We'd all like to believe our favorite characters were birthed into the universe full-formed and lovable, but that's simply not the case. In fact, a distressing number of these multi-million-dollar ideas were complete turds before the writers polished them assiduously for your consumption. (Ugh, why did we type that?)
So, once again, here's to enriching your appreciation of the creative process while crapping all over your fictional heroes. Enjoy!
Inside Out -- Bing Bong Was Originally A Creepy Anarchist
One of the most moving parts of Pixar's Inside Out was the character of Bing Bong -- the long-forgotten imaginary friend of Riley, the little girl whose cranium serves as the movie's setting. He's a jolly pink elephant who gives up his life so that others may live, like an amalgam of Jesus and Barney The Dinosaur.
Fan theory: The entire movie takes place during Dumbo's acid trip.
It's hard to imagine his sacrifice being so touching if they'd gone with the original characterization, though. Instead of the wacky, jovial character we got, Bing Bong was originally an angry, gruff-voiced, violent anarchist. This Bing Bong was actively rebelling against any signs that Riley was growing up. In one deleted scene, he spies some construction workers expanding Riley's mind and immediately starts chucking bricks at them.
Based on his face alone, we're guessing he would have been voiced by John DiMaggio.