It takes a lot of work, and a lot of trial and error, to bring an animated world to life.
This is especially true for Pixar, which continues to put out some of the most beloved animated films of all time.
But before they can go from a computer to the big screen, the movies must first be sketched out with pen and paper.
An exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in Manhattan called “Pixar: The Design of Story” shows off some of the most beloved Pixar films and characters in their earliest forms, from Woody in “Toy Story” to Sadness in “Inside Out.”
Check out what some classic Pixar characters originally looked like:
Wall-E is a very sophisticated robot. Putting him together took a lot of thought and attention to intricate details.
'Inside Out' earned rave reviews and giant box-office returns, totaling $856 million worldwide. It just won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, and could win Pixar another Oscar.
This sketch of 'Inside Out' characters was made with a method known as 'Simplexity.' With this, Pixar artists distill characters into their basic shapes. It allows filmmakers to see how the characters look together.
Sadness looks the most different from her eventual movie form.
These are the simple outlines of the many monsters of 'Monsters, Inc.' They would be brought to life with fur, tentacles, and all in the final product.
Before he became the Woody we know and love from 'Toy Story,' the cowboy action figure went through a lot of different iterations.
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