So I watched the animated shorts on pay-per-view (minus Feast, because god forbid Disney should mix with the hoi polloi -- but I'd already seen that with Big Hero 6).
A pretty high quality group (way more impressive than the animated feature slate).
The Bigger Picture has some acid-trippy visuals, and very grown-up subject matter. As someone who's too recently lived through tending an illness, I found I didn't want to watch it after a while. But I admire its artistry.
A Single Life is exceedingly clever but even by category standard extremely brief -- blink and it's over. Then again, maybe voters will find that a relief.
As Sabin said after seeing it with Big Hero, Feast is like a food-centered version of the opening montage in Up. It's quite charming. Buy my sense is voters have usually shied away from picking the most widely-seen entries in this category -- even under the new rules last year, they passed on Get a Horse.
Me and My Moulton is deceptively insightful -- watching from a child's point of view, showing how parents convince themselves they're doing best for their children's interests but actually please themselves. Apparently these filmmakers have already won the category, and might do so again.
But The Dam Keeper is the longest, most wide-ranging (if not the most profound) of the nominees, with something of a feel-good ending after some dark passages, and inventive visuals besides. I'd say it's the most likely winner, but, since I rarely see many of the nominees in the category, my predictive experience is pretty slim.