Cartoon of the Day: The Tell-Tale Heart

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The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

Today’s CotD is one from the dark side- an animated retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Produced by UPA Productions and released in 1953, this short was nominated for an Academy Award.

A dark adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story about a man who is haunted by the beating heart of the man whom he has murdered.

This film was originally to have been released in 3-D, but was never produced as such.

This was the first cartoon to be X-rated (adults only) in Great Britain under the British Board of Film Censors classification system; the first British cartoon to be so rated was “A Short Vision.”

In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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