My most recent posts at 3 Quarks Daily are about two pop culture figures, Osamu Tezuka and Walt Disney:
Tezuka's Mighty Atom (Astro Boy) and the Japanese Take on Robots (April 3, 2017)Why Disney’s Fantasia is a Masterpiece (May 1, 2017)
Fantasia came out at the end of 1940, but, alas, failed at the box office, in part because by that time Disney had become dependent on foreign markets but those were closed to him because of the outbreak of WWII. Tezuka would have been aware of Disney by the time he began drawing manga in the middle and late 1940s, but he wouldn’t have seen any of Disney’s feature length cartoons until the 1950s, at which time they fascinated him. Both men have had tremendous influence on popular culture.