Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Godfather of Anime, the late Japanese artist Osamu Tezuka 手塚 治虫

Osamu Tezuka 手塚 治虫 by jpellgen
Osamu Tezuka 手塚 治虫, a photo by jpellgen on Flickr.

Osamu Tezuka (1928 – 1989) was a Japanese Cartoonist, manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and Black Jack, says Wikipedia.

He is often credited as the "Godfather of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his formative years.[1]

His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such titles as "the father of manga", "the god of comics"[2] and "kamisama of manga".[3] His grave is located in Tokyo's Souzen-ji Temple Cemetery.

The distinctive "large eyes" style of Japanese animation was invented by Tezuka,[9] drawing inspirations on cartoons of the time such as Betty Boop and Walt Disney's Bambi and Mickey Mouse.

As an indication of his productivity, the Complete Manga Works of Tezuka Osamu comprises some 400 volumes, over 80,000 pages.