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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Halloween costumes don’t have to be scary

Halloween is a great excuse to dress up and scare the living daylights out of all your friends, family and neighbors in Zombie fancy dress, as a witch, a skeleton or even Dracula himself. But what if you have young kids who are literally terrified at the thought of seeing Trick or Treater's at the door on Halloween or what if they are too scared to dress up as a scary Zombie? 

In the US, Halloween is one of the biggest holidays in the year and whilst dressing up is a key part of the celebrations, Americans choose a wide range of costumes including superheroes, pirates and animals. We’ve come across a couple of blogs this year suggesting alternate costumes for Halloween and here are the most popular alternatives.

Harry Potter
The boy wizard Harry, is a popular choice for all young children who are fans of JK Rowling’s books and the many films that have been released in recent years. A Wizards cloak and a stripey red and yellow tie or scarf are all that you need to look like you are ready for your first year at Hogwarts.

Animal Onesies
Animal onesies are very popular in the US as they are both comfy and practical at this time of the year as the temperature drops and Winter draws in. Our favorites for Halloween are the BCozy monster onesies and these are available for adults and kids so the whole family can coordinate. After the recent success of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Meghan Trainor we think there might be an influx of green monsters and giraffe lurking around this Halloween.

Super Heros 
Super heros are always a popular option with both young boys and girls who want to dress up as their idol from their favourite TV show or comic.  Batman and the Dark Knight results in some great Halloween costumes as do a fun Batman, Robin, The Joker and Batgirl combo. Or you can never go really wrong with Superman and Supergirl. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

5 sloth products that you need in your life

Sloths are care-free, slow moving animals that spend most of their lives hanging from branches of trees asleep. They are super cute animals and there is a lot of support for these little guys including a website called Slothville which has set up a Sloth Appreciation Society. Yes, its full of cute sloth pictures and has heaps of supporters all celebrating how wonderful they are. 

Do you have a sloth like friend who has a care free attitude and relaxed lifestyle which is the envy of all around? The one who shows up late but doesn’t care and somehow you can’t get mad because they are just ‘sloth like’. We’ve rounded up 5 sloth products that you need in your life to make the world a more relaxing place.

Sloths are known for taking life easy and taking time out to relax. The sloth onesie is ideal for lazy pyjama days and sleepy Sundays. Enjoy a day of chilling and find time to rejuvenate and de stress. The super soft, cuddly, brown and cream sloth onesie features a cute sloth face and claw hand covers which can be worn over the hands or can hang loose if you want a slightly milder sloth look. 

Sloth Onesie

Sock it to me Sloth socks - Chicksrule
These bright coloured, sock it to me, fun socks are all the trend and a flash of these will certainly put a smile on your colleagues faces. Knee high, pink socks feature little sloths hanging from tree branches waving and smiling. We love these socks almost as much as their name; sock it to me!

Sloth Socks

The well-dressed sloth t-shirt features a rather smart looking Sloth in a purple jacket and grey waistcoat. It’s quite a contrast to a Sloths usual attire making it ideal for any laid back friends and family members. Part of the Well Dressed Animals range, this t-shirt is made from organic cotton and printed in the UK.

Sloth T Shirt

The ‘I Love Starbucks’ personalised Sloth coffee cup can be personalised to make the perfect gift for any sloth loving friend. Cup features cute image of a sloth drinking from a Starbucks mug taking life easy.

Sloth Coffee Mug

Sloth Wisdom Book available on Amazon

An absolute must for all sloth lovers who like to take life a little bit easier than most. The book contains a collection of charming illustrations and slothful sayings to slow down the seriousness of day to day life. Described by one customer as a ‘Funny and accurate procrastinator pearls of wisdom to share with those who just need a breather.’ Sounds perfect!!

Sloth Wisdom Book

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Under new management - The Zoo Crew

Drum roll please... Zoohood and its partner store Animal Costumes Shop which is the home of UK animal onesies is now part of the Tickled Pink Fancy Dress Group. Tickled Pink are an online fancy dress retailer of fancy dress for events and festivals. 

Over the next few weeks there will be a few changes to the ZooHood website but please be patient and bear with us. We are working with a number of new and exciting distributors to bring you an updated range of animal onesies and animal related products for adults and kids from Sazac, BCozy, Sweet Hollic, ZooPack and Fuzzy Friends.

Find out more about Tickled Pink over on the parent site by clicking here and if you have any questions please get in touch with the friendly Zoo Crew on 0203 643 2025. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

10 Stories: Our New Project Combining Stories Written by Kids with Fantastic Illustrations

10 Stories Banner

Woohoo! The team behind ZooHood are pleased to announce that we have launched our new project, 10 Stories. The idea is simple: Short stories written by kids, illustrated by artists.

Back in April we worked with a class of 8-11 year old writers, and asked them to write us a set of very short stories, about 150 words long. The results were incredible. The stories included a farting unicorn, a terminally ill boy who develops wings, a wizard crocodile struggling to cope with bullying, and a toilet squid. Like we said, incredible.

