Disney Pixar Costume Ideas

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Girls Ladybird Costume

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Buzz Lightyear - Toy Story Costume


Disney Pixar Costume Ideas

Just in the same way Walt Disney was the first to produce a feature length cartoon – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs back in the 1930s – the Pixar animation studios were the first to create a feature-length computer animated film with ‘Toy Story’. Such was the innovation and quality of Pixar’s subsequent output that it was inevitable that the two studios would eventually amalgamate.

Although the implication was Disney was the stronger or more dominant partner (and there is no doubting its financial clout), Pixar have remained essentially independent and have an excellent track record of films which appeal to all ages, never afraid to stretch the envelope of imagination. That said, Disney has often built on the success of a Pixar film to create spin-offs and sequels through its own Cartoon Studios, an example being the recent ‘Planes’ film based on the successful ‘Cars’.

One of the advantages of being under the Disney umbrella is that the House of Mouse has always been good at merchandising, and when it comes to costumes, their design and quality control is usually excellent. Not every Pixar film has generated costumes (and then, sometimes they are only for children) and what costumes there are may not always be the characters you want to portray.

Cars Series – As the cars are the stars, this is a case in point where only limited licensed outfits are available, and those being children’s outfits. Racing Driver costumes are readily available in connection with the first film, which has key scenes at a race track.

Toy Story – The original Pixar movie, which has also had two sequels. Woody, the Cowboy Sheriff, and Buzz Lightyear, the ‘new boy’ Space Ranger are the major stars and costumes are available for both adults and children.  (There is also a female Buzz costume on the market, but that’s another, non-Pixar, story). Ever popular as toys even before Toy Story, Mr & Mrs Potato Head costumes are also available. Other characters are a little more difficult, although a pink shepherdess outfit for Bo-Peep (Woody’s love interest in the initial film) should not be hard to find. By film two, Bo takes a back-seat and Jessie the Cowgirl (and part of the Roundup Gang) is to the fore and a costume is available. The Ham Piggy-bank character can be achieved with an adapted pig mascot costume. We are also aware that some of the ‘triple-eyed green alien’ outfits have been around, but they are proving elusive. Also, there is a green Rex Tyrannosaur mask available, but no outfit!

The Incredibles – Superheroes are forced out of the public eye and into family life until a new menace  emerges to threaten the World. Mr & Mrs Incredible (aka Elastigirl) find they have allies in their talented children. Costumes for Mr & Mrs Incredible and children Dash and Violet are available. (Jack-jack the baby just needs a red babygro and logo). Costumes for Edina Mode (the superhero costume designer) and Syndrome, plus other of the heroes featured might require some deft improvisation!

Finding Nemo –  A fishy father’s search for his son take him to the dentist. Another film which has limited costumes, principally based on Clown Fish and mostly for children. Lobster & Crab outfits do, however, exist for adults, and a scuba diver outfit could work in the Nemo context.

Monsters Inc. & University – Costumes for Mike and Sully (a giant green eyeball and mouth on legs and his large bluish horned furry friend) were available for children for the first film and adult versions have become available for the more recent movie. Other monsters are rather up to you and the theme is wide enough to create your own.

Ratatouille – Well, at least there are quite a few humans in this one, although admittedly most are dressed in chef and kitchen assistant outfits and the others are customers in the restaurants. The ‘hero’ is Remy the Rat although ‘plain’ rat outfits (ie not involving a King Rat pantomime costume or a ‘rat-trap’ accessory) are not that easy to find.

Brave – The story of a Scottish chieftain’s daughter, Merida, who refuses to conform to tradition. Whilst there are plenty of human characters here, they are almost all Scots (with the traditional kilted look much to the fore for the men). Women can make use of traditional early medieval dresses, and indeed Merida’s main outfit is in green with Celtic-style decoration. (She is also quite handy with a bow and arrow). A problem has arisen for some in that Disney see Merida as another addition to their Princess portfolio. Hence some official costumes are a little too pretty and cute for some (i.e. against the general spirit of the film).

A Bugs Life – As this film is principally about insects, costume choice is a little limited, although there are Ladybird and Bee outfits available, albeit mostly for females, and although a Cockroach outfit is on the market, the cockroach is the villain!

Wall-E – A reclamations robot falls in love with a visiting droid and follows her to deepest space for an out-of-this-world romance. Given that Wall-E is small and box-like (but with great character), official costumes tend to be tabard-based for children. That said, the crew and occupants of the cruise spaceship might be a good excuse to make use of shell-suits and red onesies!

UP – A film with drama and sadness in the first few minutes, after which the only way is Up for an adventure that takes in exotic faraway places and interesting (and talkative) wildlife. As an elderly man, a tubby American Boy Scout and an embittered explorer are key characters, there may be some costume character potential, although others might fancy their chances as dogs or birds!

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Disney Fancy Dress Theme Ideas


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Elephant Over Head Mask

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Pirate Caribbean Captain

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Cruella Style Costume

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Mr Incredible Costume

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Mr Potato Head - Toy Story Costume


Disney is one of those costume themes that goes on and on and is as popular as it has ever been. With the Disney corporation adding many more global names to their very successful franchise, hosting a Disney fancy dress party gives you, and your guests a huge choice of possible fancy dress costumes.

This is such a huge costume theme, we have split it down into smaller sections (you can see these on the left hand navigation) with many of these sub-sections large enough to be the main fancy dress theme itself.

