quote by John Lasseter

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.

— John Lasseter

Astonishing Animated Films quotations

Animated films quote Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no critici
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

I started my career giving a clinic in bad acting in the film, "The Silver Chalice," and now I'm playing a crusty old man who's an animated automobile [in "Cars"]. That's a creative arc for you, isn't it?

The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.

Animated films quote Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.

That's the thing with animated films - I often feel that puppets get the better parts compared to us normal actresses.

I was so moved by the intelligence,sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian.


Sure, they were simple desk lamps with only a minimal amount of movement, but you could immediately tell that Luxo Jr. was a baby, and that the big one was his mother. In that short little film, computer animation went from a novelty to a serious tool for filmmaking.

Animated films quote It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.
It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.

First I did animation films, when I was young, in time-lapse.

And then in the '80s I went directly to video. The main reason for that was that I could control all the steps.

The music is an important and crucial part to an animated film.

You don't think about it, but you can watch Tom and Jerry with no words, for hours, and the music dictates the emotion and where the story is going and how you're supposed to feel. Everything is in the music.

In animation, there's this exhilarating moment of discovery when you see the film and you say, Oh THAT'S what I was doing.

Animated films quote Be kind to every kind, not just mankind.
Be kind to every kind, not just mankind.

'Coraline' is Neil Gaiman's book, it sold a lot, it has a big fan base.

It was originally conceived to be live action, but I never really wanted it to be. I always thought that it would work better as an animated film.


In timing a film, we used to assume that sneaks move slowly.

This was great for animators-thirty-six to forty-eight drawings for a single step-but it was sheer hell for the pace of the picture. So the rapid tiptoe was invented.

People are beginning to realize that it's important that we see animals in a natural state - but through film, through video, through documentaries, at wildlife preserves, and through other humanely protected ways, which don't involve... performing for us.

Animated films quote If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t, either.
If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t, either.
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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 miss animation very passionately. Not continuously, but every once in a while I would die to do another film.

There are many animation films out there for teens, tweens and family but there are not that many real life stories.

Animated films quote When it is too hard to look back, and you are afraid to look ahead... Look besid
When it is too hard to look back, and you are afraid to look ahead... Look beside you. I'll always be there.

I'm a bit of a weird creature... I'm self taught and went to a regular film school, not art school, and I think it's unusual for somebody to approach animation from that angle. In a sense I've sometimes consclassered myself more of a filmmaker who just happens to animate.

I do not make films primarily for children.

I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.

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

Animated films quote We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

I'd forgotten I'd done the anime called Spirited Away, the English version of a Japanese film.

I believe in 3D for certain kinds of films.

I certainly believe in using 3D for all things in animation because animation has such clarity and so much depth of focus. It worked great with 'Avatar' because 70 percent of that film is animated.


The marketing department is really an important part of getting an animated film to work. If the people running it are used to selling live action films and the hard rock music and the sex and all those things... Anything outside that, they just don't know what to do with it.

Animated films quote Animals do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.
Animals do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.

Dragon's Lair 3D is about as close as you can come to controlling an animated feature film.

If you look at the game and everything, it's not quite like looking at an animated film, because that's total character. This, this is really movement, but it's got funny little things if you look for the humor. They're actually getting to the character.

My first student film was Orientation, which was basically the set-up for Animal House. There are a couple of scenes that we later borrowed in some form.

Animated films quote Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

Most of the animated films I watched, the emotions are all prepackaged like canned music, the hand actions, the sighs.


And it's about a three-month process every screening.

And that way we have seven or eight chances at the film before we have to actually build the models, build the sets, do the animation and all of that. So it's a - I think that's a real key to the way we make films.

I'm a huge fan of the animated film 'The Land Before Time' and that was one of my favourite animated films when I was growing up.

Animated films quote Every animal on earth is a living being with feelings, emotions, and a family li
Every animal on earth is a living being with feelings, emotions, and a family life. Just like you and me.
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The process of making natural history films is to try to prevent the animal knowing you are there, so you get glimpses of a non-human world, and that is a transporting thing.

The whole thing that drew me to doing an animated film is that you're freed from the physical limitations of your physical body. All of a sudden, you get to be something that has nothing to do with the fact that I'm a 6'4", lumbering dude, and that is really exciting.

I personally just want to do as many different things as I can do, whether it's comedy, drama, science fiction, horror, narrator... You've got a documentary, I've got a voice. Animated films. Big films, small films.

Animated films quote The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is differ
The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is different.

When you assemble animation teams the way you do a live-action film, you're often struggling a bit to get a cohesive team together, so if you have a team that works well together, you're hoping for another film so that you can refine the team.

But I've worked where they've had animals before, and animal wranglers, the people who raise animals and train animals for films and television, they're all very, very professional.

A gem of a short film has a sense of pure joy in animation that is different from anything you see in a feature film.

Watching Ray Harryhausen's films growing up was a pure joy.

He brought legends to life and he became a legend himself. And I am sure that future generations of animators will continue to look to him for inspiration.

Animation story boarding works differently than live action story boarding.

The story crew along with a writer really does shape and create the film - the world and it's characters. We meet almost every day and brainstorm the plot of the film. It's a highly collaborative process - and we continue to improve the story until we literally run out of time.