Next, we gathered a collective of 10 artists and asked them to choose their favourite stories to illustrate. They set about creating their artworks, either inspired by the story or illustrating its narrative. We weren't sure if the artwork would do justice to the fantastic stories, but by 'eck they sure did. Colourful, bold and beautiful, these pieces of art are something else!

We've now combined the original handwritten stories with the corresponding illustration, and have made the combined piece available to buy as a poster or print, with 20% of our profits going to Rockinghourse, a children's charity which was voted for by our young writers.

Here's a glimpse of some of the artwork, but check out the full range at www.10stories.co.uk.

How Rainbows are Created
How Rainbows are Created is a story by 9 year old Rebecca about the origins of rainbows, featuring Gary the 21 year old farting Unicorn. Get the print here.

Mr Magic
Mr Magic is a story by 10 year old Lola about a wizard who can turn himself into a crocodile, and has an enemy who taunts him. Get the print here.

The Non-Stop Talking Orange
The Non-Stop Talking Orange is a story by 9 year old Raneem about an orange who talks and talks and talks, and the tensions this causes in his relationship with other fruits. Get the print here.

...and don't forget to visit www.10stories.co.uk to view the rest.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Summer Sale

The ZooHood Summer Sale starts today. We've reduced our prices by up to 75% on 170 of our amazing animal onesies, T-shirts and animal-themed gift ideas.

A cheetah onesie for ten quid? A wolf T-shirt for twelve quid? A rabbit hat with big dangly ears for just over a fiver? If you answered "Don't mind if I do" to any of these questions, then head on over to our Summer Sale page to see the whole lot. Here is a sneaky peak at some of our favourite bargains...

Cheetah Onesie in size small... Was £39.99, now £9.99

That's 75% off, on one of our most popular onesies!
Buy it here.

Leopard T-shirt... Was £19.99, now £7.99

That's 61% off on this beautifully designed T-shirt.
Buy it here, or get the women's version here.

Skunk Onesie in size large... Was £39.99, now £9.99

That's 75% off, on another great onesie.
Buy it here.

Wolf Portrait T-shirt... Was £19.90, now £13.93

That's 30% off a great wolf tee on a lovely soft organic cotton. I have one of them myself!
Buy it here.

Red Panda Notebook... Was £10.99, now £4.87

That's 66% off, for this beautifully made A4 notebook featuring a red panda illustration.
Buy it here.

Dinosaur Onesie in size small... Was £39.99, now £19.99

That's 50% off, for an amazing green dinosaur onesie!
Buy it here.

And that's not all - there are over 170 products in our Summer Sale. Head on over to this page to check out the whole range.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Astronaut Animal T-shirts!

We've added three fab new additions to the ZooHood range of animal T-shirts. The theme is astronaut animals, and the T-shirts feature a panda, meerkat and sloth dressed up as astronauts and posing in front of spacey nebula backdrops. 

They're all printed using a premium sublimation process, which means that the printed image is super-soft to the touch and it won't crack or fade with washing. We'll also donate to animal conservation charities for every one sold (more details here). 

We love 'em, and we're sure you will too. Check them out below...
Panda Astronaut

Meerkat Astronaut

Sloth Astronaut

Monday, 13 April 2015

12 Animal Movie Stars

1. Keiko, star of Free Willy

Keiko was a 6-tonne killer whale, or orca, and star of 1993's surprise smash hit feel good family flick, Free Willy. Keiko stars as Willy, a killer whale trapped in captivity, who strikes an enchanting relationship with a young boy, determined to set Willy free.

Keiko went on to star in the film's sequel, before following in the footsteps of his on-screen character: a campaign by fans of the movie led to his actual release into the wild in 2002. However, he couldn't stay away from the limelight, and he later turned up in a fjord in Norway attempting to make contact with humans on the shore.

Box Office Value*: $143,690,398

2. Beasley, Tom Hanks' partner in Turner and Hooch

Beasley was a Doge de Bordeux, who lived from 1978 to 1992. His big moment came in 1989 when he starred alongside Tom Hanks as Hooch, in detective buddy movie Turner and Hooch. In the film, Turner (Tom Hanks) adopts Hooch, as he is the only witness to a crime. The over-sized Hooch wreaks havoc in Turner's home life, but the two overcome their differences in their journey to crack the case.

Box Office Value*: $170,399,738

3. Max, who plays Milo in The Mask

Max, the Jack Russell terrier, played Milo in 1994's madcap caper The Mask. Milo, the beloved pet of hero Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carey), suffers from asthma and loves to play frisbee. He can also jump really, really high. He plays a pivotal role in the film, and even gets to wear the mask at one point, turning him into a green-faced four-legged toothy monster.

The Mask was Milo's only film, but the Milo character went on to appear in a spin-off animated series.

