Cartoon Character Costume Ideas

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This is a very popular fancy dress theme and is so vast we have split it into three different sections:

  • Animated Films – this section grows year on year with films such as Toy Story & Shrek
  • Comic Book Characters – full of your old favourites including Batman but there are also some new kids on the block!
  • Cartoons – Think back to your favourite cartoon characters on the telly from your childhood and I am sure Tom & Jerry and Scooby Doo come into your mind.

So browse the 3 sections (from the list on the left) to get your costume inspiration for your Cartoon Character Fancy dress party…

1960s Television

TELEVISION OF THE 1960s

Television continued to evolve during the 1960s, with more channels and the general introduction of colour programmes.  In our digital age, it is difficult to realise that some shows (particularly American ones) sometimes never made it across the Atlantic (such as Blue Angels, Green Hornet), whilst others did.

Addams FamilyBoth the Addams’ and The Munsters brought comedy horror to the TV screens during the Sixties, but Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday and Uncle Fester have stood the test of time. We stock a range of Addams Family costumes to purchase or to hire.

AvengersBowler-hatted Steed and his several female assistants (notably Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), who did much to popularize the ‘action jumpsuit’) save Britain from quirky villains.

Batman & RobinIn their early TV incarnation, the Dynamic Duo took on a rather comic-book look (‘Zap’ and ‘Pow’ captions during the fight sequences), but many famous people flocked to play villains, notably. Catwoman – Such a popular villainess, she was portrayed by four difference actresses, including Eartha Kitt. For the TV series, the Catwoman outfit was a simple black cat-suit (naturally) with a black eye-mask. We stock Batman & Robin costumes to hire as well as purchase.

Coronation Street – Long running and possibly most famous British soap opera, ‘official’ costumes for several of the best-loved characters are available. We stock Coronation Street Masks

Flintstones‘The modern stone-age family’ – Fred, Wilma and Pebbles (with neighbours Barney, Betty and Bam-bam Rubble) were (and still are) popular with both adults and children. We stock Flintstones Costumes

Hawaii Five-OMore generally associated with the 1970s, Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett is the cop in this US drama series, which ran from 1968-1980. Time to leave off the suit and break out the Hawaiian Shirt?

Jeannie (I Dream of Jeannie) – An astronaut finds a bottle on a beach and behold, it houses a female genie who makes her master’s life chaotic. Good excuse for an exotic Arabian belly-dance outfit (although an official costume (and bottle!) have been available in the past).

Jetsons, TheHanna-Barbera sitcom about a space age family. Some costumes are available.

Lost in SpaceSilver spacesuits are just one of the looks from this cult US show about the Robinson Family who were ‘Lost in Space’.

Lucy Show & I Love LucyGroundbreaking shows from an innovative redhead comedienne, Lucille Ball.

Prisoner, TheThe Italian-style village of Portmeirion in Wales, was the setting for this cult TV series starring Patrick McGoohan.  Blue Prisoner blazer with white trim and suitable badges such as ‘I am not a number, I am a free man’ or ‘The Prisoner’ and a ‘Penny Farthing’, defines the look.

Scooby DooJust making it into the 1960s (first series aired in 1969) official Scooby Doo costumes for the Great Dane Scooby Doo, Shaggy, and the rest of the Mystery team (Velma, Fred and Daphne) are all stocked.

Star Trek CharactersBoldly going where no sci-fi had gone before, Star Trek’s innovative approach to space exploration and contact with alien species/civilizations created a cult franchise. Due to licensing restrictions, outfits from the ‘original’ series are hard to find, but with recent films, alternatives can be found. Props & Frocks stocks Star Trek Costumes to hire, or purchase.

ThunderbirdsPopular puppet-based series by Gerry Anderson (also responsible for Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray). Official costumes for International Rescue, plus British agent Lady Penelope and her chauffeur Parker are available. We also stock a range of Thunderbird masks for an easy costume option

Cartoon Costume Ideas

Cartoon Character Costume Ideas

It used to be when you thought cartoons, you thought of Disney (Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck etc plus the classic feature-length films), Warner Brothers Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig & co.) or Hanna-Barbera (Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear to The Flintstones and Smurfs). These days there are also the computer-generated animated series and films to consider: Pixar and Dreamworks are the leaders in this field, but CGI and 3D are upping the game for everyone and new characters (and costumes) are emerging each year. Unfortunately, most cartoon characters are subject to licence and copyright, and usually only one manufacturing company has the rights to make the official costume (although this arrangement can vary in different countries, and lookalikes do occur). Also, the licence to make a costume may only last a limited time, so some character outfits may be here today but gone later when you want to buy them! All the more reason to support those costume stores who bought in costumes when they were available and, all being well, still have them for hire (or possibly sale) after the supply has dried up.

Here we have a suggestions list cartoon and animation characters, families, friends and associates. We have not included super-hero comic book characters here we look at these in more detail on our Superhero Costume Ideas page.

Hopefully you can find costumes for most of those listed (as we said, stock may be time limited), but otherwise a little improvisation may be in order. Why not take a look at our range of Cartoon costumes

Addams Family. Although possibly now more familiar as TV and movie characters, the Addams Family started life as a cartoon series in the New Yorker magazine drawn by cartoonist Charles Addams hence their name. A wide number of Addams Family characters (including against type saucy Morticia and Wednesday outfits) are available.

Avatar A blockbuster film of 2009, the story of the Navi, their planet Pandora and their conflict with invading mining colonists from Earth proved hugely popular. The costumes took a little time coming (although it is said there will be a sequel) and the blue skinned look is not for everybody (unless you’re a Smurf) but at least its distinctive.

