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The Secret of NIMH
Right before your eyes and beyond your wildest dreams.
A widowed field mouse must move her family -- including an ailing son -- to escape a farmer's plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.
I rewatched this film to see if it would be suitable to show to my 4 year old daughter. And while the answer is a resounding 'no' I did rediscover this rare, beautiful and surprisingly moving animated marvel.
Don Bluth is a genius. He is one of the best animators ever and I'm glad he had enough of Disney, left there fighting and made this. There's a good chance this film would not have existed otherwise.
With Bluth's characteristic animation style, we are given the story of a mouse seeking help from a group of intelligent rats as her son is sick and she has to leave her house. Throw in a wise owl and a host of other talking…
As a child, the 'talking animals' genre was one of my most cherished childhood entertainments. I must have watched 'The Animals of Farthing Wood' several times through. I also read the entire Redwall series in one year. Those are two examples that I have kept and plan to pass on to my children. The Secret of Nimh is another great example of this genre. Even by Don Bluth standards, this film is artful, atmospheric and rather dark.
The best thing about this film is that it concerns a widowed mother trying to look after her children. Whilst the plot driver feels a bit thin (and the sick son just has to be called Tim), this is a touching example of…
The story is small, encompassing just a few days in the area around a rat-infested farm, and the stakes (at least initially) are restricted to the survival of a sick, young mouse. But as Mrs. Brisby reaches out to each of these elders—to Mr. Ages, then the Great Owl, and finally Nicodemus—her world grows deeper, stranger, more magical. You can feel it expanding as she navigates gnarled old trees and rosebush interiors, and it stays that size even after the rats are gone, having played their part in restoring her status quo. The Secret of NIMH has many virtues as an animated adventure: its gorgeous backdrops, often adorned with mold and cobwebs; its rich voice cast, with the gravitas-lending likes…
I've been meaning to watch some Don Bluth films for ages. I've only ever seen Titan AE but every time I see a clip, I get excited about them. The animation is always so beautifully done. Bluth originally worked for the Mouse House before abandoning them and founding his own company so he could film edgier material. He ended up with a whole team of defectors from Disney and filmed the Secret of NIMH, the movie deemed "too dark for Disney". It certainly has dark edges but Secret of NIMH is still a movie about magical style science, talking rodents and adventure. Bluth's stuff is Pixar before Pixar. I'll certainly be coming back to check out some more.
A beautiful and occasionally surreal movie that will be sure to provoke thrills, evoke drama and heart-warming scenes that end up making a wonderful movie.
Excellent visuals, interesting and likeable characters, this film pretty much has it all. A masterpiece of animated movies.
The Secret of NIMH is another film from Don Bluth I've been wanting to see for a while. Unfortunately it was not up my alley.
Mrs. Brisby, a small field mouse, must find some medicine for her sick child. At the same time, winter is over and it's time to plow the field. If she can't move her bedridden child out of the house, she will perish, and to make that happen she'll have to discover the secret of NIMH.
If this movie has a score, it's shorter than five minutes long or it's mixed down so much you hardly ever notice it. Perhaps it's because modern films overbear you with 99% music blaring all the time, but this thing…
Enchanted me as a child. A dark fairy tale that explains why rats are assholes.
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So, this is supposed to be Don Bluth's best film or is it just something I've read somewhere? I don't know, in any case. I think NIMH carries the same problems as most of his films - murky, unstimulating visuals and plot structures that are beyond generic and unpersonal. The Mrs. Brisby character is a good one to start off with but this story ends up nowhere, passing various pit-stops that are so been-there-done-that that they barely register.
Just because its gloomier than Disney doesn't automatically make it better - Content must go before intent. And, besides, THE SECRET OF NIMH pales like a fading cloud in the sky compared to Martin Rosen's two great animated films WATERSHIP DOWN and THE PLAGUE DOGS.
On a whim, I rewatched this with my wife tonight; it's almost certainly the first time in 20 years that I've seen the film in full, and my memory of it hasn't changed radically. I'm mostly not a fan of Don Bluth's films or the general attitude represented in his work, primarily because I find it oppressively downbeat. On one hand, I understand his desire to break away from Walt Disney Feature Animation at its weakest period. But I'm not sure his attempt to hearken back to the old days works too well. (Aside, at least, from being just as anti-cat as Disney himself was.)
I do appreciate this film even if I don't like it. There's literally no way…
Beautiful painted backgrounds and interesting character parallelism between different characters are hindered a bit by tonal clashes and some strange, unexplained supernatural aspects of the plot. It undoes a lot of the science fiction that the film actually does a good job of setting up. Is it a fantasy film or a science fiction film? Is is a comedy or a drama? The film waffles a bit too much, and that partially has to due with the nonsensical and unexplained plot.
This is a film worth watching, especially with kids, because it actually tackles animation in a time-lost way, prioritizing powerful character designs and backgrounds.
If only the story made more sense.
I'm between a 3 star and a 3-and-a-half star on this one. Check it out.
One of my favorite animated movies. Watched this many times as a child.
Don Bluth's first post-Disney film, with a harder and more painstaking style of animation. His work can get a little fuzzed-out -- metaphorically and, as much as I admire the attention his back-to-basics approach warrants, also literally too -- although I think this first outing allowed the nicest sync of story softness and visual roughness.
Really nice animated film that can appeal both kids and adults with good animation, likable characters, a plot that starts out simple but evolves into a story filled with deep themes and its darker in tone than most children´s animated movies. However, despite that the ending leaves place for some personal interpretation for me it was a very convenient Deus Ex Machina, kinda dissapointed by it. Good film but a little overrated in my opinion.
Slow and quaint, with a very involved backstory but not much of an actual story. Still, incredibly charming based on the strength of its animation and the obvious love and care that went into it. Don Bluth was taking on Disney single-handedly in the '80s, god bless him.
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