Those of you in the know have probably been hearing about this cartoon soiree the TCCG has been planning for a while. And I've been seriously waffling about my costume. I was determined to make some progress yesterday, and what could be better research than watching videos of all my favorite cartoons? Which I then did for an hour.
Of course, I was at first sure I wanted to be Rainbow Brite
; she's so awesome and so quintessentially 80's. But then the complexity and single-use nature of the costume sunk in, as well as the fact that she's a little girl in a short skirt, which would make me feel a little silly.
Some of the characters considered over that hour:
Velma from Scooby-Doo - I'm so
Daphne from Scooby-Doo - Cute but it wouldn't really be recognizable as a costume.
Sailor Moon, or one of her cronies - Ha. See short skirt objection above; hers is practically a ruffle on the bottom of her bodice. Captain Planet
- Ok, yes, I really did consider this one. Stop laughing. He was one of my very favorite cartoons. But complexity + leotards + body paint = no.
Speed Racer - Also dismissed for basically being just regular clothes.
Anyone from Yellow Submarine - Man, this movie rocks. First I thought of John, but I really don't want to have to wear a mustache. Then I thought of all the wonderful Pepperland residents. So I looked up the opening sequence
just before the Meanies attack. I think the woman violinist in the mayor's quartet (at about 50 seconds into the clip) best captures the feel of the Pepperland people for me. And it's a cool, relatively simple costume that still looks costume-y, and she has giant feathers on her head. Sally
- Of course, right after I had settled on Ms. Pepperland Violinist, I remembered my other favorite cartoon movie ever, which I was shocked to have forgotten for so long, the Nightmare Before Christmas. I have been wanting to do a Sally costume since I first saw the movie! A Sally costume would also be relatively simple to make, very cool, and something I would probably even wear again.
But then, of course, there's the fact that everybody and their sister has made a Sally costume. It feels kind of overdone.
So I'm still waffling: Obscure Character who has a cool costume but gets maybe 10 seconds of screen time and has no lines, who I would need to explain to everyone? Or Overdone Character who also has a cool costume, but which everyone has already seen 100 fan costumes of?