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.
Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are.
If you start with character, you probably will end up with good drawings.
Animation isn't the illusion of life; it is life
Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.
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.
All worthwhile endeavors are 90% work and 10% love, and only the love should show.
An animator is an actor with a pencil.
Animation means to invoke life, not to imitate it.
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.
Anyone can say 'no'. It is the first word a child learns and often the
first word he speaks. It is a cheap word because it requires no
explanation, and many men and women have acquired a reputation for
intelligence who know only this word and have used it in place of
thought on every occasion.
There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is the willingness to think.
You have a coyote inside you and you have to get it out
The older I get, the more individuality I find in animals and the less I find in humans.
Artists don't need criticism, artists need love
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.
You do not 'suffer' if you decide 'that's the way it is' rather than 'why is it this way?'
Often Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.
Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about.
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.
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.
Comedy is a very, very, very stringent business.
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.
I'm still astonished that somebody would offer me a job and pay me to do what I wanted to do.
Anyone can negatively criticize - it is the cheapest of all comment because it requires not a modicum of the effort that suggestion requires.
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