Hayao Miyazaki's thoughts on Osamu Tezuka in Yumiuri Shimbun. Translation courtesy of GhibliWorld:
"The later generations might not be able to imagine how much our generation was shocked to see Shin Takarajima (New Treasure Island, 1947) in the ruins of World War II. It showed us a quite different world and we felt the black curtain ahead of us clearly opened. Such a big impact couldn't be told as an imitation of Disney or an influence from American comics."
"The world that Tezuka showed us wasn't only bright, but often scary, absurd, painful or hopeful. Modernism meant prosperity and mass consumption and at a time it invented destruction. At the corner of Asia, only Tezuka found it. He realized the absurdity of modernism more deeply than Disney."