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


  1. 11 Cruella De Vil In One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)

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    The genius behind the iconic Cruella De Vil is Marc Davis. This extremely talented illustrator was also the one who helped Walt Disney to created his first Disneyland theme park that many of us wish to visit one day. Marc had the incredible skill in creating incredible females characters in many iconic Disney movies, he is the author of not only Cruella De Vil but also Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty and Tinker Bell in Peter Pan. When asked which female persona he admires the most, Davis explained that every one of his female characters is unique and carries a different style, and he admires all of them but in a different way.

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  2. 12 Belle In Beauty And The Beast (1991)

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    Belle's character was created by James Baxter and Mark Henn. This was not the first Disney princess for Henn, he had previously worked on Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan, and Tiana. Because of his achievements Henn was considered the "go-to man behind many Disney princesses." One of the main goals was to give Belle a more European-look, so they added fuller lips, narrower eyes and darker eyebrows, she also had "a little wisp of hair that kept falling in her face", as it was previously described by Woolverton. One of the main inspirations behind Belle's look was Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn.

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  3. 13 Aristocats In The Aristocats (1970)

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    It took around eighteen months for Ken Anderson to finish developing the characters in the Aristocats. Five of Disney's legendary "nine old men" worked on the movie, while the rest of the crew had the experience of over 25 years on average. It was definitely a movie full of skill and talent, and it clearly shows.

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  4. 14 Beast From Beauty And The Beast (1991)

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    Beauty and The Beast is considered to be one of the most successful movies in the history of animation, it was the first animated movie to be nominated for an Oscar and grossed 403 million dollars, making it the most successful animated movie of its time. Funny enough, Beauty and The Beast had a serious deadline, animators were ordered to finish the movie in two years rather than the traditional Disney four-year period. Animators and producers were in such a rush they first premiered the movie in New York even though it was not totally finished. Oh, and the iconic ballroom dancing scene? It's actually just an exact copy of the dance sequence between Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty, the animators just didn't have enough time to create a new one.

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  5. 15 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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  6. 16 Anna In Frozen (2013)

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    Anna's look is often compared to Rapunzel by many people, who think the two Disney princesses look similar. But if you look closer you will notice that they are actually quite different, Anna has fuller cheeks, her face and chin is rounder, her eyebrows and eyelashes are also bigger than Rapunzel's. Despite these differences, they do have some things in common. When it comes to Anna's costume in the film, creators of the movie analyzed traditional Norwegian clothing styles and used them for Anna's look. Because of the Scandinavian weather, Anna was dressed in heavy wools and velvets.

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  7. 17 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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  8. 18 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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  9. 19 Snow White In Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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    Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was the first full-length animated movie created by Walt Disney and was a massive success. The movie was created with the help of such talented illustrators like Albert Hurter, Gustaf Tenggren and Joe Grant. The concept of Snow White isn't that different from the final result except her eyes got way smaller and more realistic (which is typical for Disney to avoid over exaggerated features that make characters look less realistic).

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  10. 20 Peter Pan In Peter Pan (1953)

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    Mit Kahl was assigned to animate Peter Pan even though he initially wished to animate Captain Hook. According to him, the most difficult part was to animate the character floating in mid-air.

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