About Yuri Norstein

Yuri Norstein is the highly esteemed Russian animator whose critical acclaim in the animation community matches that of Walt Disney, John Lasseter, and Hayao Miyazaki. Known as “The Pushkin of animation”, Norstein’s films have won countless awards at prestigious film festivals around the world. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, Norstein’s Tale of Tales was voted the “Greatest Animated Film of All Time” by an international jury.

Norstein’s films, Tale of TalesHedgehog in the Fog, and Heron and the Crane, demonstrate an unprecedented approach and expertise of animation, while acting as a window into the intimacies of Soviet Russian culture. Norstein eloquently depicts the human condition through the portrayal of Russian folklore, while transcending cultural and generational boundaries. His films are deeply rooted in Russian literature, history, and folklore, yet his messages are layered and complex, designed to elude the artistic censors of the times. His hand-made, cutout animation technique is also multi-layered. Norstein expertly animates his beautifully rendered characters and backgrounds on multiple planes of glass to create sophisticated and three-dimensional environments.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you to participate in a retrospective evening and conversation with legendary Russian animator Yuri Norstein

7:00 P.M. on Friday, February 5th, 2010
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall
The conversation with Yuri Norstein will be guided by Ukranian animator Igor Kovalyov.

Free admission. Open to the public. Followed by a dessert reception in front of the theater.


Detail information in SCA

This is event is proudly sponsored by

  • USC Provost Distinguished Visitors Program
  • USC Department of Slavic Languages and Literature
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Graduate and Professional Student Senate
  • Cinematic Arts Student Association
  • Slavic Graduate Association

Kudos and a debt of gratitude to SCA graduate students Elyse Kelly and Konstantin Brazhnik, without whom this event would not be possible. They proposed and received a 2009 USC Provost Visiting Scholars grant to bring Yuri Norstein to USC.