The Curt Critic featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

The Curt Critic in the news: This recent Wisconsin State Journal article is validation that Liz Zélandais' quest to see all 53 Oscar-nominated films for 2013 is a fascinating enterprise worthy of public interest, rather than merely nuts.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" - 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Short Film—Animated

Just stop with the eye rolling....

My reaction was not favorable when I saw that a Simpsons short was among the Oscar nominees. "A quarter century and 500 episodes aren't enough? Shouldn't the Academy be looking for something a little fresher?" Then I saw Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare", and they had me at "The Ayn Rand School for Tots".

It is classic Simpsons animation and humor throughout—except maybe funnier. And fresher. And with a chase scene. As much as I enjoyed the film (dammit, it's a cartoonI don't care if it is Oscar material), the most impressive moment occurred when the entire theater, apparently enthralled with the story, made a collective exhale and simultaneous "Ahhhhhh". That's a first in my experience with a... cartoon.

Directly below is the 12-second trailer. Below that is the... cartoon... in its entirety if you can endure the obnoxious 20-second ad they insist you watch first. (My apologies—it was the best I could do.) Once you get past the crass commercialism, you're in for a delightful five minutes.

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