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Angry Birds: The Movie! Comments Off on Angry Birds: The Movie!

Posted on May 09, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

Angry Birds the Movie

The Angry Birds movie is released this week, and we can’t wait… to see how they’ve turned that bonkers game into an actual movie!

The game was originally released in 2009 by a Finnish company, and within a year over twelve million copies of the game had been purchased. It seems we’re all bonkers for those birds and flinging them over (or at) things – mainly pigs’ fortresses (what?!). In fact, the popularity of the original game led to several spin-offs and an awful lot of merchandise… and now: a movie!

According to IMDB, in the Angry Birds movie we’ll find out why the birds are so angry:

When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Well, we’re certainly intrigued!

We love any excuse to get dressed up, so of course we’re currently investigating our Angry Birds fancy dress, and trying to figure out which costume would be the best one to wear to the cinema on Friday. Of course, we’ve also been looking around the internet to find other ways to celebrate the release of this eagerly-awaited movie.

Here’s a great tutorial for making an Angry Birds cake with decorations!

And you can even get these cool free templates to make your own Angry Birds balloons!

Or favourite find though has to be this tutorial to make your own Angry Birds catapult!

Are you going to see the Angry Birds movie? Look out for us; we’ll be the ones in the costumes!

 

Captain America: Civil War Released this Friday! Comments Off on Captain America: Civil War Released this Friday!

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Batman vs Superman was not the only superhero blockbuster scheduled for release this year; Captain America: Civil War is released this Friday and we can’t wait.

This movie is the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and sees the Avengers split in two, with one side led by Steve Rogers/Captain America and the other by Tony Stark/Iron Man – and while the two sides are at war, the world is threatened by a new enemy.

To celebrate the exciting release of this new movie, here are some things you might not know…

  • One of the actors commented in an interview that the film’s budget was so big, you could make 20 films from it – so expect a lot of CGI, explosions and general pizzaz, for that much money!
  • This movie sees the live action debut of Black Panther, one of the first African superheroes.
  • This film is said to set up two forthcoming movies, Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2, which are due for release  in 2018 and 2019.
  • Mark Ruffalo was spotted on the movie set, which sparked rumours that the Hulk would appear in it – but his role ended up on the cutting room floor. In fact, this is the first movie in which General Thaddeus Ross appears without Bruce Banner/the Hulk alongside him
  • Although the movie is called Captain America: Civil War, people have said it’s more like an Avengers movie with lots of characters having  large roles in it. In fact, Anthony Mackie (Falcon) described the movie as “Avengers: 2.5.”
  • The movie was filmed in Puerto Rico, Berlin and Atlanta
  • The trailer for this movie broke the record previously held by The Force Awakens, with 64 million views in 24 hours. Both are Disney movies, so either way Disney wins on that front!
  • The Black Panther costume is apparently a combination of actual costume and visual effects.
  • This is the longest MCU film to date, at 2 hours and 26 minutes. So stock up on popcorn!
  • This movie is probably not as dark or extreme as the comic books, as it has been confirmed that the MCU movies will not shift into a dark path.
  • Spiderman also features in this movie; it’s his first appearance in the MCU, and he’s played by Tom Holland – the youngest person to ever play Spiderman at just 19 years old.

Reviews so far have been mixed, but we’re looking forward to seeing all the costumes people turn up in on opening night. If there’s one thing you can rely on comic book fans for, it’s good fancy dress!

Batman V Superman… It’s Coming! Comments Off on Batman V Superman… It’s Coming!

