Animation Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Animation Quotes from famous persons: John Lasseter, Sean Hayes, John Knoll, Martellus Bennett, Pamela Adlon. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Animation Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

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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.
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.
In animation, you can often defer decisions or make changes later.
I always wanted to do animation.
It’s a hilarious part of my past, all the sitcoms I did in the ’80s. And then all the animation – animation is amazing. It’s really been great.
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.
It just seems like the whole, overall animation world is trying to go where maybe animation doesn’t belong.
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.
When you work on animation, the music has a great task: to create a sound and melodies and mood and atmosphere and energy dedicated to these extraordinary characters.
For whatever crispness and animation my writing has I give some credit to the cartoonist manque.
I do enjoy a bit of the fantasy world that anime provides, but at the same time, I need the reality in it. I’m very much a stickler about the actual animation. I’m not into the cutesy, stereotypical animation with big eyes and a small chin. That annoys the hell out of me.
From an animation perspective, it doesn’t get better than Pixar. You’re working so much in the blind because the huge circle of collaborators that’s required to pull off a film like this means that you are just one small arc in that large circle. The level of trust that you have to give into is significant.
Animation is my love, but I think there’s definitely room in live-action. I mean, ‘Iron Man 2’ was fun, and I got to see that world.
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
I’m a true fan of animation, and it’s my livelihood.
Hollywood has cracked emotions very well with animation, and that is where India will eventually cover because it is an emotional country, and we just want a right story to tell, which will stir the right emotions with the audience.
Are we blasphemous in saying that 2-D is largely a thing of the past, and computer-generated animation is the present and future? It’s all about creating a better experience for the viewer – and that includes 3-D.
Animation is just another way of telling a story.
When I started work with LucasArts Computer Division back in 1984, I went to the Palace of Fine Arts and saw the Festival of Animation for the first time. I loved the diverse collection of animated films the festival held.
In animation, you do so much planning ahead of time; it has to be so precise.
I love to do animation movies, and those might be some scores that are lesser known, unless you really kind of dig through my work and see.
I don’t want to do animation to mimic reality. I want to push reality.
I ran development and programming at Disney TV animation. We did a lot of cartoons.
Roy Price
I’m having the same problems today that I had when I first started, saying that outrageous adult animation works.
I was lucky enough to go to an all-boys prep school in upstate New York that had a film program, so we had access to 16mm Bolex cameras, Nagra sound recorders, Arriflex cameras. We even had an Oxberry animation stand!
It’s weird – on almost every film I’ve worked on, the first sequence we storyboard ends up being the first sequence that goes into animation, and ends up being almost shot-for-shot the same.
I’ve seen animation features just languish until the right combination of things come along to keep it alive.
I don’t remember the very first animation I saw, but the one that stays deepest in my memory is definitely ‘Astro Boy.’
Usually when I mention suspended animation, people will flash me the Vulcan sign and laugh.
Mark Roth
With animation, because you can draw anything and do anything and have the characters do whatever you want, the tendency is to be very loose with the boundaries and the rules.
When I was a teenager, my dad watched my films and told me I could go to art college and study animation. He made me see that I could do this for a living.
Typically in animation, the characters exist in a kind of stasis. Look at ‘The Simpsons‘ – they never age, the baby never grows up – or ‘Peanuts‘ – the kids never grow up, they always stay the same age.
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.
Animation films are about entertainment and about fun for the whole family, and if you went too far down a dark path, it’s not what people, I think, expect from a great animated film.
Cute animals have a pretty good track record in animation for inspiring passionate fandom.
Animation has completely changed, and I’ve always been a big fan.
I think the biggest difference is in live action, you show up, and there’s a set there and a ground to stand on, at least, and in animation, there’s kinda nothing. You are making decisions on everything.
Dan Scanlon
I’ve always been a fan of animation. As a kid, I used to watch a lot of the Saturday-morning cartoons, and I was always a fan of even claymation and that whole medium.
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.
I’m a huge nerd, I admit to that. I love to play video games, I love to read, and of course, I’ve gotta still get my studies in and all. I love to learn. But I also love to do stop motion animation with my little Lego figures. I love to play around on the computer with that.
The Walt Disney Animation studio is the studio that Walt Disney started himself in 1923, and it’s never stopped and never closed its doors and never stopped making animation, and it keeps going as kind of the heart and soul of the company.
