The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) is Ted Parmelee’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s story of the same name. Wonderfully expressive noir x surreal x expressionistic imagery make for one of the most moody and evocative cartoons I’ve ever seen. Narrated rather than lip-synced, James Mason reads the originally with just the right mix of tension and horror. The images are actually mainly stills, panned and faded in and out, but it doesn’t seem to matter.

From a time when even the mainstream was surreal

Courtesy of Flavorwire, who list their favorites, here’s my cull:

Red Hot Riding Hood (1943) by Tex Avery

Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969) by Marv Newland

Minnie the Moocher (1932) by Max Fliescher and starring Cab Calloway.

Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951) a United Productions of America and director Robert Cannon version of Dr. Seuss’s story.

The Skeleton Dance (1929) by Disney’s Silly Symphony