A short film about perennial baby Maggie Simpson has been shortlisted for… (Fox Television )
Gracie Films' "The Longest Daycare," starring perennial baby Maggie Simpson and directed by David Silverman, has moved forward in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' animated short race along with Disney Animation Studios' short "Paperman," directed by John Kahrs.
Pixar Animation Studios, often a strong contender in the shorts category, did not enter this year. The short that accompanied their blockbuster "Brave" this year was "La Luna," one of the Oscar nominees in last year's race.
The other eight films that moved forward in the category are:
Adam and Dog," Minkyu Lee director (Lodge Films)
"Combustible," Katsuhiro Otomo director (Sunrise Inc.)
"Dripped," Léo Verrier director (ChezEddy)
"The Eagleman Stag," Mikey Please director, Benedict Please music scores and sound design (Royal College of Art)
"The Fall of the House of Usher," Raul Garcia director, Stephan Roelants producer (Melusine Productions, R&R Communications Inc., Les Armateurs, The Big Farm)
"Fresh Guacamole," PES director (PES)
"Head over Heels," Timothy Reckart director, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly producer (National Film and Television School)
"Tram," Michaela Pavlátová director, Ron Dyens producer (Sacrebleu Productions)
The shorts were reviewed by the short film and feature animation branch. They list will be pared down to either three or five entries and announced on nomination morning, Jan. 13, 2013.
The Academy Awards will be held Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
21 vying for animation Oscar
Disney looks to score Oscar animation hat trick
Oscars 2012: 'Fantastic Flying Books' wins for animated short film
PHOTOS: Memorable red carpet moments
TIMELINE: Academy Awards through the years
The Envelope: Awards Insider