• Cody Lang

    ★★★★½ Added by Cody Lang 1

    One of my favorite animated movies. Watched this many times as a child.

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  • kylegarvey

    ★★★½ Added by kylegarvey

    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.

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  • Luis Valenzuela

    ★★★½ Watched by Luis Valenzuela 29 Jun, 2013

    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.

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  • mazzyhope815

    ★★★½ Watched by mazzyhope815 25 Aug, 2012

    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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  • jedgeco

    ★★★ Rewatched by jedgeco 08 Feb, 2014

    Bluth's mise-en-scène does a hell of a lot of work toward making NIMH as good as it is. Color, tone, "blocking" if you will, are what makes it memorable. The rats' rosebush city-state alone is better than pretty much anything that I can recall from Disney of the period.

    Too bad the screenplay is really pretty terrible; too compressed, too many things that just don't make sense. We see Nicodemus during the opening framing narrative, omniscient aware of everything that's…

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  • Kyle Porter

    ★★★★ Watched by Kyle Porter 08 Feb, 2014

    Man, how come they don't make animated films like this anymore? This was awesome!

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  • jmhanania

    ★★★ Rewatched by jmhanania 05 Feb, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Andreas Stoehr

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Andreas Stoehr 04 Feb, 2014 1

    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…

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  • suntorytime

    ★★★ Watched by suntorytime 23 Jan, 2014

    Some nice adult themes and imagery. The pacing lagged a bit at times.

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  • acanac

    ★★★★½ Added by acanac

    a darker and more respectful offering

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  • kacman11

    ★★★ Added by kacman11

    A very strange, unbalanced mix of sophisticated, really dope social science fiction and haphazard, kids movie logic and tropes. A villain that pops up out of nowhere for the sake of being evil to add a few more minutes to the run time, a sick son who is the impetus for the movie's entire plot that is quickly forgotten about, and a ton of "eh, fuck, you know, magic, that's how" gaps in judgment.

    The number of deus ex machinas in this thing leaves a sour taste.

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  • wildlark

    ★★★★ Rewatched by wildlark 17 Jan, 2014

    If you're looking for an entertaining, Disney-esque feature for older children as well as adults, or if you just watched Her and want to ask more philosophical questions about sentience, this is a good pick.

    Not without its flaws, of course. As fellow reviewer kacman11 pointed out, they do sort of forget about Timmy, a.k.a. the inciting character to this entire plot, don't they? They never show him when the Brisby house is being lifted up by the rats, even…

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