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This film marked Robert Coogan's motion picture debut. According to a news item in Variety, Edward Sloman was originally slated to direct. According to copyright records, Paramount refused to allow photographs to be taken of Jackie Cooper during the making of this film unless he was in costume for the role. Skippy was filmed in part on location in San Bernardino, CA, and used local schoolchildren in bit parts. In Film Daily's national poll of critics, Skippy was chosen as one of the ten best films of 1931. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jackie Cooper) and Best Adaptation. Norman Taurog won the Academy Award for Best Direction. In his autobiography, Jackie Cooper recalls that Victor Schertzinger was originally slated as director of the film, however, was replaced by Taurog. Taurog was married to Cooper's maternal aunt. A sequel, Sooky, followed in 1931 .