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The Secret of NIMH -- A society of genetically altered rats comes to the aid of a mouse whose family is threatened by civilization. Animated.

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Writers:
Robert C. O'Brien (novel)
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Release Date:
2 July 1982 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Right before your eyes and beyond your wildest dreams. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Don Bluth's Best work! See more (136 total) »

Cast

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Derek Jacobi ... Nicodemus (voice)

Elizabeth Hartman ... Mrs. Brisby (voice)

Arthur Malet ... Mr. Ages (voice)

Dom DeLuise ... Jeremy (voice)

Hermione Baddeley ... Auntie Shrew (voice)

Shannen Doherty ... Teresa (voice)

Wil Wheaton ... Martin (voice)
Jodi Hicks ... Cynthia (voice)
Ian Fried ... Timothy (voice)

John Carradine ... Great Owl (voice)

Peter Strauss ... Justin (voice)

Paul Shenar ... Jenner (voice)

Tom Hatten ... Farmer Fitzgibbons (voice)

Lucille Bliss ... Mrs. Fitzgibbons (voice)

Aldo Ray ... Sullivan (voice)
Norbert Auerbach ... Councilman 1 (voice)
Dick Kleiner ... Councilman 2 (voice)

Charles Champlin ... Councilman 3 (voice)

Edie McClurg ... Miss Right (voice)
Joshua Lawrence ... Billy Fitzgibbons (voice)
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Sally Stevens ... Singer (segment "Flying Dreams Lullaby") (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Don Bluth 
 
Writing credits
Robert C. O'Brien (novel "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH")

Don Bluth (story adaptation) &
John Pomeroy (story adaptation) &
Gary Goldman (story adaptation) &
Will Finn (story adaptation)

Produced by
Don Bluth .... producer
Gary Goldman .... producer
Rich Irvine .... executive producer
John Pomeroy .... producer
James L. Stewart .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Film Editing by
Jeffrey C. Patch  (as Jeffrey Patch)
 
Production Management
Fred Craig .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Molina .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James Cavarretta .... sound effects recordist (as James Cavarretta Jr.)
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist (as Walter Gest)
David M. Horton .... sound effects editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Stan Levine .... synthesizer sound effects
William Mead .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Ritchie .... sound re-recordist
John Roesch .... foley artist
Garry Ulmer .... dialogue recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Craig .... director of special processes
Vincent DeFrances .... effects assistant (as Vincent De Francis)
Jeff Etter .... effects assistant
Bruce Heller .... additional special effects animator
Tom Hush .... additional special effects animator
Diann Landau .... additional special effects animator
Dorse A. Lanpher .... special effects supervisor (as Dorse A. Lanpher)
Hope London .... effects assistant
Scott Santoro .... effects assistant
Barry Whitebook .... effects assistant (as Barry A. Whitebook)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Jiuliano .... animation camera
Jeffery Mellquist .... animation camera (as Jeff Mellquist)
Chuck Warren .... animation camera (as Charles Warren)
Bill Butler .... visual consultant (uncredited)
Rob Maine .... animation camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Diane Albracht .... cel painter
Kelly Anderson .... assistant animator
Tamara Anderson .... assistant animator
David R. Ankney .... xerographer (as David Ankney)
Robert Avery .... xerographer
Philo Barnhart .... character key assistant
Phyllis Barnhart .... cel painter
Arland Barron .... assistant animator
Kathy Barrows-Fullmer .... animation checker (as Kathy Barrows)
Alethea Bernard .... ink artist
Don Bluth .... directing animator
Don Bluth .... layout artist
David Braden .... xerographer
Kristine Brown .... ink artist
Karen Burrell .... cel painter
Daryl Carstensen .... xerography checker
Tammy Cecil .... cel painter
Judy Champin .... cel painter
Merllyn Ching .... ink artist
Joann Cohn .... cel painter
Lorna Cook .... animator (as Lorna Pomeroy)
Ken Cope .... assistant animator
Annamarie Costa .... animation checker
Patricia Cowling .... cel painter (as Patti Cowling)
Sharon Dabek .... cel painter
Eric Daniels .... xerographer
Ron Dias .... background artist
Lynn Diederich .... cel painter
Colleen Draper .... cel painter
Robin Draper .... cel painter
Diane Dunning .... ink artist
John Eddings .... xerographer
Robert Erhart .... xerographer
Gina Evans .... cel painter
Beverly Felix .... cel painter (as Cookie Palacio)
Shirley Ferrante .... cel painter
Cindy Finn .... animation color stylist (as Cindy Chilko Finn)
Will Finn .... animator
Ayalen Garcia .... assistant animator (as Ayalén Garcia)
Peter Gentle .... cel painter
Marta Glodkowska .... cel painter (as Marta Skwara)
David Goetz .... background artist
Gary Goldman .... directing animator
Valerie Green .... xerography checker
Heidi Guedel .... animator
Auguste Haboush .... assistant animator
Evelyn Hairapetian .... cel painter (as Evie Hairapetian)
Odin Hor .... cel painter
Michael Horowitz .... assistant animator
Emily Jiuliano .... animator
Emily Jiuliano .... character key assistant
Leonard Johnson .... assistant animator (as Leonard E. Johnson)
Skip Jones .... animator
Debra Jorgensborg .... animation color stylist (as Debbie Casillas)
Gayle Kanagy .... cel painter
Michael Kane .... xerographer
Paulette Knell .... cel painter
Nancy Kniep .... assistant animator
Dan Kuenster .... animator
Boowon Lee .... assistant animator
Karan Lee-Storr .... ink artist (as Karan J. Storr)
Larry Leker .... layout artist
William Lorencz .... color story sketcher
Mildred Luukkonen .... cel painter
Annette Mackie .... cel painter (as Annette Vandenberg)
Shirley Mapes .... cel painter
Linda Miller .... animator
Missy .... cel painter
David Molina .... animator
Sandra Moline .... cel painter
Deborah Mooneyham .... cel painter
Don Moore .... background artist
Jeanette Nouribekian .... cel painter
Carmen Oliver .... animation color stylist
Vera Pacheco .... character key assistant (as Vera Lanpher)
Elyse Pastel .... assistant animator
Gary Perkovac .... assistant animator
Catherine Peterson .... cel painter (as Cathy Mirkovich)
Chris Peterson .... assistant animator (as Christopher Peterson)
Cheryl Polakow .... assistant animator
Robin Police .... cel painter
John Pomeroy .... directing animator: "Mr. Ages", "Jeremy", "Dragon", "The Great Owl", "Nicodemus", "Justin" and "Jenner"
Linda Praamsma .... cel painter
Bonnie Ramsey .... cel painter
Valerie Reed .... cel painter
Art Roman .... assistant animator
Alison Sassoon .... cel painter
Terry Shakespeare .... assistant animator
Debra Y. Siegel .... paint technician
Dave Smith .... final checker
Dave Spafford .... animator
Lynn Spees .... cel painter
Catherine Stein .... cel painter
Kim Stevens .... cel painter
Christina Stocks .... ink artist (as Cris Stocks)
Jim Stocks .... final checker
Cynthia Surage .... mark-up
Terri-Lynn Swears .... cel painter
Olga Tarin-Craig .... ink and paint supervisor (as Olga Tarin Craig)
Sharon Thomas .... cel painter
Shirley Thomas .... cel painter
Bruce W. Timm .... assistant animator
Marshall Lee Toomey .... assistant animator (as Marshall Toomey)
Jody Trout .... cel painter
Sally Voorheis .... assistant animator (as Sally J. Voorheis)
Manon Washburn .... cel painter
Phyllis White .... cel painter
Kevin Wurzer .... animator (as Kevin M. Wurzer)
Nikki Zelenka .... animation checker
Janet M. Zoll .... xerographer (as Janet Zoll)
Stephan Zupkas .... assistant animator
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Richard Ritchie .... color timer
 
