Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ceux d’en Haut (2012) — Theatrical Short

Ceux d'en Haut (The Inn)

Ceux d’en Haut (The Inn)

#CotD: New this month from Folim­age Pro­duc­tions, “Ceux d’en Haut” is strik­ing and sur­real– really worth a look.

Ceux d’en Haut (2012) — The­atri­cal Short

In 1862, a high alti­tude inn at the foot of a glac­ier in the Swiss Alps. Each win­ter the snow iso­lates the inn ren­der­ing it totally inaccessible.

You can watch “Ceux d’en Haut” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Finding Nemo (2003) — PIXAR Animated Film

Finding Nemo

Find­ing Nemo

#CotD: The box office cham­pion of 2003, “Find­ing Nemo” cost a mere $94 mil­lion to make.

Find­ing Nemo (2003) — PIXAR Ani­mated Film

The film fol­lows the comedic and event­ful jour­neys of two fish– Mar­lin and his son Nemo– who become sep­a­rated in the Great Bar­rier Reef when Nemo is unex­pect­edly taken far from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office over­look­ing Syd­ney har­bor. Buoyed by the com­pan­ion­ship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cau­tious father embarks on a dan­ger­ous trek and finds him­self the unlikely hero of an epic jour­ney to res­cue his son– who hatches a few dar­ing plans of his own to return safely home.

You can watch “Find­ing Nemo” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Partly Cloudy (2009) — PIXAR Animated Film

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

#CotD: released the­atri­cally with the film Up, “Partly Cloudy” was a new look at the clas­sic stork stories.

Partly Cloudy (2009) — PIXAR Ani­mated Film

Each day, storks deliver babies both human and ani­mal all across the world. The source of their bun­dles of joy come from a series of cloud peo­ple, who sculpt the the young ones and bring them to life.

While most of the clouds deal with cute lit­tle pup­pies or chicks, one of them named Gus is tasked with cre­at­ing some of the more volatile of babies. This begins to take a toll on his friend, a stork named Peck. Over the course of the film, Peck is tasked to deliver a baby croc­o­dile, a baby ram, and a baby porcupine.

Each time, Peck returns a lit­tle more worse for wear. When he returns to find that Gus is plan­ning to have him deliver a baby shark, Peck flies off to another cloud per­son. Gus grows angry, and then upset that his friend has aban­doned him.

Soon after, Peck returns and gives the rea­son why he left: the other cloud per­son had helped fash­ion some pro­tec­tive gear for the plucky stork to con­tinue to assist his friend. Gus is over­joyed that Peck has returned, and pro­duces Peck’s next deliv­ery: a baby elec­tric eel.

You can watch “Partly Cloudy” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Nominees for 13th Golden Trailer Awards announced

Golden Trailer Awards

Golden Trailer Awards

Nom­i­nees were announced Sat­ur­day in many cat­e­gories, includ­ing animation/family, for the 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards.

For Best Animation/Family, the nom­i­nees include The Adven­tures of Tintin: The Secret of the Uni­corn (Columbia/Paramount, Igni­tion Cre­ative), Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted “Trailer 1″ (Para­mount Pic­tures, TRANSIT) and The Mup­pets “Their Movie” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones).

Best Music nom­i­nees include The Mup­pets “The Pig With the Froggy Tat­too” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones).

Among the Golden Fleece nom­i­nees is John Carter (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Igni­tion Creative).

Most Orig­i­nal Trailer nom­i­nees include The Mup­pets “The Pig with the Froggy Tat­too” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones) and The Pirates: Band of Mis­fits in an Adven­ture with Sci­en­tists (Sony Pic­tures Releas­ing, Empire Design).

In the For­eign The­atri­cal Trailer sweep­stakes, the sole nom­i­nee for Best Anime is The Secret World of Arri­etty “Stand Tall” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­ture, Trailer Park).

