The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has announced the list of 25 films this year to be preserved. Every year 25 are chosen that fit the criteria of”culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and a minimum of 10 years old.
Two films that stand out for me as personally significant in this list of 25 are The Lion King and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
The Lion King (1994) is an animated musical film from Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. It was the highest grossing release of ’94 and was almost universally praised. It received two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. This was also the first Disney animated feature to be an original story developed in house.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is a combination live-action & animated comedy film from Touchstone Pictures / Amblin Entertainment, directed by Robert Zemeckis. It was praised by critics and was a commercial success and ushered in a renewed interest in American animation. At the time it was the most expensive animated film ever produced.
I am especially glad to see Roger Rabbit in there..it is a legendary film that I loved as a kid, and really learned to appreciate as an adult. Looking back now it was such a masterful mix of things that a young person could enjoy, while being adult enough for the parents to watch too.
Three cheers for animation!