The Longest Daycare
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’’.