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Born: 1911-03-24
Profession: Cartoonist
Nation: American
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My last days at MGM were like the fall of the Roman Empire in fast motion.

Tags: Days, Fall, Last

My marriage had been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spanned.

Tags: Impulsive, Instead, Marriage

Not once in six years did I make it to the office by 9 on the dot.

Tags: Office, Once, Six

One of the most attractive things about writing your autobiography is that you're not dead.

Tags: Attractive, Dead, Writing

What about Mickey Mouse? Disney tried very hard to make him a star. But Mickey Mouse is more of a symbol than a real character.

Tags: Character, Hard, Real

What the real world of 1941 needed most was the release and relief provided by laughter.

Tags: Laughter, Needed, Real

When animators weren't sleeping, they were drinking.

Tags: Drinking, Sleeping, Weren

While I have never been a regular churchgoer, I'm anything but immune to the power and the majesty of the religious experience.

Tags: Experience, Power, While

You keep pitching. Most of the pitches run wild. A few are caught.

Tags: Few, Keep, Run

In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic. You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between gladiators.

Tags: Between, Good, Romantic

Parents look at me like I'm somebody pretty important, and say, We were raised on your characters, and now we're enjoying them all over again with our children.

Tags: Children, Parents, Pretty

Ted Turner sailed into the meeting, and I mean sailed. He holds himself as if he were at the helm of his sailboat, in the process of winning the race.

Tags: Himself, Mean, Winning

There is no law that says a man who earned a hundred million dollars in his first half-dozen years on the job has to be a decent human being, but Mike Eisner is that and more.

Tags: Human, Job, Law

Despite the rejection, and in violation of all the rules, I came back year after year.

Tags: After, Rejection, Year

Faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally tried to ride out the bad tooth.

Tags: Bad, Choice, Tried

I don't know anyone who enjoys going to the hospital. To help remedy this, I got an idea to create what a Laugh Room in the pediatric ward of hospitals.

Tags: Help, Idea, Laugh

High-level, big-deal publicity has a way of getting old for me, but what never fails to thrill me is when I make personal appearances.

Tags: Getting, Old, Personal

I learned long ago to accept the fact that not everything I create will see the light of day.

Tags: Fact, Learned, Light

That's what keeps me going: dreaming, inventing, then hoping and dreaming some more in order to keep dreaming.

Tags: Dreams, Keep, Order

I first pitched the idea of doing a series of cartoons based on Bible stories. They didn't much like it.

Tags: Bible, Idea, Stories

Publicity gets more than a little tiring. You want it, you need it, you crave it, and you're scared as hell when it stops.

Tags: Hell, Scared, Tiring

After I had done a handful of cartoons I was satisfied with, I started submitting them to the magazines.

Tags: After, Done, Started

Among the great glories of the MGM lot were the vast outdoor sets that had been constructed over the years.

Tags: Among, Glories, Great

Bill Hanna and I owe an awful lot to television, but we both got our start and built the first phase of our partnership in the movies.

Tags: Both, Movies, Start

Creating fantasy is a very personal thing, but you can't take the process too personally.

Tags: Creating, Personal, Process

Except for me, no one in my family could draw.

Tags: Draw, Except, Family

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Friends don't necessarily made good business or creative partners.

Tags: Business, Friends, Good

I cannot say who, precisely, came up with the idea of a Stone Age family.

Tags: Age, Cannot, Family

I don't know that I spent any more time alone than any other kid, but being by myself never bothered me.

Tags: Alone, Kid, Time

I hate fishing, and I can't imagine why anyone would want to hike when you can get in the car and drive.

Tags: Car, Hate, Why

I have spent a lot of years on the outside looking in.

Tags: Looking, Outside, Spent

I hope we don't get to the point where we have to have the cat stop chasing the mouse to teach him glassblowing and basket weaving.

Tags: Him, Hope, Point

I never got tired of Tom and Jerry, but I did have a dream of doing more with my life than making cartoons.

Tags: Dream, Life, Tired

I was 82 years old before Who's Who thought I was enough of a big shot to do a piece on me.

Tags: Enough, Old, Thought

I was convinced there as only one actor to play Templeton the Rat, and that was Tony Randall.

Tags: Actor, Convinced, Rat

Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought.

Tags: Failure, Lives, Thought

Making cartoons means very hard work at every step of the way, but creating a successful cartoon character is the hardest work of all.

Tags: Character, Successful, Work

My biggest kick comes from the individual fans I run into. Middle-aged men ask me when we're going to do more Johnny Quest cartoons.

Tags: Ask, Individual, Men