For Best For­eign Animation/Family Trailer, the hope­fuls are The Secret World of Arri­ettyUK Trailer” (Stu­dio Canal, The Edit­pool), Brave “Japan Trailer” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, mOcean), Don Gato y Su Pandilla “Trailer 1″ (Warner Bros. Mex­ico, FIX COMUNICACION), Don Gato y Su Pandilla “Trailer 2″ (Warner Bros. Mex­ico, FIX COMUNICACION) and The Secret World of Arri­etty “Stand Tall” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Trailer Park).

Best For­eign Graph­ics in a Trailer nom­i­nees include Don Gato y Su Pandilla (Warner Bros. Mex­ico, FIX COMUNICACION).

Best Animation/Family TV Spot nom­i­nees include The Mup­pets “Pre­pare Phys­i­cal” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, mOcean),The Pirates: Band of Mis­fits “Epic Love Story” (Sony Pic­tures, Green Mon­ster Adver­tis­ing), Puss in Boots “Curios­ity” (Para­mount Pic­tures, Aspect Ratio) and Puss in Boots “Fiesta Kids” (Para­mount Pic­tures, TRANSIT).

Best Music TV Spot nom­i­nees include Puss in Boots “Fiesta Kids” (Para­mount Pic­tures, TRANSIT).

One of the two nom­i­nees for Best Voice Over TV Spot is The Mup­pets“How Many” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones).

For Best Animation/Family Poster, the nom­i­nees include The Pirates: Band of Mis­fits in an Adven­ture with Sci­en­tists (Band of Mis­fits) (Sony Pic­tures Releas­ing, Empire Design).

Best Pre-show The­atri­cal Adver­tis­ing nom­i­nees include The Adven­tures of Tintin: The Secret of the Uni­corn (Columbia/Paramount, Pic­ture Pro­duc­tion Company).

Most Inno­v­a­tive Adver­tis­ing for a Fea­ture Film nom­i­nees include The Mup­pets “Two Mup­pets” (Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Motion Pic­tures, Bud­dha Jones).

The 13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards will be announced at the awards cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day in Los Angeles.

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

#CotD: One of WB’s infa­mous Cenored Eleven, “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” was the first of many Tex Avery Warner Bros. spot-gag-filled par­o­dies of travelogues.

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

A trav­el­ogue which gets in all the usual sight gags (“Sand­wich Islands,” “Canary Islands”), it turns down­right mean-spirited when deal­ing with the natives. Ubangi-style lips are served as din­ner plates, lips serve as trum­pets. Fierce drum­mers do a riff on “She’ll Be Com­ing ‘Round the Moun­tain When She Comes,” and a Fats Waller type con­tributes to a scat-style ren­di­tion of “Sweet Geor­gia Brown.”

You can watch “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Three Little Pigs (1933) — Silly Symphonies Cartoon

Three Little Pigs

Three Lit­tle Pigs

#CotD: The first in what became a series of four car­toons, “Three Lit­tle Pigs” also spawned a pop­u­lar song in it’s day a song you prob­a­bly still know today!

Three Lit­tle Pigs (1933) — Silly Sym­phonies Cartoon

Three lit­tle pigs set off to the great wide world; their first step, to build a house. They each have their own life philoso­phies, which gov­ern their lives, and they types of houses they make.

You can watch “Three Lit­tle Pigs” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Simpsons Meet The Ice Age


The Longest Daycare

The Longest Daycare

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift will fea­ture more than pals Man­fred, Sid, Diego, Ellie and Scrat when it pre­mieres in July. Rather than the usual short fea­tur­ing Scrat chas­ing his acorn, the fourth Ice Age movie will reach out to America’s most dys­func­tional fam­ily with The Longest Day­care.

Announced after the sea­son finale of The Simp­sons on Sun­day, the new the­atri­cal short will fea­ture the youngest fam­ily mem­ber, Mag­gie. The short has been pro­duced in 3D, as has Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift.

It’s hard to do a 20-minute Mag­gie episode, but in four min­utes it’s great. She’s like Char­lie Chap­lin,” Simp­sons exec­u­tive pro­ducer Al Jean com­mented to Enter­tain­ment Weekly exclu­sively. David Sil­ver­man directs.

