Walt Disney “Quotes” | American Cartoonist (1901-1966)

June 8, 2009

Walt Disney Quotes
I never called my work an ‘art’. It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.

If I were a better artist, I’d be a painter, and if I were a better writer, I’d write books.. but I’m not, so I draw cartoons!

I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.

I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.

A man should never neglect his family for business.

All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

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.

Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon’s unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.

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.

Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.

Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.

Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.

I believe in being an innovator.

I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.

I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.

I never called my work an ‘art’ It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.

I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.

I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.

 

Walt Disney On Mickey Mouse
I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.

Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.

When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.

He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.

Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium cartoon animation towards new entertainment levels. He spelled production liberation for us.

We felt that the public, and especially the children, like animals that are cute and little. I think we are rather indebted to Charlie Chaplin for the idea. We wanted something appealing, and we thought of a tiny bit of a mouse that would have something of the wistfulness of Chaplin- a little fellow trying to do the best he could.

The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life. It is understandable that I should have sentimental attachment for the little personage who played so big a part in the course of Disney Productions and has been so happily accepted as an amusing friend wherever films are shown around the world. He still speaks for me and I still speak for him.
 
Walt Disney Biography
Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901–December 15, 1966) was a multiple Academy Award-winning American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Disney is famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century. As the co-founder (with his brother Roy O. Disney) of Walt Disney Productions, Disney became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation he co-founded, now known as The Walt Disney Company, today has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $35 billion.

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