The Long­est Day­care

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 6.25pm, Ten It’s only four min­utes long, but The Long­est Day­care, an an­i­mated short star­ring the pre-ver­bal Mag­gie Simp­son, pic­tured, in­stantly recog­nis­able as the dummy-suck­ing in­fant from The Simp­sons, is caus­ing quite a stir. Orig­i­nally cre­ated by the cre­ative team of the long-run­ning an­i­mated se­ries as a gift to its fan base, the work is now a strong con­tender for best an­i­mated short film at this year’s Academy Awards. First shown last year in some mar­kets as a cur­tain-raiser to Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift, the an­i­mated short that could, fea­tur­ing the adorable lit­tle girl who can’t, is show­ing on Ten. In her near-silent es­capade, Mag­gie has a Chap­lin-es­que qual­ity as she fights to save a but­ter­fly from an un­speak­able fate. A lovely sound­track from Hans Zim­mer en­hances the poignancy. As Mag­gie would say, if only she could, ‘‘ eat my short’’.

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