Early Toy Story Concept Art Shows An Evolving Animation Style

Disney was already an all-star animation team when Toy Story was released. But this was the first-ever feature film to be fully computer animated, so it was a whole new ballgame. It was like inventing a new ballgame, while they were already on the field.

The end result was masterful, but there were growing pains along the way. Looking at early concept art, you can see where they designed characters to fit the old Disney mold, where they shot off in wild new directions, and where they honed these new ideas into the familiar designs we recognize today:

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WOODY Woody was based on John Lasseter's pull-string Casper doll, so he always had a voice box. CRACKEDCON Source: Character Design References

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REX Early versions of Rex were much cuddlier, then became almost steampunk, before they settled on the rigid plastic coward you know and love. CRACKED

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