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Thursday, December 15, 2005

NOVROS, Lester

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Born 27 January 1909. in Passiac N.J.
Died Sept 10, 2000 in Sherman Oaks, C.A. from an illness.


Animator, filmmaker (producer), special effects, and teacher to students like George Lucas.

Bio Summary

Worked on Classic films such as as Snow White, Bambi and Fantasia. He was a teacher for students like George Lucas, and later on became involved in making instructional films that were highly stylized.

Early Life/Family

Possible realations to Esther Novros 2004 and Rose M Novros 1983


Started out as a Graphic Designer at the National Academy of Design in New York City until being hired in 1936 as an animator for Disney.

Career Outline

Animated for Disney starting in 1936, and then after leaving founded Graphic Films in 1941. He produced films for World Fair expositions and helped establish Showsphere Corporation. He caught the eye of Stanley Kubrick who enlisted Novro’s talent in special effects and visual design for 2001: Space Odyssey.

Comments On Style

Graphic Design style as well as traditional animation style.



Knowledgable and inspiring.


"The first time I truly understood the unique quality of film was when I took Les Novros' class," Lucas wrote in an introduction to the textbook Novros fashioned from his lectures at USC from 1941 to 1984.


At The University of Southern California, he taught students the relationship between the film medium and the use of visual design in creating a powerful image.


1.) Tomorrow in Space (1982) [Producer] [Director] [Writer]
2.) Alfa 78 (1978) [Producer]
3.) Universe (1976) [Producer] [Director] [Writer]
4.) Cosmos (1974) [Producer] [Director] [Writer]
5.) Venice: Themes and Variations (1957) [With The Assistance Of]
6.) Because of Eve (1948) [Animator] _... aka Because of Eve (The Story of Life)(USA: reissue title)
7.) The Story of Life (1948) [Cinematographer] (animation) [Animation Art Director]_... aka The Story of Birth (UK)
8.) P-38 Flight Characteristics (1943) [Animator]
9.) Fantasia (1940) [Animator] (segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria")
10.) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) [Assistant Animator] (uncredited)


Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1990
He was also nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary for his 1972 film "Universe."

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