Hopefully that should give you something to think about. Now we've got that sorted. Let's just hope the weather holds out. Happy camping!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Animals with tongues out

Whilst searching through not-quite-as-big-as-the-other-guys social media platform, Tumblr, we came across a remarkable set of pages.

"Animals With Their Tongues Sticking Out OMG" is the one stop shop for all of your animals-with-their-tongues-out pics. Check it out and send them your own pictures too. Here are 2 of our favourites but check out the full selection here:

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Sunday, 1 August 2010

What is a kigurumi costume?

Kigurumi is a Japanese phrase, meaning 'a stuffed toy that you wear'. Which says alot about what a kigurumi costume is already.

Many kigurumi outfits represent animals, always with a cartoony or stuffed toy look about them. Other kigurumi outfits represent cartoon characters, both popular and make-believe.

The phrase encompasses great big outfits padded to give an unhuman shape - such as the performing plonkers you might expect to see wondering about in Disney Land and also much smaller scale costumes. The smaller scale outfits are sometimes known as 'disguise pyjamas' or 'animal pyjamas' . These are often light-weight all-in-one jumpsuits, with a hood to give the wearer a new identity. As long as a costume looks cartoony or stuffed-toy like, it pretty much counts.

In Japan, kigurumi animal pajamas have become fashionable streetwear, and it is not unusual to see the latest manga characters or a tiger walking down the streets of Tokyo late at night. Or early in the morning come to think of it. These costumed idivduals are known as 'kigurumin'.

In the west a similar craze exists, known as fursuits, furplay or furries. Although this has yet to venture out from close-knit conventions and private parties into the realms of street wear, largely due to the prevalance of the Disney-style padded costumes. Difficult to negotiate narrow doorways, you might imagine.

At the Animal Costumes Shop we stock kigurumi of the animal pajama variety. These all in one baggy outfits with character-hoods look great on the UK festival circuit and will keep you nice and warm too. We also stock kids sizes and the kids love 'em. See some pics below.

Visit our shop to see our full range of kigurumi animal pajamas.