Cinema: 7 Minutes With a Madman

The Tell Tale Heart (U.P.A.) is a seven-minute tour of a madman's mind. Based on Edgar Allan Poe's chilling short story, powerfully narrated in a voice just this side of frenzy by Actor James Mason, the film is one of the first attempts to use the animated cartoon to tell a psychological horror tale. Other cartoon shorts, such as Disney's Donald Duck, Metro's Tom & Jerry, and particularly U.P.A.'s own Gerald McBoing-Boing and Mr. Magoo, have accustomed moviegoers to a skillful distortion of reality and a triumph of line over mass that is...

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