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.
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.
Among the great glories of the MGM lot were the vast outdoor sets that had been constructed over the years.
Despite the rejection, and in violation of all the rules, I came back year after year.
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 never got tired of Tom and Jerry, but I did have a dream of doing more with my life than making cartoons.
Except for me, no one in my family could draw.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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