The Secret of NIMH

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The Secret of NIMH
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Genre: Animation
Photography: Color
Running Time: 82 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 2, 1982
Directed by: Don Bluth
Written by: Don Bluth

Gary Goldman

John Pomeroy

Will Finn

Ken Anderson (uncredited)

Distributed by: MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Starring: Elizabeth Hartman

Hermione Baddeley

John Carradine

Dom DeLuise

Derek Jacobi

Arthur Malet

Paul Shenar

Peter Strauss

Next film: The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to The Rescue

The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 animated dark fantasy science fiction adventure film directed by Don Bluth in his directional debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The film follows Mrs. Brisby (her name was changed to avoid confusion with the new Frisbee toy) as she seeks out a group of highly intelligent rats to help save her family when Farmer Fitzgibbons threatens them. The film stars the voice talents of Elizabeth Hartman, Dom DeLuise, Derek Jacobi, Arthur Malet, Hermione Baddeley John Carradine, Peter Strauss, Paul Shenar, Aldo Ray, and a young Shannen Doherty and Wil Wheaton.

Upon release, the film received critical acclaim, was a box-office hit, and to this day, is considered to be one of the greatest animated films ever made. Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic, named it one of his favorite movies.

Why It Rocks

  1. Beautiful animation.
  2. Great voice-acting.
  3. Likable characters, especially Mrs. Brisby.
  4. A great sense of mystery.
  5. Great atmosphere.
  6. A very serious tone that doesn't talk down to children.
  7. A well-told tale of the battle between science, nature, and the unknown.
  8. A lot of intense moments that children can watch.
  9. An exciting climax.
  10. Beautiful music, especially the main song "Flying Dreams".
  11. Builds up suspense very well.