Beauty and The Beast Added to National Film Registry

Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast made the list this year as Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced annual selection of 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry.

To date, 350 American films have been archived by the federal government to “reflect the full breadth and diversity of America’s film heritage, thus increasing public awareness of the richness of American cinema and the need for its preservation,” according to Billington.

Also making the list are Fuji, Robert Breer’s avant-garde depiction of a train ride past Mt. Fuji that blends rotoscoping, live-action imagery and line drawing, and Why Man Creates, an animated tribute to creativity by legendary film title sequence designer Saul Bass.

Additions for 2002:

1) Alien (1979)

2) All My Babies (1953)

3) The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

4) Beauty and the Beast (1991)

5) The Black Stallion (1979)

6) Boyz N the Hood (1991)

7) Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and his Singing Duck (1925)

8) The Endless Summer (1966)

9) From Here to Eternity (1953)

10) From Stump to Ship (1930)

11) Fuji (1974)

12) In the Heat of the Night (1967)

13) Lady Windermere’s Fan (1925)

14) Melody Ranch (1938)

15) The Pearl (1948)

16) Punch Drunks (1934)

17) Sabrina (1954)

18) Star Theatre (1901)

19) Stranger Than Paradise (1984) (above)

20) This Is Cinerama (1952)

21) This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

22) Through Navajo Eyes (series) (1966)

23) Why Man Creates (1968)

24) Wild and Wooly (1917)

25) Wild River (1960)