Box Office Value*: $218,308,543

4. Terry/Toto, the original animal superstar

Terry was a Cairn Terrier and the original animal superstar, appearing in 17 movies between 1938 and 1945. In her most famous work, she played Toto in The Wizard Of Oz. In what was the first, and perhaps the most iconic, major Hollywood role for an animal, Toto accompanies Dorothy on her psychedelic journey from Kansas to Oz and back again.

After The Wizard Of Oz, Terry's name was changed to Toto in honour of the character, and she went on to play small roles in a number of subsequent movies. Her biography was released in 2001.

Box Office Value*: $278,645,691

5. Pal, the original Lassie

Lassie, a well-groomed collie with a canny knack for saving the day when her young owners get into trouble, has appeared in many films. The first was in 1943, with Lassie Come Home, in which Lassie was played by a male dog named Pal. Pal appeared in six further feature films, before passing the reins to his puppies (and their puppies) who continued to play the character in a TV show which ran until 1973.

Various Lassie reboots have been made, including in 1997 and 2005. The role has continued to be played by descendants of Pal, the original Lassie, with the exception of 2005's film.

Box Office Value*: $483,500,741

6. Chris, the dog from Beethoven

The hilariously human-named Chris, was a huge St Bernard dog who played the title role in 1992's utterly loveable Beethoven. Beethoven is adopted by the Newton family, and his slobbery clumsiness really start to test their patience, especially the father . But when Beethoven finds himself in trouble with an evil vet, the family rally to help.

Chris appeared again in the sequel, Beethoven's 2nd, but a different dog was used for the various straight-to-video follow-ups.

Box Office Value*: $205,542,924

7. Mushu, who played Frank in Men in Black

Mushu was a pug dog, who played Frank in both Men in Black and Men in Black II. He was probably the only animal movie star who has played a non-animal character: Frank is not in fact a pug, but an alien in disguise. His role in the first film is to act as an alien informant for the MiB, but the character was so popular he was rewarded with a far bigger role in the sequel, becoming one of the men in black himself, sharp suit and all.

Box Office Value*: $688,417,192

8. Finder, star of War Horse and Seabiscuit

Finder is a real life Hollywood A-list animal superstar. He's starred in not one, but two Oscar nominated movies, among a host of others. Perhaps the best known is 2011's heavily Oscar nominated War Horse, which is a story about a horse caught up in the fighting of World War I, and his friendship with a farm boy turned trench soldier. He also starred in 2003's Seabiscuit, a film about a racehorse during the Great Depression, which also picked up a host of Oscar nominations. But that's not all - he's also played smaller roles in The Legend of Zorro, Unstoppable, CSI Miami and Mirror Mirror. That's an enviable CV for any actor, let alone a horse!

Box Office Value*: $261,376,430

9. Crystal the Monkey

Crystal, a Capuchin monkey, is widely touted as "Hollywood's hottest monkey". She has starred in numerous recent films including George of the Jungle, Night at the MuseumNight at the Museum 2The Hangover Part II,  and We Bought a Zoo. She's played a drug-dealing gangster, an astronaut, a gymnast, a veterinary doctor and, of course, a monkey. And she's still churning out the hits, with two more films due for release in 2015.

Box Office Value*: $1,058,186,770

10. Spike, who played Old Yeller

Spike was a Mastador - a cross between a Labrador and a Mastiff. He appeared in a handful of films but is best known for his appearance in 1957's Old Yeller. Spike played Old Yeller himself (so named because of the Texan pronunciation of "yellow"). The film is a deeply tragic coming-of-age story, set in civil war era Texas. For an entire generation, the film was the most tearful childhood memory. Spike also had smaller roles in The She-Creature and What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?

Box Office Value*: $139,668,812

11. Bart the Bear

Bart was an Alaskan brown bear, born in 1977 and weighing in at a colossal 1700 pounds! He appeared in 13 feature movies between 1980 and 1998, alongside A-list actors such as Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and John Candy. Perhaps his greatest work is 1988's The Bear, which largely focuses on the relationship between two bears, so much so that humans are left with almost no lines.

Bart has now sadly passed away. His former owners currently have a new bear, imaginatively named Bart the Bear (II), who has his own film career including appearances in We Bought a Zoo and Game of Thrones.

Box Office Value*: $419,811,020

12. Uggie, the Jack Russell from The Artist

Uggie is the talented Jack Russell terrier who starred in 2011's Oscar winning silent movie The Artist. He plays the companion to the film's hero, a silent movie star, and together they charm the world with Uggie's tricks, before the introduction of talking movies turns their world upside down.

Uggie also starred in Water for Elephants before retiring in 2012, shortly after his famous appearance at the Oscars.

Box Office Value*: $115,834,787

Have we missed any of your favourite animal movie stars? Let us know!

*Box Office Value has been calculated as the sum of US box office takings for all feature films in which the animal actor takes a starring, titular or significant role, adjusted for inflation.