The Secret of NIMH (1982) Poster

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  • Yes. The book title called Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is a 1971 children's fantasy/science fiction book by American author Robert C. O' Brien.

  • National Institute of Mental Health. It is a real organization founded in 1949 and headquartered in Bethesda, MD.


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  • Nicodemus explains to Mrs. Brisby that the rats, as well as other animals, were part of experiments at a place called NIMH, the National Institute of Mental Health. The rats were injected with a drug that enhanced their intelligence, which allowed them to read and understand the English language, understand how machinery works, and obtain powers such as telekinesis, the ability to move and lift objects using mindpower; however, Nicodemus is the only rat we see that could do this.

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