Beetlejuice. Although primarily known as being a feature film, a cartoon series featuring Beetlejuice, the off-beat bio-exorcist, was aired late 1980s to early 1990s (although purists noticed significant reimaginings between the film and the series). Beetlejuice, however, remains a popular costume choice for both movie and cartoon events

Ben 10 Ben 10 is a popular childrens cartoon involving the aforementioned Ben and a wrist device, the Omnitrix. This enables its wearer to change into various alien creatures, hence the costumes available offer a range of such life-forms. A series of cardboard masks for Ben and alien alter-egos can also be found in some countries.

Betty Boop. A risque cartoon character who started her career in the 1930s in flapper-style outfits and continues to be popular today. Several costumes, wigs and accessories are available.

Bugs Bunny. The flagship mascot of the Warner Brothers studios. Several licensed costumes for Bugs are available.

Buzz Lightyear. Space-age hero from the new era of computer animation. Infinity and beyond are well within your reach in the various official costumes. Woody and the Potato-heads are also available

Captain Hook Villain in Peter Pan – hire costumes available

Cars Costumes for the Small Set only here! The first Cars film was a surprise hit, with very little costume merchandise made available but you should find that a few outfits albeit made within the limits of child safety standards should be available for the new Cars film later this year (2011).

Casper, the Friendly Ghost A popular comic and TV cartoon series, and a film not so long ago. Official costumes may still exist, but the outfit should be easy enough to make yourself if you wish.

Cat in the Hat. Dr Seuss popular rhyming feline has made both TV and film appearances and until recently licensed costumes were available for both he and the Thing One and Two characters. This may still be the case in the US, but the licence seems to have expired in Britain.

Cruella de Vil. One of the most popular of Disney villainesses. Originally a book character, the Disney version hit the screens in 1961. Although there is in official costume, there are also a number of Cruella lookalikes on the market.

Dangermouse. British secret agent hero of the 1980s and beyond who, with his assistant Penfold sought to protect the world from villains such as Baron Greenback and Count Duckula.

Dennis the Menace From his early days as a comic character, Dennis and his dog Gnasher have graduated to their own TV series. Dennis trademark look is a red/black striped jumper and spiky black hair. Confusingly, a different Dennis the Menace cartoon character exists in the US.

Desperate Dan Desperate Dan hails from the British comic, The Beano. A character of broad stature and mighty appetite (his favourite food is cow pie), an official costume is available.

Donald (& Daisy) Duck.Donald is a Disney original created in 1934. Donald is a duck wearing a sailor suit. Daisy is his girlfriend.

The Flintstones. Prehistoric perhaps, but possibly some of the most popular of cartoon characters, because of the simplicity of their costumes and the lack of masks or other complications. Two versions standard and Vegas deluxe are often available. The official Wilma standard costume comes with a flat 2D style wig headpiece, but this is easily remedied with a more conventional wig. See also the Jetsons

The Incredibles. Super adventure Pixar-style as a superhero couple and their equally talented children become involved in the fight against the upstart would-be hero Syndrome. Costumes for Incredibles adult were available until recently.

Jack Skellington & Sally From Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas, a popular pair of animated actors, especially around Halloween! Variations on Jacks costume include different types of mask and Sallys outfit may also be offered in different levels of complexity.

Jessica Rabbit A sultry femme fatale singer and wife to the hapless Roger Rabbit from the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This film is unique in that both Disney and Warner Brothers cartoon stars are seen working together onscreen. Several versions of Jessicas outfit can be found.

The Jetsons. Whilst the Flintstones were stone-age, the Jetsons were futuristic, with stylish (if slightly skimpy) space-wear and a robotic house-keeper. Costumes for George, Jane and Judy Jetson have been available in the past

Kung Fu Panda The unlikely hero of this popular martial arts cartoon feature is soon to be seen again with his companion Furious Four kung-fu masters in 2011.

Lara Croft Female cartoon heroes are a little scarce (even if you include super-heroines), but action-archaeologist Lara has graduated from games-console star to movie screen and retains lasting popularity. The standard Lara Croft outfit previously offered has recently (2011) been supplemented in some countries with an Underworld version.

Little Mermaid (Disney 1989 film). Based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson who wrote the original fairy tale of the same name. Ariel, the lead character is a mermaid with red long hair. Only an official girls costume is available although there are many other mermaid costumes available that could be used.

Maleficent The wicked sorceress in Disneys Sleeping Beauty who cuts an imposing figure in her black and purple robes and black horned headdress. Several costumes based on her outfit exist.

Megamind resembles the Mekon, an evil green creature with a large cranium who flew around on a small personal transporter and was the enemy of space-hero Dan Dare in the British Eagle comic of the 60s, but hes more of a greyish skin colour. The star of a 2010 animated feature, costumes for this character have been marketed in the States but are not easy to find in Britain.

Minnie the Minx Another British comic character, this one possibly being the female equivalent (or counterpart) to Dennis the Menace(although others argue that a different character, Beryl the Peril, has this distinction). Like Dennis, she has a black and red stripe jumper but her ensemble is completed with a shortish black skirt, ankle socks and a black beret

Monsters Inc. This popular film 2001 from Pixar about the lives of the monsters who live under your bed, in closets etc is set to return for a sequel in late 2012. Thus we can enjoy the further adventures of Mike, Sulley & co. First time around, costumes were only made for children perhaps itll be different next year.

Monsters v. Aliens One of the first animated features to make us of the new 3D technology, Monsters v Aliens (2010) involves a group of monsters (including Ginormica, a bride who became a giantess following a meteor accident) kept under cover by the US military until the Earth is threatened by an alien master-mind and his giant robot. (They also battled some mutant pumpkins, but thats a different story). A Ginormica costume (complete with car shoes) was available at the time the film was current.

