I had the X rating on my films. Now they do as much on The Simpsons as I got an X rating for Fritz the Cat.
Animation is tremendously resilient. Animation will recover, as art always recovers. There's always cycles of good art.
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.
Wizards was my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom. I had read Tolkien, understood Tolkien, and wanted to do a sort of fantasy for American kids, and that was Wizards.
What's most important in animation is the emotions and the ideas being portrayed. I'm a great believer of energy and emotion.
You can't second-guess yourself as a filmmaker.
I'm having the same problems today that I had when I first started, saying that outrageous adult animation works.
Most of the animated films I watched, the emotions are all prepackaged like canned music, the hand actions, the sighs.
Painting pictures didn't make me a lot of money. I have to eat.
Sweetheart, I'm the biggest ripped-off cartoonist in the history of the world, and that's all I'm going to say.
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.
Film has to describe and show.
I am not interested in slickness for the sake of slickness.
I draw what I feel, which is no more than doing my job.
I thought I had the rights to The Lord of the Rings. I don't know how Jackson ended up with the rights.
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