Top 119 Animation Quotes

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“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.”

― Akira Toriyama

“Let’s get real: the .GIF format is outdated and is not really that great for the modern web anymore. It was created in 1989, and it wasn’t even created for the purpose of animation.”

― Alan Schaaf

“The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting.”

― Alfred Sisley

“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.”

― Andy Serkis

“Animation did not become the dominant form of children’s television until the ’60s.”

― Annette Funicello

“Acting is a plum gig, and then animation is an even more plum gig.”

― Aziz Ansari

“I’m definitely looking to do more animation stuff.”

― Big Show

“I don’t dislike the process of animation… I find it daunting, but only as much as I find everything daunting.”

― Bill Nighy

“America is behind Europe and Japan in terms of accepting adult ideas in animation.”

― Bill Plympton

“’Zootopia’ features such a large and diverse range of characters – one of our biggest casts ever for a Disney Animation film. We needed talented actors who could help bring these animals to life.”

― Byron Howard

“I found out animation is incredibly boring. You draw and draw and draw, and it’s only a few seconds done in a week.”

― Caroll Spinney

“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.”

― Cheryl Hines

“My early experiences in animation taught me that following someone else is not a great idea.”

― Chris Meledandri

“Animation is just another way of telling a story.”

― Christopher Miller

“When I was younger, I was hopefully going to do animation and special effects.”

― Colin O’Donoghue

“I’m always pretty overworked with commercial illustration or design or animation.”

― Dave Cooper

“Animation in itself has so many different looks and styles and possibilities.”

― Dave Filoni

“Motion comics are just cheap animation. Very cheap animation. And I like animation almost as much as I like comics, but I’m not rushing to pay out for a cheap hybrid of the two.”

― Dave Morris

“The days when you needed amazing Silicon Graphics machines to run animation software are gone now.”

― Dave Rowntree

“But probably for the last ten years or so, I’ve been fitting in animation work into my other projects.”

― Dave Rowntree

“Yes, actually. Animation’s a very easy thing to watch on tour.”

― Dave Rowntree

“You’ve got to be able to make animation for much less… Less is not the studio’s way.”

― Don Bluth

“Animation scripts tend to be much more descriptive and are lighter on dialogue.”

― Douglas Wood

“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

“It is no surprise that animation is Hollywood’s most successful and innovative genre.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“Are the Simpsons cool? They are, and that is crude 2D animation.”

― Edwin Catmull

“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.”

― Edwin Catmull

“The title ‘Spirited Away’ could refer to what Disney has done on a corporate level to the revered Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s epic and marvelous new anime fantasy.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“I don’t know if I really watched any Disney animation as a kid.”

― Emilie de Ravin

“Campaigns are these moments of suspended animation where people usually learn how to be friends afterward.”

― Eric Garcetti

“To me, the future of TV and movies is going to be 3-D animation.”

― Fabio Lanzoni

“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.”

― Geoff Johns

“My brothers were the ones who taught me about mythology and storytelling, and showed me how to do stop-motion animation.”

― Geoffrey S. Fletcher

“Where as in animation you have to kind of do a series of drawings in between to complete the movement.”

― Gerald Scarfe

“Animation is a technique, not a genre.”

― Gore Verbinski

“Nothing’s occurring in animation – you manufacture everything.”

― Gore Verbinski

“The industry sees animation as a genre rather than a medium. It has been pigeonholed into being just for kids’ entertainment, and that’s it.”

― Greg Tiernan

“It feels like animation has a little more independence than traditional sitcoms ever did.”

― H. Jon Benjamin

“You have to always physicalize, when you do animation recording. Otherwise, you won’t get the performance right.”

― Hank Azaria

“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.”

― Henry Selick

“Very few people have made the transition from animation to live-action; I’m certainly not one.”

― Henry Selick

“I like watching romantic comedies and animation.”

― Ileana D’Cruz

“I’m a big fan of cel animation, I’m a big fan of computer animation, and, most of all, I’m a big fan of stop-motion animation.”

― James Wan

“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.”

― Jamie Hewlett

“I lucked out. I got in just when animation just started to take off.”

― Jeff Bennett

“The great thing about computer animation is that all of those environments exist as three-dimensional worlds, so these VR worlds already exist.”

― Jennifer Yuh Nelson

“I used to watch every episode of ‘Justice League,’ I went to all the movies, I had the Superman lunchbox. I was enamored with animation in general and always wanted to somehow be a part of it.”

― Jesse McCartney

“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

“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

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

― John Hench

“In animation, you can often defer decisions or make changes later.”

― John Knoll

“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

“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

“I’ve always been thinking in three dimensions, ever since I started working with computer animation in the early ’80s.”

― John Lasseter

“I don’t believe that an animation studio should be an executive-driven studio.”

― John Lasseter

“’Bolt’ was made by Walt Disney Animation Studios, not by Pixar.”