Morph One of two claymation entries in the list, Morph was a popular character created by British artist Tony Hart for his childrens TV art shows. Using stop-animation, a lump of clay (actually a Plasticine/Play-Doh-style material) took on a character of his own, including inter-acting with Hart himself in his many adventures. Harts Morph inspired the creation of the better known Wallace and Gromit. Wear a Morphsuit to get the required look.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Flagship characters from the Walt Disney cartoon studios. After many years, official costumes for these two (and other classic Disney characters such as Goofy) have been offered on the Market..

Mr Magoo The near-sighted Mr Magoo was first seen in 1949 but is still well known today. As far as we know, no official costume currently exists, but an outfit should be easy to improvise.

Peanuts Although best known as a comic strip, the Peanuts characters have also featured in TV movies and stage shows. A set of costumes exists for the characters, although some take issue with the fact that the head-body ratio on the Snoopy costume is wrong, albeit probably for eminently practical reasons.

Peter Pan Another book character who is probably best known and recognised through his Disney persona, although he is also popular in British pantomime, albeit played by a female! A series of Disney-based costumes for Peter and other characters can be found. See alsoTinkerbell

Pink Panther Originally The Pink Panther was the name of a jewel at the centre of a heist movie, but when a Pink Panther cartoon character was used in the title sequences of this and subsequent sequels, the Panther gained his own spin-off cartoon series, which also featured shorts of the further adventures of a cartoon Inspector Clouseau.

Popeye the Sailor Man Long lasting cartoon character (he first appeared 1929) who single-handedly revived the fortunes of the US spinach industry. His cartoons also featured girlfriend Olive Oyl, baby Sweepea and the villainous bully Bluto(although some costume suppliers call him Brutus)

Postman Pat British television favourite who, along with his cat Jess, has entertained children (and their parents) for many years. He is an unofficial mascot of the UK Post Office and a licensed character costume is usually available.

Potato-Head, Mr & Mrs. Classic toy characters given new life (and personalities) thanks to the Toy Story movies. A Mr Potato Head costume has been around for a few years and a Mrs Potato Head is coming onstream in 2011.

Powerpuff Girls A blast from the past here – the adventures of three small girls with super-powers. Their adventures have featured on various cartoon networks since 1998 but the costumes may now not be so easy to find.

Roger Ramjet Powerpuffs a real blast from the past? Huh! Roger Ramjet, the all-American good-guy and leader of the American Eagles air squadron was first seen in 1965, and still appears on cartoon networks today (in Britain he was seen during No, 73, the successor to Tiswas during the 1980s). His costume was a patriotic white flying suit, but we know of no official suppliers

Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine Gang (Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and Velma). Another popular cartoon series from the Hanna-Barbera studios. Costumes for all characters are available children may also be able to find the Scooby-Dracula and Scooby-Frankenstein variations still on offer.

The Simpsons Although the Flintstones were pioneers in kidult cartoons, the Simpsons, originally seen as inserts in the Tracy Ullman Show in the 90s took adult cartoons to a new level. Costumes and masks can be found for several of the Simpsons family, plus others such as Krusty the Clown and Mr Burns.

Shrek & Fiona Once simple book characters, now major stars of four films, the ogres Shrek and Fiona have certainly made a great impression on fans of all ages. Costumes have been available in the past but following the release of Shrek 4, the licence seems to have been withdrawn, possibly in preparation for the forthcoming Puss-in-Boots spin-off. There are so many other cartoon characters that make appearances in Shrek that you should read our information page that is full of costume ideas for Shrek

The Smurfs Smurfs, small blue gnome-like creatures in white hats, were Franco-Belgian in origin and originally appeared in the late 1950s. However they gained popularity worldwide and this reached a peak in the 1980s when they had their own cartoon series, were in the pop charts and, in Britain, even helped promote petrol. Although they never really went away, with smurf-style costumes offered from several sources, their popularity may increase again with a forthcoming live-action/CBI film featuring Katy Perry as the voice of Smurfette!

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey & Doc). Although Snow White existed as a book character beforehand, Disney has very much made Snow White their own. The Snow White look and the names of the dwarfs are copyright, but costumes for Snow White and masks for the dwarfs are now on the market.

Sonic the Hedgehog The mascot character from the Sega games console. Although the console has been superseded, Sonic continues to thrive and a licensed costume exists.

Spongebob Squarepants Spongebob was a character actually created by a marine biologist and for a time he has been one of the most popular characters on the TV cartoon circuit. An official costume is available

Stewie The malicious talking baby from Family Guy. Costumes with the mask in both foam and vinyl are available, and a mask for Peter, the head of the Family can also be found.

Super Mario One of the best-selling games-console characters of all time, Super Mario and brother Luigi continue to enjoy popularity and new gaming challenges. Several firms offer costumes for this talented plumber, and outfits can also be found for Princess Peach and Toad.

Sylvester & Tweety Pie Sylvester the Cat and Tweety the Canary had been long-running favourites from the Warner Brothers stable of characters and costumes are available for both children and adults.

Taz This aggressive antipodean started as a minor Warner Bros. character, but through sheer charisma (and a forceful attitude) he has developed his own fan base with fleece and foam-based costumes on offer for Taz devotees

Tigger The super-energetic tiger-cat from the Disney Winnie-the-Pooh stories has always been popular and official costumes in both adult and child versions have now become available.

