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The Secret of NIMH (1982)

To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nicodemus (voice)
Elizabeth Hartman ...
Mrs. Brisby (voice)
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Mr. Ages (voice)
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Jeremy (voice)
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Auntie Shrew (voice)
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Teresa (voice)
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Martin (voice)
Jodi Hicks ...
Cynthia (voice)
Ian Fried ...
Timothy (voice)
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Great Owl (voice)
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Justin (voice)
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Jenner (voice)
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Farmer Fitzgibbons (voice)
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Mrs. Fitzgibbons (voice)
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Sullivan (voice)
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Mrs. Brisby, a widowed mouse, lives in a cinder block with her children on the Fitzgibbon farm. She is preparing to move her family out of the field they live in as plowing time approaches, however her son Timothy has fallen ill, and moving him could prove fatal. Mrs. Brisby visits The Great Owl, a wise creature who advises her to visit a mysterious group of rats who live beneath a rose bush on the farm. Upon visiting the rats, Brisby meets Nicodemus, the wise and mystical leader of the rats, and Justin, a friendly rat who immediately becomes attached to Mrs. Brisby. While there, she learns that her late husband, Mr. Jonathon Brisby, along with the rats, was a part of a series of experiments at a place known only as N.I.M.H. (revealed earlier in the story as the National Institute of Mental Health). The experiments performed on the mice and rats there boosted their intelligence, allowing them to read without being taught and to understand things such as complex mechanics and ... Written by MIss Victoria

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A world of fantasy, adventure and excitement opens up for Mrs Brisby when she discovers... The Secret of NIMH. See more »


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16 July 1982 (USA)  »

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Mrs. Brisby and the Rats of NIMH  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Don Bluth: [casting] This is the first of five films directed by Don Bluth to feature Dom DeLuise See more »

Goofs

The first shot of the Brisby home after the move shows no one outside. A couple of shots later, Mrs. Brisby and the children are outside. When Jeremy appears on the following shot, there is no one outside again. See more »

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[first lines]
Nicodemus: Johnathan Brisby was killed today while helping with the plan. It is four years since our departure from NIMH, and our world is changing. We cannot stay here much longer. Johnathan was a dear friend. I am lost in knowing how to help his widow. She knows nothing about us or the plan. Perhaps best that I do nothing at present. I shall miss him. Johnathan - wherever you are - your thoughts must comfort her tonight. She will be waiting and you will not return. Farewell... my friend.
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Referenced in Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 4 (2012) See more »

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Flying Dreams
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics Written and Performed by Paul Williams
Arranged by Ian Fraser
Lullaby Performed by Sally Stevens
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Go rent NIMH. You won't be disappointed.
4 June 2000 | by (Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

The Secret of NIMH is powerful, dramatic and has great originality. The animation is excellent and stylish, and complements the mystical storyline.

The plot is complex and beyond your average toddler. This is a film for older kids and adults, anyone who enjoys a unique film experience and is looking for deviation from the expected norms of an animated film.

Truly ahead of its time, NIMH is a must - It's become a classic and is not at all childish, as one might predict for animation. There are no musical numbers, just an exciting, vibrant score that follows the action perfectly. Clear your brain of prejudgments and animation stereotypes, and then go rent The Secret of NIMH. It is an ultimately rewarding film.


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