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor: London (as Mike Clifford)
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Len Engel)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
John Richards .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Diana Adams .... accountant (as Diana Johnson)
G. Thomas Baker .... accountant
Stephan Barnes .... creative consultant
Bob Chevalier .... production assistant
Kimberley Coy .... unit publicist
Terri Eddings .... production assistant
Richard A. Gabrio .... creative consultant
Jan Goldman .... accountant
Mel Griffin .... production executive
Edna Hartling .... production assistant
Tom Irvine .... accountant
Martin S. Jacobson .... creative consultant
Sarah-Jane King .... production assistant (as Sarah King)
Charles Kurts .... production assistant
Elaine Miller .... accountant
Carolyn Morris .... production assistant
Victor Solis .... production assistant
Julie Spafford .... production assistant
Shirley Spafford .... production assistant
David J. Steinberg .... production assistant (as David Steinberg)
Mike Vest .... production assistant
Caralyn Warren .... production assistant
 

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Runtime:
82 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-8/5 (1988) | Finland:K-10/7 (1982) | France:U | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:G | South Africa:A | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 26707) | West Germany:6
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Trivia:
After seeing early animation roughs of his character, the villain Jenner, actor Paul Shenar requested to re-record some of his lines so he could get his "performance" just right.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Teresa is done bandaging Mrs. Brisby's hands, she places the ball of gauze to her side. On the next shot the ball is gone.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Flying DreamsSee more »

FAQ

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How did the Rats of NIMH become more intelligent than human beings?
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42 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Don Bluth's Best work!, 30 December 1998
Author: ZeroByte from Alabama

Anybody who doesn't like this movie just doesn't love animation. How can a proclaimed fan of feature animation not be dazzled by the extravagance of Don Bluth's work seen in NIMH? Here is a perfect example of what happens when artists are given free reign to just create whatever their vivid imaginations may produce. To me, the greatest triumph of this movie is the art itself. Its greatest flaw is that it was cheapened by a sequel! Why in the name of HUMANITY was a sequel made? A masterpiece of this magnitude should not be so insulted as to be milked for every dollar that the bean counters say it can!

But I digress...

Bluth's use of highly stylized art to influence your emotions is rarely seen in others' work. The whole point of animation is that you are not limited by the bounds of reality, so thorns and cobwebs can be just that much more twisty and foreboding. Owls' eyes can glow- not because they do, but because it just plain looks cooler. The bright and sunny entrance to the rats' lair can suddenly fade to a background of blood red as Mrs. Brisby runs in terror from Brutus' electrified blade. What plot holes does using a lit electric lamp as a diving bell produce? Who cares? The concept just looks awesome on screen! The effects animation is spectacular in this movie as well. The glow of Nicodemus' eyes, the sparkling of the fairy dust ink and the flaming letters of the movie title screen are great, and the radiance emitting from Mrs. Brisby as the sheer strength of her character lifts her home from the mud is fantastic.

If the story were no more than a shabby framework to lace all of this cool art together, it would be good enough, but there's a lot going for it as well. It's not a complicated story, but its message of love, devotion, and courage shown in the meekest of people (mice?) is enough to inspire anyone! Mrs. Brisby's simple wish for the safety of her family drives her to the greatest of courage, despite her apparant simplicity and weakness. She stands as a model for all of us to aspire to.

Animation should never be considered something just for kids. It should not require the characters to burst into song at regular intervals, or the story to be sappy and condescending. NIMH does none of this. It is truly a movie for movie-lovers of all ages. Disney, take a hint!!! Don Bluth, keep making movies like this, and your field will reach an entirely new level of acceptance among older viewers in America.

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