Watch this year’s Oscar contenders for best animated short

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2013’s Oscar nominees for Best Animated Short Film are out, and with the exception of Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’ they’re all available to watch for free online. You might have already seen a couple of the nominees, like stop-motion artist PES’s eccentric Fresh Guacamole and Disney’s heart-warming Paperman, but they’re up against some tough competition.

Minkyu Lee’s Adam and Dog follows the title dog through a primeval forest, where a chance encounter forges a new friendship. There’s no dialog (unless you count barking), but the sound design sets a great stage for some striking imagery. Last but not least, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly’s stop motion Head over Heels (below) looks at a…

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