Mag­gie go back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots. Each child through an air­port security-style test­ing machine to mea­sure their future. Mag­gie is scanned and the machine responds, “Noth­ing Spe­cial”, so they put her in an area that’s not all that great.

The Longest Day­care and Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift will pre­miere in the United States on July 13, 2012.

AS Announces Largest Programming Schedule Ever

Adult Swim Logo

Adult Swim

Adult Swim, basic cable’s #1 net­work with young adults for seven con­sec­u­tive years, has announced the largest pro­gram­ming com­mit­ment in Adult Swim’s his­tory, which includes new and return­ing series, pilots and specials.

Adult Swim ordered a sec­ond sea­son of new hit show China, IL. An ani­mated pilot based on the Harold & Kumar films is in development.

Addi­tion­ally, in response to over­whelm­ing fan enthu­si­asm and devo­tion, the beloved anime pro­gram­ming block Toon­ami will make its return Sat­ur­day, May 26.

New orig­i­nal series and specials:

Black Dyna­mite
Pre­mier­ing in July and based on 2009’s critically-acclaimed fea­ture film, Black Dyna­mite, the ani­mated series, fur­ther chron­i­cles the exploits of the cen­tral char­ac­ter, Black Dyna­mite, and his crew. Under the direc­tion of head writer Carl Jones (The Boon­docks), the series fea­tures the voice tal­ent of Michael Jai White (For Bet­ter or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Mar­ried?), Tommy David­son (In Liv­ing Color, Bam­boo­zled), Kym Whit­ley (The Cleve­land Show, Brian McK­night Show) and Byron Minns (Mongo Wrestling Alliance), all of whom starred in the fea­ture film. Black Dyna­mite, the ani­mated series, is being pro­duced by Ars Nova. Jon Stein­gart, Carl Jones and Jil­lian Apfel­baum are exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Brian Ash is co-executive pro­ducer. Scott Sanders, White and Minns are pro­duc­ers. Mon­ica Jones is asso­ciate pro­ducer. Lesean Thomas is cre­ative producer/supervising direc­tor. Orig­i­nal music is by Adrian Younge. Black Dyna­mite is being ani­mated by Tit­mouse, Inc.

Begin­ning Sat­ur­day, May 26, Adult Swim brings back Toon­ami, the network’s pop­u­lar block of anime pro­gram­ming. Air­ing weekly from mid­night to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), in addi­tion to the return of pre­vi­ous series fea­tured in Toon­ami, Adult Swim is also devel­op­ing new orig­i­nal anime pro­gram­ming for fans.

Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial
Com­ing this fall, the Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial brings you the awe­some­ness of the DC Comics uni­verse of char­ac­ters as only Robot Chicken can, with amaz­ing guest stars and the stop-motion sketch com­edy you’ve come to love after five sea­sons of the pop­u­lar Adult Swim series. The spe­cial fea­tures many Robot Chicken favorites, includ­ing the Robot Chicken Nerd, the Hump­ing Robot, Com­pos­ite Santa, and the Mad Sci­en­tist who will be joined by char­ac­ters of the DC Comics uni­verse to poke fun at those with the most impres­sive pow­ers and the lesser ones who can’t really be called super­heroes. The all-star cast includes Seth Green as Bat­man, Robin and the put-upon Aqua­man; Paul Reubens as The Rid­dler; Neil Patrick Har­ris as Two-Face; Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor; Nathan Fil­lion as the Green Lantern; Megan Fox as Lois Lane; and Breckin Meyer as Super­man; plus Abe Ben­rubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, Matt Sen­re­ich, Tom Root, Zeb Wells, and Kevin Shinick as the nar­ra­tor. Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial is exec­u­tive pro­duced by Stoopid Monkey’s Seth Green and Matthew Sen­re­ich and their Stoopid Buddy Stood­ios part­ners, Buddy Sys­tems’ John Har­va­tine IV and Eric Towner, along with DC Enter­tain­ment Chief Cre­ative Offi­cer Geoff Johns, and Warner Bros. Animation’s exec­u­tive vice-president and cre­ative affairs, Sam Register.