I did what we call dry for wet effects, some of the miniatures work and two animation sequences.
I just want to make sure that I give the animators everything they need, so they have plenty of choices to match their animation.
44 will accelerate making human co-experiences more immersive and personal, adding world-class facial animation technology as part of Roblox’s efforts to provide expressive emotive actions to avatars that will enable deeper connections for our community.
One good thing about animation is that, if you do screw up a line, they won’t use it. You can keep going until it’s right.
Jim Cummings
Well, directing is doing the key drawings, not the key animation, mind you.
The DC Universe Animated made for videos, which we do in cooperation with Warner Animation, are very intentionally scheduled at 3-4 a year, depending on whether or not there’s a theatrical tent pole release in a given year, in which case we may choose to do four of them a year.
It’s interesting when you’re trying to create a character in animation. It’s really a communal effort.
There was a manga boom, so I read ‘Astro Boy,’ ‘Osomatsu-kun,’ and such. But what influenced me the most were things like ‘Popeye’ and Disney animation.
Our ambition is to be the center of independent animation filmmaking; to be the bravest animation studio in the world.
I have more faith in doing something creative for a cable station or something like Yahoo or Google or Amazon. What Netflix did with ‘House of Cards‘ and David Fincher was brilliant. That is inspiring to me. I think there is more chance for creativity in animation, it just hasn’t happened there yet.
The nice thing about animation, you don’t even really have to account for yourself. All of the physical stuff that you work on as an actor, you just throw away.
Paul Newman
Saying someone‘s a fan of animation is as silly as saying someone’s a fan of live action. That can mean anything.
Animation tends to have several different writers who serve different functions. I think, on a lot of animated features, there are a lot of writers who don’t get credited. It’s the policy at Disney, for instance, in deciding who gets credit. It depends on the writer’s contract, so many things.
Animation’s a small industry, and no matter where you go you’re going to meet your friends from CalArts.
I love to get involved with projects that take me out of my comfort zone. I try to do things that are not necessarily what I’m used to. I always wanted to do a big animation movie and stick to the codes that this genre sometimes implies.
Gustavo Santaolalla
In the immortal germ line of human beings – that is, the eggs that sit in the ovaries – they actually sit there in a state of suspended animation for up to 50 years in the life of each woman.
Mark Roth
On ‘The Dragon Prince’, we wanted to push that even more to leverage the strengths of a CG and 3D pipeline. We wanted details on the character designs, in the costumes and sets, that you really can’t get in traditional 2D animation.
Aaron Ehasz
I think of Ray Harryhausen’s work – I knew his name before I knew any actor or director‘s names. His films had an impact on me very early on, probably even more than Disney. I think that’s what made me interested in animation: His work.
Animation is the only thing I ever wanted to do in my whole life. I have no desire for live-action or anything else.
I loved ‘The Matrix,’ so when they asked me to do some animation relating to it, I was thrilled.
Shinichiro Watanabe
Doing an animation is nothing like anything you could ever experience. You get to be a kid again and just play dress up in a movie studio.
It is no surprise that animation is Hollywood’s most successful and innovative genre.
Animation is a technique, not a genre.
I’m in love with kid’s stories and animation.
Toni Braxton
We draw inspiration directly and indirectly from all sorts of things, like movies, documentaries, TV dramas, novels, non-fiction books, animation, science and nature shows, and our own life experiences.
The same sort of thing was supposed to happen when performance animation was invented: Everybody thought it would save so much time. But it became its own niche altogether.
Lev Yilmaz
Everyone knows Aquaman, probably from all the animation he’s been in over the years from the ’70s and the ’80s, entering him into the pop culture.
When it comes to producing breakthroughs, both technological and artistic, Pixar’s track record is unique. In the early 1990s, we were known as the leading technological pioneer in the field of computer animation.
Computers don’t create computer animation any more than a pencil creates pencil animation. What creates computer animation is the artist.
I have a studio at my house, and there is a sister studio for Disney which is about 45 minutes away, and we haven‘t dropped a beat. In the art of animation and voiceover work, you can pretty much work from anywhere.
I took a lot of influences from Studio Ghibli, which is the Japanese animation studio that made ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Castle in the Sky.’ They’re like the Japanese version of Disney – but without all the schmaltz.
People, they think that animation is a style. Animation is just a technique. It’s like, people, they think that comics is a style, like comics is a superhero story. Comic is just a narration, and is a medium, you can say any kind of story in comics and you can say of any kind of story in animation.
