Making cartoons means very hard work at every step of the way, but creating a successful cartoon character is the hardest work of all.
I cannot say who, precisely, came up with the idea of a Stone Age family.
That's what keeps me going: dreaming, inventing, then hoping and dreaming some more in order to keep dreaming.
I never got tired of Tom and Jerry, but I did have a dream of doing more with my life than making cartoons.
Not once in six years did I make it to the office by 9 on the dot.
The Christmas parties were orgies of drinking and singing and groping and pawing. Cartoon staffers invested their own money in preparatory liquor.
What the real world of 1941 needed most was the release and relief provided by laughter.
High-level, big-deal publicity has a way of getting old for me, but what never fails to thrill me is when I make personal appearances.
Faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally tried to ride out the bad tooth.
There is no law that says a man who earned a hundred million dollars in his first half-dozen years on the job has to be a decent human being, but Mike Eisner is that and more.
I don't know anyone who enjoys going to the hospital. To help remedy this, I got an idea to create what a Laugh Room in the pediatric ward of hospitals.
I have spent a lot of years on the outside looking in.
I learned long ago to accept the fact that not everything I create will see the light of day.
I was 82 years old before Who's Who thought I was enough of a big shot to do a piece on me.
I was convinced there as only one actor to play Templeton the Rat, and that was Tony Randall.
While I have never been a regular churchgoer, I'm anything but immune to the power and the majesty of the religious experience.
When animators weren't sleeping, they were drinking.
I hate fishing, and I can't imagine why anyone would want to hike when you can get in the car and drive.
Among the great glories of the MGM lot were the vast outdoor sets that had been constructed over the years.
Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought.
Creating fantasy is a very personal thing, but you can't take the process too personally.
What about Mickey Mouse? Disney tried very hard to make him a star. But Mickey Mouse is more of a symbol than a real character.
In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic. You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between gladiators.
I don't know that I spent any more time alone than any other kid, but being by myself never bothered me.
Publicity gets more than a little tiring. You want it, you need it, you crave it, and you're scared as hell when it stops.
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