Tinkerbell Tinkerbell is, of course, a character from the Peter Pan story but you cant keep a good fairy down and she has recently been starring in her own series of spin-off movies. Her trademark green costume is offered in a number of a variety of styles.

Tintin Despite being a favourite comic-book character for years for many, Tintin the Boy Detective has never really hit the big-time, although fans could imitate his look relatively easily. This may change in the near future as Stephen Spielberg releases his Tintin movie. We can perhaps expect some official outfits for him and his colleagues Captain Haddock and the Thompson Twins!

Tom & Jerry This warring couple, Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse have been with us for years and have even won a few film awards in their time. Official costumes are made, although so far as we know, only for children!

Top Cat A unique cartoon character and series insofar as the series was the Sgt. Bilko Show done with cartoon alley cats! The BBC confused the issue by calling it Boss Cat (because there was a TC cat-food) but TC, Benny the Ball, Choo-choo and their nemesis, Officer Dibble were great favourites. There are no official costumes (although in these retro days, someone might get round to it) but we thought they deserved a mention!

Tron The futuristic film which was ahead of its time on its first outing and made full use of CGI in its recent sequel, even though some felt the official costumes arent all they could be!

Wacky Races In theory the cars are the stars in this series. The full listing of cars and drivers is as follows: No.1: The Boulder-Mobile (The Slag Bros.); No.2: The Creepy Coupe (Big & Lil Gruesome); No.3: The Convert-a-Car (Professor Pat Pending); No.4: The Crimson Haybailer (Red Max); No. 5: The Compact Pussycat (Penelope Pitstop); No. 6. The Army Surplus Special (Sgt. Blast & Private Meekly); No.7: Bullet-Proof Bomb (The Anthill Mob); No.8: Arkansas Chugga-Bug (Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear); No.9: Turbo Terrific (Peter Perfect); No.10: The Buzz Wagon (Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth the Beaver); No.00: The Mean Machine (Dick Dastardly & Muttley). In practice, the Dastardly and Muttley and Penelope Pitstop characters proved so popular, they got their own spin-off series. Co-incidentally costumes for these characters have recently reached the market.

Wallace & Gromit Inspired by the pioneering Morph, Wallace and Gromit an inventor and his long-suffering side-kick/dog have achieved fame and Academy Award success with their exploits and adventures. Official costumes can be found in Britain and on some international markets.

Wheres Wally The first book was published in 1987 and is based on looking for Wally in amongst a couple of pages of activity. Costume consists on a red and white striped top and matching bobble hat and blue trousers. Official costumes are available for adults and children. The franchise has now spread to include a comic strip, video games and even a TV series.

Woody Main character from Toy Story. First appeared in 1995. An official costume is available.

Yogi Bear & Boo-boo In the 1960s Yogi and friends from JellystonePark (and Huckleberry Hound and pals) ruled the childrens cartoon scene. Whilst Huckleberry (and a host of other Hanna-Barbera animal characters Snagglepuss, Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel etc) disappeared, Yogi kept going in various formats and cartoon series and is now hitting the movie screens in 3D. Hard work duly rewarded

Comic Book Character Costumes

Some Comic Book Costume Ideas

  • Batman take a look at all of our Superhero costumes
  • Robin
  • The Joker – hire costume available
  • The Riddler – hire costume available
  • Supergirl
  • Batgirl
  • The Simpsons
  • Wonder Woman
  • Minnie The Minx
  • Bananaman
  • Puss n Boots
  • Beryl The Peril
  • Desperate Dan
  • Green Lantern a new range of licensed costumes are available soon
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Lex Luther – Nemesis of Batman
  • Snoopy
  • Spiderman
  • Night Owl
  • Silk Spectre take a look at all of our Watchmen costumes
  • Asterix
  • Dennis The Menace – hire costume available
  • Minnie The Minx
  • Bash Street Kids – school uniforms, headteacher costume
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Rorschach
  • The Hulk
  • Wolverine
  • Superman
  • The Flash
  • Green Arrow
  • Professor X
  • Thor
  • Mr Fantastic
  • Thing
  • Catwoman
  • Invisible Woman
  • Captain Marvel
  • Judge Dredd

Superhero Costume Ideas

Superhero Costumes – take a look at all of our Superhero costumes

 

