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The Longest Daycare (2012)

Maggie Simpson spends the day in the Ayn Rand School for Tots.

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Maggie Simpson spends the day in the Ayn Rand School for Tots.

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Rated PG for mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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13 July 2012 (USA)  »

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This short has no dialogue. See more »

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No butterflies were harmed during the making of this motion picture, although two kids were pretty banged up. See more »

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References The Longest Day (1962) See more »

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Vesti La Giubba
(from I Pagliacci)
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
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Good, but despite the Oscar nomination, Simpsons has done better in its past
19 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I heard of this short film because it was screened about 6 times in one day in the UK when it was released and the weekend paper informed me that it was one of the animated shorts up for the Oscar this year, so I figured I should give it a look. The plot sees Maggie enrolled in daycare only to find another baby in the "meh" class is smashing butterflies. Maggie saves a caterpillar from a similar fate and tries to keep it safe until it can become a butterfly. The plot is simple but it is played out wordlessly and with a sense of operatic melodrama that is clever despite not totally working.

It is clever, but not as clever as it should have been; it is funny, but never as funny as it should have been and it is sweet, but never as heartfelt as expected. The biggest problem it has is the stable that it comes from, because the legacy of The Simpsons is a massive shadow to escape, either generally or specifically. I say specifically because this short film is in the shadow of not only the golden era of the show but it isn't even the best "Maggie in the nursery" that the show has produced, since the Great Escape sequence in the Streetcar episode was stronger and funnier than this.

It is still good though and it is worth a look even if it isn't up to Simpsons at its best but then, in fairness, what is?


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