The Secret of NIMH
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Set in the tradition of Disney animated movies (from where Mr. Bluth came), yet this film's flavor is a shade different. I would almost say more "realistic". Not to knock any Disney films (which I love to watch), this movie deals with a problem set on a 'it could happen' level. No search for a Prince Charming here -- just a person (mouse in the film) attempting to deal with the real world problem of how to relocate the Brisby family's home under emergency conditions when one of its members is too ill to move.
The story has charm and wit, and yes, even a bit of mortality thrown in. The art and animation are top notch, and the plot flows without a lot of irrelevant detail for padding. Very young children may not follow exactly what message is being sent to the audience, however, they will probably enjoy the show all the same. For older viewers, most should be able to pick up on the theme of "caring and self-sacrefice" under difficult conditions.
Originally not a well-known movie, it has built up a cult following over the years. Yes, this one has a place in your video or DVD library -- especially if you have children.
*** Recommended ***
NIMH, the National Institute of Mental Health, is the key to all that Mrs. Brisby never knew about her late husband. Her experiences with the rats of NIMH, escapees from that awful place, will open her eyes to an entire world of secrets, science, and magic that she never could have imagined before. Most importantly, she will come to realize the power within herself. "Courage of the heart is very rare; the stone has a power when it's there."
When former Disney animator Don Bluth struck out on his own, he was unable to take the Disney "magic" with him.Read more ›
The Secret of NIMH is as much for adults as it is for children. Emotional and often tense, it explores what it means to be truly human, courageous, and loving.
The film, which departs somewhat from the novel, is about a widowed field mouse, Mrs. Brisby, who must move her children before the farmer crushes her home during the spring plowing. But her youngest son is critically ill with pneumonia and cannot be moved. After rescuing a lonely but charming crow, Jeremy, Mrs. Brisby visits with his help the Great Owl, hoping that he can solve her conundrum. The solution, the Owl says, is to seek help from the feared and mysterious Rats of NIMH, who live in the rosebush near the farmer's house.
During the film, as Mrs. Brisby repeatedly risks her life to save her family, she learns many secrets. She learns the secret of her husband's death and his connection with the Rats. She learns about the Rats' struggle. And she learns that, with her mother's love and courage, she possesses that essential but elusive key to open any door.
The Rats of NIMH, collectively, are one of the most evocative symbols in storytelling of the question of humanity, what it means to be human, to think and feel as a human.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Timeless tail every furr will love... Adapted from the book this tail will live on in the memory's of so many.Published 15 days ago by Larry Barron
Anyone who loves the book will not like the movie. Mrs. Frisby is portrayed as a meek and weak simpleton and Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.L.
A great movie to remember your childhood with. The book is even better!Published 1 month ago by C-Mar
Always been a favorite movie of mine. It's funny that I only recently realized that NIMH is NIMH. ;)Published 2 months ago by Colbrook
i grew up with this movie. the stories it told, the morals it held all struck deep with in me. i think every child should be exposed to this movie as much i was.Published 2 months ago by tressa alvarez
Loved it! My daughter and I watched this great movie together. Thanks for having it available for us!Published 2 months ago by Lori
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