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You Netflixed like mad in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards so you could complain with conviction about Don Cheadle’s being robbed of that Oscar by Jamie Foxx and his flashy impersonation of a famous dead guy. But what about last year’s nominees for Best Animated Short Film? I thought so. Animators Mike Judge (proud papa of Beavis and Butthead) and Don Hertzfeldt created the Animation Show in 2003 in a bid to get underappreciated animation in front of more Americans. Highlights from this year’s show include Bill Plympton’s Oscar-nominated Guard Dog, a look at the paranoid fantasies of a fiercely loyal mutt on a stroll with his owner, and Australian Peter Cornwell’s Ward 13, a delirious stop-motion actioner that borrows the best bits from Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and everything Jackie Chan. Closing out the program is the 12-minute Hertzfeldt epic The Meaning of Life, which, due to the traditional animation methods he uses (no computers, only pen and paper), took nearly four years to complete. Don’t call them “cartoons” when the Animation Show screens daily (see Showtimes for a weekly schedule) at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $9.25. (202) 452-7672. (Jason Powell)