National Film Registry of the United States. The National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress will formally induct the films later today.
Walt Disney's 1942 classic Bambi takes its place as "one of film’s most heart-rending stories of parental love", one that has "enchanted generations since its debut". The NFPB also noted its well-known "eloquent message of nature conservation".
A Computer Animated Hand, created thirty years after Bambi by future Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, is being recognized for its "foundational" role in computer graphics and animation.
The unprepossessing 1-minute movie of a hand in motion was made by Catmull as part of a graduate student project at the University of Utah. You can watch it (along with some 'making of' footage) here.
Including this year's additions, the National Film Registry holds 575 films of 'cultural, historical or aesthetic' importance. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 selections.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)