Over on Twitter, a selection of fascinating artwork has been shared that reveals how Unikitty! was developed for television. Given that the character was going from 3D to 2D animation, and would need to carry a series, the look of Unikitty had to be refined so it would work for the series.
Producers and showrunners Ed Skudder and Lynn V Wang sketched these rough concepts:
Supervising Producer Aaron Horvath produced this early drawing:
These are screenshots from the original Unikitty animation test:
And here is the finished character:
It is a fascinating look at the development process that goes into designing a character. Unikitty was originally created for The LEGO Movie, for which character was developed from scratch – before she became Unikitty, her role in the film was filled by Crazy King Carl.
To find out how she became the unicorn-cat that fans know and love, order Brick Fanatics Magazine Issue 2, which includes an exclusive feature with Matthew Ashton revealing just that. The magazine is available for purchase in single copies (plus a postage and packaging charge) or as part of a 12-issue or 24-issue subscription, at a discounted rate, with free postage and packaging.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part will be released on February 8, 2019.