People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph.
We allow no geniuses around our Studio.
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.
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.
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.
You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.
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.
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.
We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.
There's nothing funnier than the human animal.
Laughter is America's most important export.
I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.
I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.
I'd say it's been my biggest problem all my life... it's money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.
Of all the things I've done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.
Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.
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.
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.