"To continue to do one thing forever is boring." -Ralph Bakshi
My favorite story from the night, Bakshi spoke of his time at Terry Toons. He started as an ink and paint artist, but just wanted to animate. Since these were the days of unions, he was not allowed to be promoted to animator until the 5 or 6 men ahead of him were promoted. One day he got tired of waiting so he picked up his desk, moved it downstairs to the animation floor and asked the director for a shot. The director, none the wiser, gave him a scene to animate. He animated for 2 weeks until the producer discovered him. He asked him what he was doing, he said "Animating, ask the director." He asked the director what he was doing, he said "Animating." Then the 5 men ahead of him in line got upset. So the company promoted all of them to animator so that Bakshi could keep animating. What a character! I wish I would have thought of that.
In closing, he said "No matter what you're doing, if you pour your heart into it, it's valid". I was grateful to hear him speak, additionally so after he announced that night was his last talking to the public at screenings.