If you start with character, you probably will end up with good drawings.
Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are.
The rules are simple. Take your work, but never yourself, seriously. Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out.
Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.
All worthwhile endeavors are 90% work and 10% love, and only the love should show.
Animation isn't the illusion of life; it is life
You can't force inspiration. It's like trying to catch a butterfly with a hoop but no net. If you keep your mind open and receptive, though, one day a butterfly will land on your finger.
An animator is an actor with a pencil.
Animation means to invoke life, not to imitate it.
You have a coyote inside you and you have to get it out
Often Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
Eschew the ordinary, disdain the commonplace. If you have a single-minded need for something, let it be the unusual, the esoteric, the bizarre, the unexpected.
The whole essence of good drawing - and of good thinking, perhaps - is to work a subject down to the simplest form possible and still have it believable for what it is meant to be.
The only time a wife listens to her husband is when he’s asleep.
You do not 'suffer' if you decide 'that's the way it is' rather than 'why is it this way?'
If you make a fool of yourself in front of a cat, he will sneer at you, if you are sober; he will leave the room if you are drunk. If you make a fool of yourself in front a dog, he will make a fool of himself, too.
Anyone can negatively criticize - it is the cheapest of all comment because it requires not a modicum of the effort that suggestion requires.
In timing a film, we used to assume that sneaks move slowly. This was great for animators-thirty-six to forty-eight drawings for a single step-but it was sheer hell for the pace of the picture. So the rapid tiptoe was invented.
All of you here have one hundred thousand bad drawings in you. The sooner you get rid of them, the better it will be for everyone.
Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about.
As you become acquainted with a character you are creating, you add parts of yourself that are pertinent to that character.
A comedian is not a person who opens a funny door - he's the person who opens a door funny.
Comedy is unusual people in real situations; farce is real people in unusual situations.
There's only one test of a great children's book, or a great children's film, and that is this: If it can be read or viewed with pleasure by adults, then it has the chance to be a great children's film, or a great children's book.
An idea has no worth at all without believable characters to implement it; a plot without characters is like a tennis court without players. Daffy Duck is to a Buck Rogers story what John McEnroe was to tennis. Personality. That is the key, the drum, the fife. Forget the plot.
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