But the animation has become very good, and I think that a movie is not a book, and a book is not a movie.
The weird thing is, if I’d made ‘The Incredibles,’ shot-for-shot – exactly the same script, same timing, same shots – in live action, it would be perceived very differently, and somehow more adult than me doing it in animation. I find that fascinating and frustrating.
I graduated from college with a 3.92 GPA with a degree in computer programming and a BFA in fine arts and animation. My first job was painting a mural in the Grimaldi’s in Queens.
I learned a lot about 3D animation from and with my dear friend Michael Hemschoot of Workerstudio. Taught me that I want to play more with animation and image manipulation. Fun stuff!
Angela Bettis
I had a job on a Spike TV show called ‘Fresh Baked Video Games.’ I was the animation producer/kind of a writer, but I couldn’t get anything through.
Justin Roiland
We’re not purists about stop-motion. If there’s a tool we can use that makes more sense to bring something to life in a better way, we’ll use it, whether that’s hand-drawn animation or CG or some newfangled technology we’re developing.
In live action, sometimes a mood or a feeling can go on for quite a while. Animation is a lot more effort. There are a lot more notes.
I think with animation there’s a certain freedom that you’re given. You don’t have a thought at the back of your mind, that worry that you’ll have to cut and go back to the top of the scene. You’re not working with anyone else from the cast. It’s just you.
Ryan Potter
I get asked a lot if I’d want to get into live-action movies, and the answer, honestly, is ‘no.’ I’m an illustrator, and I think animation is an extension of that way of expressing myself. That’s not to say I’d never make a live-action movie, but I don’t strive for it.
Chris Renaud
I really enjoy watching animation films and I have always been curious about how such well-established actors in Hollywood lend their voices to animation films.
I’ve always loved animation and animated films.
Campaigns are these moments of suspended animation where people usually learn how to be friends afterward.
I don’t think I would want to do an animated movie because I’ve already made so many hours of animation that what’s the point? I’d want something new and weird to challenge me in a different way.
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.
Anybody in animation today would be lying if they said they weren’t somehow influenced by ‘The Simpsons‘ to a certain degree. Except for the shows that go out of their way to look as far from ‘The Simpsons’ as possible.
Justin Roiland
Since I was a kid, I’ve always been obsessed with animation.
What do I mean when I say ‘suspended animation’? It is the process by which animals de-animate, appear dead and then can wake up again without being harmed. OK, so here is the sort of big idea: If you look out at nature, you find that as you tend to see suspended animation, you tend to see immortality.
Mark Roth
My first movie I saw when I was a kid was ‘The Jungle Book.’ I was 5 years old, and I saw it in a movie theater. Seeing that movie really lit the fuse and ignited my passion for animation.
I wrote a big animation scene for ‘Iron Fists,’ but we couldn’t afford all that.
My respect for animation has gone way up. It’s a truckload of work. I have to sit with my animators the same way I’d sit with my actors and cast them.
Live action movies are someone else’s story. With animation, audiences can’t think that. Their guards are down.
I don’t dislike the process of animation… I find it daunting, but only as much as I find everything daunting.
My father had a Super 8 camera when I was a kid and sometimes he would use it. I did some animation with it. I did a lot of flipbooks.
You have to always physicalize, when you do animation recording. Otherwise, you won’t get the performance right.
I think, in Japan, animation isn’t relegated to being a genre unto itself. It’s just a medium by which you can tell any number of stories, be it horror or action or adventure or drama or whatever, and we’re trying to do that as well. Every film that you go see from Pixar, we’re hoping is a little bit of a surprise.
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
I was always into cartoons and animation.
Nonito Donaire
It’s amazing what they can do with animation nowadays. It’s really beautiful. The 3D stuff is out of hand.
What’s most important in animation is the emotions and the ideas being portrayed. I’m a great believer of energy and emotion.
Just like those little Viewmaster slides, there’s a inherent magic that’s captured in 3D that you can’t get in drawn animation or in CG.
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.
All movies are inherently collaborative, and animation even more so. There are hundreds and hundreds of people involved with an animated movie.
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.
One of the big moments of my life was watching ‘Star Wars‘ on its opening weekend in Hollywood. I was watching all these people enjoy this film, and I thought: animation can do this.
I wanted to do animation, so for lack of available career counselling, took up Bachelor‘s in Computer Science, but managed to get only C grades.