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball

Batman Vs Superman

It’s the movie we’ve all been waiting for. Everyone loves a good superhero – so two in one film is almost too exciting! The movie is released later this week and we cannot wait. In celebration of what’s likely to be the movie event of the year (for us at least), we’ve been hunting down some fun facts about the movie…

 

  • Apparently Ben Affleck went to Christian Bale to ask him for advice playing Batman… unfortunately, Bale’s only advice involved ensuring he was able to go to the toilet whilst in costume!
  • When a rough cut of the movie was shown to Warner Bros executives they were so impressed they gave it a standing ovation, and immediately began negotiations to get Ben Affleck to sign for three more Batman movies!
  • Ben Affleck apparently asked if he could take the Batman suit home after the film wrapped. He was told yes, but it would cost him $100,000… he opted to have a photo taken with it instead!
  • This will be the first live action movie to feature Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman together. Excited? Us?
  • The film also includes The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg
  • The Batman suit is made of cloth, removing all armour that has been in previous incarnations – they wanted it to be clear that this Batman’s power comes from his physical strength rather than armour and gadgets.
  • Batman and Superman have appeared together before; in 1952 they teamed up in Superman comic #72, when Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent shared a cabin on a cruise ship while attempting to catch a diamond thief and keep Lois Lane from guessing their identities.
  • Since 1943, Batman has been portrayed by eight actors in eleven live-action movies or serials. Superman has appeared in ten live-action movies, portrayed by only five actors.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re about to embark on a Batman/Superman marathon – can we watch all eleven Batman movies and all ten Superman movies before the movie hits the cinema?

Frozen is 2 Years Old – And Frozen 2 is Coming… Eventually! Comments Off on Frozen is 2 Years Old – And Frozen 2 is Coming… Eventually!

Posted on December 07, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Can you believe that Frozen is two years old already? Yesterday was the movie’s second birthday, which means that for two years kids have been running around screeching, Let It Go… And the shops are just as full of Frozen merchandise this Christmas as they were two years ago – perhaps even more so.

Brace yourselves, parents! In March this year, Disney finally confirmed that Frozen Two is in the pipeline. However, commentators are saying that it won’t be out before 2018… so we’ve a couple more years of Let It Go. 

Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and the fifth-highest grossing film of any genre, ever. Can you believe that? In making a sequel, Disney have said We’re not demanding speed; we’re demanding exellence. Reports are saying that not only will Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel be returning – so will Olaf!

Disney are very good at merchandising though, and they know that there are very few children left on the planet who don’t have either an Elsa or an Anna dress (or both!) so both characters will have new outfits for the new movie. Brace yourselves, parents! And of course, with a new look comes not only new dresses but a whole host of other merchandise. Cuddly toys, books, even tissues and baby wipes. Like we said: brace yourselves.

There’s a rumour going around though… wait… make sure your child is nowhere near the screen before you read this part…

 

There’s a rumour going around that Elsa dies. We can’t see that happening though – if Elsa dies, so does the opportunity for spin-offs and further sequels, and therefore millions of dollar s in revenue! Despite this, betting websites are offering odds of 3/1 that Elsa will die! You’d better stock up on Frozen tissues, just to be on the safe side…

One more cheery rumour (depending on where stand, we suppose) is that Frozen 2 will bring Olaf a girlfriend! Brace yourselves for a girl version of the lovable snowman… we can’t wait!

 

And finally, since Disney also owns Star Wars, here is a video to brighten your Monday:

 

Fancy Dress in a Suit: 5 Great Ideas Comments Off on Fancy Dress in a Suit: 5 Great Ideas

Posted on February 18, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

5 Great Fancy Dress Ideas For Your Suit

 

Stuck for fancy dress ideas? Don’t panic! If you’ve got a suit, we’ve got five great ideas for fancy dress costumes…

 

1. Clark KentClark Kent glasses
Obviously! Get some dark-rimmed specs, give yourself a side parting, and perfect your self-conscious, nervous stuttering. If you’re not surepeople will get it, put on a Superman costume under your shirt!

2. Zombie Office Worker
We love a good zombie fancy dress costume here. All you need is some fake blood and make up, and a really good zombie walk. The idea is to look like you’re undead, and walk like you’re… well, a zombie.

blues brothers3. The Blues Brothers
Who could forget Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in the iconic movie? You’ll need a had and  some sunglasses… and a fantastic scowl and some amazing sideburns, of course.

4. A Gangster
Gangsters wear suits, right? Don Corleone is the most famous movie gangster, and he famously wore a suit with a bow tie and a red rose in the top pocket. For this one you’ll need some sponges to shove in the bottoms of your cheeks, and to practise saying everything in that low, husky voice. With your eyes half closed, of course! Kind of like a half-asleep Fonz.

