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The Secret of NIMH ()


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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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Nicodemus (voice)
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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)
Norbert Auerbach ...
Councilman 1 (voice)
Dick Kleiner ...
Councilman 2 (voice)
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Councilman 3 (voice)
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Miss Right (voice)
Joshua Lawrence ...
Billy Fitzgibbons (voice)
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Singer (segment "Flying Dreams Lullaby") (uncredited) (voice)
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The Balladeer (segment "Epilogue") (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Don Bluth

Written by

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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

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Don Bluth ... producer
Gary Goldman ... producer
Rich Irvine ... executive producer
John Pomeroy ... producer
James L. Stewart ... executive producer

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Film Editing by

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Jeffrey C. Patch ... (as Jeffrey Patch)

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Richard Ritchie ... color timer

Production Management

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Fred Craig ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dan Molina ... assistant director

Art Department

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John Alvin ... poster artist
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited) / storyboard artist
Buck Lewis ... character designer
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

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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) / adr recorder (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... stereo sound designer (uncredited)
Joan Rowe ... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist (uncredited)

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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

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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

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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 / 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 / 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)

Music Department

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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 / music producer / 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) / singer (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams ... musician: cello soloist (uncredited)
Paul Williams ... featured vocalist (uncredited) / lyricist: song (uncredited) / musician: keyboard (uncredited)

Other crew

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 electricity. The rats and Mr. Brisby escaped from N.I.M.H. and came to live on the Fitzgibbon farm. The rats created a home for themselves under Mrs. Fitzgibbon's rose bush, creating an elaborate habitation of beautiful chambers, elevators, and Christmas lights. However, the rats are unhappy in their dependence on the humans, who they are stealing electricity from, and have concocted a plan to leave the farm and live independently. Because of her husband's prior relationship with the rats, they agree to help Mrs. Brisby move her home out of the path of the plow. However, the evil Jenner and his unwilling accomplice Sullivan, who wish to remain beneath the rose bush, yet plot to kill Nicodemus during the move. Written by MIss Victoria

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Taglines Right before your eyes and beyond your wildest dreams. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mrs. Brisby and the Rats of NIMH (United States)
  • The Secret of N-I-M-H (United Kingdom)
  • Brisby et le secret de NIMH (France)
  • Mrs. Brisby und das Geheimnis von NIMH (Germany)
  • Nimh: El mundo secreto de la señora Brisby (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 82 min
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Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $386,530, 05 Jul 1982

Did You Know?

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Trivia The lead character's name was changed from Mrs. Frisby (in the novel) to Mrs. Brisby to avoid legal entanglements from the Wham-O company (makers of the Frisbee). Unfortunately this change came late in the film's production, long after the actors had recorded their dialog. Because it was not feasible to have every actor using the word "Frisby" in the movie re-record his or her lines, the change from "Frisby" to "Brisby" was actually made by the sound editors, who, by hand, carefully sliced the "br" (taken from other words spoken by the actors) into the "fr" on the magnetic dialog tracks. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into An American Tail (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Flying Dreams See more »
Crazy Credits The production storyboards are used for background in the end credits. See more »
Quotes Jenner: I learned this much: take what you can, when you can.
Justin: Then you have learned nothing.
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