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Animation Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes about Animation.

What I love most about animation is,
it's a team sport,
and everything we do is about pure imagination.
- Jeffrey Katzenberg

Yes, actually.
Animation's a very easy thing to watch on tour.
- Dave Rowntree

Animation is not the art of drawings that move but
the art of movements that are drawn.
- Norman McLaren

The success of The Simpsons really opened doors.
It showed that if you were working in animation you
didn't necessarily have to be working in kids' television.
- Seth MacFarlane

 

I prefer that animation reach into places where live action doesn't go,
and it seems like all of animation nowadays is trying
to go where live action is.
- Don Bluth

Animation scripts tend to be much more descriptive
and are lighter on dialogue.
- Douglas Wood

Animation is the one type of movie that really does
play for the entire audience.
Our challenge is to make stories that connect for kids and adults.
- John Lasseter

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What's most important in animation is the emotions
and the ideas being portrayed.
I'm a great believer of energy and emotion.
- Ralph Bakshi

Depression is melancholy minus its charms -
the animation,
the fits.
- Susan Sontag

Animation is the only thing I ever wanted to do in my whole life.
I have no desire for live-action or anything else.
- John Lasseter

Animation did not become the dominant form of children's
television until the '60s.
- Annette Funicello

Animation is about creating the illusion of life.
And you can't create it if you don't have one.
- Brad Bird

My mental faculties remained in suspended animation
while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups.
This is typical with everyone in the military.
- Smedley Butler

It just seems like the whole, overall animation world
is trying to go where maybe animation doesn't belong.
- Don Bluth

So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific
invitation to an imaginative animation team.
- Kenneth Branagh

Because good writing in a TV cartoon is so rare,
I think the animation on The Simpsons is often overlooked.
- Matt Groening

You've got to be able to make animation for much less...
Less is not the studio's way.
- Don Bluth

You don't have a face to work with, so your voice has
to do all the work until you see the animation.
So, a lot of it I had to pull back because it was too big.
- Sean Hayes

I usually have 10 different animation projects going at a time.
- Tara Strong

I brought in the stories many times.
I don't just do animation.
- Ray Harryhausen

Live action writers will give you a structure,
but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation
is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.
- Ralph Bakshi

Where as in animation you have to kind of do a series
of drawings in between to complete the movement.
- Gerald Scarfe

What we were in on, really, was the invention of animation.
- Marc Davis

The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting.
- Alfred Sisley

No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp
and exist in a state of suspended animation.
- Theodore Bikel

But the animation has become very good,
and I think that a movie is not a book,
and a book is not a movie.
- Katherine Dunn

Well, directing is doing the key drawings,
not the key animation, mind you.
- Chuck Jones

Look what Disney's done to their animation department.
There wasn't an animator in charge of their animation unit!
- Ralph Bakshi

Animation is tremendously resilient.
Animation will recover, as art always recovers.
There's always cycles of good art.
- Ralph Bakshi

The best way for a beginner to write for animation
is to closely watch animated films,
then read the screenplays for them afterwards.
- Douglas Wood

I miss animation very passionately.
Not continuously, but every once in a while I would die to do another film.
- Ralph Bakshi

Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.
This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit
means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.
- Walt Disney

When business executives are making the artistic decisions
and don't understand animation,
things can go awry.
- Don Bluth

I'm having the same problems today that I had when I first started,
saying that outrageous adult animation works.
- Ralph Bakshi

We always thought the Tom Tom Club could change to anything,
but it acquired this image, which was cartoon animation
and this real light-hearted dance music.
- Tina Weymouth

Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual
entertainment which can bring pleasure and information
to people of all ages everywhere in the world.
- Walt Disney

Disney had such a hold on the mind of America-they were Adolf Hitler.
The whole country thought Disney was some sort of god
and that animation was some sort of pure thing for children.
- Ralph Bakshi

In animation, there's this exhilarating moment of discovery
when you see the film and you say,
Oh THAT'S what I was doing.
- John Lithgow

I did what we call dry for wet effects,
some of the miniatures work and two animation sequences.
- John Hench

The days when you needed amazing Silicon Graphics machines
to run animation software are gone now.
- Dave Rowntree

Animation had been done before, but stories were never told.
- Marc Davis

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces;
but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.
- Richard Burton

But probably for the last ten years or so,
I've been fitting in animation work into my other projects.
- Dave Rowntree

Polar Express is not an attempt to do animation.
It is a technology-based film.
- Leonard Maltin