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5. James Bond
Suave, sophisticated, classic. James Bond is timeless and perfect. Accessorise with a fake gun, a watch you can talk into, and an Aston Martin. Oh, and a Martini – shaken, not stirred.

 

What’s your favourite suit-based fancy dress costume?

 

 

National Storytelling Week Comments Off on National Storytelling Week

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

s National Storytelling Week!

 

This Saturday marks the beginning of the fifteenth National Storytelling Week. From 31st January to 7th February we will be celebrating the most ancient art form of them all. Everyone loves a good story; it’s something we learn to enjoy at a very young age, and which never leaves us.

National Storytelling Week celebrates all sorts of stories; from telling people how your day was, to biographies, to children’s books or even TV dramas. Storytelling is something everyone gets involved with, and is something that enriches every culture and every life.

National Storytelling Week takes part in schools, museums, hospitals, and even care homes each year. If you’d like to hold your own event, you can contact the Society for Storytelling and they will send you a pack.

What sort of storytelling event could you put on?

Grandparent Storytelling

If you have children, get them together with a group of their friends and have grandparents take turns in telling stories about their childhoods and how they were different. Children love hearing about “the olden days” – even the 1980s is “the olden days” these days!

Fancy Dress

Our favourite idea, obviously – have a party and get everyone to dress up as their favourite character from a story.  This gives you a massive scope for costumes, since every single character you can think of is a character from a story – Batman, Wonder Woman, Peter Pan. Fairytales, children’s books, heck, you could throw a Hunger Games party – Hunger Games is a story!

Consequences Party

Invite friends over and play a huge game of consequences. Remember that game from childhood, where you write the first line of a story, then fold over the top and pass it to the next person to add their line. It’s a great way of making up a really creative story and having fun, and can work with all age groups.

Put on a Community Play

The most important part of National Storytelling Week is the storytelling part of it. It’s a great chance to hear stories – both made up and real-life, from those around us. Fancy dress is a great way of immersing ourselves in that story; a community play can be a great way to get to know those around you, as well as learn new skills – and dress up!

Winnie the Pooh Day: January 18th Comments Off on Winnie the Pooh Day: January 18th

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

Winnie the Pooh Day

 

 

AA Milne was born on 18th January, 1882. He grew up to write many books and plays, but is by far best known for that willy nilly silly old bear, Winnie the Pooh.

To celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day, here are 10 things you may not know about the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff…

1. Christopher Robin was a real person – AA Milne’s son.

2. Winnie the Pooh was an Alpha Farnell teddy bear Christopher Robin received for his first birthday. Originally named Edward, he was later named after Winnie, a Canadian black bear who had been a military mascot in World War 1 and ended up in London Zoo. “Pooh” came from a swan of the same name.

3. The other characters in the book: Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo and Tigger were also Christopher Robin’s toys – but Rabbit and Owl were creations of Milne’s imagination.

4. In the original Winnie the Pooh books, the illustrator EH Shepard drew Pooh in the image of his own son’s teddy, Growler.

5. Hundred Acre Wood (where Winnie the Pooh lives) is based on Five Hundred Acre Wood, part of Ashdown Forest  in East Sussex; AA Milne lived on the edge of the forest.

6. There are two Winnie the Pooh books: Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. He didn’t want to write more books because Christopher Robin was growing older, and he felt any further books would be lacking in originality.

7.  As well as the two books, there were poems about the bear in two of his collections of poetry, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six.

8. The original Winnie the Pooh did not have a red shirt – that was the invention of an American producer named Stephen Slesinger. Slesinger bought US and Canadian merchandising, television, recording and other trade rights to Winnie the Pooh from AA Milne in 1930, and  in so doing, created the modern licensing industry. Within two years, Winnie the Pooh was worth £50 million a year – and that was before Disney got involved!

9. Winnie the Pooh was originally Winnie-the-Pooh. Disney removed the hyphens when they purchased the rights from Slesinger’s widow in 1961.

10. There are four Winnie the Pooh movies: Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie and Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.

