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Robert C. O'Brien (novel)
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Release Date:
16 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 »
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(76 articles)
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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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sally Stevens ... Singer (segment "Flying Dreams Lullaby") (voice) (uncredited)

Paul Williams ... The Balladeer (segment "Epilogue") (voice) (uncredited)

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)

Ken Anderson  uncredited

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
 
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Pam Darley .... artistic coordinator (as Pam M. Darley)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... storyboard artist
Buck Lewis .... character designer
Wilbert Plijnaar .... storyboard artist
Carl Ramsey .... additional storyboard artist
Don Bluth .... visual development (uncredited)
Carl Ramsey .... poster artist (uncredited)
Jeff Siergey .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Drew Struzan .... poster artist (uncredited)
Frank Thomas .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Cavarretta .... sound effects recordist (as James Cavarretta Jr.)
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist (as Walter Gest)
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley editor
David M. Horton .... sound effects editor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (as Marie Jo Lang)
Stan Levine .... synthesizer sound effects
William Mead .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Michael Miller .... original dialog mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording mixer
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist
Gary Ritchie .... sound re-recordist
John Roesch .... foley artist
Garry Ulmer .... dialogue recordist
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (uncredited)
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist (uncredited)
Doc Kane .... original dialogue mixer (uncredited)
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr editor (uncredited)
Morten Folmer Nielsen .... adr recorder (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... stereo sound designer (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
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 Timm .... assistant animator (as Bruce W. Timm)
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
Jim Coleman .... background artist (uncredited)
Charles Zembillas .... assistant animator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Richard Ritchie .... color timer
 
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator
Bruce Botnick .... music mixer
Michael Clifford .... music editor: London (as Mike Clifford)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Len Engel)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
Jerry Goldsmith .... music producer
Jerry Goldsmith .... orchestrator
Jo Ann Kane .... music preparation
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... music mixer: London
John Richards .... music recordist
John Rodd .... orchestra scoring recordist
Dennis S. Sands .... music recordist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Dennis S. Sands .... music mixer: California (uncredited)
Sally Stevens .... featured vocalist (uncredited)
Sally Stevens .... singer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello soloist (uncredited)
Paul Williams .... featured vocalist (uncredited)
Paul Williams .... lyricist: song (uncredited)
Paul Williams .... musician: keyboard (uncredited)
 
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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Trivia:
Techniques used on this movie which had not been used extensively in other animated features included split exposures to create shadows and translucency, diffusion in conjunction with split exposures to create reflections, color Xerography for the creation of cels and painstaking color orchestration. Newer techniques included the use of video animation for testing and backlight. The use of multiple exposure techniques was probably the best indication of the time and effort taken with the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mrs. Brisby is caring for Timothy, there is one low-angle shot where the bed appears empty - you can see most of the pillow, but Timothy's head is not on it.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

Is this film based on a book?
How did the Rats of NIMH become more intelligent than human beings?
What does NIMH stand for?
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Early great Bluth film, 24 November 2006
Author: twinreverb from United States

This film has more soul than most animated films. The film music is excellent, and honestly is the shining jewel of the movie. The art work is excellent for the time period: and no computers used! The backgrounds have excellent detail: they could honestly be used as great works of art on their own merit. The voices are excellent and very fitting for the characters. The story line is very well done: while not lacking in action at any time, it's also not like most modern films that are constantly "in your face" with fast-moving activity. The facial expressions are outstanding! Too bad Don Bluth didn't do more films! The mud in certain scenes was very well done. The story has great struggle and good-versus-evil appeal to it. The music is actually great for an animated film: no catchy or cheeky pop music at all, but the music score seems to always be doing something. Many times it does such a good job at painting the mental picture of certain scenes that if you were to listen to the score by itself after seeing the movie, you could trace the story line by heart. Even the musical prototype for the main theme, "Flying Dreams" (or whatever) was done so well that it makes one wonder who wrote and performed the original demo (first song of the credits). Excellent movie in all aspects, even if it seems "old school" to some :)

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