Top 10 Classic Anime That Had Influenced Hollywood

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The world of anime has been more influential than you thought.

Not only did iconic characters in anime like Goku have a name-after day,  anime has also had a more subtle effect on Hollywood, as current film makers have begun to show their love of anime in their work.

Here’s a list of top 10 classic anime that have had an influence on Western cinema.


Similarities between Kimba and Disney’s The Lion King are far from subtle, to the point where Matthew Broderick (who voiced Simba) thought that Disney were remaking the show he watched as a child.

Kimba animators Tezuka Productions opted against a lawsuit, believing they’d never win against the House of Mouse’s top lawyers.


As the first fully transforming robot in anime, Brave Raideen was just as much an influence on future anime as it was Hollywood.

Though many transforming robots would follow, without Raideen we may not have ever seen Transformers come to life.


From tiny soot spirits to an enormous cat-bus, My Neighbour Totoro is a heart-warming story of friendship and fantasy.

Disney/Pixar’s chief creative officer John Lasseter cites this one as his favourite.

Totoro’s cameo appearance in Toy Story 3 was done to let “Studio Ghibli know how much they mean to us,” says Lasseter.

Elsewhere, George Lucas revealed he turned to classic anime and manga when coming up with ideas for Star Wars: The Clone Wars . Ahsoka Tano’s face markings are partially inspired by San from Princess Mononoke .

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