Cartooning at its best is a fine art.
I'm a cartoonist who works in the medium of animation,
which also allows me to paint my cartoons.
- Ralph Bakshi

Walt Disney had always tried to get more dimension
in his animation and when I saw these tapes,
I thought, This is it!
This is what Walt was waiting for!
But when I looked around, nobody at the studio at the
time was even halfway interested in it.
- John Lasseter

When The Simpsons came around, there really was nothing else like it on TV.
It's hard to imagine, but when Fox first took the plunge with it,
it was considered controversial to put animation on prime time.
- Matt Groening

We go through, I think, six different drafts of each script.
And then my shooting it is roughly, you know,
fifteen percent of the total work that gets done on a show.
Then it's all post-production animation after that.
- Steve Burns

Studios have been trying to get rid of the actor for
a long time and now they can do it.
They got animation.
NO more actor, although for now they still have to borrow a voice or two.
Anyway, I find it abhorrent.
- James Coburn

My secret ambition was always to provide music for animation films:
something with an Indian theme,
either a fairy tale or mythological tale or on the Krishna theme.
I still have a very deep desire, but these sorts of
chances don't always come.
- Ravi Shankar

I know pretty well in the broad sense what I'm going to do,
because I have to know that when we shoot the live-action,
so that it'll synchronize.
Then I know pretty well when I get to the animation stage,
what that scene requires.
- Ray Harryhausen

If you're sitting in your minivan, playing your computer
animated films for your children in the back seat,
is it the animation that's entertaining you as you drive and listen? No,
it's the storytelling.
That's why we put so much importance on story.
No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
- John Lasseter

My work is so unorthodox that from one panel to the next,
the drawings are completely different...
totally opposed to the way of working in something like animation,
where every drawing has to look like the one before.
- Sergio Aragones

Sure, they were simple desk lamps with only a minimal amount of movement,
but you could immediately tell that Luxo Jr. was a baby,
and that the big one was his mother.
In that short little film, computer animation went
from a novelty to a serious tool for filmmaking.
- John Lasseter

When an executive walked on our floor,
it was at their own risk.
As far as what others thought of working for me,
I know I was very tough at times, and would storm down
the hall after watching some bad animation from Korea.
But overall, I feel we had a good time.
- Joe Murray

Well, for one thing, the executives in charge at Cartoon
Network are cartoon fans.
I mean, these are people who grew up loving animation and loving cartoons,
and the only difference between them and me is they don't know how to draw.
- Craig McCracken

One of the best animated films I've seen come out of
Disney was the Tarzan movie.
I wasn't crazy about the story or the design on Tarzan's face,
but the traditional animation was spectacular.
- Ralph Bakshi

In the animation world, people who understand pencils
and paper usually aren't computer people,
and the computer people usually aren't the artistic people,
so they always stand on opposite sides of the line.
- Don Bluth

I love doing the voice of Batman because of the quality of the animation.
The music is particularly incredible.
Another bonus is getting the opportunity to work with
some very respected actors who do not usually do voice work.
- Kevin Conroy

I am an animator.
I feel like I'm the manager of a animation cinema factory.
I am not an executive.
I'm rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen.
That is the spirit of how I work.
- Hayao Miyazaki

And having suffered for part of the war when I was a child.
I was too young to really understand what was going
on but one of my favorite pieces of animation now is
that Goodbye Blue Sky in The Wall because that deals
directly with that period in time.
- Gerald Scarfe

Animation is different from other parts.
Its language is the language of caricature.
Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon's
unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.
- Walt Disney

I've always had great respect for Paddington because
he is amusingly English and eccentric.
He is a great British institution and my generation
grew up with the books and then Michael Horden's animations.
- Stephen Fry

I'd forgotten I'd done the anime called Spirited Away,
the English version of a Japanese film.
- David Ogden Stiers

My kids love anime, but I don't show them the really graphic stuff.
- Brad Bird

I want to have the fun of doing anime and I love anime,
but I can't do storyboards because I can't really draw
and that's what they live and die on.
- Quentin Tarantino

I take time to watch anime.
I don't know whether I'm allowed to,
but I do it anyway.
- Larry Wall

The rise of anime had to happen.
If the Japanese could tell better American stories,
it would go through the roof.
They still tell stories which are very much oriental.
I take my hat off to them.
- Ralph Bakshi

I am myself for a living.
I don't animate a character.
- James Taylor

The object of Literature is to instruct,
to animate, or to amuse.
- George Henry Lewes

When sperm and egg unite, something goes from inanimate to animate.
It is life.
- Mitt Romney


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