Here’s How 25 Disney Characters Looked In Their Original Concept Art


Everybody loves a good Disney movie, incredible visuals, touching stories, killer music numbers and mesmerizing magical worlds that we can transport to for at least a couple of hours. It's safe to say that for many of us Disney definitely had a major role in our childhoods. These entertaining stories are not made overnight, there is an incredible amount of skill and work that is put into these projects in order to create the kinds of stories that are beloved around the world. Now, we would have no problem naming most famous Disney characters, but have you ever considered what they would look like if the creators had gone with their original concept? This list invites you to check out the original concept sketches of the most famous Disney characters and compare how different they are from the final result you have come to know and love.

  1. 1 Flynn Rider In Rapunzel (2010)

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    This one is particularly funny... While creating Flynn's character, animators set out to create a "dashing thief." Since Rapunzel's look was so well thought out and she looked so stunning, there was an effort to make Flynn as beautiful as possible. To help out, producers and animators invited all of the women from the office to a "Hot Man Meeting" where ladies had to bring a picture of the hottest man in their opinion, after the meeting, the creators settled with Clark Gable and David Beckham for inspiration.

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  2. 2 Princess Jasmine In Aladdin (1992)

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    The supervising animator behind Jasmine's portrayal was Mark Henn, who was originally hired to illustrate Aladdin's mother but since she was later removed from the script, he landed an even better role. Since there was a great desire to incorporate Arabian architecture into the film, Jasmine's aesthetic was based on the famous mausoleum the Taj Mahal, the inspiration is visible in the character's hair, clothes, and jewelry.

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  3. 3 The Evil Queen In Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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    Back in 1934 Walt Disney came up with the idea to create a film adaption of a wonderful tale by Brothers Grimm called "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs". Inspired by this incredible story Walt Disney created a 4th full-length animated film in the history of animated movies. It took three long years to finish this project that at first many people considered to be absolutely crazy (mainly because the studio used all their money for this production). Soon after the premiere, people called this movie Walt Disney's absolute chef-d'œuvre. Even though it cost the studio approximately 1,5 million dollars, only six months later Walt Disney had gained enough money from this movie to open a new studio in Burbank.

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  4. 4 Mulan In Mulan (1998)

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    It's clear that Mulan's look was inspired by traditional Japanese and Chinese artwork. The character was designed to resemble figures in traditional Asian paintings. Mulan was also drawn less feminine than the original Disney princesses simply because "you can't pass as a man in the army with a Barbie-style figure."

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  5. 5 Genie In Aladdin (1992)

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    Genie in the Aladdin was created by Eric Goldberg who was just starting to take his first steps in the Walt Disney world. It is believed that Eric's cheerful personality and humor had a very big impact on creating the Genie character in the movie. When it comes to graphics, Goldberg was mainly inspired by a famous caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The entire style of the movie Aladdin was very "cartoonish" meaning it had deformed buildings, everything was round and often misshaped. This type of style was chosen in order to create a stronger effect of an imaginary Agrabah kingdom.

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  6. 6 Ariel In The Little Mermaid (1989)

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    Ariel's look was created by Glen Keane who jokingly said that his wife looks exactly like Ariel but without the fins. He also stated that Ariel's characteristics were based on Alyssa Milano, and the underwater hair effect was based on footage of Sally Ride when she was in space.

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  7. 7 Carl Fredricksen In Up (2009)

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    After Disney bought Pixar back in 2006, movies that are now considered to belong to Disney started carrying very Pixar-like features that are usually quite different from what we're used to seeing in Disney movies. For example, Pixar usually tends to design their characters to be caricatured. Even though the adorable Carl's character from the movie Up wasn't really supposed to be a caricature, it still has some features that clearly belong to the Pixar tradition; such as a nose shaped like a balloon and a not proportional head that is definitely not natural-looking, and definitely not something we are used to seeing in Disney movies.

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  8. 8 Jane Porter In Tarzan (1999)

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    Tarzan is the 37th full-length Disney movie and was animated in two different countries at the same time, one part was done in California while another part was produced in Paris. Animator Glen Keane worked on Tarzan's portrayal in California, and Ken Duncan worked on Jane's character in Paris, this type of team-work caused a lot of inconveniences when it came to creating scenes of Jane and Tarzan together. The teams managed to co-operate by sending each other hundreds of animations and constantly organizing video conferences. Another interesting fact, Jane's characteristics and mannerisms in the movie were also based on Minnie Driver that served as a voice actress for the movie.

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  9. 9 Maleficent In Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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    Maleficent's character was created by Marc Davis who is also responsible for Cruella De Vil's and Tinker Bell's characters. Andreas Deja, a man who worked at Walt Disney for 30 years, created a blog post dedicated to Marc Davi's concept of Maleficent. According to him, the first sketches showed Maleficent wearing black and red since it had a strong meaning to Davis but the background stylist Eyving Earle was keen to use other colors so they settled for black with purple. As Andreas says, "Sometimes teamwork isn't easy."

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  10. 10 Aladdin In Aladdin (1992)

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    Aladdin is the 31st full-length movie created by Walt Disney Animation Studios, it was inspired by a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales "One Thousand and One Nights". The story of Aladdin has been changed quite a bit while turning it into a movie. For example, in the original tale, there was no magical carpet, Aladdin actually had a mother even though his father was deceased, and Genie actually was able to grant more than three wishes.

    Aladdin was released in 1992, quickly after the huge success of the Little Mermaid. In 1991, Disney also released one if its most famous movies Beauty And The Beast, now all of these magical movies belong to the Renaissance Era of Disney that took place from 1989 to 1999.

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