If you start with character, you probably will end up with good drawings.
The rules are simple. Take your work, but never yourself, seriously. Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out.
All worthwhile endeavors are 90% work and 10% love, and only the love should show.
You can't force inspiration. It's like trying to catch a butterfly with a hoop but no net. If you keep your mind open and receptive, though, one day a butterfly will land on your finger.
Animation isn't the illusion of life; it is life
Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are.
Mark Twain's Roughing It is a book that many people don't know about, but I highly recommend to anybody at any age.
Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.
Often Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
In timing a film, we used to assume that sneaks move slowly. This was great for animators-thirty-six to forty-eight drawings for a single step-but it was sheer hell for the pace of the picture. So the rapid tiptoe was invented.
An animator is an actor with a pencil.
Anyone can negatively criticize - it is the cheapest of all comment because it requires not a modicum of the effort that suggestion requires.
Animation means to invoke life, not to imitate it.
You do not 'suffer' if you decide 'that's the way it is' rather than 'why is it this way?'
If you want a midget to look like a baby, don’t put a cigar in his mouth.
The only time a wife listens to her husband is when he’s asleep.
Disney was not a good animator, he didn't draw well at all, but he was always a great idea man, and a good writer.
Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about.
Eschew the ordinary, disdain the commonplace. If you have a single-minded need for something, let it be the unusual, the esoteric, the bizarre, the unexpected.
Fog and smog should not be confused and are easily separated by color. Fog is about the color of the insides of an old split wet summer cottage mattress; smog is the color and consistency of a wet potato chip soaked in a motorman’s glove.
I have come to know Bugs so well that I no longer have to think about what he is doing in any situation. I let the part of me that is Bugs come to the surface, knowing, with regret, that I can never match his marvelous confidence.
An idea has no worth at all without believable characters to implement it; a plot without characters is like a tennis court without players. Daffy Duck is to a Buck Rogers story what John McEnroe was to tennis. Personality. That is the key, the drum, the fife. Forget the plot.
The whole essence of good drawing - and of good thinking, perhaps - is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be.
Anyone can say 'no'. It is the first word a child learns and often the
first word he speaks. It is a cheap word because it requires no
explanation, and many men and women have acquired a reputation for
intelligence who know only this word and have used it in place of
thought on every occasion.
All of you here have one hundred thousand bad drawings in you. The sooner you get rid of them, the better it will be for everyone.
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