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The Tell-Tale Heart (I) (1953)

Passed  |   |  Animation, Short, Crime  |  17 December 1953 (USA)
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A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward.

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One of the most discussed and imaginative cartoons of any era. It tells the famous Edgar Allan Poe story of the deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an "evil eye." The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster. According to UPA, the art style was derived from Eugene Berman, scenic designer and ballet designer of NYC's Metropolitan Opera. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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Narrator: For seven days I waited. You think me mad, what madman would wait, could wait so patiently, so long? In the old house, with the old man, and the eye that... Then on the eight night I knew. Tonight! Still, I waited, while time slowed, stopped, ebbed out.
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Pretty creepy!
2 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the past, I have been very, very critical of the cartoons made by UPA/Columbia Pictures during the 1950s and 60s. In every case, the artwork of the cartoon was very poor compared to comparable films from MGM, Warner Brothers and Disney. Sadly, because the UPA films were so cheaply made and they unbelievably received more than their share of Oscars, this style became the norm. Well drawn backgrounds and high frame rates were to become a thing of the past and the cheap look of UPA dominated with cartoons such as Gerald McBoing-Boing and Mr. Magoo.

Fortunately, while the same bare-bones look of UPA is present in this cartoon, here it actually works to good effect due to the colors used and the grim plot. In many ways, the art is highly reminiscent of the old silent classic, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI--with its German expressionistic style. Here, for once, the UPA look actually works and works well.

As for the story, it's a retelling of the classic Poe tale as read by actor James Mason--a man whose voice alone is reason to see this film.

So, despite not winning the Oscar in 1954, it was justifiably nominated and the beauty and creepiness of this film haven't diminished over the years.


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