I was a big comic, cartoon, animation nerd.
There’s nothing like watching hand-drawn animation on the big screen.
Stop-motion is sort of the redheaded stepchild of animation. But it’s incredibly beautiful.
For me, animation is the caricature of life. It’s something that we create, from the ground up.
I like doing everything. That’s why I came to Pixar, as opposed to Disney or any other studio – it’s small. At the time I started, I was, like, the 10th person in the animation group, and we all had to do everything. That’s the way I like it, keeping it fresh.
The best way for a beginner to write for animation is to closely watch animated films, then read the screenplays for them afterwards.
My parents knew about the story of Aladdin far before the animation film. It’s a folk tale that is very prevalent in Egypt.
I’ve done every imaginable job possible out there – movies, TV, animation, TV movies… and, at this point, almost reality, it seems. It’s been a real blessing. It’s been a great ride.
Comics and animation have some of the deepest stories I’ve ever seen.
When you do animation – well, straightforward animation, although it’s not straightforward – the voice for a character or something, they’re always singular experiences, really.
That’s what happens in three-dimensional animation, you tell the computer what the subject is like and the computer can figure what it would look like from any camera’s point of view.
Judith Love Cohen
I did what we call dry for wet effects, some of the miniatures work and two animation sequences.
When I was a kid, at Disneyland, they used to sell Animation Cels for $5.00 at a Fantasyland store. They were called Courvoisier Cels. I was too young to be aware of just how cool that really was.
Hand-drawn animation is something that I feel really strongly about. A Pixar movie may be really great, but it looks like it was drawn by a machine.
In the ’70s, as a kid, someone took me to a Tournee of Animation festival at the L.A. County Museum of Art.
One of the things my dad told me when I was growing up was, ‘Find your calling. Find what you’re meant to do.’ When I found animation, I knew this was it.
For me, one of the great tragedies is the conclusion studios have drawn about traditional animation. I believe that 2D animation could be just as vital as it ever was. I think the problem has been with the stories.
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
I’ve loved all forms of animation.
I’m interested in animation. I actually feel like I’ve learned so much about the process how to make an animated movie.
Acting is a plum gig, and then animation is an even more plum gig.
When you take something that’s inert, and through motion, give it life, make it appear to be alive, living, breathing thinking and having emotions, that’s animation. But when you take something that’s live-action, and move a part of it, that’s a special effect.
In all animation, if it’s done quickly, you’ll know it. And if you’re very slow and careful with it, it’s going to look a little more beautiful. It’s just compressing time into seconds.
In live-action, writing, production, and editing happen in discrete stages. In animation, they overlaphappening simultaneously. This allows a real dialogue to occur between the writer, the director, the actors, and the editor, and it makes the writing process a lot more collaborative and a lot less lonely.
Michael Arndt
I love doing both animation and live acting.
Luckily, I went to school at CalArts, and then ended up here at Disney, starting in the Animation Building and working my way up. I started as an animator, and then did character designing and storyboarding, and eventually, directing.
Chris Buck
I’m very interested in telling darker stories that maybe you are not used to seeing in animation. Especially because in animation you don’t see those kind of stories.
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.
I’ve been very fortunate in animation – when I get on a project, people tend to keep me, so I have long stays of work rather than bouncing around.
Ice Age 4′ came totally out of nowhere for me. I was told Fox Animation was interested in hiring me as a story supervisor or something or other that sounded way too professional for me.
Jason Fuchs
In my opinion, animation will continue to thrive as long as there are children, parents, television, movies and the need to laugh.
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.
Creative content is challenging, no matter what, and animation is particularly challenging.
One reason for keeping Disney animation separate from Pixar was that by solving their own problems when they finished a film, Disney could say, ‘Nobody bailed us out; we did it.’ And it’s a very important social thing for them to do that.
Live-action films are very much a director’s medium, and that director is going to be a very strong voice, a stronger individual voice than you’d have in animation.
There’s a process in the movie industry in both live action and animation called development hell!
Ron Clements
The surprising thing was, it’s actually easier working on animation than working on a comic strip, because Garfield is animated in my head.
Jim Davis
Initially I took the job because I thought it would be really easy. I was like, I’ll take the paycheck because I want to do my own movie. That didn’t work out. In the first two weeks I fell in love with Kratos from an animation perspective; I’d never been able to do anything like this.
