"Simpsons," anime, Disney make animated Oscar shortlist

  • A scene from the animated film "Combustible" by Japanese animator Katsuhiro Otomo. Short Peace

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The diminutive Maggie Simpson, Japanese anime and an Edgar Allen Poe horror story are among the animated short films that made the shortlist for this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subjects.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for this year's Academy Awards. Originally, 56 films had qualified in the category.

    Click through to view several trailers or featurettes for these short subjects, listed in alphabetical order.

    "Adam and Dog" - Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)

    Hand-drawn animation about the relationship of Man and canine, for which Disney animation artist Minkyu Lee won the Annie award for Best Animated Short Subject. Lee created this independent film with friends from Disney, Dreamworks and Pixar.

    "Combustible" - Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.)

    Otomo, the director of the anime classics "Akira" and "Steamboy," produced this short romantic tragedy set in 18th century Edo. The film's design is heavily influenced by traditional Japanese paintings and woodblock prints.

  • David Morgan

    David Morgan is a senior editor at and