"We found out early that if you did something with a character, either animal or human or whatnot, that couldn't possibly be rigged up in live action, why then, you've got a guaranteed laugh. If a human can do it, a lot of times it isn't funny in animation. Or even if it is funny, a human could do it funnier....But if you can take a fellow and have him get hit on the head and then he cracks up like a piece of china, then you know you've got a laugh!"
—Tex Avery, in an interview with Joe Adamson.
Maybe I'm just a duck, but I'm human. A man can stand so much.
— Donald Duck, Early to Bed
I once said about Bloom County's Opus that when you draw a penguin sitting on the toilet reading the newspaper, it's funny, but if you put an adult man there, it's disgusting. With more fanciful characters, you're freed from the expectations and baggage of realism, and you have more latitude.
—Bill Watterson, in Exploring Calvin and Hobbes
"I'm a lady and a pig!"
—Miss Piggy, The Muppets, "A Tail of Two Piggies"
Papa Bear: "We live a special kind of life."
Mama Bear: "Because we're a special kind of bear."
Papa Bear: "Instead of basking on a rock..."
Mama Bear: "...We choose to sit upon a chair."
Both: "But we're bears, bears, bears, from our roundy little ears, through our warm and saggy hides, to our saggy fronts and rears. We're bears, bears, bears."
"When I look down this table with the exquisite feast set before us, I see two terrific lawyers, a skilled pediatrician, a wonderful chef, a savvy real-estate agent, an excellent tailor, a crack accountant, a gifted musician, a pretty good minnow fisherman, and possibly the best landscape painter working on the scene today. Maybe a few of you might even read my column from time to time. Who knows? I tend to doubt it. I also see a room full of wild animals."
—Mr. Fox, Fantastic Mr. Fox