Q: I found this film so much at ease with all the dangers and tragedies of life. I think the person that made this film must be a very happy man. On the other hand you have the subject of the Tsunami and I want to know if you were inspired by the actual catastrophe and wanted to talk about this tragedy to the world?
M: No, I didn't think of the Tsunami as a threat or danger when I made this film. I mean, the sea comes and goes. There are certain cyclical things which take place in the world and man must never deny this cyclical periodicity because there are things that are going to happen anyway. This is my attitude at least. In this film one understands our way of thinking, which is that of countries or inhabitants that live on islands.
Q: Today in a more violent and difficult world are you more alone in developing these dream like universes? Do you think you're increasingly alone and does that give you the spur to develop something like this that requires so much work to maintain this light, this hope, as a universal message for humanity?
M: When I see so many children and have them before me I have the strength to push ahead and go on.
Q: As a child what did you go and see in animation and what did you love in terms of illustrations? As a child what did you love? And secondly, today there is a great deal of competition in animation studios worldwide. Is there any school or cinema trend that you like most, like Pixar, do you have a preference?
M: When the war finished I was only four and I saw many films that came from America, but they didn't really impact me a great deal. I can't talk about their influence but in regards to modern day animation I wouldn't call these people competition. I think they're friends, because our relationships are based on friendship. Like the Pixar people and illustrators - they're all people I hold very dear.
Q: What has been your motivation over your long and successful career and why did you choose to look at an underwater environment for this last film?
M: The sea is something which is so very complicated and I thought it would be great to draw it with Crayons. That was my basic idea.