Ven­ture Broth­ers Hal­loween Spe­cial
This Octo­ber on Adult Swim, the Ven­ture Fam­ily fills your Hal­loween goodie bag with fun-sized Truth. Cre­ated and directed by Jack­son Pub­lick and writ­ten by Pub­lick and Doc Ham­mer, both of whom also pro­vide voices for the spe­cial, Ven­ture Broth­ers Hal­loween Spe­cial is being ani­mated by Tit­mouse, Inc.

Beforel Orel
A Moral Orel spe­cial that sheds light on the ori­gin of Orel’s reli­gious nature and the birth of his brother Shapey. Beforel Orel is cre­ated by Dino Stam­atopou­los (Mary Shelley’s Franken­hole and Mr. Show).


Unti­tled Ani­mated Harold & Kumar Project (In Devel­op­ment)
An ani­mated ver­sion of the epony­mous block­buster stoner com­edy series. Pro­duced by Lionsgate.

Rick & Morty
A genius inven­tor grand­fa­ther and his less than genius grand­son, and the jour­neys in life they share. From Dan Har­mon (Com­mu­nity, Chan­nel 101) and Justin Roi­land. (30-minute animated)

Colonel Wal­lace (Work­ing Title)
An eccen­tric south­ern fried chicken mag­nate and his adven­tures with his fam­ily. Cre­ated by Greg Cohen (Conan O’Brien, King of the Hill, TV Fun­house). (15-minute animated)

Cof­fin Dodgers
A group of mis­fit grumps get into fraternity-style trou­ble at a cozy sub­ur­ban retire­ment home. From Dave Sil­ver­stein and Matt Jeser (Drawn Together). (30-minute animated)

King Star King
King Star King is a mod­ern day he-man who’s half-warrior, half-idiot. From artist JJ Vil­lard (Mon­sters Vs. Aliens) and Eric Kaplan (Big Bang The­ory). (15-minute animated)

Rolling With Dad
A bril­liant but dis­abled man deals with his much less intel­li­gent fam­ily. From Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies; Abra­ham Lin­coln, Vam­pire Hunter; Tim Burton’s Dark Shad­ows; The Hard Times of RJ Berger) and David Katzen­berg (The Hard Times of RJ Berger). (30-minute animated)

Return­ing series:

Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever
What hap­pens when three wise­crack­ing room­mates go from chas­ing tail to the dia­per pail? You’ll find out when Fry­lock, Meat­wad and Mas­ter Shake try their hands — and hearts — at rais­ing a baby. But smelly dia­pers aren’t the only thing chang­ing this sea­son — Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 has been put to bed for a long nap and replaced by Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever, the show where Meat­wad and the gang can get down to some seri­ous par­ent­ing. This sea­son, the Aqua Some­things find an ancient trea­sure map and fol­low it all the way to Argentina, where they’re shocked to dis­cover an orphaned baby on the ‘x’ that marks the spot. Out­raged, Mas­ter Shake begins to throw the child off a steep embank­ment but one look into the baby’s eyes, and the only thing get­ting thrown off a steep embank­ment is Shake’s heart. Intro­duc­ing Pepe the Pep­per, the newest mem­ber of the Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever fam­ily — and boy is he a hand­ful! Find out what hap­pens when three not-so-eligible bach­e­lors catch a case of baby fever, and the only cure is snug­gle time. The only nip­ples these guys will be touch­ing are gonna have a bot­tle on the other end. Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever pre­mieres in June on Adult Swim. Aqua Some­thing You Know What­ever is cre­ated by Dave Willis (Squid­bil­lies) and Matt Maiel­laro (12 oz. Mouse).

