The Secret of NIMH (1982) Poster


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An American Tail (1986)
A shot of a cat lunging towards the camera during the market attack is recycled from Don Bluth's previous film.


The Vikings (1958)
The sword fight between Erik and Einar served as the live action model for the duel between Justin and Jenner.
Chinatown (1974)
Jeremy quotes J.J. Gittes's line, "When you're right, you're right, and you're right."

Referenced in 

Siskel & Ebert: Kiss of Death/Jury Duty/Stuart Saves His Family/The Basketball Diaries/The Pebble and the Penguin (1995) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "The Pebble and the Penguin" review.
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists (1996) (Video)
Similar storyline of anthropomorphic animals taking a dangerous journey to find medicine to save their loved one
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Revenge of the Creature (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: "He looks like a rat of NIMH!"
Troldspejlet: Episode #21.15 (1999) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann mentions the film in his review of The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998) (V)
Titanic - La leggenda continua (2000)
A bird resembles Jeremy from the movie.
Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003) (Video)
According to the directors, the way Makuta talks to Takua through telepatic means is a reference to this movie.
Ratatouille (2007)
When Remi is talking about the fact that he is a rat a sinister silhoutte of rats with glowing eyes is shown before being joined by other similar rats. These shots and representations are exactly like the "villain" rat characters from The Secret of Nimh.
Psych: The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable (2008) (TV Episode)
Shawn says, "'The Secret of NIMH' and 'The Secret of My Succe$s': same secret!"
Nostalgia Critic: Rock-A-Doodle (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned among Bluth's good films
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Black Cauldron (2009) (TV Episode)
Poster shown while the Film Buff discusses animated movies of the 1980s
Animation Lookback: Walt Disney Animation Studios Part 6 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as one of Don Bluth's films after he left Disney.
The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! (2010)
Xandir promises to Clara when asked to take her chopped off arms that he will "treasure them always".
Nostalgia Critic: A Troll in Central Park (2010) (TV Episode)
movie is referred to
Nostalgia Critic: The Pebble and the Penguin (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned among Bluth's good films
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) (TV Episode)
Picture of the Great Owl shown when Hewy discusses owls in animated movies
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Rescuers (2010) (TV Episode)
Hewy compares the skulll in "The Rescuers" to this movie
MarzGurl Reviews: The Land Before Time (2011) (TV Episode)
recalling other works of Don Bluth
Ask That Guy with the Glasses: Ask That Guy #59 (2011) (TV Episode)
Ask That Guy names off movie titles from which he would remove the word "of"
MarzGurl Reviews: MarzGurl Loves Don Bluth - Rock-a-Doodle (2011) (TV Episode)
says the owl looks like the wizard from this movie.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Top 13 Scariest Animated Monsters (2011) (TV Episode)
Listed as a Don Bluth movie with characters that could scare children
Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 4 (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat's DVD of this film was signed by Don Bluth and Garry Goldman.
The Big Bang Theory: The Habitation Configuration (2012) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions Wil Wheaton appearing in the movie.
Awesome: PokéAwesome 2: Getting a Gym Badge (2013) (TV Episode)
Ash excitedly exclaims "Thank you. I will treasure it always", after being presented the Pewter City Gym Badge by Brock. This is a reference to the scene where Nicodemus gives Ms. Brisby the magic amulet.
AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Secret of Kells (2013) (TV Episode)
AniMat recommends The Secret of Kells to those who love this film.
Robot Chicken: Victoria's Secret of NIMH (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Scarewaves (2014)
A poster of "The Secret of NIMH" is briefly seen on the wall during a video store robbery in "Office Case"
Animation Lookback: The Best of Stop Motion - Will Vinton (2014) (TV Episode)
AniMat uses a DVD copy of this film to create "Animationmation".
Animation Lookback: The Best of Stop Motion - Aardman (2014) (TV Episode)
An animated film with the recognisable Don Bluth style.
JonTron: Titanic: The Legend Goes On (2015) (TV Episode)
Jon says that The Legend Goes On rips off this film.
Nostalgia Critic: Conquest of the Commercials (2015) (TV Episode)
"...or the owl from Secret of NIMH to peck his face out." When Don Bluth appears, the Critic tries to appease him by praising this movie.
Nostalgia Critic: Labyrinth (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned among dark '80s movies for kids.
The Goldbergs: Lainey Loves Lionel (2016) (TV Episode)
Appears in the movie listings in Adam's newspaper.
Nostalgia Critic: The THIRD Animated Titanic Movie (2016) (TV Episode)
"I'm starting to think these are the rats NIMH flushed down the toilet."
Nostalgia Critic: The WEIRDEST Jack and the Beanstalk (2017) (TV Episode)
The Critic categorizes this film as "whimsical enchantment"

Featured in 

Trapped (2002)
Marvin and Abigail are watching The Secret of NIMH (1982) in the cabin
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Underrated Nostalgia Classics (2008) (TV Episode)
Featured as the Number 1 spot
Nostalgia Critic: Secret of NIMH 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips are shown and The Critic hails it as one of his favorite films
Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Film is talked about, clips shown.
MarzGurl Reviews: MarzGurl Discusses The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (2012) (TV Episode)
The original is discussed and compared to its inferior sequel
Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 5 (2012) (TV Episode)
Number 1 in the top 10 best Don Bluth films.
The Nostalgia Chick: All Dogs Go to Heaven (2012) (TV Episode)
mentions the film and says, while it's good, she doesn't consider it Bluth's best.
Nostalgia Critic: What Does the Secret of NIMH Mean? (2013) (TV Episode)
this movie is the topic of this editorial
Nostalgia Critic: Should We Scare the S#*% Out of Kids? (2013) (TV Episode)
"Why isn't Secret of NIMH talking to me like Barney?"
Nostalgia Critic: Small Soldiers (2014) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Animation Lookback: Top 10 Controversial Cartoons (2015) (TV Episode)
clips shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Does PG Mean Anything Anymore? (2016) (TV Episode)
a G-rated movie that handled its content too well to avoid the PG

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