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.
Parents look at me like I'm somebody pretty important, and say, We were raised on your characters, and now we're enjoying them all over again with our children.
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.
After I had done a handful of cartoons I was satisfied with, I started submitting them to the magazines.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most attractive things about writing your autobiography is that you're not dead.
I hate fishing, and I can't imagine why anyone would want to hike when you can get in the car and drive.
My marriage had been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spanned.
My last days at MGM were like the fall of the Roman Empire in fast motion.
My biggest kick comes from the individual fans I run into. Middle-aged men ask me when we're going to do more Johnny Quest cartoons.
So the stock market could have a negative wealth effect and weigh on capital spending, but a sharp decline in long-term interest rates would be an important counterweight.
I was convinced there as only one actor to play Templeton the Rat, and that was Tony Randall.
I was 82 years old before Who's Who thought I was enough of a big shot to do a piece on me.
I learned long ago to accept the fact that not everything I create will see the light of day.
Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought.
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