The Starz Originals special "Anime: Drawing a Revolution," premiering on Starz December 17 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), takes a provocative, in-depth look at the astonishing art of anime and its influence on worldwide culture and leading Hollywood filmmakers.

Before twin-engine race cars there was “Speed Racer.” Before toy robots were in nearly every child’s home there was “Astro Boy.” Before The Matrix there was Ghost in the Shell.

From the entertainment we enjoy, to the clothes we wear, the vehicles we drive, the games we play, the style of music we listen to and the daily habits that make up a lifetime – anime, a distinct and dynamic form of stylized animation from Japan, has played a part in influencing our global culture.

What began as a Japanese phenomenon has now evolved into an artistic movement of cultural and philosophical significance. Now one of the most downloaded forms of entertainment on the planet, anime has grown into an industry worth several billion dollars and one that has a tremendous influence on our everyday lives.