Animation Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old animation quotes, animation sayings, and animation proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Animation means to invoke life, not to imitate it.     

Chuck Jones

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

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

Norman McLaren

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

Brad Bird

The good thing about animation is that you can affect it. If something is not working, then you just fix it.     

Tim Burton

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

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

Animation is capable to go beyond superego defense strategies and touch deep human being contents as no other art expression.     

Luiz Bolognesi

Animation is a technique, not a genre.     

Gore Verbinski

Animation isn't the illusion of life; it is life.     

Chuck Jones

To take full advantage of computer animation, you have to pay as much attention to the believable as you do the unbelievable.     

John Lasseter

For me, part of the fascination with making animation is you go to a place; it's a complete immersion in someone else's fantasy.     

Chris Wedge

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

Computers don't create computer animation any more than a pencil creates pencil animation. What creates computer animation is the artist.     

John Lasseter

Even in hand drawn animation, humans are widely considered to be the most difficult to execute, because everybody has a feeling for how they move.     

Brad Bird

The whole point of animation to me is to tell a story, make a joke, express an idea. The technique itself doesn't really matter. Whatever works is the thing to use.     

Terry Gilliam

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.     

Matt Groening

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.     

Henry Selick

There's the fact that animation is extremely time-consuming, tedious, labor-intensive, and therefore, extremely expensive as an art form to really do it right, to really do full animation.     

Eric Drooker

One of my favorite things about animation is that the boundaries are as limitless as our imaginations. If we can dream it, we can make it. And if we do it well, audiences will believe it wholeheartedly.     

Dean DeBlois

With animation, if something does not fit, you always have the time to change it. When you make a live-action movie, when your days of shooting are over, they are over forever.     

Marjane Satrapi

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 different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature.     

Walt Disney

When in doubt, resort to animation.     

Michael Palin

Animation is manipulating the difference.     

Norman McLaren

Nothing’s occurring in animation--you manufacture everything.     

Gore Verbinski

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

Aziz Ansari

Animation is not just for children--it's also for adults who take drugs.     

Paul Mccartney

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

Douglas Wood

Animation has always been about technology. You can't have animation without technology.     

Chris Wedge

Without doubt, in animation each frame is important, every movement defines the character.     

Lucrecia Martel

For me, animation is the caricature of life. It's something that we create, from the ground up.     

Genndy Tartakovsky

A lot of the time in animation is spent getting the story right – that’s something you can’t rush.     

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Traditionally, animation has been dominated by men in the past. I don't know why it attracted guys.     

Pete Docter

It's interesting when you're trying to create a character in animation. It's really a communal effort.     

Steve Carell

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

Gerald Scarfe

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

Don Bluth

When you're dealing with clay animation, people forget that every single set is built to scale and by hand.     

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Animations are really powerful - it's not just entertainment, it's a very cunning way to get good ideas across.     

Benedict Cumberbatch

The nice thing about animation is that you can realise your inventions without understanding all the hard theory.     

Nick Park

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

Ralph Bakshi

Computer animation is one way to liberate people from their circumstantial gravity, and it is one way to give them mental freedom.     

Cai Guo-Qiang

In computer animation, every detail has to be thought out, designed, modeled, shaded, placed and lit. The more you add, the more computer memory you need.     

John Lasseter

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

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.     

John C. Reilly

Animation requires a great deal of concentration, and I preferred to work alone because then I'm not deterred by somebody asking me if I want coffee, or the phone ringing or something.     

Ray Harryhausen

The thing about animation is that it's a constantly changing process. They talk in terms of sequences - so there's like thirty different sequences in a movie and at anytime those were shifting or being taken out or being replaced.     

Jonathan M. Goldstein

One of the things about animation is it's so expensive to do the animation, that you can't produce coverage. You only have one chance to make every shot.     

John Lasseter