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Muppets, Nemo Added to National Film Registry

Kermit the Frog and the early animation innovations of Winsor McCay have been added to the National Film Registry in the annual induction of 25 films identified by the Library of Congress as culturally, historically and esthetically significant.

Leading this year’s list is McCay’s Little Nemo, a mix of animation and live-action based on the artist’s popular comic strip and released in 1911.

In selecting the film, the Library of Congress stated: ‘Its fluidity, graphics and story-telling was light years beyond other films made during that time. A seminal figure in both animation and comic art, McCay profoundly influenced many generations of future animators, including Walt Disney.’

Also making the list is The Muppet Movie, which brought Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and all the rest to the big screen. The film, directed by James Frawley and produced by Muppet creator Jim Henson, sent the characters on a cross-country mission to find fame and fortune, leading to encounters with such stars as Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Milton Berle and Bob Hope.

The full list of 25 films added to the registry for 2009 follows:

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

The Exiles (1961)

Heroes All (1920)

Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Jezebel (1938)

The Jungle (1967)

The Lead Shoes (1949)

Little Nemo (1911)

Mabel’s Blunder (1914)

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Pillow Talk (1959)

Precious Images (1986)

Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)

The Red Book (1994)

The Revenge of Pancho Villa (1930-36)

Scratch and Crow (1995)

Stark Love (1927)

The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

A Study in Reds (1932)

Thriller (1983)

Under Western Stars (1938)

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