Miffy was first drawn by Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna in 1955. The character has since gone on to feature in more than 30 books, which have sold more than 85 million copies around the world.
Bruna’s Dutch publishing company Mercis bv has released a video – 60 Seconds of Miffy – which shows how the character has developed over time.
The publisher says: “At the beginning Bruna drew his character like a soft toy with floppy ears and unsymmetrical features, but quite soon he changed the shape, making the body more human, the head rounder and the ears longer and pointed.”
Apparently it wasn’t until 1970 that Bruna decided that Miffy should be a girl – a decision taken because he preferred drawing dresses to trousers.
The Miffy character has continued to become “more rounded and softer” until it developed into the designs we see today.