  • Batman Batman 1st appeared in 1939 and is known throughout the world. Various incarnation s have appeared from his early appearances in comic books (think Del Boy & Rodney) right through to his Dark Knight sinister look.
  • Robin not a true superhero but as Batmans sidekick, he gets on the list.
  • Superman 1st appeared in 1938. He wears a blue jumpsuit with a large S on the front, red shorts (worn over the jumpsuit what is it with these superheroes?) and a large red cape with another S on the back. A difficult costume to reproduce at home and official costumes are available to purchase.
  • Supergirl The female to DC Comics Superman. 1st appeared in 1959. Various official costumes are available to purchase.
  • Batgirl A DC Comic character 1st appeared in 1961. Various costumes have been developed over the years. Official costumes are now available
  • Catwoman – A DC Comic character that first appeared in 1940. Various costumes have featured in Batman films with the black catsuit as being the most iconic imagethat seems to have lasted the test of time
  • Wonder Woman following her 1st appearance in 1941 Wonder Woman has been seen in comic books, television and films. Costumes do vary but usually involve shorts, or a short skirt, bodice, cape and red boots. Official costumes are available.
  • Green Lantern a new range of licensed costumes are available. 1st appeared in 1959. Costume consists of green jumpsuit, gloves and eye mask.
  • Spiderman Spideys 1st appearance was in 1962. Since then he has been one of the most popular superhero costumes. Official costumes are available.
  • Night Owl Another Watchmen character. Night Owl has an official costume that you can purchase.
  • Silk Spectre A very sexy ladies superhero costume take a look at all of our Watchmen costumes. Official costumes are available to purchase. Silk Spectre appeared in DC Comics as part of the Watchmen group of superheroes.
  • Captain America 1st appearance in 1941. Official costumes are available as this is a costume that would be difficult o put together at home. A ladies costume is available if you are looking for couples superhero costume ideas.
  • Iron Man a difficult costume to put together at home, official costume is available.1st appeared in 1963
  • Rorschach Part of The Watchmen group of Superheroes. Rorschach 1st appeared in 1986. Official costumes are available
  • The Hulk The Hulk has had a few different looks from various films following his 1st appearance in 1962. It is a costume you could put together at home with some padding, ripped clothing and some green face paint. Official costumes are available
  • The Thing one of the team from The Fantastic Four. 1st appeared in 1961. A difficult costume to replicate due to the lizard like skin of the character.
  • Storm
  • Mr Fantastic 1st appearance in 1961. Part of The Fantastic Four. Difficult costume to replicate as the character becomes very long and stretchy.
  • Human Torch 1st appeared in Marvel Comics and is another member of the Fantastic Four. This character becomes a mass of flames and will be quite difficult to replicate.
  • Thor Based on mythology, this is The God of Thunder. Wear a Greek, or Roman, warrior costume
  • Invisible Woman a Marvel comics creation. 1stappeared in 1961 as is part of TheFantastic Four.
  • Mr & Mrs Incredible 1st appeared in a Walt Disney animated film in 2004. The Incredibles are a superhero family, every member has special powers. Official Incredible costumes are available to purchase.
  • Wolverine another X Men superhero character who 1st appeared in 1974. Official costumes are available as this costume would be difficult to reproduce at home.
  • The Flash 1st appeared in 1959. Costume consists of a red jumpsuit with yellow lightning flash on a white background circle. Official costumes are available
  • Captain Marvel
  • Green Arrow a cross between Robin Hood and Bruce Wayne. 1st appearance in 1941.
  • Judge Dredd 1st appeared in 1977. The 1990s Sylvester Stallone film did not do very well
  • Dr. Strange you could always wear a doctors coat with a name badge on it for adifferent approach to this fan cy dress theme. Dr. Strange first appeared in Marvel comics in 1963.
  • The Crow first appeared 1989. Gothic costume, all dark and brooding. The Crow is a lost soul back from the dead to avenge his and his fiances death.
  • Jesse Custer a former preacher, so dress up in a vicars costume. This character is hard drinking and smokes (we do stock fake cigarettes), first appeared in 1995
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a great choice for a group of 4. First appeared in 1984. Official costumes are available
  • Professor X Charles Xavier dream is for mutant and humans to work together. He started the X Men. Wear a Professor (or doctors) white coat with Professor X on it! First appearance 1963
  • The Spirit 1st appearance 1940. Wear normal clothes and a fedora hat and a small eye mask
  • Megamind resembles the Mekon, an evil green creature with a large cranium who flew around on a small personal transporter and was the enemy of space-hero Dan Dare in the British Eagle comic of the 60s, but hes more of a greyish skin colour. The star of a 2010 animated feature, costumes for this character have been marketed in the States but are not easy to find in Britain.

 

Cartoon Costume Ideas

Traditional Cartoon Costume Ideas

 

This is where you will find all of our traditional cartoon characters from Disney (Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck etc plus the classic feature-length films), Warner Brothers Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig & co.) or Hanna-Barbera (Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear to The Flintstones and Smurfs).

Unfortunately, most cartoon characters are subject to licence and copyright, and usually only one manufacturing company has the rights to make the official costume (although this arrangement can vary in different countries, and lookalikes do occur). Also, the licence to make a costume may only last a limited time, so some character outfits may be here today but gone later when you want to buy them! All the more reason to support those costume stores who bought in costumes when they were available and, all being well, still have them for hire (or possibly sale) after the supply has dried up.

Here we have a suggestions list cartoon and animation characters, families, friends and associates. We have not included super-hero comic book, or animated film characters here – you will need to click on the sections (on the left of this page)

Why not take a look at our range of Cartoon costumes

Addams Family. Although possibly now more familiar as TV and movie characters, the Addams Family started life as a cartoon series in the New Yorker magazine drawn by cartoonist Charles Addams hence their name. A wide number of Addams Family characters (including against type saucy Morticia and Wednesday outfits) are available.

Beetlejuice. Although primarily known as being a feature film, a cartoon series featuring Beetlejuice, the off-beat bio-exorcist, was aired late 1980s to early 1990s (although purists noticed significant reimaginings between the film and the series). Beetlejuice, however, remains a popular costume choice for both movie and cartoon events

Ben 10 Ben 10 is a popular childrens cartoon involving the aforementioned Ben and a wrist device, the Omnitrix. This enables its wearer to change into various alien creatures, hence the costumes available offer a range of such life-forms. A series of cardboard masks for Ben and alien alter-egos can also be found in some countries.

Betty Boop. A risqu cartoon character who started her career in the 1930s in flapper-style outfits and continues to be popular today. Several costumes, wigs and accessories are available.

Bugs Bunny. The flagship mascot of the Warner Brothers studios. Several licensed costumes for Bugs are available.

Captain Hook Villain in Peter Pan

Casper, the Friendly Ghost A popular comic and TV cartoon series, and a film not so long ago. Official costumes may still exist, but the outfit should be easy enough to make yourself if you wish.

