“I admire Walt Disney, I am charmed by Walt Disney, and I decided my career inspired by Walt Disney. And I met him in New York, or, I should say, I just walked past him. On the opening day of New York World’s Fair,
I was lucky enough to get a chance to talk to him. I came across him leaving the stage just after delivering the speech.
I got nervous but somehow introduced myself to him.
‘I am a head of a Japanese animation studio.’
‘Nice to have you here.’
‘I am the one who made Astro Boy.’
‘Really? I know Astro Boy. I saw the work in Los Angeles. It’s a great work.”
‘Thank you very much. My staff would be honored. Well, may I have your comment about the work?’
‘It’s a very interesting Sci-Fi story. Future children are looking toward the space. So I, myself, think about making Sci Fi, too. If you have time, visit me in Burbank.’
(by Tezuka Osamu)