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Mike Judge, the creative genius behind Beavis and Butt-head (as well as the less culturally significant King of the Hill), simply can’t understand why the artistic community doesn’t take animation more seriously. To remedy this gross oversight, Judge and fellow animator Don Hertzfeldt have produced “The Animation Show,” a 94-minute collection of shorts from around the globe. In addition to Hertzfeldt’s Rejected, the program’s inaugural North American tour presents several other Academy Award-nominated shorts, including Strange Invaders, Cordell Barker’s Tim Burton-esque film about a quiet couple that receives a nightmarish bundle of joy from the cosmos, and Koji Yamamura’s Mt. Head, a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese rakugo story “Atama-yama.” Despite its variety of more-recent award-winning films, the program’s highlight is also its oldest entry: a five-minute excerpt from Mars and Beyond, Disney animator Ward Kimball’s imaginative 1957 film on the possibilities of life on other planets. A few films feature…heh-heh…like, sex and stuff, so leave your children at home when “The Animation Show” screens at 6:40 and 8:30 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Matthew Borlik)