10 Last Minute Fancy Dress Ideas for New Year’s Eve Comments Off on 10 Last Minute Fancy Dress Ideas for New Year’s Eve

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

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That week between Christmas and New Year just sort of disappears, doesn’t it! You spend most of the time trying to figure out what day it is, with New Year’s Eve being some mythical date somewhere in the future… and then before you know it, it’s December 31st, you’re going to a party tonight and you’ve just realised it’s fancy dress!

What can you do?

There’s always the option of doing a Wednesday Addams: “I’m a homicidal maniac; they look just like everybody else” – but frankly, that is a cop out and although you might think it seems really cool… all of your friends who have gone to the effort of putting a costume together will not be so impressed!

Here are a few last-minute ideas to get you through that fancy dress party tonight:

1. Put your pants on outside of your trousers, make a mask from a piece of material, and a cape out of a sheet or duvet cover  – and make up a silly super hero name! Who says you have to be one of the ones the comics have already thought of? Think outside of that box, and be your own superhero!

2. Collect up all the discarded chocolate wrappers from the floor (don’t pretend there aren’t any down there!) and fix them onto your jumper; you can go as a box of chocolates! This one has an added bonus: if there really are no wrappers lying about, you have the perfect excuse to eat what’s left of the Christmas chocolates, in order to make a costume!

3. A toga! Grab a sheet from the airing cupboard, and follow these simple instructions:

 

4. Raid your wardrobe. Do you have a suit? James Bond! Some leggings, vest tops, bangles, necklaces? Madonna!  A black dress and some safety pins from the sewing kit? Liz Hurley! It’s highly likely that you have the makings of a passable costume in your wardrobe already!

5. Olaf from Frozen. This is easier than it sounds, and super trendy at the moment. Find a white top and trousers. For a girl, you can make a tutu with a piece of elastic and some netting if you like. (if you don’t have any netting to hand, a net curtain will work at a push) On the white top, stick two or three large black dots – you can cut these out of cardboard or similar. Draw sticks on the arms… to be Olaf’s stick arms. You can make a simple Olaf mask from a paper plate, cutting out eye holes and a smile for the mouth. Simple!

6. Be a zombie! This is perhaps the most simple of all. All you need is some old clothes, a bit of make up and some fake blood. Who doesn’t have those things hanging around the house? Tear holes in your old clothes, make them dirty and dusty and apply fake blood liberally. For your make up, you can go as simple or as gorey as possible, depending on the time and resources you have available.

7. The tin man. Everyone has some of that ridiculously wide foil left over from the Christmas turkey! Wrap yourself up in it, and you can be a tin man, a space man, all sorts. You could even pad it out a bit, and go as a pinball – genius!

8. Draw or print off a “decepticon” logo (from Transformers) and wear it over a normal outfit. You’re a robot in disguise! Obviously, this is only to be used as a very last resort as it’s along the lines of Wednesday Addams and a bit of a cop out!

9. If you have blonde hair of around chin length, use gel or hair spray to stick the front of it up on end – and voila, you’re “Something About Mary!”

10. We saved the best for last… go to the shop and buy some balloons. You need lots of either green, purple or red ones. Blow up as many as you can, and tie them to your clothes to form a bunch of grapes. Genius, right?

 

So there we have it. Ten last-minute fancy dress ideas for New Year.

What have we learned from this? Next time, order your fancy dress costume from Fancy Dress Ball well in advance of the party!

It’s Just a Jump to the Left… The Best Rocky Horror Fancy Dress! Comments Off on It’s Just a Jump to the Left… The Best Rocky Horror Fancy Dress!

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Rocky Horror Fancy Dress

 

Who doesn’t love the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Whether you’re going to see a live show, or just going to a fancy dress party, Rocky Horror costumes are fantastic fun to dress up in.

Rocky Horror has a massive cult following across the globe, with people going all-out to dress up as their favourite characters when they go to see the stage show. There is a great tradition of audience participation at the shows, and at screenings of the movie.

So if you’re going to see a show, or the movie, or to a party, who will you dress up as?

