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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…
A webbed and gnarled translucent watercolor sword and sorcery pastoral, furious with movement and activated Newtonian Alchemies. One of the jewels of the Annus Mirabilis 1982, The Secret of NIMH plays out like a crazed post-Disney, post-Rankin/Bass brew of Altered States and the Planet of the Apes TV shows. In the shadow of human civilization, the United States Government has given rats the capacity to use magickal and non-magickal technologies apparently not extant in un-DARPA'ed rat theories of global operations. This is the birth of the end of humankind's assumed hegemonic grasp on this world. Also, John Carradine as the most hypnotically terrifying animated owl ever.
Growing up there were two phrases that my mother would often say to me that I can remember as clear as day - "Why don't you go outside and play.." and "Don't sit so close to the TV, you'll ruin your eyes."
I enjoyed playing with toys, squishing mud between my toes and jumping off picnic tables while flapping my arms, in hopes to defy gravity for just a few seconds, but what I really loved was watching movies. In having three siblings, parents and a grandfather who lived with us, it was a special treat to walk into the living room and have it empty. I would hurry over to the stack of VHS hidden within a cabinet, often…
An early animated film that actually celebrates the power and courage of moms!!!!? And satirizes society!!!!!?? And is humorous, heartbreaking, magical all at once!!!!!??? This really does exist. And I've loved it ever since I can remember. Thank you, Mr. Bluth. You the real MVP.
One of my earliest memories of watching a film in the theatre, The Secret Of NIMH holds up surprisingly well over thirty years later, and looks fantastic in high definition. There are moments when the film trips over itself trying to cater to the House Of Mouse crowd (Jeremy the crow I'm looking at you), but this tale of rats (which are way cooler than mice btw) attempting a simple feat of relocating when their habitat on a farm becomes threatened, is supremely intelligent and capable of inspiring wonder without treating children like, well, children. It demands that its audience meet it at its level, and at the same time throws a bone to adults to chew on regarding animal experimentation. It's one of Don Bluth's finest moments, and Nicodemus is such a badass rat he has stayed with me for the last three decades the same as if I had just seen him yesterday.
The maturest, and darkest, animated film aimed for children ever made. There are literally good guys dying in this. There is blood. Most of all, there is non-stop tension; in fact, the whole film consists of unnerving scenes that move the viewer to the edge of their seat more than most live-action films do. The Secret of NIMH tells a grownup story, with grownup themes and a grownup atmosphere, but in a way completely captivating for the younger public (I can know as I must have seen it over ten times as a kid), with fine animation and Mrs. Brisby as an ideal protagonist. Don Bluth should never be underestimated as a filmmaker, but it is this film, his directorial debut nota bene, that shows him at his finest. An animation that can be enjoyed by all age groups, and which in itself will never age.
This is one of those movies that I somehow never actually watched as a child. But, as an adult, I've heard a lot of people talk about how much they loved this film as a kid, and I can see why. The story, characters, and animation are all very, very strong, but what makes this movie really stand out to me is how it knows exactly what it wants to be from start to finish. It sets its mood, and it commits.
And the mood it chooses is darkly whimsical: there is magic and wonder, but there is also danger and raw emotion. If I had any negatives to say about the movie, it would be that the crow, Jeremy,…
"No taste for blood, huh? They've taken the animal out of you."
Children's entertainment in the eighties was a tad different than today, in that the vast majority of it was designed to fill kids with lifelong mortal terror. This film was certainly no exception.
As a kid, I accepted the mythology of this film outright. As an adult, it's a weird hodgepodge. You've got science fiction, fantasy, and a bizarre society of talking animals; all elements that are seemingly unrelated to one another. I still don't find it at all jarring, but I don't think this is a film for people who like their dots connected for them.
Dope animation. Jerry Goldsmith, the greatest film composer of all time, crafts yet another memorable score.
It's thrilling. It's scary. It has adventure, romance, yadda yadda yadda. Bring the kids. Then take them directly to therapy.
This has a darker, slightly adult-oriented theme than a couple of Bluth's films that I am familiar with (The Land Before Time and American Tail). It just didn't resonate with me as much as I would've liked.
y'all scientists better quit w animal testing bc:
1) it's not nice &
2) you're clearly giving rats all the good shit
A mostly unknown picture by Don Bluth, a great achievement in animation.
Has to be Don Bluth's best movie of all time. A story of a mother doing what she can to save her son from dying, even if it's to conquer her fears of cats and owls to do so. This film has a more complex plot than any other children's film, but the emotions are still there. If you want to find best films to ever exist, you have to watch The Secret of NIMH.
This is hands down, one of the best animated films not made by Disney. Don Bluth made a strong debut with this beautiful work of animation and showing the true power of his hand-drawn 2D style. Plus, you've got an intriguing story, a lovely cast of colorful, layered chracters, and breathtaking visuals that'll put most Disney and Ghibli films to shame. Its a hidden gem deserving of it's cult status and it deserves to be ranked amoung the greatest works animated films of all time.
Beautiful animation in service of a underdeveloped story and characters that range from boring to annoying. In this day and age it really is special to see rich 2D animation like this, the character animation in particular is so detailed and expressive.
This tale of a genetically modified rat society reads visually more like Tolkien than Crichton! Don't know what they're doing but I like it!
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