The Secret of NIMH

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Released 1982

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Director:
Don Bluth
Released:
1982
Rating:
G
The Secret of NIMH is an animated film made in 1982 adapted from the book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The book that the film was based on was written by Robert C. O'Brien which was the pen name of Robert Leslie Conly, who also wrote Z for Zachariah. The Secret of NIMH begins with the Brisby family of which Mrs. Brisby is trying to help her ill son. The procurement of the medicine puts Mrs. Brisby on an adventure where she discovers secrets about her late husband and also the great secret of NIMH. The film was directed by Don Bluth, who also directed Anastasia and Titan A.E. The main voices were supplied by Elizabeth Hartman and John Carradine. The film was followed by The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue.

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  • 88

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    This may be a film for children, but its achievement is no less serious. For only when animation approaches reality this closely does its liberation from reality -- its celebration...

  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    A bouncy, witty, pleasurably scary children's movie that adults will enjoy more than they may care to confess. [02 July 1982]

  • 75

    Rolling Stone

    The Secret of NIMH folds a commentary on the evils of animal experimentation and a salute to the bravery of single moms into a smart, gripping action-adventure framework, becoming ...

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Family Dramas, fight for survival, supernatural forces, talking animals, facing danger