Magenta

Although she’s not in it much, Magenta is a favourite character for fancy dress. Named in the credits as “a dometic,” Magenta is the castle maid – so in order to dress as her, you will need a maid outfit.

Another requirement is big, bushy, wig – and bright red lipstick.

Columbia

Columbia is another favourite for fancy dress. Credited as “a groupie,” she sports a sparky gold jacket and matching top hat sparkly bodice and hot pants, cropped red hair and a squeaky voice. Basically, get hold of as much glitter as possible, and cover your outfit in it.

Riff Raff

He might not look particularly glamorous, but Riff Raff is a really popular Rocky Horror character – possibly because in the movie, he is played by Richard O’Brien, the Rocky Horror Show’s Creator.  To dress as Riff Raff, you need a balding head with the remaining hair long, lank and blond, an ill-fitting suit, and a bit of a hunch back (a small pillow under your jacket should do it). Don’t forget to practise that creepy sneer!

Dr Frank N Furter

We saved the best for last! You will need a corset, some stockings and suspenders, red lipstick, offensively high heels… perhaps a blood-stained doctor’s cover-all for the lab scenes.

Any Other Character

Don’t worry if you don’t fancy one of the main characters; the beauty of Rocky Horror is that there are so many people to choose from!

Costume essentials:

  • Heavy eye make up and bright red lipstick
  • Stockings and suspenders
  • Novelty sunglasses (star shapes are best)
  • A corset – sparkly if you like!
  • Ridiculous heels – or if you can’t walk in those, platforms
  • A feather boa
  • A sparkly top hat or novelty party hat

As long as you’re wearing some or all of these, you can pass as a character from Rocky Horror easily – and have a fantastic time!

 

Oh, one last thing you’ll need to know… you’ll need to learn this dance (of course)

 

Twilight Fancy Dress Ideas Comments Off on Twilight Fancy Dress Ideas

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Twilight fancy dress

 

 

This time of year is prime season for fancy dress parties. People love to dress up in fancy dress, especially during the festive season.

So we thought it only right that we provide you with as many fancy dress ideas as possible!

Twilight is a massive series of movies (and books before that). Besides that, vampires have always been a winner for fancy dress – ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then Angel and a whole host of other TV shows and movies made vampires the cool thing to be.

And obviously, with Twilight if you don’t want to be a glittery vampire, you can always be a werewolf! Or Bella before.. you know, we don’t want to have any spoilers in this post, so we’ll leave that one there!

Any way, with Twilight fancy dress there are basically three main options: werewolf, vampire or human…

Vampire

Strictly speaking, with Twilight you don’t need much of a costume to be one of the vampires – except maybe some glitter, if you’re going out in daylight hours! The vampires in Twilight look just like normal humans for a large part of the movies, except maybe a little pale, with bloodshot eyes.

But that’s no fun, is it?! What you want is fangs, fake blood, maybe some claws, perhaps some Victorian clothing like one of the Volturi.

In order to really get into the part of one of the vampires, you’ll need to perfect your brooding stare into the middle distance… Just try really hard to remember Pi to as many decimal places as you can and you’ll be fine!

Werewolf

If you’re more Team Jacob than Team Edward, then the werewolf costume is where you’re headed.

If you’re feeling particularly lazy, you can always dress as a werewolf pre-change – you just need a pair of jeans and a lumberjack shirt! That’s no fun, though is it! What you really want is fake hair coming out of the cuffs of your lumberjack shirt,  jeans ripped off at the knees (unevenly), super-hairy legs, bare feet, a fake wolf face with spittle hanging from the fangs, howling at the moon and declaring your wolfiness!

The good thing about being a full-on werewolf is that you don’t need to practise the brooding stare – because nobody can see your face! you can just bark.

(consider this fair warning – there is every chance you will be mistaken for Teen Wolf in this outfit, unless you choose to go in a furry onesie with no lumberjack shirt!)

Human

Er… This is basically the cop-out option, which we here at Fancy Dress Ball can never condone. We believe that if you’re going to do fancy dress, you should do fancy dress.

(though if you were feeling particularly snarky, you could go as Bella and just not change your facial expression for the entire evening)

 

 

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