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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