Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named 25 important motion pictures–classics and genres from every era of American filmmaking–to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. One of those 25 is a Disney film, but not any film produced by the Walt Disney Company instead it is a home movie from the Barstow family’s 1956 trip to the newly opened Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
How cool is that. Some day your home video of your Disney family vacation could end up in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
The Barstow family films a memorable home movie of their trip to Disneyland. Robbins and Meg Barstow, along with their children Mary, David and Daniel were among 25 families who won a free trip to the newly opened Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., as part of a “Scotch Brand Cellophane Tape” contest sponsored by 3M. Through vivid color and droll narration (“The landscape was very different from back home in Connecticut”), we see a fantastic historical snapshot of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Catalina Island, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Disneyland in mid-1956. Home movies have assumed a rapidly increasing importance in American cultural studies as they provide a priceless and authentic record of time and place.
Previously: Vintage Footage of 1956 Disneyland.