The making of a film is a very long process that includes brainstorming, story board creating and character development. In that long time, a lot of changes can happen. The image of the character might not suit the tone; test audiences might've gravitated towards a character or studios might just change their mind. In any of these cases, it's very interesting to see what some of out favorite characters looked like early on in the development process! Take a look below, and let me know if you prefer any of the original concepts.
First up is everybody's favorite Ogre, Shrek. He's been around since 2001, and with another sequel on the way, it's safe to say he's a well-liked character. But can you imagine if he turned out the way he looks on the right? No child in their right mind would want to watch that scary thing! So Dreamworks did the right thing by making him look a lot friendlier, and expressing his grumpiness through his personality. If they'd stuck with the concept art, they probably wouldn't have had the chance to do Shrek 2!
2. Toy Story
Toy Story is probably my favorite animation franchise of all time and even I can't imagine what I would've thought of Woody if he looked like the way he does in the above picture. He doesn't look nearly as welcoming as what as the finished product does, and I'm not the only person who felt this change was necessary. Back when an early draft of Toy Story was shown, people didn't like Woody at all - he was angry, cynical and just not the loveable character Disney were aiming for. But after doing some much-needed tweaking, John Lassiter and his visionary team at Pixar achieved monumental success with Toy Story. It just goes to show where hard work can get you!
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3. The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man is one of the world's most iconic superheroes, so when a reboot was announced back in 2010, expectations were sky high. film disappointed some fans because director Marc Webb went for a dark and gritty tone which just doesn's suit Spider-Man. One topic of debate around The Amazing Spider-Man was the costume. Personally I didn't mind it, but I much prefer the new one worn by Tom Holland (shown off in Civil War). The concept art for The Amazing Spiderman (above, right) is quite interesting, and is vividly different from the finished product. The eye's are the biggest change, and Sony even went on to changed the eyes again for The Amazing Spider-Man 2! I'm so happy they didn't stick with the concept art on this one; I'm really not a fan of the design on the right. The spider being off-centre really bothers me, but not as much as the eyes do. But that's what concept art is - just idea generation, where you can play around with a concept!
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
One of the most interesting franchises to look at in terms of concept art is Star Wars. The production for each of their movies is intense and perfectly crafted - that's why they take so long to make! There are many different teams working on different aspects of the film, but the idea for BB-8 didn't come about from an animator: it came from J.J. Abrams himself! The photo on the right is his initial sketch for what he wanted BB-8 to look like, and the special effects team took off with the idea to give us one of 2015's most loved characters.
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5. Star Wars: A New Hope
Staying on the topic of Star Wars, here's the crazy-looking concept art for the loveable Chewbacca, who didn't always look so loveable. The early drafts of Chewie look pretty damn scary and very reminiscent of what Bigfoot would look like! Once again, I'm happy they didn't stick with the concept art on this one, but the history of what he could've looked like is insanely interesting!
6. Monsters Inc.
Back to the world of Disney with this one- this time, it's James P. Sullivan a.k.a Sully. This furry monster is one of Disney's best characters to date, showing confidence, swagger, and a lot of heart, all while being the best scarer in the world. He stole our hearts back in 2001 in Monsters Inc. but can you imagine if he looked the way he did in some of the concept art ideas? If I saw that under my bed at night, my scare meter would be through the roof!
7. The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises was one of the most anticipated movies of the last 10 years and there was a lot of hype around Tom Hardy's Bane. I loved the version of the character and I think Tom Hardy gave a phenomenal performance, largely just through facial expressions and his eyes. The original concept art would've made this use of expression very difficult, seeing as they originally planned to have him wear a full mask. This would've been more like the mask we see in the comics and the animated series, but I was glad to see the fresh take in The Dark Knight Rises.
It's so strange to think what some of our favorite movies would have looked like if they stuck to the concept art!! Although I have to admit, I did like the way Buzz orignally looked. But I want to hear what you guys think - let me know in the comments which concept art you're glad get scrapped, or which one you maybe even would've prefered! Thanks for reading and be sure to subscribe to my page.