The Boon­docks
Since the debut of the first sea­son in 2005, The Boon­docks has been one of Adult Swim’s most pop­u­lar and crit­i­cally acclaimed series. The Peabody Award-winning ani­mated series is based on Aaron McGruder’s comic strip by the same name. Pro­duced by Rebel Base in asso­ci­a­tion with Sony Pic­tures Tele­vi­sion, The Boon­docks returns with a new sea­son on Adult Swim.

China, IL
Renewed for a sec­ond sea­son, China, IL is about the worst school in Amer­ica, where the teach­ers are crazy and the stu­dents just want to learn. In this sec­ond sea­son of new half-hour episodes, we’ll con­tinue to fol­low the Pro­fes­sor Broth­ers, Frank and Steve Smith, as well as their TA Pony Merks & their man-child friend Baby­cakes, along with a host of other teach­ers, stu­dents and town­ies. Some exam­ples of sto­ries we’ll see this sea­son are Baby Cakes’s Joe McCarthy-esque witch hunt for actual wiz­ards and witches, Frank and Ronald Reagan’s quest for Thomas Jefferson’s leg­endary Crys­tal Cas­tle, and a god who descends down on China, IL, turn­ing it into a surfer town. China, IL was cre­ated by Brad Neely, and is exec­u­tive pro­duced by Neely and Daniel Weidenfeld.

Robot Chicken
Pre­mier­ing its sixth sea­son this fall on Adult Swim, Robot Chicken uses stop-motion ani­ma­tion to bring pop-culture par­o­dies to life in a mod­ern take on the variety/sketch show for­mat. The Emmy Award-winning series began air­ing in Feb­ru­ary 2005 and remains among the top-rated orig­i­nal series on Adult Swim. Robot Chicken is cre­ated and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Stoopid Mon­key Pro­duc­tions’ Seth Green and Matthew Sen­re­ich and their Stoopid Buddy Stood­ios part­ners, Buddy Sys­tems’ John Har­va­tine IV and Eric Towner, also serve as exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Green and Sen­re­ich also write, voice and with Zeb Wells, direct the mul­ti­ple Annie Award-winning series. Robot Chicken head writers/co-executive pro­duc­ers Dou­glas Gold­stein and Tom Root are joined by sea­son six writ­ers Matthew Beans, Rachel Bloom, Mike Fasolo, Jes­sica Gao, Breckin Meyer, Jason Reich, Mehar Sethi, Tom Shep­pard, Erik Weiner and Wells. For sea­son six, Robot Chicken wel­comes Eliz­a­beth Banks, Sarah Chalke, Kat Den­nings, Sam Elliott, Ben Fos­ter, Whoopi Gold­berg, Lucas Grabeel, Megan Hilty, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Levi, J.B. Smoove, Liev Schreiber, Jon Stew­art, Patrick Stew­art, Stanly Tucci, Olivia Wilde, and Alex Winter.

Pre­mier­ing its sixth sea­son this July, Adult Swim wel­comes you back to the North Geor­gia Moun­tains, birth­place of hell-raising and inhalant huff­ing. At the epi­cen­ter of this rural par­adise is Dou­gal County, home to crip­pling gam­bling addic­tions, mur­der­ous cor­po­ra­tions, sex­ual deviants, and the authen­tic south­ern moun­tain squid. Early Cuyler con­tin­ues his reign as America’s favorite cephalo­pod in sea­son six of Squid­bil­lies, filled with love, mur­der, sobri­ety, and the secrets of the Cat­fish King­dom. This time around, Rusty tack­les father­hood, Early defends his rep­u­ta­tion as the town’s biggest badass, Granny helps the Sher­iff solve a series of butt thefts, Lil embraces the bor­ing life of sobri­ety, and the Sher­iff finds love east of the Iron Cur­tain. Come watch the Cuylers chase the south­ern dream of a reward­ing job in the food ser­vice indus­try, all while using vio­lence and alco­hol to tackle life’s tough­est prob­lems. It’s good clean fam­ily fun, if your fam­ily is in the 18–35 demo­graphic! Squid­bil­lies is writ­ten and pro­duced by Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Jim Fortier (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show).

