Inspirational Quotes for Animators

Quotes for Animators from Animators

Some days just seem to drag on, and when you’re compiling 700 images to make less than 30 seconds of moving animation, those days can feel like time is moving backwards as you wait for 5 o’clock. That’s when it’s helpful to have a stock-pile of inspiration from other artists and animators! Gems like

“When I was directing I used to say to the animators, ‘will you do something for me?’ Will you make it so extreme that you make me mad?'”
-Dave Hand, Disney Animator and Director

Today we present a collection of quotes to get you over the hump and back to the passion and fun that drives every artist!

Remember, the bottom line is that all the technical considerations are unimportant when confronted with the question of “Does it look right?””
-Ron Brinkmann

`There are no rules, just tools.’
-Glenn Vilppu


“Animation Means To Invoke Life, Not To Imitate It.”
-Chuck Jones

“Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend.”
-Steven Spielberg

“What’s most important in animation is the emotions and the ideas being portrayed. I’m a great believer of energy and emotion.”
-Ralph Bakshi
(Learn more on Emotion in Animation here!)

“I prefer that animation reach into places where live action doesn’t go, and it seems like all of animation nowadays is trying to go where live action is.”
-Don Bluth

“Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can’t create it if you don’t have one.”
-Brad Bird
(Read more on this idea by clicking here!)


“You’re not supposed to animate drawings. You’re supposed to animate feelings.”
-Ollie Johnston

“There’s nothing harder to do in animation than nothing. Movement is our medium.”
-Milt Kahl

If one of these great quotes helps fuel the creative fire in your belly, why not jot it down on a sticky note and slap it on your desk as a constant reminder? We all need a boost sometimes, and as animators we have a great community to look to for inspiration!

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Sabina K

Those are great ones! My personal favorites are from Nancy Beiman – ”Animation is not reality. It’s much better!” and “We bring the inanimate to life, we create universes, we are magicians” 🙂

Josh K

That Don Bluth quote is so true. Cartoons these days are trying too hard to be photorealistic with the individual strands of hair and skin pores. The art of stylization and interpretation is lost. The Paperman route looks promising.

Breakerton Man

All good stuff to listen to. Fav is “Remember, the bottom line is that all the technical considerations are unimportant when confronted with the question of “Does it look right?””
-Ron Brinkmann


I want to get on this list one day. 😀


All great and inspirations!


“The bluebird stops in the winter for if no one else there is a hidden place in your soul.”

A great quote by me.

little mac

Love these!!


If posts like these are huggable…*hugs post* This so needs to be an ever-growing list. I’m reading “Walt Disney” by Neal Gabler now. Here’s a few favourite quotes from the book:

“The process of animation was a process of giving life, of literally taking the inanimate and making it animate”

“[On Walt Disney] He was a go-getter who did not know where he was getting to, only that he would get somewhere.”

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