Early Movie Concept Art

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.

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

Thor, ‘Thor’

'Thor' early concept art
Marvel Studios/Wesley Burt

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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~ by Colorful Soul on 01/09/2013.

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