Creating is hard. Creating a character however is doubly so.
Ideas get trumped, outfits get changed and minor tweaks made here and there. Look through the early photos of your favorite cartoon characters to see how far we have come.
1. Mickey Mouse
Presenting to you the first ever drawing of Mickey Mouse, as conceptualized by Walt Disney
Over time, Mickey gained weight, ditched those stick legs for normal-looking ones and more importantly, learned to pose for pictures.
Disney's weird ideas were not restricted to Mickey. Here is Maleficent with antennae sticking out of her head. (She looks just as frustrated with her look as we do!)
This is how Disney and co. believed Ursula should have looked like...
Thankfully, Disney realized what a stupid idea it was, repented and decided to substantially up the fab quotient of Ursula. They based her on drag queen Divine and gave her these awesomesauce octopus tentacles.
The genie on the left probably featured in your nightmares...
Ariel wore sea shells and had a realistic fishlike physique. (Did anyone notice the fish pout?) But 'realistic' or 'practical' apparently doesn't go well wherever Disney is involved. We are very glad for this change though.
Nemo and his daddy were both creepily similar, orange, wide-eyed clownfish wading the blooming, grass-like depths of the sea.
This is how Joker looked like. Even with a chubby face, he has a smile that says it could devour your soul easily.
Here is Heath Ledger posing with one of his old photos.
8. The Simpsons
The Simpsons were an angry, mean family who regularly electrocuted themselves to achieve that landmark hairdo.
Frankenstein The Clueless Monster from 1910
Frank realized that the market for confused demons with haphazard hair was saturated, and adopted the suave persona that we associate with him now.