Some Disney characters may make appearances in more than one sub-theme.

When it comes to Disney Costume Ideas, where do you start?

In recent years you may have noticed that there has been a radical increase in the number of Disney costumes on the adult market. At one time there was a saying that “You don’t mess with the Mouse” and that still holds true when it comes to copyright issues.  However, Disney has expanded its range of costumes, so that now it can be difficult to decide on what or who you want to be.

Here are a few suggestions…

Disney Animals
Cats, Dogs, Lions, Tigers – Disney has used all sorts of animals in its  movies, even using animals as humans in a version of Robin Hood. For inspiration, try looking at some of the characters from Disney adapted stories such as the Jungle Book, Winnie The Pooh,101 Dalmations.

Disney Characters
There are some characters in Disney who do not fit the mould                                                        when it comes to Heroes, Villains, Princesses and Princes Characters such as Pinocchio, Dumbo, Pocahontas, Sully, Mad Hatter, Alice, Harry Potter, Roger Rabbit, Captain Jack                                                           Sparrow, etc..

Disney Couples
Core Characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse or Donald and Daisy Duck. Characters from Toy Story such as Mr & Mrs Potato Head or Bo Peep and Woody or ones from some of the adapted stories such as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.

Disney Fairy Tales
Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White are just some of the                                                         classic Fairy Tales that Disney have made their own.  There are a                                                  fantastic selection of Disney Princesses, but also a number of                                                         other characters, both minor and major that you can go as.

Disney Heroes & Heroines –   Aside from the classic fairy tales, there are a number of other heroes and heroines in the Disney stable. From Buzz Lightyear  and Woody to Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.

Disney Villains & Villainesses – There are a whole host of people to choose from when it  comes to the evil set.  From Captain Hook to Cruella de Vil, from Dr.Facilier (Princess & The Frog) to the Wicked Stepsisters  from Cinderella.

Disney Couple Costumes
When going to a fancy dress party, some couples prefer to be recognised as a twosome.  Naturally there are some Disney costumes that lend themselves to being couples, although we have noticed that not too many men want to go as Princes to the various Disney Princesses.

So here are a few other ideas.

  • Donald & Daisy Duck
  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • Princess Tiana and the Frog
  • Bo Peep and Woody
  • Barbie and Ken
  • Mr & Mrs Potato Head
  • Mr & Mrs Incredible

Lesser Known Disney Characters
Here are some of the lesser known Disney characters…

  • Clarabelle Cow
  • Horace Horsecollar – both of these characters are from very early Disney brainstorming inthe 1930s
  • Adella – Mermaid from The Little Mermaid
  • Anastasia Tremaine – Ugly Sister from Cinderella
  • Br’er Bear
  • Br’er Fox
  • Br’er Rabbit
  • Captain John Smith – Pocahontas
  • The Emperor Of China – Mulan
  • Gaston – Beauty & the Beast
  • Jafar – Baddie in Aladdin
  • Merlin – The Sword & The Stone
  • Flora, Fauna & Merryweather – 3 Fairy Godmothers in Sleeping Beauty
  • Mufasa – Lion King
  • Tiger Lily – Indian Princess from Peter Pan – wear an indian squaw costume

Disney Fancy Dress Ideas
When it comes to getting fancy dress ideas for a Disney theme, it’s more a question of where do you stop. You probably already have some thoughts about what a Disney costume will look like, but narrowing the selection down can be a bit of a problem.

You might want to check out some of the ideas in our sub sections such as Disney Fairy Tales – The Classic Tales. If you are going to a hen night you might decide to go as a group, so why not think about going as a selection of Disney Princesses. If that is too cutesy and you are feeling a little wicked why not try a villainess, such as Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, the Wicked Queen from Snow White or even Cruella De Vil. The latter costume is naturally not a traditional fairy tale, but based on the storybook 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith, which brings us onto other aspects of Disney Fancy Dress.

There are a whole host of adapted books that Disney has brought to the screen. These include The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne and Mary Poppins by R L Travers.

Disney Fancy Dress Outfits
Outfits for some Disney characters are more readily available than others. If you are unsure if an outfit exists and have not found it on the Props & Frocks website or instore, why not contact us?

Sometimes you might have seen a Disney outfit, but when it comes to purchasing or hiring it, you might not be able to find it. This may be due to a number of factors such as licences for particular products expiring or the suppliers being out of stock. Whatever the reason, here at Props & Frocks we aim to offer great service and advice and will help however we can.

You may find some outfits on the internet which are Disneyish in style, but not necessarily under the name of the given character. These are costumes that have been created by manufacturers and are not necessarily to do with Disney. Cruella is a classic example. Dodie Smith’s book 101 Dalmations was there before Disney adapted it and consequently some manufacturers will have used the book as their source of reference for the costume, rather than the Disney films, which can be heavily copyrighted.

Disney Themed Fancy Dress Party
If you are going to a Disney Themed Fancy Dress Party then we have a fantastic selection of costumes for you to choose from. The first question is do you want to go with the traditional characters, such as Snow White, Cinderella, etc.. Or would you rather have something more up-to-date such as Tron, Toy Story, Monsters University, etc..

Now that the Star Wars franchise is also under the Disney umbrella we are noticing an upturn in the fun fancy dress ideas, where people mix and match costumes and ideas to suit.