Cat in the Hat. Dr Seuss popular rhyming feline has made both TV and film appearances and until recently licensed costumes were available for both he and the Thing One and Two characters. This may still be the case in the US, but the licence seems to have expired in Britain.

Cruella de Vil. One of the most popular of Disney villainesses. Originally a book character, the Disney version hit the screens in 1961. Although there is in official costume, there are also a number of Cruella lookalikes on the market.

Dangermouse. British secret agent hero of the 1980s and beyond who, with his assistant Penfold sought to protect the world from villains such as Baron Greenback and Count Duckula.

Dennis the Menace From his early days as a comic character, Dennis and his dog Gnasher have graduated to their own TV series. Dennis trademark look is a red/black striped jumper and spiky black hair. Confusingly, a different Dennis the Menace cartoon character exists in the US.

Desperate Dan Desperate Dan hails from the British comic, The Beano. A character of broad stature and mighty appetite (his favourite food is cow pie), an official costume is available.

Donald (& Daisy) Duck. Donald is a Disney original created in 1934. Donald is a duck

wearing a sailor suit. Daisy is his girlfriend.

The Flintstones. Prehistoric perhaps, but possibly some of the most popular of cartoon characters, because of the simplicity of their costumes and the lack of masks or other complications. Two versions standard and Vegas deluxe are often available. The official Wilma standard costume comes with a flat 2D style wig headpiece, but this is easily remedied with a more conventional wig. See also the Jetsons

Jessica Rabbit A sultry femme fatale singer and wife to the hapless Roger Rabbit from the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This film is unique in that both Disney and Warner Brothers cartoon stars are seen working together onscreen. Several versions of Jessicas outfit can be found.

The Jetsons. Whilst the Flintstones were stone-age, the Jetsons were futuristic, with stylish (if slightly skimpy) space-wear and a robotic house-keeper. Costumes for George,

Jane and Judy Jetson have been available in the past

Kung Fu Panda The unlikely hero of this popular martial arts cartoon feature is soon to be seen again with his companion Furious Four kung-fu masters in 2011.

Lara Croft Female cartoon heroes are a little scarce (even if you include super-heroines), but action-archaeologist Lara has graduated from games-console star to movie screen and retains lasting popularity. The standard Lara Croft outfit previously offered has recently (2011) been supplemented in some countries with an Underworld version.

Little Mermaid (Disney 1989 film). Based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson who wrote the original fairy tale of the same name. Ariel, the lead character is a mermaid with red long hair. Only an official girls costume is available although there are many other mermaid costumes available that could be used.

Maleficent The wicked sorceress in Disneys Sleeping Beauty who cuts an imposing figure in her black and purple robes and black horned headdress. Several costumes based on her outfit exist.

Megamind resembles the Mekon, an evil green creature with a large cranium who flew around on a small personal transporter and was the enemy of space-hero Dan Dare in the British Eagle comic of the 60s, but hes more of a greyish skin colour. The star of a 2010 animated feature, costumes for this character have been marketed in the States but are not easy to find in Britain.

Minnie the Minx Another British comic character, this one possibly being the female equivalent (or counterpart) to Dennis the Menace(although others argue that a different character, Beryl the Peril, has this distinction). Like Dennis, she has a black and red stripe

jumper but her ensemble is completed with a shortish black skirt, ankle socks and a black beret

Morph One of two claymation entries in the list, Morph was a popular character created by British artist Tony Hart for his childrens TV art shows. Using stop-animation, a lump of clay (actually a Plasticine/Play-Doh-style material) took on a character of his own, including inter-acting with Hart himself in his many adventures. Harts Morph inspired the creation of the better known Wallace and Gromit. Wear a Morphsuit to get the required look.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Flagship characters from the Walt Disney cartoon studios. After many years, official costumes for these two (and other classic Disney characters such as Goofy) have been offered on the Market..

Mr Magoo The near-sighted Mr Magoo was first seen in 1949 but is still well known today. As far as we know, no official costume currently exists, but an outfit should be easy to improvise.

Peanuts Although best known as a comic strip, the Peanuts characters have also featured in TV movies and stage shows. A set of costumes exists for the characters, although some take issue with the fact that the head-body ratio on the Snoopy costume is wrong, albeit probably for eminently practical reasons.

Peter Pan Another book character who is probably best known and recognised through his Disney persona, although he is also popular in British pantomime, albeit played by a female! A series of Disney-based costumes for Peter and other characters can be found. See alsoTinkerbell

Pink Panther Originally The Pink Panther was the name of a jewel at the centre of a heist movie, but when a Pink Panther cartoon character was used in the title sequences of this and subsequent sequels, the Panther gained his own spin-off cartoon series, which also featured shorts of the further adventures of a cartoon Inspector Clouseau.

Popeye the Sailor Man Long lasting cartoon character (he first appeared 1929) who single-handedly revived the fortunes of the US spinach industry. His cartoons also featured girlfriend Olive Oyl, baby Sweepea and the villainous bully Bluto(although some costume suppliers call him Brutus)

Postman Pat British television favourite who, along with his cat Jess, has entertained children (and their parents) for many years. He is an unofficial mascot of the UK Post Office and a licensed character costume is usually available.

Powerpuff Girls A blast from the past here – the adventures of three small girls with super-powers. Their adventures have featured on various cartoon networks since 1998 but the costumes may now not be so easy to find.

Roger Ramjet Powerpuffs a real blast from the past? Huh! Roger Ramjet, the all-American good-guy and leader of the American Eagles air squadron was first seen in 1965, and still appears on cartoon networks today (in Britain he was seen during No, 73, the successor to Tiswas during the 1980s). His costume was a patriotic white flying suit, but we know of no official suppliers

Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine Gang (Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and Velma).

