September 13th sees us celebrate two greats in the
children’s entertainment world. The writer Roald Dahl was born 1916 and he is probably best known for creating a wealth
of popular children’s characters from The Twits to the Big Friendly Giant. Many of these characters have also made it
to the movie screen, most notably Willie Wonka. Aside from his work for children, others will remember him for the TV series
‘Tales of the Unexpected’ and he also had a hand in screenplays for films such as ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’
and the Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have everybody’s favourite Great Dane, Scooby Doo, who
debuted on American TV today in 1969. The original proposal for the show was for five musicians-cum-mystery investigators
- Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, Linda's brother
"W.W." and their dog, Too Much, who played the bongos! A few changes were made and the result was the popular and long-running cartoon series (and a couple of feature films).
The linking factor today is obviously imagination and mystery. Although with only seven weeks to go, it’s a little early
for a Halloween-based event, now might be a good time to advance your plans for the spooky season with our help here at Antrix.
From Vultures to Vintage
3rd: In America it’s National Vulture Awareness Day today, for which someone suggested a ‘Carrion’
comedy event, since the birds get such a bad press. However many will also know that today marks the anniversary of the
start of the Second World War in 1939. Of course one never celebrates the start of a war, but the ‘spin-off’
is that this time of year sees an increase in demand for our 1940s stock as various commemorative events relating to the
War occur. Not all of these are necessarily sombre – many couples who met and wed in the course of, or after the War,
choose the 1940s as the theme for their wedding anniversary celebrations.
Whilst we are in the mid-20th century era, a quick reminder that it’s
only a couple of weeks to the Goodwood Vintage Revival event where 40s/50s/60s fashions are very much the order of the day.
If you haven’t already done so, check ticket availability (they go as fast as the cars, but not necessarily with so
much style) and then, if you are lucky enough to be able to go, contact us here at Antrix
Flights of Fantasy
1st September saw the anniversary of the release in 1902 of what is widely regarded as the first Science Fiction
film – ‘A Trip to the Moon’, directed by Georges Méliès.
Chances are that whilst you may not know the film, you will have come across its most iconic image – the Man in the
Moon with a rocket in his eye! Georges
Méliès was an ‘imagineer’ who embraced the new developments in early twentieth-century
cinematography to create a large number of fantasy-style films. He designed elaborate props and costumes, enlisted family,
friends and others as his cast and shot his creative tales in a large greenhouse-style studio (saved on lighting!). His work
with stop-motion and use of special effects (such as were available, and he pioneered a few new ones) pre-dated the work
of later masters such as Ray Harryhausen, and the results were both innovative and spectacular. These days computers can
generate worlds and peoples for blockbuster movies, and anyone who has a mind to can use their computers or smartphones
to create their own masterpieces, but Méliès’ work is still highly regarded: Martin Scorsese’
s 2011 film ‘Hugo’ develops into an homage to Méliès’
pioneering work, and is well-worth a look.
Available for those who would like a reminder of our details to enhance your desk, wall or an empty space, we have
a downloadable A4 calendar in PDF format. Click the link below.
Click here for Antrix 2019 calendar (1.8Mb)
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Meanwhile you might ask....
come to Antrix for your Costume/Fancy Dress needs?
We have a unique range of individual costumes & accessories - primarily for hire, but some
You can mix
and match costumes and accessories to find the look you are happy with. We also hire out individual items if required.
Adult Costumes - Hire rates average £26
(plus a refundable
security deposit of an additional £50 per costume).
Children's Costumes - Hire rates range from
(plus a refundable security deposit of an additional £20 per costume).
We offer personal service and friendly knowledgable advice.
There is free parking (usually right outside).
Weekday evening appointments are available, as well as daily appointments from Monday-Saturday
We have several different websites from which to find out more
about us: The basic antrixonline site; this far larger site (about 170 pages - it varies), and a mobile-friendly offspring, accessed through the button below