― John Lasseter

“Of all studios that should be doing 2-D animation, it should be Disney.”

― John Lasseter

“Pixar has invented much of computer animation as it’s known today, and I’ve been very lucky to be the first traditional animator to work with computer animation.”

― John Lasseter

“In overseeing both Disney and Pixar Animation, each studio has a unique culture.”

― John Lasseter

“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

“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

“I love working with rotoscopic animation because under the incredible handpainted artwork are real actors and real human performances.”

― Keith Maitland

“I’ve seen animation features just languish until the right combination of things come along to keep it alive.”

― Kelly Asbury

“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.”

― Kelly Asbury

“So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team.”

― Kenneth Branagh

“Creative content is challenging, no matter what, and animation is particularly challenging.”

― Kevin Reilly

“The walls between live-action and animation are becoming really porous, and it’s interesting.”

― Lee Unkrich

“It’s a strange business, and unfortunately, what we do in animation is a mystery, especially the directors.”

― Lee Unkrich

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

― Leonard Maltin

“Animation had been done before, but stories were never told.”

― Marc Davis

“What we were in on, really, was the invention of animation.”

― Marc Davis

“One of the great sources of employment for people with Ph.D.s in geometry is the animation industry.”

― Margaret Wertheim

“Comics and animation have some of the deepest stories I’ve ever seen.”

― Marie Lu

“I love animation, I really do, but I don’t do it for the children.”

― Mario Cantone

“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.’”

― Mark Hamill

“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

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

― Matt Groening

“When I was a kid, I wanted to make movies. In particular, I loved animation and would love to have been an animator.”

― Michael Giacchino

“I love classic animation, and I especially love classic cartoon music.”

― Michael Giacchino

“I’ve always loved animation and animated films.”

― Michael Sheen

“I’ve loved all forms of animation.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“All movies are inherently collaborative, and animation even more so. There are hundreds and hundreds of people involved with an animated movie.”

― Nicholas Stoller

“I’ve been a huge animation fan since I was a kid, so the idea of seeing my characters in full motion on the big screen is completely mind-blowing.”

― Noelle Stevenson

“I was always into cartoons and animation.”

― Nonito Donaire

“Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.”

― Norman McLaren

“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.”

― Pamela Adlon

“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.”

― Pete Docter

“It’s amazing what they can do with animation nowadays. It’s really beautiful. The 3D stuff is out of hand.”

― Peter Dinklage

“Look what Disney’s done to their animation department. There wasn’t an animator in charge of their animation unit!”

― Ralph Bakshi

“I’m having the same problems today that I had when I first started, saying that outrageous adult animation works.”

― Ralph Bakshi

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

― Ralph Bakshi

“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

“I brought in the stories many times. I don’t just do animation.”

― Ray Harryhausen

“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 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.”

― Robert Trujillo

“I love great animation.”

― Ron Perlman

“I ran development and programming at Disney TV animation. We did a lot of cartoons.”

― Roy Price

“I wrote a big animation scene for ‘Iron Fists,’ but we couldn’t afford all that.”

― Rza

“I was a film major with a concentration in animation.”

― Seth MacFarlane

“Animation has completely changed, and I’ve always been a big fan.”

― Shia LaBeouf

“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 have not grown up on movies. I didn’t watch much films in my childhood, but I was fond of animation films.”

― Sonakshi Sinha

“It’s not like the computer magically does it for you. Animation just takes forever.”

― Stephen Hillenburg

“I studied marine biology, even taught marine science before I got into animation, so I had an interest in that field and those animals.”

― Stephen Hillenburg

“Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend.”

― Steven Spielberg

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms – the animation, the fits.”

― Susan Sontag

“I usually have 10 different animation projects going at a time.”

― Tara Strong

“It’s been an ambition of mine, before I even wanted to act, to be involved in animation.”

― Taron Egerton

“A lot of our animation projects are co-productions with French production companies.”

― Ted Sarandos

“No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.”

― Theodore Bikel

“In animation, action is changing so quickly that there’s really not a lot of suspended moments.”

― Thomas Newman

“I worked as a production assistant on a couple of films, and finally, I got a job at an animation studio as an editor. After that, work begat work. I got into directing music videos and commercials.”

― Thomas Schlamme

“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.”

― Tim Matheson

“I’m in love with kid’s stories and animation.”

― Toni Braxton

“Since I was a kid, I’ve always been obsessed with animation.”

― Tye Sheridan

“The Italian character in general is full of animation, and the natives enter into the interests and welfare of the stranger before them with a fervor that forbids all doubt of its sincerity and that is truly surprising.”

― William Godwin

“I was a big comic, cartoon, animation nerd.”

― Winston Duke

“The line between anime and regular animation is very difficult to cross, even for people who have been doing anime successfully for years.”

― Yuri Lowenthal

“I’m interested in animation. I actually feel like I’ve learned so much about the process how to make an animated movie.”

― Zack Snyder
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