Frank Film

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Frank Film
Directed by
Produced byFrank Mouris[1]
Written byFrank Mouris
Screenplay by
Narrated byFrank Mouris
Music byTony Schwartz
Edited byFrank Mouris
Release date
13 April 1973
Running time
9 minutes
CountryUnited States

Frank Film is a 1973 American animated short film by Frank Mouris.[2][3]


It is a compilation of images co-creator Frank Mouris had collected from magazines interwoven with two narrations, one giving a mostly linear autobiography and the other stating words having to do with the images, the story the first voice is relating, or neither. Frank made the film with Caroline Mouris.[4] The soundtrack was conceived and created by Tony Schwartz.[5][6][7]


The movie won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Animated Films[8] and the Annecy Cristal at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival alongside praise by film critic Andrew Sarris as the best American film at the New York Film Festival and "a nine minute evocation of America's exhilarating everythingness". Vulture ranked the film #82 on their list of Oscar-winning animated shorts.[9]


In 1996, Frank Film was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[10] The film is also featured in the 1985 movie titled Explorers. The film was preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2019.[11]

Frank Film is included on the 2007 DVD five by two: five animated shorts by frank & caroline mouris.[12][13] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1974|
  2. ^ Frank Film, Frank Mouris (1973) - extract on YouTube
  3. ^ Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award 1973|Cartoon Research
  4. ^ 1974 Frank Film Frank: Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming: Internet Archive
  5. ^ Oddball Films
  6. ^ Oddball Films
  7. ^ Oddball Films
  8. ^ The Opening of the Academy Awards:1974 Oscars
  9. ^ Fassler, Jeremy (26 February 2019). "Every Oscar Winner for Animated Short Subject, Ranked".
  10. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  11. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-12-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Frank Film (1973) Theatrical Cartoon-BCDB


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