I love the Disney/Anime connection – and their philosophies are coming in with the Anime as well which has been influencing the minds of many in the west – a very good thing I think.
But yeah – what a surprise for me in my 20s when the lines between Civilizations between to blur and disappear somewhat. In school, the lines were hard, sharp, clear, obvious, nearly impenetrable (outside of some barely mentioned trade).
But the reality appears to be far more interesting than that. Much more cross-cultural influences than school taught us. But then again, my world history book had rosy cheeked, blond haired caveman and women, so I don’t expect much out of textbook learnin’.