A strange thing happens when you revisit the movies you grew up on: you pick up all the mature themes you may have missed out on as a child. The Secret Of NIMH is dark, both visually and thematically, but definitely a rewarding watch. There are a lot of truly frightening moments in The Secret Of NIMH, from ruthless murder rats to a monstrous cat to actual, animated blood when Mrs. I truly, deeply loved the book, which was pure science fiction, great characterizations, and a rip-roaring story. The Secret of NIMH was directed and produced by Don Bluth (who also did The Land Before Time[1988] and An Americal Tail[1986]).
Every spring, when the frost is off the ground the animals living in the fields of the Fitzgibbon’s farm must move to their summer homes.
Grateful for the medicine, and still unsure of what to do about the soon approaching moving day, Mrs. The Great Owl (voiced by John Carradine) is seemingly unhelpful until he realizes that he is talking to none other than Jonathan Brisby’s wife. Justin announces that the Rats will move to Thorn Valley that same night, as Nicodemus wanted, and leave no trace that they ever existed.
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This article needs to be wikified (formatted according to the Furry Book of Style).For specifics, check the edit history and talk page. Terrified, but determined to save her child's life, she approaches the rosebush near the farmer's house where the rats live. The pendant that Nicodemus gave her, however, begins to glow, and through magical means, her house is lifted in a red haze to the place on the lee of the stone, where it will avoid the plow and her family will be safe.
The movie ends with the rats leaving the farm and Timmy recovering enough from the pneumonia that he wants to come outside. When I was a kid, we had a lot of VHS tapes and basic cable, so we taped a lot of shows off cable to watch later. Timothy can’t be moved, which is a real problem as moving day is at hand as the farmer is going to start plowing the field where they live, and her home is right in the way of the plow. While this is set in more modern times, it blends some science fiction as well as a heavy dose of fantasy into the mix to really give people watching it a sense of wonder about everything going on. This is a Don Bluth film so it oozes his design style and look, which is very much like Disney of that era, and in the same way, not at all. I actually only own this on DVD, and even then it’s the full screen version, which, watching now, has me thinking I need to track down a Blu-ray and widescreen copy.
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Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. You might also start to wonder how such an emotionally traumatizing story could have ever passed for a children’s movie. The Secret Of NIMH (1982) is probably the darkest movie of my childhood. Bluth’s stylistic goal was to return to the golden age of animation, since he believed other studios were cheapening the medium in an attempt to cut costs. Brisby (changed from Frisby in the book to avoid lawsuits from the makers of the Frisbee – it was the 80s, after all) injures herself trying to escape from a bird cage. But I was SO disappointed that they screwed this very believable science fiction story by mucking it up with the magical aspect. Brisbys sons would save Thorn Valley from the Timothy is chosen to go but his older brother Martin believes he should have been the one chosen. He left the Walt Disney Company in 1979 to strike out on his own and eventually hooked up with Stephen Speilberg and Amblin entertainment.
O’Brien, it is a wonderful movie adaptation and stays fairly close to (at least the first half of) the original story, which is often a complaint amongst us avid readers. Telling her that her husband is known well by the other creatures in the woods, he tells Mrs. Agreeing to move the Brisby home will cause exactly the situation Jenner needs to fake an accident that will kill Nicodemus.


Ages and her husband Jonathan, all came from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Brisby home so that she can start readying the children for the move, but before she leaves, she decides to volunteer to drug Dragon, because only a mouse is small enough to fit through the whole in the wall.
Brisby escapes the cage just in time to warn Justin and the other rats only to find that Jenner has succeeded in killing Nicodemus and making it look like an accident. Brisby’s hands, burning them, but making her powerful enough to touch a rope and move the stone all by herself.
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Brisby, a field mouse, recently widowed when her husband, Jonathan Brisby, passed away, leaving her and her four children alone.
Brisby departs from the field to visit the Great Owl to find out the best way to avoid the plow but spare the life of Timmy. Brisby's late husband, Jonathan, was part of a lab where the rats were held, known as NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health). Justin and Jenner have a duel and Justin realizes that what happened to Nicodemus was no accident and that it was Jenner who did it.
The Secret of NIMH, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Amadeus used to all reside on the same VHS tape.
She heroically disables the tractor, but is at a loss until she goes to see the Great Owl, who recommends she visit the rats living in the rose bush near the farmer’s house. With a love for sci-fi and horror, Ashe has a thing for games of both the tabletop and video variety.
His animation techniques are old school, yet even at 30 years old, the film doesn’t look dated. Most horrifying of all is the film’s title: NIMH stands for National Institute of Mental Health, from which the rats escaped after enduring disturbing experimentation that left them highly intelligent yet still dependent on human technology.
