Pre Oscars Date Night

Pre Oscars Date Night

One of our favorite annual traditions is watching the Oscar nominated animated short films at the Tivoli Theater in St. Louis. It’s the perfect date for Andy and I: he likes to check out the latest animation technology, I like to see the arsty films, and we both like the popcorn. As the Oscars rolled around this year, it was clear that leaving H at home with a babysitter just wasn’t in the cards; however, we couldn’t let our tradition die. Andy managed to find the animated short films online. What a great date night for new parents. The films don’t take long to watch, and you don’t have to leave the house. I’ve gathered links to the short films below. Enjoy your at-home date, and don’t forget the popcorn.

Note: These films may be taken off the internet prior the Academy Awards. If my links no longer work, search online for the films after the Oscars, when the studios usually make them available again.

Adam and Dog

Adam and Dog

This unusual take on the story of Adam and Eve certainly appeals to us dog lovers. The animation style is lovely, as is the story. It’s a bit slow-moving for my taste, but still an enjoyable view. You’ll definitely squeeze your pet a little closer after you watch it.

Fresh Guacamole Fresh Guacamole 

Though it lasts only 90 seconds and lacks a real plot, this was my favorite animated short. It’s fresh and inventive. I found myself laughing with delight throughout, and I’m guessing you’ll get a kick out of it too.

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

Creative and sweet, with an unexpected ending, I couldn’t ask for more from Head Over Heels. It explores an elderly couple’s relationship. Let’s just say they don’t see eye to eye. Soon, Head Over Heels will only be available on iTunes for $1.99. It’s worth the price; I predict it as the winner.



This Disney film has all the ingredients of a smash hit — beautiful animation, whimsical story, and a happy ending. For some reason, I found myself lacking an emotional reaction to the film, but the black and white animation sure is lovely.

The Longest Daycare

Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

The Longest Daycare has the humor and zip of The Simpsons without the cynical undertones. We see the world through Maggie’s eyes, and it turns out she’s a pretty clever gal. The full-length film was taken down recently, but you can get a feel for it by watching the “summer’s shortest trailer.”

Enjoy watching the Academy Awards on Sunday. Don’t forget to make your Oscar predictions using the Oscars app, and set up a friendly reward for the winner. Maybe the hubs has to take out the diaper trash for a week. Just a suggestion.

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