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.
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
All worthwhile endeavors are 90% work and 10% love, and only the love should show.
Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.
Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are.
An animator is an actor with a pencil.
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.
Often Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
You do not 'suffer' if you decide 'that's the way it is' rather than 'why is it this way?'
Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about.
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.
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.
Animation means to invoke life, not to imitate it.
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.
The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds—the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall.
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.
As you become acquainted with a character you are creating, you add parts of yourself that are pertinent to that character.
We must not confuse distortion with innovation; distortion is useless change, art is beneficial change.
Comedy is unusual people in real situations; farce is real people in unusual situations.
The only time a wife listens to her husband is when he’s asleep.
A comedian is not a person who opens a funny door - he's the person who opens a door funny.
I have to think as Bugs Bunny, not of Bugs Bunny.
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