R Dorothy Wayneright is the Android sidekick (and often plot device) of Roger Smith in The Big O. Expressionless, but with an exceptionally dry wit and nearly imperceptible taste for sarcasm, Dorothy is a very “human” android along the same lines as Star Trek’s Data. Originally rescued by Roger the Negotiator, she ends up working for him as a maid/assistant to Norman (who, let’s face it, is basically Alfred to Roger’s Batman). Despite Dorothy’s supposed lack of a soul or emotions, the two quickly develop a love-hate relationship, and the much of the series revolves around this and Dorothy’s mysterious past. Ok, everybody’s mysterious past, actually.
Originally, this was my Halloween costume for 2010, the first year I was back at home to celebrate it. Funny story, when I wore it that year, I handed out candy at my parents’ house for a while, and then went over to my inlaws’ house (where my husband was pretending to be a scary lawn ornament). Now, I started dating my hubby when I was 14, so these people have known me for over a decade. I walk up, and my sister-in-law tries to give me candy. They didn’t recognize me! Not even Brian knew who I was until I got up close. It’s the super-short red hair, I’m sure.
I was a big fan of the Big O when I was about 14-15 years old, and always associated with Dorothy. You can see why:
These photos are about 16 years apart. Same piano, same beat up copy of Fur Elise, same quirky autistic girl. Many things happened in the meantime (including dating Roger Smith’s real life incarnation… *shudders*). Deep down, though, there’s still a part of me that never felt quite human, the autistic part that gets more joy out of playing the piano than from hugs. So Dorothy has always been near and dear to my heart.
So much so that I HAD to have this raincoat. It’s actually my day-to-day raincoat. Unfortunately (or perhaps not), I seem to have lost the flat-affect ability. I spend so much time practicing facial expressions that I’ve just about forgotten how not to have them! And then, of course, there’s the piano playing. I went the extra mile with this aspect of the cosplay, I think:
I totally intend to do a better version in the future, but it works for now. For those of you who don’t know:
You can skip to 5:50 if you don’t have time to watch the whole thing. I also have some of the original soundtrack music… again, I really need to put something better together.
Many thanks to Amanda and Paul for taking these pictures. I hope to have more in the future, but these are a great start.
In August, my mom offered to take myself, my husband, and my sister along with her to Disney World (she had a conference there) in October. We decided we’d go to the Halloween party, so OF COURSE I had to make costumes for everybody. Brian’s Flynn Rider costume is probably one of my very favorite pieces, I put over 200 hours into it.
The vest is made up of about 117 strips of interfacing-backed flannel, which I basically quilted together.
I made the vest, the shirt, and even the little pouch from scratch! The rest of the items were found/bought.
My Rapunzel costume was fun too, especially as I made the skirt with no pattern and combined two patterns for the top. Some of the fabric was reclaimed from an old kimono I made back in college.
I spent a lot of time studying the movie to get the design on the skirt correct, and painted it on with fabric paint.
The best part was meeting the actors who played Rapunzel and Flynn at Disney World. Rapunzel was ecstatic to see us, and gushed over my costume and (real) hair. Flynn spent the entire time staring at Brian’s costume with obvious jealousy. It’s one of those moments when you walk away and think “Oh man, I’m not sure I’ll ever do anything that cool again.”
I also made my sister a Belle costume, which she asked to be altered from the original in specific ways. I like her idea better, it’s much more flattering. Here she is with her trick-or-treat bag, with Brian, Master of the Photobomb behind her.
All in all, it was probably my favorite Halloween ever.