This fall on Adult Swim, Super­jail! slams back in gen­eral pop­u­la­tion for a third sea­son of destruc­tion. Triple the insan­ity. Triple the crazy. Triple the pain of being kicked in the guts really hard. Super­jail! is pro­duced at Tit­mouse Stu­dios in N.Y. Series cre­ators and exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Christy Kara­cas (Car­toon Sushi, Robot­omy) and Stephen War­brick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Death­match) have teamed up again to take this over-the-top ani­mated series to the next level.

Return­ing acquisitions:

Amer­i­can Dad
Cleve­land Show
Fam­ily Guy
Full Metal Alchemist: Broth­er­hood
King of the Hill

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) — Theatrical Feature

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

#CotD: One year old today, “Kung Fu Panda 2″ was an Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee, but did not take the top prize.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) — The­atri­cal Feature

Po is now liv­ing his dream as The Dragon War­rior, pro­tect­ing the Val­ley of Peace along­side his friends and fel­low kung fu mas­ters, The Furi­ous Five — Tigress, Crane, Man­tis, Viper and Monkey.

But Po’s new life of awe­some­ness is threat­ened by the emer­gence of a for­mi­da­ble vil­lain who plans to use a secret, unstop­pable weapon to con­quer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furi­ous Five to jour­ney across China to face this threat and van­quish it.

How can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mys­te­ri­ous ori­gins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

You can watch “Kung Fu Panda 2″ on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Charlie Brown Christmas Named to Nat’l Registry

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Char­lie Brown Christmas

An album with tracks from the 1965 car­toon spe­cial A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas is among the sound record­ings selected Wednes­day for induc­tion into the National Record­ing Reg­istry of the Library of Congress.

A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas intro­duced jazz to mil­lions of lis­ten­ers. The 1970 tele­vi­sion sound­track album of the same name includes expanded themes from the ani­mated Peanuts spe­cial, as well as jazz ver­sions of both tra­di­tional and pop­u­lar Christ­mas music, per­formed pri­mar­ily by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

The orig­i­nal music is cred­ited to pianist Guaraldi and TV pro­ducer Lee Mendel­son. Best remem­bered is the “Linus and Lucy” theme, orig­i­nally com­posed by Guaraldi for an ear­lier Peanuts project, which remains beloved by fans of the pop­u­lar TV spe­cials, those devoted to the daily news­pa­per comic strip, and music lovers alike.

The voices of for­mer slaves, the sounds of Native Amer­i­can cul­ture, the cre­ative word­play of “Rapper’s Delight,” Donna Summer’s elec­tric 1977 hit and the only sur­viv­ing record­ing of a stage icon are among the other sound record­ings cho­sen for the reg­istry. Mark­ing the 10th anniver­sary of the reg­istry, Librar­ian of Con­gress James H. Billing­ton selected 25 sound record­ings that will be pre­served as cul­tural, artis­tic and/or his­tor­i­cal trea­sures for gen­er­a­tions to come.

America’s sound her­itage is an impor­tant part of the nation’s his­tory and cul­ture, and this year’s selec­tions reflect the diver­sity and cre­ativ­ity of the Amer­i­can expe­ri­ence,” said Billing­ton. “These songs, words and nat­ural sounds must be pre­served for future generations.”

Under the terms of the National Record­ing Preser­va­tion Act of 2000, the Librar­ian, with advice from the Library;s National Record­ing Preser­va­tion Board (NRPB), is tasked with select­ing annu­ally 25 record­ings that are “cul­tur­ally, his­tor­i­cally, or aes­thet­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant” and are at least 10 years old. The selec­tions for the 2011 reg­istry bring the total num­ber of record­ings to 350.

The selec­tions named to the reg­istry fea­ture a diverse array of spoken-word and musi­cal record­ings — rep­re­sent­ing nearly every musi­cal cat­e­gory — span­ning the years 1888–1984. They cover a great breadth of sounds and music, rang­ing from the first com­mer­cial record­ing and the author­i­ta­tive voice of jour­nal­ist Edward R. Mur­row to the inno­v­a­tive music of Hawai­ian Sol Hoopii and the nov­elty of the all-women’s jazz band Inter­na­tional Sweet­hearts of Rhythm.