It comes out of nowhere, it doesn’t fit the rest of the story, and it has a bit of a tacked-on moral about courage. But with the wonderful cast of voices, some names even more well known today, it really keeps the heart of the story alive. Brisby (changed for the movie because of a dispute with the Frisbee company) can’t move her son Timothy. On her way, she encounters a crow, named Jeremy (voiced brilliantly by Dom DeLuise), who is all tangled up in string as he’s collecting it for a love nest. With the help of their neighbor Auntie Shrew (voiced by the fabulous Hermione Baddeley of Mary Poppins fame), Mrs. Brisby goes to the rats, but in the film she is almost killed by a huge rat guarding the door, and runs into Mr. Ages meet up with a rat named Justin (voiced by Peter Strauss), who is the captain of the guard. Brisby to see Nicodemus where she learns about her husbands death and why the rats are so different from others of their kind.
They were once ordinary street rats, but they were captured, put in cages and experimented on. She mentions that Jonathan taught her and her children (whom I should mention are voiced by Wil Wheaton and Shannon Doherty) to read. When she tells the rats that NIMH is coming in the morning, Jenner smacks her to the ground in a rage, and upon seeing that she is wearing the stone, causes an epic sword fight between Justin and Jenner.
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Living in a farmer's field in a concrete block, she soon finds out (from the loud Auntie Shrew) that plowing day is near, and she must move her family to a safe location before the farmer plows the field where they live; however her youngest son, Timmy, cannot go outside due to his pneumonia. The Great Owl tells her to move her house to the lee of the stone (her house currently is placed on the incorrect side) and to ask the rats, and to speak to Nicodemus. Brisby tells Nicodemus the issue with her house, and he responds by telling her about why the rats are so eager to help her.
The ropes holding it up continue to break, and she is helpless, watching her home disappear into the muck. The characters are deep and wonderful despite some of them not getting much development, and you’re definitely rooting for Mrs. Very easy to recommend, there’s something here for young and old alike, but this is definitely geared more for the young at heart.


He is living a charmed, married life of sixteen years, along with several cats, a dog, and a bearded dragon. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH a decade earlier, and director Don Bluth began production in 1979 he actually lured eight animators away from Disney to found a new animation studio toand make the movie. He then moved on to Fox Animation, a rival of Disney and produced Anastasia, which was a HUGE hit for Bluth.
Try as they might, the stone block sinks farther and father into the mud, and in a last ditch effort to save her family, Mrs. Typically, the rats would have nothing to do with a lowly field mouse, however they have a debt to repay. Many rats, and mice, died, but some took to the drugs, gaining sentience and cognitive capacity. His reasoning is that if Nicodemus is dead, the rest of the rats will turn to him for guidance, and they will not have to leave. The rats are harboring a secret that humanity would like covered up, and only a few of the rats are willing to work with her.
Jerry Goldsmith does the music for the film and it really reminds me of his Star Trek scores in a lot of places throughout, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Time and time again, it would seem that Bluth’s career took turns for the worst, but almost all of his animated films, and especially The Secret of NIMH, have become cult classics.
This book, opening by itself to the most recent entry, tells her that her husband was killed while trying to drug the cat, Dragon. Beside herself with worry and grief, Auntie Shrew (in the movie, Jeremy in the book) tells Mrs.
I know that one of the reasons Bluth left Disney was because he wanted to continue the old style of animation, and I think this is a brilliant testament to the hand painted cell animation. No, he isnt Canadian." From the minds of the writers, we watch as The Count from Sesame Street has a run in with Blade, Jor-El has some very helpful advice for Superman, and a new nemesis comes to Gotham City. It’s because of this cartoon rat that both myself and my best friend wanted to name our kids Nicodemus.
In the book, Jenner and several other rats have left the rosebush and headed off on their own, but were assumed to have been killed at the local hardware store, which piqued the interest of some unnamed men who offer to eradicate the rosebush and the rats on the farm for free. While it doesn’t hold quite the same magic for me as it did as a kid growing up, The Secret of NIMH is still a great film and one of my favorites from Don Bluth.
Brisby is a mouse living in a farmer’s field, having turned an old cement block into her home for the winter. Worried, because well, owls eat mice, she relents and lets Jeremy fly her to The Great Owl’s tree.
She’s a widow and never really knew what happened to her husband, but her youngest son has become deathly ill and she goes to another mouse, Mr. He died giving a sleeping powder to Dragon, the farmer's cat, to allow the rats to enter the house to gain access to the electricity. Jonathan was integral in their escape and therefore have the undying gratitude of the Rats.
Ages, begins to lead her to Nicodemus, however, they come upon a meeting of the council of rats, where Jenner is imploring that the rats should not move from the rosebush.
Nicodemus' plan, however, is to leave, and begin anew, using their intelligence to forge a new place of their own, and to stop stealing electricity from the humans. The council does not come to a decision regarding this matter, however, due to the recent plea of Mrs. Brisby, the widowed head of a family of field mice, that her youngest son must die, either by the farmers spring plough or of pneumonia i.
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