For characters where, in a comic, I’d avoid using screen tone because it’s such a bother, I’d deliberately use it in animation in order to highlight their individual characteristics.
One of the things I’ve learned from animation is that some guys are really good at writing, some guys are really good at design, some guys are really good at directing. It’s almost like working in a band – not everybody plays every instrument.
It’s always hard when you’re working on a project, and you’re seeing it in bits and pieces, whether that be film, television, video games, animation – you only really have perspective of what you’re interacting with.
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
It’s not like the computer magically does it for you. Animation just takes forever.
It’s a strange business, and unfortunately, what we do in animation is a mystery, especially the directors.
In animation, what’s wonderful is that when you start to work with multiple nationalities, the common language becomes a visual language rather than a spoken language, which blends beautifully with the art form.
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.
I learned so much from my life as an actor, as a kid actor through being an adult actor, and then becoming a writer and producer and doing animation.
My experience is that there’s absolutely a correlation between the enthusiasm within an animation studio for a given character and the enthusiasm the audience feels when seeing the movie.
If I’m really feeling good and not having a lot of interruptions, I can do a minute of animation a day, so theoretically, I could do a film in three months without any interruptions.
As to the differences between game work and novel writing, well, obviously the former is a lot less lonely – you’re in and out of meetings all the time, bouncing stuff back and forth with the level designers, the art department, the animation team, so forth.
I do a lot of teen shows and voice over work for animation, so when I got the part in ‘The Number 23,’ it was really cool because now I get to be in a movie with Jim Carrey. Acting in this movie was really a learning experience for me.
Paul Butcher
Everyone at Junction Point has been inspired by the creative folks at Pixar and Disney Feature Animation to make ‘entertainment for everyone.’
Animation had been done before, but stories were never told.
Marc Davis
Very few people have made the transition from animation to live-action; I’m certainly not one.
When I was in fifth grade – so, about 11 – my folks moved us to Denmark. And so not only did I have all new friends and all new surroundings, I didn’t even understand what they were talking about, which was very difficult and kind of started me, I think, on my path to animation.
Animation has revitalized a part of my brain that says, ‘Oh yeah, I do like doing this. This is fun.’
As animation directors, you’re the first one on the film; you’re the last one off, and you get to learn from and touch every department throughout the whole journey. I don’t know any other job in the world that’s like that. I don’t think live-action is like that. It’s a very different sort of experience.
Byron Howard
I love working with rotoscopic animation because under the incredible handpainted artwork are real actors and real human performances.
If you are going to describe the history of animation, you’d look at the early Disney work, then ‘Bugs Bunny,’ ‘Road Runner‘ and other Warner Brothers theatrical productions. But when you got to ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle,’ you’d see they were unique: They assumed you had a brain in your head.
Lissa Treiman is an artist who submitted a guest strip to me back in 2008 and whose work I’ve followed since. She works in animation. When I first mentioned on Twitter that I was interested in writing a series but not drawing it, she got in touch.
John Allison
I was a little shocked at how adult some of the humor was, because I was never that into animation before and when I watched ‘Shrek’ I really laughed out loud.
The voice for ‘Surly’ is, of course, very close to my own voice, but it’s informed a lot by this story, by the arc and the animation and working with the whole creative team on ‘The Nut Job’ in finding what really works.
A lot of our animation projects are co-productions with French production companies.
In feature animation, it’s kind of taboo to make a movie that’s more cartoony. But I never really believed that.
‘Toonami’ was a tremendous vehicle, delivering the art of Japanese animation to a massive audience that may have otherwise never experienced it. I feel an immense debt of gratitude to everyone involved with the show and to every fan who supported it.
Steven Blum
In animation, there’s this exhilarating moment of discovery when you see the film and you say, Oh THAT’S what I was doing.
Are the Simpsons cool? They are, and that is crude 2D animation.
In the past, there’s reasons why ‘The Goon’ wasn’t made; it’s because people were afraid of edgy animation. Now, I think that ‘Deadpool’ has proved that that audience is out there in a bigger way than some people thought.
Tim Miller
Computer animation is one way to liberate people from their circumstantial gravity, and it is one way to give them mental freedom.
One of the great sources of employment for people with Ph.D.s in geometry is the animation industry.
Margaret Wertheim
In feature animation, cartoony or exaggerated animation is almost taboo. There is this precedent that if you do that kind of stuff people won’t like it or it will be too zany.
