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)