Movie Ticket Weekly “The Smurfs”

To make up for missing last week, there are going to be two reviews this week. First up will be The Smurfs and then later this weekend, Cowboys and Aliens! Unfortunately I had missed seeing both films on opening weekend, hence the delay.

Now, getting back to business, it’s safe to say that The Smurfs are among the most iconic cartoon characters in history. The original comics began in October of 1958, having been brought to life on paper by a Belgian cartoonist by the name of Peyo. Originally the Smurfs (or known as Schtroumpf in French) had started off as nothing more than a joke between Peyo and his friend André Franquin, unaware of how much of an impact these little blue creatures and their strange language would have on the world.

Having grown up watching Cartoon Network as a kid it’s no surprise that among the various shows that aired I watched The Smurfs. Those blue creatures in white pants and hats that stand at no more than three apples tall in height had captured my heart and were an absolute joy to watch. So upon hearing that the cartoon was going to be getting a live action movie, I knew I had to go and see it. And during a time where every cartoon that was popular in the 80’s and 90’s was getting either the movie and/or reboot treatment, it wasn’t a surprise to see this happen.

So the question is how does the movie treat these beloved Smurfs? Are they given the respect and love they have come to deserve? Or is it riddled with pop-culture references, weak humor and slap-stick antics, and leaving you slightly terrified of a possible Smurf army showing up at your door one day ready to take over?

There were moments in The Smurfs movie that had the same tone and messages that the original comics and cartoons had taught everyone. One scene in particular that stands out among the rest was when Papa Smurf (voiced by Jonathan Winters) and Patrick Winslow (as played by Neil Patrick Harris) talk about what it means to be a father. It was a simple scene with a moving conversation between the pair. Or how about seeing Clumsy spend the duration of the movie learning to come to terms with his clumsiness and prove himself to his family? Scenes like these were the most endearing and reminded me why I loved The Smurfs.

I could have gone without seeing Garamel using a wine bucket as a chamber pot though. Just putting that one out there. There was too much potty humor that had no place in this film and, in all honesty, was there really a need to set this all in New York City? Is there something wrong with little mushroom villages in magical kingdoms in times of fairy tales?

But for those of you who remember their love for these characters, we have made sure to stock up on costumes and accessory kits to fulfill your smurfy needs! A traditional Smurf costume is available in both standard as well as plus sizes for the men, and for the women we carry Smurfette! And for less than two (2) dollars we also have make-up kits that include the blue make-up as well as the blue, round rubber nose. Even something as simple as the iconic white hats are available, so be sure to stop by before they’re out of stock!

Boneyard Bride Costume

Hey, do you remember what you said when you exchanged your vows with the one you loved? “Until death do us part”? Remember that? Well, lucky for you, death can actually be the beginning instead of the end this Halloween!

On her wedding day a bride is to look her best as she’s walking down the aisle. Whether she’s alive or dead, it doesn’t matter. This Boneyard Bride is the perfect example of the concept, a walking skeleton who despite missing a significant portion of her organs and skin, can still glow under the moonlight on this special occasion.

This wedding gown is not only the traditional white; it is designed with black and just the smallest hint of red. Lining the low cut of the chest area is black lace, hovering above the printed black floral and spider web patterns. The revealed rib cage and backbone is also screen-printed on the velvet waist with the bride’s love shown with her heart peeking out from beneath the ribs. Black-patterned chiffon is layered over the white under skirt as well as the puffy shoulders that, when one spins around in, bells out beautifully. The long sleeves of velvet reveal the arm bones leading to the hands that clutch at the dead bouquet. Snuggly wrapped around her throat is the black-laced choker with little red bowtie. And with any bride, this wedding attire does include the veil in which the bride’s intricately detailed-skeleton face is printed right on top of the mesh material.

The Boneyard Bride is available in both the 2X as well as the 3X size for the ladies. I myself found the former to fit just right when I jumped at the opportunity to try it on. Keep in mind that this is a low cut gown so for you ladies that are bigger in the chest area, you may want to pull up just a smidge. The dress fits comfortably both in the waist and hip area, leaving the skirt to sway as you walk. This has been one the most highly anticipated costumes for me this season and I must say, InCharacter does not disappoint in anyway shape or form. In fact they even provide for the gentlemen a matching costume for all of the couples out there aptly named the Graveyard Groom! Even though the make-up shown on both models are not included, our company does carry the proper make-up required both online as well as in our store location.

