Franklin Andersen Jr. (better-known as Frank the Bunny) is an eerie and chilling character in the 2001 film Donnie Darko. Set in the late eighties, the film follows the story of a schizophrenic teenage boy who befriends the seemingly imaginary Frank after a plane crashes into his house.
Frank might look disturbing, but he really wants to help Donnie set things right, leading to some shocking revelations about space and time and the dark world of Donnie’s suburban town.
If you’re a big Donnie Darko fan, a Frank costume is a killer choice for your next cosplay convention.
Items You’ll Need to Complete the Costume
- Bunny Suit
- Creepy Rabbit Mask
- LED Lights for the Eyes
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How to Dress Like Frank the Bunny from Donnie Darko
Frank wears a ghoulish rabbit mask with tall pointy ears, opaque milky eyes and a row of crooked teeth. A collar of dark gray fur covers his neck below the mask.
When shopping for the right mask, make sure to get a creepy-looking one like Frank’s! You can also use a gray bunny-ear headband and some Halloween face makeup to create the Frank look if you’d prefer.
Frank is often depicted wearing a full-size mascot rabbit suit (gray in color like the mask), and the suit is very fluffy with a large white patch on the front. The suit’s fabric is matted like an old stuffed animal.
As Donnie’s spirit guide and imaginary friend, he mostly wanders the film as an invisible entity to others. However, there are a few extra bits and pieces you can add to your costume to finish off an authentic look.
In Donnie Darko, Donnie is reading the rabbit-themed novel Watership Down, which alludes to Frank’s rabbit appearance throughout the film. Get a copy of the book to carry under your arm with you.
Finally, for one last extra challenge, purchase a cheap LED light or clip-on light to wear with your face mask. In the Donnie Darko film, Frank is depicted in a memorable scene with one of his eyes lighting up brilliantly blue, which Donnie discovers to his surprise at night. This is a simple effect to recreate if you can attach a light to one of the eyeholes of your costume mask.
Get your friends to dress up as Donnie Darko, Jim Cunningham, Cherita Chen and other characters from the film so you can go to your next convention together!