An artist on Tumblr is known as TheNamelessDoll decided to edit stills from recent computer-animated movies to give female characters more realistic designs. The end results are really interesting, to say the least, and give a good insight into the impact of character design.
Many of the edits focus on elements of the face. TheNamelessDoll refers to faces like Elsa’s as “baby face.” You can see how reshaping the head and making the eyes smaller makes a huge difference.
7Honey Lemon (Big Hero 6)
The massive head on this character is very noticeable in hindsight.
Here the artist appears to have inverted the doll-like proportions of the original: a smaller head but wider arms.
5Princess Anna (Frozen)
Babyface was a continuing problem with Frozen, it seems.
4Mother Gothel (Tangled)
The original Gothel has eyes like eggs!
3Susan (Monsters vs. Aliens)
It’s amazing what the slightest changes to proportions can do.
The original looks the least human of the lot.
1Aunt Cass (Big Hero 6)
This one looks the most human of all.