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.
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.
After I had done a handful of cartoons I was satisfied with, I started submitting them to the magazines.
Bill Hanna and I owe an awful lot to television, but we both got our start and built the first phase of our partnership in the movies.
Except for me, no one in my family could draw.
Despite the rejection, and in violation of all the rules, I came back year after year.
I never got tired of Tom and Jerry, but I did have a dream of doing more with my life than making cartoons.
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.
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.
What the real world of 1941 needed most was the release and relief provided by laughter.
I don't know that I spent any more time alone than any other kid, but being by myself never bothered me.
The Christmas parties were orgies of drinking and singing and groping and pawing. Cartoon staffers invested their own money in preparatory liquor.
Faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally tried to ride out the bad tooth.
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.
Among the great glories of the MGM lot were the vast outdoor sets that had been constructed over the years.
I hate fishing, and I can't imagine why anyone would want to hike when you can get in the car and drive.
Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought.
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.
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.
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.
My last days at MGM were like the fall of the Roman Empire in fast motion.
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