Vampiress Costume

Now, if there was any genre of costume that has been done so often over the decades, the award would more than likely go to the vampires. Every other year or so some new hype comes along to remind us just what fascinates us so much about these undead creatures.

Going as far back as the original novel of “Dracula” by Bram Stoker in 1897, or even further still with “The Vampyre” in 1819 by John Polidori, the subject of these creatures have continued to mesmerize humans with their legends and mysteries. Today these novels are still being read along with popular titles such as “The Vampire Chronicles” by Anne Rice or “The Cirque du Freak” novels by Darren Shan. Television and movies are no exception to the rule either with their countless Hollywood movies and television shows, like “Buffy” and “True Blood”.

The popular assumption with vampires is that, especially with the earlier ones, the style itself was more of the Victorian Era. With the Vampiress by Sunnywood, the elegant glamor of this dress is matched by the modern touches of an older style. This form-fitting dress is mostly black with red trimming and red patterned fabric down the center. Across the chest area there is black mesh and black ribbons that is woven down not unlike a corset. With the sleeves hanging off the shoulders two straps are in place to keep the dress in place. And starting from the middle of the forearm, delicate patterned lace veils your wrists and hands. With the ruffled bottom and thin over-skirt of chiffon, this is one Lady Vampire who is bound to turn heads at any late night gathering!

A design made exclusively for plus-size costume wearers this dress is available in three sizes. I myself found myself most comfortable in the largest size available, the 3X, which measures out to being a dress size average of 22 to 24. The fabric is light and the material draping from the arms does not cause my skin to itch as one would guess. Whether you are a long-time fan of vampire lore or someone who just likes to read the occasional comic or watch a movie from time to time, the Vampiress costume is a beautiful design for all to enjoy.

Clive Barker’s Dark Bazaar

Halloween, when you get right down to it, is a night of terror and unleashing the twisted thoughts lurking within one’s imagination. On All Hallow’s Eve people dress in costumes so that for just one night they can be anyone they desire to be. And for a number of them, it’s to play the role of a wretched soul driven by revenge, madness or simply by demented desires.

Who better to bring to life such creatures than the man behind “Hellraiser”, “Jericho” and “Book of Blood”, just to name a fair few? From the creative mind of Clive Barker with the help of the costume company, Disguise, from the deepest, darkest corners of the abyss comes the “Dark Bazaar” Costume Line. Within this fine yet terrifying collection is a series of costumes, masks and accessories for those of us who dare to dive into such dark ideas.

With each costume comes a story as devised by Mister Barker himself: the twisted assassin for hire known as Tattu Furio; Tormented, an asylum directior consumed by dementia; the spiderella named Web Woman who plays with her food; the once adored Queen of Skulls corrupted by ritual; a demon named only as Fly By Night who is driven by maddening vengeance and the Serpent Seductress who tempt and entice her prey. Each and every single of these creatures linger within this Dark Bazaar as they tell their tales and haunt the dreams of innocent and corrupted alike. Some will seek out their prey while others remain trapped in the hell of their own making.

The Dark Bazaar gives those interested a chance to pretend to be a monster for that one eerie night of the year with their series of full and half-face masks. Paranoia may all be in your head, but what happens when you think there is someone watching you from behind and it turns out they’re a lot closer than you think? It’s Behind You is a full head latex mask that allows the wearer to prove that demons are always following them no matter where they go. Or what about playing the part of easily jealous lover? The Ghoul Friend Half Mask will leave every significant other thinking twice about straying from that relationship! And it’s one thing to hear voices in your head; It’s another fact entirely when those voices belong to the multiple faces occupying your head such as the case with the Faces Half-Mask!

This Halloween season, take the chance to play the role of a monster and step into story that Clive Barker has made especially for this nightmarish evening.

Gold Doubloon Pirate

When it comes to dressing up for any sort of costume occasion, pirates are one of the most popular genres. There’s just something fun about pirates that gets us going every time we think about them.

All the pirate stories and movies revolve around daring adventures and life-threatening escapades on the high seas. Sometimes it’s the little things too, like trying to find where you had put that blasted bottle of rum you’ve been saving. With pirates in the picture, anything can happen or be done. After all, a park ride managed to produce three (and soon to be four) blockbuster films about pirates. It’s no wonder they are so popular!