Another popular cartoon series from the Hanna-Barbera studios. Scooby Doo Costumes for all characters are available children may also be able to find the Scooby-Dracula and Scooby-Frankenstein variations still on offer.

The Simpsons Although the Flintstone were pioneers in kidult cartoons, the Simpsons, originally seen as inserts in the Tracy Ullman Show in the 90s took adult cartoons to a new level. Costumes and masks can be found for several of the Simpsons family, plus others such as Krusty the Clown and Mr Burns.

Shrek & Fiona Once simple book characters, now major stars of four films, the ogres Shrek and Fiona have certainly made a great impression on fans of all ages. Costumes have been available in the past but following the release of Shrek 4, the licence seems to have been withdrawn, possibly in preparation for the forthcoming Puss-in-Boots spin-off. There are so many other cartoon characters that make appearances in Shrek that you should read our information page that is full of costume ideas for Shrek

The Smurfs Smurfs, small blue gnome-like creatures in white hats, were Franco-Belgian in origin and originally appeared in the late 1950s. However they gained popularity worldwide and this reached a peak in the 1980s when they had their own cartoon series, were in the pop charts and, in Britain, even helped promote petrol. Although they never really went away, with smurf-style costumes offered from several sources, their popularity may increase again with a forthcoming live-action/CBI film featuring Katy Perry as the voice of Smurfette!

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey

& Doc). Although Snow White existed as a book character beforehand, Disney has very much made Snow White their own. The Snow White look and the names of the dwarfs are copyright, but costumes for Snow White and masks for the dwarfs are now on the market.

Sonic the Hedgehog The mascot character from the Sega games console. Although the console has been superseded, Sonic continues to thrive and a licensed costume exists.

Spongebob Squarepants Spongebob was a character actually created by a marine biologist and for a time he has been one of the most popular characters on the TV cartoon circuit. An official costume is available

Stewie The malicious talking baby from Family Guy. Costumes with the mask in both foam and vinyl are available, and a mask for Peter, the head of the Family can also be found.

Super Mario One of the best-selling games-console characters of all time, Super Mario and brother Luigi continue to enjoy popularity and new gaming challenges. Several firms

offer costumes for this talented plumber, and outfits can also be found for Princess Peach and Toad.

Sylvester & Tweety Pie Sylvester the Cat and Tweety the Canary had been long-running favourites from the Warner Brothers stable of characters and costumes are available for both children and adults.

Taz This aggressive antipodean started as a minor Warner Bros. character, but through sheer charisma (and a forceful attitude) he has developed his own fan base with fleece and foam-based costumes on offer for Taz devotees

Tigger The super-energetic tiger-cat from the Disney Winnie-the-Pooh stories has always been popular and official costumes in both adult and child versions have now become available.

Tinkerbell Tinkerbell is, of course, a character from the Peter Pan story but you cant

keep a good fairy down and she has recently been starring in her own series of spin-off movies. Her trademark green costume is offered in a number of a variety of styles.

Tintin Despite being a favourite comic-book character for years for many, Tintin the Boy Detective has never really hit the big-time, although fans could imitate his look relatively easily. This may change in the near future as Stephen Spielberg releases his Tintin movie. We can perhaps expect some official outfits for him and his colleagues Captain Haddock and the Thompson Twins!

Tom & Jerry This warring couple, Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse have been with us for years and have even won a few film awards in their time. Official costumes are made, although so far as we know, only for children!

Top Cat A unique cartoon character and series insofar as the series was the Sgt. Bilko Show done with cartoon alley cats! The BBC confused the issue by calling it Boss Cat (because there was a TC cat-food) but TC, Benny the Ball, Choo-choo and their nemesis, Officer Dibble were great favourites. There are no official costumes (although in these retro days, someone might get round to it) but we thought they deserved a mention!

Wacky Races In theory the cars are the stars in this series. The full listing of cars and drivers is as follows: No.1: The Boulder-Mobile (The Slag Bros.); No.2: The Creepy Coupe (Big & Lil Gruesome); No.3: The Convert-a-Car (Professor Pat Pending); No.4: The Crimson Haybailer (Red Max); No. 5: The Compact Pussycat (Penelope Pitstop); No. 6. The Army Surplus Special (Sgt. Blast & Private Meekly); No.7: Bullet-Proof Bomb (The Anthill Mob); No.8: Arkansas Chugga-Bug (Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear); No.9: Turbo Terrific (Peter Perfect); No.10: The Buzz Wagon (Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth the Beaver); No.00: The Mean Machine (Dick Dastardly & Muttley). In practice, the Dastardly and Muttley and Penelope Pitstop characters proved so popular, they got their own spin-off series. Co-incidentally costumes for these characters have recently reached the market.

Wallace & Gromit Inspired by the pioneering Morph, Wallace and Gromit an inventor

and his long-suffering side-kick/dog have achieved fame and Academy Award success with their exploits and adventures. Official costumes can be found in Britain and on some international markets.

Wheres Wally The first book was published in 1987 and is based on looking for Wally in amongst a couple of pages of activity. Costume consists on a red and white striped top and matching bobble hat and blue trousers. Official costumes are available for adults and children. The franchise has now spread to include a comic strip, video games and even a TV series.

Yogi Bear & Boo-boo In the 1960s Yogi and friends from JellystonePark (and Huckleberry Hound and pals) ruled the childrens cartoon scene. Whilst Huckleberry (and a host of other Hanna-Barbera animal characters Snagglepuss, Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel etc) disappeared, Yogi kept going in various formats and cartoon series and is now hitting the movie screens in 3D. Hard work duly rewarded

Shrek Costume Ideas

Shrek Costume Ideas

Here are just some of the popular choices of characters for this particular costume theme.

