Muppets, Michael Jackson Among 25 Invited Into National Film Registry


The National Film Registry at the Library of Congress today announced its inductees for 2009, a group of 25 titles that includes one Best Picture-winner, one zombie milestone, a beloved puppet musical, two student films, and a spaghetti Western. Read on for the full list.

It's not likely coincidence that finds Michael Jackson's Thriller honored this morning, making the late, lamented star's masterpiece the first music video welcomed into the NFR. Other notable selections include The Muppet Movie, William Wyler's 1942's Oscar-winner Mrs. Miniver (as well Wyler's Jezebel, which won a Best Actress Oscar for Bette Davis in 1938), Beverly Hills Cop director Martin Brest's NYU student film Hot Dogs for Gauguin (starring a very young Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman), Helen Hill's CalArts effort Scratch and Crow, and Sergio Leone's 1968 classic Once Upon a Time in the West. A few curious cult classics -- 1957's The Incredible Shrinking Man and the infamous midnight movie Quasi at the Quackadero -- made the cut as well. They'll let anybody in these days. In any case, congrats to all:

· 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)

· 2009 National Film Registry [LOC]