But sailing the seven seas is not just a mans job! Women can hold their own when it comes to commanding a vessel or forcing their captives to walk the plank. They just do with more style and panache. The Gold Doubloon Pirate, a three-piece ensemble courtesy of Leg Avenue, has all the rugged yet classy sense that a lady captain should have. A white sleeveless top with a black corset is made more elegant with the addition of pure chiffon lace sleeves that bell down and sway in the breeze. A vibrant red ribbon bow is a small but eye-catching contrast. The black matching skirt is styled to give the appearance that this costume is one entire piece instead of two. To finish off the costume, secure a black and red slanted-striped sash around the waist.

With costumes in general, I am usually between the sizes of 2X and 3X. I found that going for the larger size in this case worked out best, which is a 3X/4X. There is wiring in the corset that keeps the form and figure correct.  The skirt has an elastic waistband which is always a plus. The only note I feel I need to make is to be a little wary of the sleeves of the costume. They also have elastic bands to keep them in place but the material itself can feel a little itchy. All in all ,this is my favorite pirate costume we carry and it is under heavy consideration for me to purchase for future fairs I plan on attending!

Mousin’ Around Costume

One thing that a number of people have enjoyed since childhood has to be cartoons. And really, when one grows-up, how can you ever forget those lively and colorful animations you watched on a Saturday morning while enjoying your favorite bowl of cereal?

Well, Dreamgirl has found a way to remind us of those enjoyable mornings as a child with their “Mousin’ Around” costume for women! This design pays homage to the most recognizable leading lady mouse in cartoon history with a black and white polka-dotted dress and ruffled chiffon hemming. Touches of red lining and ribbon accent the playful attire along with the matching tail and headband that are adorned with the ears and bow. But what makes this ensemble even more appealing is the ability to wear the dress outside of costume-centered events. With it’s detachable tail, this mousy dress can easily be worn by itself or with a pair of comfortable dress slacks. To have such versatility in a costume makes it all the more worth-while to own.

Now while it is not required, I personally recommend the addition of a double-layered petticoat to add more fullness to the skirt. When it comes to the sizing, I myself am typically between the two plus sizes that this company offers, but I found the 1X/2X to work just fine. The only draw back was that the belt was too small for me but the costume can easily be worn without it.

Maegen’s Curves

Hello there, my name is Maegen and I am a member of the Customer Service Staff here at Frankel’s Costumes. Part of my job is assisting each and every one of our customers with any questions they may have in regards to our costumes, ranging from finding just the right accessory to what the popular genres and theme are for this season!

However, my specialty here (asides from being a geek) is my knowledge of all of our plus size and full-figure costumes. I know how difficult it can be for those of us who may struggle to find the right costume when a number of outfits these days are designed for those who don’t share our unique shape. That is why I am here: to be your guide to finding the costume of your choosing to best fit those curves of yours!

You will get the low down on what’s new, the sizing guides from the companies that supply these delightful outfits and just what accessories you may want to add that right bit of individual flare to your attire. Be sure to tune in every Wednesday to check out what I will be recommending for all of you guys and dolls!

Toga Tour

The closet mistress gave me the grand tour today. Seeing the store through her eyes gave me a totally different perspective.

Where I saw a Roman soldier, she saw a hottie of a customer transformed by her magic. After costume, accessories and makeup, he was so real I expected him to open his mouth and speak a dead language. His sandals were authentic down to the last mid calf strap. His sword and helmet were polished so bright, they shone like glass in the desert. A little spray tan . . . and he could have been in the Roman army all his life.

The sweetie by his side was also changed in a flash—into a goddess! The toga draped so fluttering, I mean flatteringly. The sandals, the jewelry, even the wig, Vestal virgin? Or Goddess Diana ready for the hunt?

That toga was no bed sheet! It clung to all the right places and draped enticingly over the right curves. When he saw her in that costume . . . and when she saw him. Something wonderful ignited. I wouldn’t have been surprised to be surrounded by torchlight in ancient Rome. The air around them was simply sizzling. Somehow I doubt these costumes will wait for October 31. Maybe she should try on the Cleopatra outfits too. She would look amazing in that exotic eye makeup and a serpent wrapped around her upper arm.

It’s surprising how many costumes are actually timeless, good year round for fun-loving couples. Wonder if my Johnny would like this toga thing . . . maybe a breakaway version.

The closet mistress turned away to take care of another customer, but not before I caught the twinkle in her eye. She knew I was hooked, too. Like she could read my mind, almost. I suspect she really loves her job. Seems like everyone at Frankel’s loves being there. And they are almost ready for another great Halloween. As the new displays go up, I’ll let you know what’s hot this year.