When I look back at old footage of me back in the early ’90s, it almost looks like a cartoon character, or something.
Sensitivity and sex appeal are wonderful qualities to have whether you’re cartoon or human.
‘She-Ra’ was truly my favorite cartoon growing up.
I got a bike when I was little, a BMX. I called it ‘Fido Dido’ after the tough little cartoon guy with spiked hair. I thought he was the coolest thing ever.
I was influenced when I was younger by the cartoon movies that Disney put out, like Cinderella and what not. I watched those movies over and over when I was younger and the music is ingrained into my head. Nowadays, I’m still humming the tunes. It taught me the fundamentals.
I’m terrible about people wanting to take pictures with me. I’m a giant baby about it. They treat you like a cartoon. There’s nothing you can do except make light of it. That’s if I’m in the mood – sometimes I get superbummed.
In American films, Russians are often portrayed like cartoon villains without clear motivations.
I was a big comic, cartoon, animation nerd.
When you work on anything, you want to find the range of impulses – which ones get portrayed is another question, but you want to have that complexity and that fullness, even if you’re playing a cartoon character.
If you win elections on the theory that government is always bad and will mess up a two-car parade… a real change-maker represents a real threat. So your only option is to create a cartoon, a cartoon alternative, then run against the cartoon. Cartoons are two-dimensional; they’re easy to absorb.
It is no accident that I made Cartoon Town a simple little village – in many ways it mirrored my home town. And, yes, many of my puppet characters took on some of the more eccentric characteristics of people I knew there.
I was attracted to Joe right away. He was and is one of the greatest cartoon artists I’ve ever met. I was able to do the timing, and Joe with his draftsmanship could make the storyboards. There were things I could do that he couldn’t and vice versa.
We’re delighted that Freddie Flintstone and his friends have made such a hit. The comedy is not the old cartoon slapstick. Most of it is situation stuff and dialogue.
I saw one of the old ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoons the other day. I hadn’t seen it for 30 years and I didn’t remember it. We made 160 of them! I thought it was a very funny cartoon.
I sometimes catch up ‘Simi Selects India’s Most Desirable.’ Sometimes I watch reality dance shows, too. And yes, the strangest of all is that I watch ‘Tom and Jerry’ on Cartoon Network with my son.
Student cartoonists as well as professionals should always be careful that they’re not doing a cartoon that already has been done.
I still do the standard editorial cartoon: that is my bread and butter. I absolutely love doing that.
It’s fun to take two topics and mix them into one cartoon.
With a standard editorial cartoon, you’re taking tons of information and synthesizing it down to a single bite – a single moment in time. With animated editorial cartoons, it’s more storytelling.
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.
All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
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 try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.
I think some days you should do a cartoon that is absolutely just for the laugh, and some days you should do a cartoon that just punches the reader right in the stomach. It’s kind of nice to mix it up.
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