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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…
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…
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.
Reviewing the Commentary #2:
The Secret of NIMH- provided by director/producer Don Bluth and producer Gary Goldman
Animation films on home video rarely feature commentaries (there's not too many on the Disney releases for some odd reason), so when I saw that my Blu-ray copy of one of my favorite (and one of the most underrated) animated films ever made had a featured commentary, I was excited to hear what the crew had to say about the movie.
And what surprised me most about was that it seemed like Bluth is an extreme perfectionist. Since the film was released on a minimal budget and was his directorial debut, throughout the commentary he seemed to feel down on himself whenever he…
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 love it mostly for nostalgic reasons. Elizabeth Hartman is iconic as Mrs. Brisby to me. The animation is gorgeous. The longsuffering mouse doing all she can to save her son and fight the dark environment is endearing. The climax is kind of...blah. And the magic has no explanation (it didn't even exist in the book). But I love the characters and I love the memories. So I love it.
Careful animation that is a delight to the eyes w an interesting premise.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
An animated classic and one of my earliest film memories, Mrs. Brisby's stories bears little resemblance to the book, but this is a rare occurrence of the movie outshining the book.
This is also one of the most under-celebrated feminist movies ever, as its message-- of a single mother who has to pull herself together for her children after the death of her husband-- is deeply inspiring. Nobody rescues Mrs. Brisby, although it's true the rats only help her based on their existing relationship with her husband. However, she still displays a great deal of agency and courage, and she's always been one of my heroes. For a little mouse, she's left quite a legacy.
Igual solo son los fondos y la música de Goldsmith, pero podría estar así horas.
Don Bluth films have a tendency to be well-animated, dark and feature at least one out-of-place element that derails the narrative. This makes for good watching up until the somewhat bizarre deuz ex machina at the end.
Once again, the Don Bluth animation is great, as well as Goldsmith's soundtrack, but the rest is pretty meh.
Um, the rats are supposed to be scientific, not fucking MAGICAL. Was that magic amulet just like laying around the NIMH lab???
Don't know how I hadn't seen it until now. 80's animation was bomb, so fantastical and kinda dark. Love.
dark and beautiful and full of magic!
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