If I’m doing a voice-over session, like animation or something, and I’m doing three different voices, you’ve gotta separate them. You’ve gotta find the different places and do your different things.
My brothers were the ones who taught me about mythology and storytelling, and showed me how to do stop-motion animation.
In terms of writing characters or stories, at least initially, there’s no difference between live-action and animation. A good story is a good story, whatever the medium.
Michael Arndt
So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team.
I like animation: you can go to work in your pyjamas.
‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures‘ – it took a long time for that to get animated because the old-school animation wouldn’t have the glorious nature of JoJo justice. Watching shows like that and ‘Super Kia,’ ‘Black Clover,’ ‘Attack on Titan,’ being able to watch some anime the night before the game definitely helps relax me.
In overseeing both Disney and Pixar Animation, each studio has a unique culture.
In terms of animation, animators are actors as well. They are fantastic actors. They have to draw from how they feel emotionally about the beat of a scene that they’re working on. They work collaboratively.
There was a gap in minority heroes in animation, books, and storytelling for me as a kid, and being a father now, I felt the responsibility I had to the next generation to create stories that allow us to wish and dream and build worlds that inspire young people who haven’t traditionally had these heroes to look up to.
In college, I was a cartoonist at ‘The Daily Northwestern.’ So I draw myself. I was an animator. But basically, I went to Northwestern to major in English, wound up in college for two years. Studied animation there. Came to Disney. My first week at Disney was the week that ‘Star Wars’ came out.
John Musker
Animation is a great way to work. No early morning call times, no make-up chair. In live action, you’re always fighting the clock; the sun is always going down too soon.
When I get up in the morning and put on a pink or a green wig, I see myself as a piece of animation. It lets me be the person I want to be, a person who’s not embarrassed to have fun.
America is behind Europe and Japan in terms of accepting adult ideas in animation.
Also, painting and animation are really solitary pursuits, so the collaborative aspects of music making and acting are pretty welcome sometimes.
Tunde Adebimpe
I brought in the stories many times. I don’t just do animation.
Ray Harryhausen
I loved animation and cartoons, even when it was not cool when you were in high school. I raced home to see the Bugs Bunny cartoons.
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.
Being in the body of an African-American woman, I prefer animation. I get to be everybody. I don’t have to always be the white girl‘s best friend. I can be the princess. I can make an inanimate object come to life. I can be a little boy. I can be anything.
Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.
Norman McLaren
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.
In ’83, not only was there no such thing as performance motion capture technology, there was no such thing as digital animation. This was the analog era.
Animation scripts tend to be much more descriptive and are lighter on dialogue.
Animation is a fascinating area from an acting point of view because it’s not really like anything else because you are only providing a portion of the performance. That’s very inspiring and it forces you to do things in a different way – to tell stories through your voice.
Animation is very singular. Like, even the ‘Toy Story’ movies. People will go, ‘Oh, gosh, you’re so lucky, getting to play opposite Tom Hanks!’ And it’s, like, ‘It may have appeared to be that, but we were never in the room together.’
Annie Potts
I lucked out. I got in just when animation just started to take off.
Jeff Bennett
I think animation can tell more than live action.
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.
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.
Jim Henson once allowed me to visit the Muppets on set and spent an entire day showing me how he and the other puppeteers performed Kermit and all the characters! After that, I was lucky enough to work with both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg on many fun animation projects and learned so much from them.
I guess my first digital movie was ‘Tintin’ because ‘Tintin’ has no film step. There is no intermediate film step. It’s 100% digital animation, but as far as a live-action film, I’m still planning to shoot everything on film.
I was huge fan of most of the animated series growing up in the golden era of ’90s superhero animation. I didn’t care who was producing – it was much more about the specific heroes that I connected with.
I made tons of films. I did animation for my friends’ films. I animated scenes just for the fun of it. Most of my stuff was bad, but I had fun, and I tried everything I knew to get better.
When I first started working at Disney animation, I can’t tell you how many people said to me, ‘Oh, man, take a powder.’ Nobody takes animated musicals seriously. I swear.
With ‘Toy Story,’ which is a fantastic film but is essentially animation, you get to make all your decisions beforehand. ‘Jumanji’ is shot much like any other action film.
Joe Johnston
My animation work is a major source of pride for me.