Among this year’s selec­tions are Dolly Parton’s auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal song, “Coat of Many Col­ors”; Prince and the Revolution’s “Pur­ple Rain,” the sound­track from Prince’s 1984 movie debut; Leonard Bernstein’s debut per­for­mance with the New York Phil­har­monic; the 1912 “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” the only sur­viv­ing record­ing of Lil­lian Rus­sell, who is con­sid­ered one of the great­est stars of the Amer­i­can musi­cal stage; the Grate­ful Dead“s 1977 Bar­ton Hall con­cert; and the pio­neer­ing hip-hop album Rapper’s Delight.

Other addi­tions to the reg­istry fea­ture notable per­for­mances by Ruth Etting, Bo Did­dley, the Dixie Hum­ming­birds, Love, Par­lia­ment, Booker T. & the M.G.‘s, and the Gregg Smith Singers.

Nom­i­na­tions were gath­ered through online sub­mis­sions from the pub­lic and from the NRPB, which com­prises lead­ers in the fields of music, recorded sound and preser­va­tion. The Library is cur­rently accept­ing nom­i­na­tions for the next reg­istry at the NRPB web­site (

As part of its con­gres­sional man­date, the Library is iden­ti­fy­ing and pre­serv­ing the best exist­ing ver­sions of each record­ing on the reg­istry. These record­ings will be housed in the Library’s Packard Cam­pus for Audio Visual Con­ser­va­tion in Culpeper, Vir­ginia, a state-of-the-art facil­ity that was made pos­si­ble through the gen­eros­ity of David Wood­ley Packard and the Packard Human­i­ties Insti­tute, with bene­fac­tion from the U.S. Con­gress. The Packard Cam­pus ( is home to more than six mil­lion col­lec­tion items, includ­ing nearly three mil­lion sound recordings.

2011 National Record­ing Reg­istry (List­ing in Chrono­log­i­cal Order)

1. Edi­son Talk­ing Doll cylin­der (1888)
2. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lil­lian Rus­sell (1912)
3. “Ten Cents a Dance,” Ruth Etting (1930)
4. “Voices from the Days of Slav­ery,” Var­i­ous speak­ers (1932–1941 inter­views; 2002 com­pi­la­tion)
5. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweet­heart,” Patsy Mon­tana (1935)
6. “Fas­ci­nat­ing Rhythm,” Sol Hoopii and his Nov­elty Five (1938)
7. “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Ken­ton & and his Orches­tra (1943)
8. Debut per­for­mance with the New York Phil­har­monic, Leonard Bern­stein (Novem­ber 14, 1943)
9. Inter­na­tional Sweet­hearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944–46)
10. “The Indi­ans for Indi­ans Hour” (March 25, 1947)
11. “Hula Med­ley,” Gabby Pahinui (1947)
12. “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Mur­row (1948)
13. “Let’s Go Out to the Pro­grams,” The Dixie Hum­ming­birds (1953)
14. “Also Sprach Zarathus­tra,” Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Sym­phony Orches­tra (1954, 1958)
15. “Bo Did­dley” and “I’m a Man,” Bo Did­dley (1955)
16. “Green Onions,” Booker T. & the M.G.‘s (1962)
17. “For­ever Changes,” Love (1967)
18. “The Con­ti­nen­tal Har­mony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers (1969)
19. “A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970)
20. “Coat of Many Col­ors,” Dolly Par­ton (1971)
21. “Moth­er­ship Con­nec­tion,” Par­lia­ment (1975)
22. Bar­ton Hall con­cert by the Grate­ful Dead (May 8, 1977)
23. “I Feel Love,” Donna Sum­mer (1977)
24. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sug­arhill Gang (1979)
25. “Pur­ple Rain,” Prince and the Rev­o­lu­tion (1984)