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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My marriage had been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spanned.
Despite the rejection, and in violation of all the rules, I came back year after year.
Except for me, no one in my family could draw.
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.
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.
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