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September 19

September 19, 1989 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is Inducted in the National Film Registry


“The National Film Registry selects 25 films each year showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.”

On September 19, 1989, the first 25 films to be inducted in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. The Registry, established the previous year thanks to the National Film Preservation Act, works to conserve works that establish America’s film heritage. The public nominated up to 1,000 films for inclusion, with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs being the only animated narrative feature on the list. Several Disney and Pixar films have followed suit, including Fantasia in 1990, Pinocchio in 1994, Beauty and the Beast in 2002, Toy Story in 2005, and Bambi in 2011.


December 28

December 28, 2011 – Bambi and A Computer Animated Hand are Inducted Into the National Film Registry

Image credit: wikipedia

Image credit: wikipedia

“…culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

On December 28, 2011, the new inductees into the National Film Registry were announced, which included the 1942 Disney animated feature Bambi and one of the earliest examples of computer animation by Ed Catmull (now co-founder of Pixar and President of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios), A Computer Animated Hand. Bambi was recognized not only as one of Walt Disney’s favorites, but also for its “eloquent message of nature conservation.” A Computer Animated Film has been considered revolutionary in combining the science of the computer and the art of animation, showing the potential of both. The film, and Catmull especially, were recognized for working out “the concepts that become the foundation for computer graphics that followed.”