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Disney animators are among the most successful and recognizable in the world.
With their distinctive style, they are the subject of films such as Frozen, Coco and Zootopia, and they also draw audiences.
Now, one animator is talking openly about his struggles with mental illness, his family and his career.
Disney’s first-ever major animation director, Tomoaki Kawashima, is also a father of two children and a grandfather.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kawashama said he has struggled with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder since he was a child.
His family has been supportive and helped him deal with his illness, Kawasam said.
He has a son named Akira who has ADHD and needs medication, and his wife has been a stay-at-home mother to their daughter, who has Down syndrome.
But now, his work has a different meaning to him.
“I don, for example, do anything that involves emotion or the idea of being angry or sad,” Kawasama said.
“I do what I need to do.
I am not a sad person.
That’s not the type of person I am.
So that’s why I don’t want to be one of the ones that go into an anime house.”
Kawasam, who is now an executive at Disney Animation Studios, is one of several animators to share stories about his struggle with depression and anxiety in a series of interviews that will be published in a book, titled, “The Story of Tomoaka Kawashimas Depression and Anxiety,” to be published this spring by Little, Brown and Company.
“Tomoaki is not the person I know him to be,” said David Schiller, one of Kawasami’s co-authors.
“He is a person who has struggled to understand himself, his world, and himself.
He’s a character that is at odds with himself.”
A rare example of Disney animating with an autism themeTomoaka was born in 1945 in Fukuoka, Japan.
His father, who died when he was 12, was a successful businessman who was known for having a good sense of humor.
Tomoakas mother, a woman of great intelligence, was also well-educated.
“The family moved around a lot during the war, so he was very isolated,” Kawasaki said.
“My father’s family was very well off and had a lot of money,” Kawamura added.
“My mother had a much better life.
She was a housewife.”
In the 1950s, Tomojas mother died of cancer, and Kawasima said he often wondered if his father was going to go to war.
“What if my father was killed in a war, and my mother went to war?” he said.
The next day, Kawasaki asked his father about his worries.
“It was very clear that he was worried about war,” Kawahas mother said.
When Kawasaki was a teenager, he went to a military school in Japan and took a math test.
But he passed, so in the spring of 1960, he and his classmates were sent to live in a military barracks for two months.
Kawasaki recalled that the students were all so happy and excited to go.
“They were all in uniform,” he said, recalling the excitement of the day.
“We got dressed and went to our barracks.”
“The war was coming,” Kawashas mother continued.
“And they told us to go home and rest.”
The students didn’t feel too bad.
“The Japanese soldiers were so friendly, they made us feel like we were in heaven,” he recalled.
“When I heard that, I said, ‘I’m going home,’ and I went back to school,” Kawasa said.
But it wasn’t to be.
“When I returned to my classroom, there was this person who was in uniform.
He was the only person who looked at me,” Kawaskas mother recalled.
He sat at the front of the class and kept watching everyone else.
“He told me that the war was going on, and I said that it wasn`t happening, that it was just a rumor, and he told me I should go back to my room,” Kawassas mother remembered.
He told me he had been told that I was going home. “
But, when I went down there, he was there.
He told me he had been told that I was going home.
So I said I`m going home too.
So, he came up behind me and threw me to the ground.””
I didn`t know what to do,” Kawa said.
‘What should I do?’
I thought, `I don`t even know what this is all about.’
“A new passionTomojas fascination with animation began after