The Telltale Heart is an exciting animated film created by Shortz. It is based on a short story of the same name by famous author Edgar Allen Poe. The film tells the story of a madman who murders an innocent person because he is afraid of the man’s “evil” eye. The director presents the story successfully using clear images and excellent use of narration.
One strong point of the short film is its graphics. The characters are drawn in a cartoon-like way, with lots of wrinkles, marks and exaggerated features, and this style makes the madman seem even more crazy. The action is set in the madman’s house which is pictured as being spooky with skeletons, a chequered floor and pictures of previous residents.
Above all, the best part of the film is its soundtrack. With its dark chords in the background and a harp playing over the top, the music is perfectly suited to the scary atmosphere. As well as the music, the director uses sound effects to create tension and these involve someone shouting and the noise of a heartbeat to show the old man’s fear of being hurt.
Overall I would recommend this animated film to young people because it looks like a cartoon but has more adult themes like death, violence, justice and madness. It brings Edgar Allen Poe’s story to life for modern audiences. Watch the film for yourself by clicking on the link below: