Quotable Animation

From taking us on a journey to a far-away land to an adventure in our own back yards, the art of animation can take you anywhere in the universe without limits. It can also make a profound statement.

Here’s our list of some of the very best quotes from pioneers and current movers and shakers from the animation industry. They range from the profound to the intriguing to the just plain funny.

One way or the other, you’ll find many of them thought-provoking and entertaining.

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

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss

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

Animation Means To Invoke Life, Not To Imitate It. – Chuck Jones

My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there. – Jim Henson

The whole thing with creativity is there’s something new to do out there. Why not give it a try? – Marc Davis

Stop worrying about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia. – Charles M. Schulz

I would like to make a film to tell children “it’s good to be alive.” – Hayao Miyazaki

Believe in your character. Animate (or write) with sincerity. – Glen Keane

I think it reflects well on the state of animation that people are knowledgeable about it and love the fantasy and imagination that goes into it. – Bill Plympton