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Early Movie Concept Art: See What Your Favorite Characters Could’ve Looked Like

Early Movie Concept Art
20th Century Fox/LucasFilm/Disney/Warner Bros./Pixar

Just as with scripts, movie concept artists go through many a draft until they get the final approval for their character portrayals. Take Shrek for example. A recent photo posted to Reddit revealed that our favorite green ogre with a hero’s heart started out looking more like the star of ‘Coneheads.’ And Yoda, ‘Star Wars” supreme Jedi master, was originally depicted as a combination of hobbit and elf from the upcoming ‘Hobbit‘ trilogy.

It’s safe to say that if things had gone differently — maybe if one day Pixar studio reps had drank too much coffee than usual and approved the wrong sketches — all these classic characters, from ‘X-Men‘ mutants to Woody and Buzz in ‘Toy Story,’ wouldn’t have looked the way they do today.

So, just for fun, we’ve tracked down some early (and we mean early) movie concept art and sketches to see what was going on in these artists’ heads when they first started imagining characters into existence.

Shrek, ‘Shrek’

Shrek early concept art
DreamWorks/Barry Jackson for DreamWorks

Yoda, ‘Star Wars’

Yoda early concept art
LucasFilm

Chewbacca, ‘Star Wars’

Chewbacca early concept art
LucasFilm/Ralph McQuarrie

Jabba the Hutt, ‘Star Wars’

Jabba the Hut early concept art
LucasFilm

Silver Surfer, ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’

Silver Surfer early concept art
20th Century Fox/Constantine Sekeris

Whiplash, ‘Iron Man 2′

'Iron Man 2' early concept art
Marvel Studios

Beast, ‘X-Men: First Class’

Beat early concept art
20th Century Fox/Constantine Sekeris

Azazel, ‘X-Men: First Class’

Azazel early concept art
20th Century Fox/Jerad S. Marantz

Emma Frost, ‘X-Men: First Class’

Emma Frost early concept art
20th Century Fox/Jerad S. Marantz

Spider-Man, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

Spider-Man early concept art
Sony Pictures/Eddie Yang

Neytiri, ‘Avatar’

Neytiri early concept art
20th Century Fox

The Kraken, ‘Clash of the Titans’

Kraken early concept art
Warner Bros./Jerad S Marantz

Ravenna, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

'Snow White and the Huntsman' early concept art
Universal Pictures/Jeff Simpson

Hagrid, ‘Harry Potter’

Hagrid early concept art
Warner Bros.

The Caterpillar, ‘Alice in Wonderland’

'Alice in Wonderland' Caterpillar early concept art
Disney/Michael Kutsche

The Mad Hatter, ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Mad Hatter early concept art
Disney/Michael Kutsche

Hopper, ‘A Bug’s Life’

'A Bug's Life' early concept art
Disney/Pixar

Buzz Lightyear, ‘Toy Story’

Buzz Lightyear early concept art
Disney/Pixar

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