  • Shrek – we stock some lovely hire costumes
  • Princess Fiona – look at our ladies medieval costumes
  • Donkey – hire costume and face bops available
  • Puss in Boots
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Snow White – hire or purchase this costume
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Pinocchio
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Peter Pan
  • Monsieur Hood (AKA Robin Hood)
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Doris The Ugly Step Sister
  • Cinderella
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Merlin – look at our wizard costumes & accessories
  • Fairy Godmother
  • Rumplestiltskin
  • Prince Charming
  • Jack & Jill
  • Rapunzel
  • Captain Hook – we have a lovely selection of Captain Hook hire costumes
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Evil Queen
  • Witches – we have a huge range of witch costumes & accessories
  • Sir Lancelot – look at our knight costumes
  • The Black Knight
  • The Pied Piper

Animation Costume Ideas

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Animated films have always been popular with children, just think about Disney’s Snow

White & the Seven Dwarves -the first sound, and colour, animated feature film. although there are many animated films aimed towards children, Shrek & Toy Story, there is also a growing animated film genre aimed more towards adults with films such as Avatar.

The costume choices for animated films are huge and it can be used as a fancy dress them on its own. We have had to split this subject down even further as some films have so many potential costume ideas. The list below gives you a good overview of animated films, some of these have so many characters they warrant their own page, look at the list on the left for a list of some of these animated films in more detail.

Avatar A blockbuster film of 2009, the story of the Navi, their planet Pandora and their conflict with invading mining colonists from Earth proved hugely popular. The costumes took a little time coming (although it is said there will be a sequel) and the blue skinned look is not for everybody (unless youre a Smurf) but at least its distinctive.

Beauty & the Beast Belle is the heroine and wears a poor peasant dress at the start and a beautiful golden gown at the end. the beast wear a blue tailcoat and black trousers, possibly use a werewolf mask to adapt for the beast’s head.

Pinocchio – The story of a puppet that comes to life. Hire costume only for adults, packaged costume available to purchase for children

Dumbo – elephant costume. Film released in 1941

Alice in Wonderland – ful lof interesting characters, look at our Alice in Wonderland page for more costume details

Cinderella- another Disney classic. Take a look at our dedicated

Cinderella page for more costume details

Peter Pan – another Disney classic. Take a look at our dedicated Cinderella page for more costume details

The Adventures of TinTin

Jack & The Beanstalk – wear a Robin Hood style costume for Jack

Aladdin

Toy Story A franchise story about toys that come to life. The first film was released in 1995. Characters include; Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr & Potato Head, Bo Peep, Slinky Dog. Some licensed Toy Story costumes are available.

Jack Skellington & Sally From Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas, a popular pair of animated actors, especially around Halloween! Variations on Jacks costume include different types of mask and Sallys outfit may also be offered in different levels of complexity.

Kung Fu Panda The unlikely hero of this popular martial arts cartoon

feature is soon to be seen again with his companion Furious Four kung-fu masters in 2011.

Little Mermaid (Disney 1989 film). Based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson who wrote the original fairy tale of the same name. Ariel, the lead character is a mermaid with red long hair. Only an official girls costume is available although there are many other mermaid costumes available that could be used.

Monsters Inc. This popular film 2001 from Pixar about the lives of the monsters who live under your bed, in closets etc is set to return for a sequel in late 2012. Thus we can enjoy the further adventures of Mike, Sulley & co. First time around, costumes were only made for children perhaps itll be different next year.

Monsters v. Aliens One of the first animated features to make us of the new 3D technology, Monsters v Aliens (2010) involves a group of monsters (including Ginormica, a bride who became a giantess following a meteor accident) kept under cover by the US military until the Earth is threatened by an alien master-mind and his giant robot. (They also battled some mutant pumpkins, but thats a different story). A Ginormica costume (complete with car shoes) was available at the time the film was current.

Cars Costumes for the Small Set only here! The first Cars film was a

surprise hit, with very little costume merchandise made available but you should find that a few outfits albeit made within the limits of child safety standards should be available for the new Cars film later this year (2011).

Shrek & Fiona Once simple book characters, now major stars of four films, the ogres Shrek and Fiona have certainly made a great impression on fans of all ages. Costumes have been available in the past but following the release of Shrek 4, the licence seems to have been withdrawn, possibly in preparation for the forthcoming Puss-in-Boots spin-off. There are so many other cartoon characters that make appearances in Shrek that you should read our information page that is full of costume ideas for Shrek

The Smurfs Smurfs, small blue gnome-like creatures in white hats, were Franco-Belgian in origin and originally appeared in the late 1950s. However they gained popularity worldwide and this reached a peak in the 1980s when they had their own cartoon series, were in the pop charts and, in Britain, even helped promote petrol. Although they never really went away, with smurf-style costumes offered from several sources, their popularity may increase again with a forthcoming live-action/CBI film featuring Katy Perry as the voice of Smurfette!

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey & Doc). Although Snow White existed as a book character beforehand, Disney has very much made Snow White their own. The Snow White costume look and the names of the dwarfs are copyright, but costumes for Snow White and masks for the dwarfs are now on the market.

Tron The futuristic film which was ahead of its time on its first outing and made full use of CGI in its recent sequel, even though some felt the official costumes arent all they could be!

Wallace & Gromit Inspired by the pioneering Morph, Wallace and Gromit an inventor and his long-suffering side-kick/dog have achieved fame and Academy Award success with their exploits and adventures. Official costumes can be found in Britain and on some international markets.