What is it about animation, graphics, illustrations, that create meaning? And this is an important question to ask and answer because the more we understand how the brain creates meaning, the better we can communicate, and, I also think, the better we can think and collaborate together.
Tom Wujec
When I was a teenager, I did one animated series back when I was on ‘General Hospital.’ It was 1971 or ’72. Then I didn’t do animation until ‘Batman.’
Animation has been ghettoized through the years by giving the impression we only do the same kind of stories.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always been obsessed with animation.
Walking in stop-motion animation is probably the most difficult thing you can do… The way that they have these puppets connect to the set is they actually drill a hole in the set, and they put a threaded rod up through that hole and screw it into the bottom of their foot, and that keeps them in place.
Duke Johnson
I guess the biggest challenge to doing any kind of animation voice work is that you only have your voice to tell the story.
Kevin Conroy
A lot of the time in animation is spent getting the story right – that’s something you can’t rush.
‘The Critic‘ was so absurd, and I loved that. I loved working with Jon Lovitz, I think he’s got a great, great voice for animation.
Ariel got me into animation. She was the first Disney heroine that really felt alive. She felt like a real young woman.
Byron Howard
In animation, the directors are part of a huge team of animators who all have opinions, too. It’s a much more democratic process. Also, the animation executives oversee things more.
People think that cartoons are meant to be watched on television and not in cinemas. To get people into cinemas to see animation really boils down to storytelling for the family.
Bolt‘ was made by Walt Disney Animation Studios, not by Pixar.
In animation, there’s not a medium I believe that’s more collaborative. It is a team of people, of different disciplines, coming together. The decisions are made by consensus in many cases. My job as a director is to exercise the best judgement I can in terms of which decision is the best one to make for the movie.
It’s been an ambition of mine, before I even wanted to act, to be involved in animation.
You have to love Dr. Seuss to take on the responsibility of conveying his work in animation or any medium.
Nobody does animation better than Disney; it’s just that some of us wanted out of the box. Burton was one. I was another. We were the mutual complaint society.
Yes, actually. Animation’s a very easy thing to watch on tour.
Dave Rowntree
It’s very hard to adapt something. You end up changing it too much to make a good movie out of it. I prefer to work with things that are custom made for my kind of animation.
All animation is a tremendous amount of work, but when you put ‘Star Wars’ on the top of something, there’s already this bar that people are going to put on it.
Because good writing in a TV cartoon is so rare, I think the animation on The Simpsons is often overlooked.
I’ve always loved movies and animation. When I was little, I was always pretending to be some alter ego superhero. For years it was Ultraman, ninjas, Spiderman and other cool super heroes.
Ryan Potter
I love animation, I really do, but I don’t do it for the children.
Mario Cantone
Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend.
Any type of animation, it could be really super crude or very sophisticated, it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t make this point in this shot, this one here and this one here. There’s the saying, ‘One shot, one thought.’ It’s pretty much a true way to go.
There’s established gaming IP that’s coming from console to mobile, which is interesting. Everything is converging a little bit toward mobile devices in the living room. On the casual side, the graphics and animation and game design and all of those variables are improving.
Chris DeWolfe
In animation, action is changing so quickly that there’s really not a lot of suspended moments.
The great thing about computer animation is that all of those environments exist as three-dimensional worlds, so these VR worlds already exist.
Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can’t create it if you don’t have one.
The great thing about animation is it’s like the radio. I used to do lots of radio when I was a kid, and you get to play parts you would never get to play ordinarily.
We’re one of the largest employers in Canada for animation executives, and there is – I think something on the magnitude of $140 million a year be important to the Canadian economy producing animation for Netflix.
The thing with computer-generated imagery is that it’s an incredibly powerful tool for making better visual effects. But I believe in an absolute difference between animation and photography.
Doing animation is closer to pretending than anything else you get to do. It’s much more like when you’re a kid putting on a character.
Diedrich Bader
But probably for the last ten years or so, I’ve been fitting in animation work into my other projects.
Dave Rowntree
On ‘Lost,’ I write a score and orchestrate it on days one and two; I record it on day three. In animation and film and videogames, you have a little more time to work things through.
I did B com but realised that it was not my cup of tea. I was always fascinated by animation, and after I completed my course, I wanted to go abroad and pursue it. I used to sketch a lot and was rather serious about it. But all this was until I joined films.
Animation is awesome because there’s a really bold type of comedy you can get away with that you couldn’t get away with in live action: a broader, campier style.