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Thank God Cartoon Characters Don’t Look Like Their First Sketches


We all loved cartoon characters at some point in our lives. Heck, some of us even love them today! And by “love”, I mean “I like watching them” and not “marry me, Elsa!” Speaking of Elsa, here’s her first sketch:



Scary, huh? Well, there’s even worse ones. Snow White is known for many things. She’s a bit naïve, she’s pretty, she’s fond of dwarves and she has a huge forehead. What? That last one wasn’t true? Just take a look!



See, I’m not lying. Huuuuuuuuge forehead. But surely not all initial concept sketches could be that bad, right? I mean, those people sketch characters for a living, they should be pretty good at it. The witch’s sketch from Snow White was pretty decent:

Totally looks the part, well done! Let’s take some characters from Monsters, Inc. next. This movie was hugely popular mainly because of its unique monster designs, so surely this must have been planned.



Wait – what? Those look nothing like the actual characters! Why even bother having people to sketch them! Maybe it was better in the second movie, which was a prequel to the original one. Take Dean Hardscrabble for example.

I mean, the general shape is close, but everything else is just off. Wow. And just to show you some other sketches that may or may not be worse than the final character design, take a look at these:





Ariel from The Little Mermaid



Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Zootopia

Rapunzel from Tangled



Spot from The Good Dinosaur

Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon



Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty

Gallaxhar from Monsters vs. Aliens