The Tell-Tale Heart is an animated short film by American designer and animation director Ted Parmelee in 1953; based on the short story of the same name written by Edgar Allan Poe published in 1843.
The story tells us how the guilt trip of a murderer leads himself to believe he can hear the heart of his victim still beating under the floor boards of the house where he buried him.
Surrealistic images go parallel to his increased madness while he does not try to convince us that he is innocent but he is totally sane.
Excellent work by Ted Parmelee — who used to work for the 60’s cartoon TV Series Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show among others — that was nominated for the 26th Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1953.
The narrator’s voice belongs to great British actor James Mason.
Screenplay by Bill Scott and Fred Grable.
The Tell-Tale Heart, 1953, 8 min, USA. English with Spanish subtitles.