Bakshi in January 2009
October 29, 1938 |
Haifa, Mandatory Palestine
|Occupation||Director, producer, animator, writer, actor, painter|
|Known for||Fritz the Cat, Wizards, Coonskin, Cool World, American Pop|
Elisabeth Bassett ‘Liz’ Bakshi
The rise of anime had to happen. If the Japanese could tell better American stories, it would go through the roof. They still tell stories which are very much oriental. I take my hat off to them.
I'm having the same problems today that I had when I first started, saying that outrageous adult animation works.
What's most important in animation is the emotions and the ideas being portrayed. I'm a great believer of energy and emotion.
I thought I had the rights to The Lord of the Rings. I don't know how Jackson ended up with the rights.
Live action writers will give you a structure, but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.
Look what Disney's done to their animation department. There wasn't an animator in charge of their animation unit!
Wizards was my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom. I had read Tolkien, understood Tolkien, and wanted to do a sort of fantasy for American kids, and that was Wizards.
I had the X rating on my films. Now they do as much on The Simpsons as I got an X rating for Fritz the Cat.
Most of the animated films I watched, the emotions are all prepackaged like canned music, the hand actions, the sighs.
I animated 20 years at Terry Toons. It's important to know that animators like pizza and a raise once in a while, and you've got to treat them with love.
As an artist, I want to interpret my feelings – not run across the street and ask what my mother thinks.
I miss animation very passionately. Not continuously, but every once in a while I would die to do another film.
Too many of Disney animators, and a lot try to emulate Disney, are trying to hit what they call quality levels. They're boring mannerisms.
Cartooning at its best is a fine art. I'm a cartoonist who works in the medium of animation, which also allows me to paint my cartoons.
Lord of the Rings made me realize that I'm not interested in doing anyone else's work.
I would like to have the original ending to my Lord of the Rings instead of the one they released. In my original cut I had the victory at Helm's Deep as the final sequence.
I'm the first to admit that I can't be as good as Tolkien, and a movie can never be as good as Tolkien.
Animation is tremendously resilient. Animation will recover, as art always recovers. There's always cycles of good art.
Sweetheart, I'm the biggest ripped-off cartoonist in the history of the world, and that's all I'm going to say.
All the old great companies were run by guys who knew what an animator meant, and guys who knew how to draw. All the companies today are run by executives.
My movies continue to be found and be sold because there's something going on in them.
One of the best animated films I've seen come out of Disney was the Tarzan movie. I wasn't crazy about the story or the design on Tarzan's face, but the traditional animation was spectacular.
Disney had such a hold on the mind of America-they were Adolf Hitler. The whole country thought Disney was some sort of god and that animation was some sort of pure thing for children.