• Samuel Harris

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Samuel Harris 02 May, 2016

    A film which by name alone reminds me so much of my time at primary school; I vividly remember my teacher reading the original book to us as we lazed on the classroom floor in the afternoons. It seems I took a particular interest in it, and somehow convinced mum or dad to rent this out (more than likely on VHS). My childhood was no short of haunting, animated tales of the animal kingdom's underbelly (I'm looking at you, Watership…


  • Stankshadow

    ★★★½ Watched by Stankshadow 23 Apr, 2016

    This is one of the most incredible looking animated films ever. The backgrounds are awe inspiring. The story is thin and the characters hardly established enough but the world they live in is the whole draw for me. It's a rare example of a film that could benefit from a slightly longer run time. At times it feels like this is a piece of a larger universe that I'd love to visit again, maybe I'll check out the books.



  • Matt Heiser

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt Heiser 12 Apr, 2016

    I might of seen this already as a wee child, honestly can't remember. It felt really fresh for me, though. Mrs. Brisby is a great animated character, and a great "mother" character. Very original, decently animated even if feels like they had to cut some animation corners. Still looks very good. Interesting story, a tad underdeveloped, but holds on mostly fine. Bluth really was a creative force, especially in his 80's films.


  • Rainey Dawn

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Rainey Dawn 24 Oct, 2014

    This is one of those films I "lost" in my memory banks until I accidentally ran across it again. As soon as I saw the name of the film (The Secret of NIMH) something clicked within and I said "oh yes I remember this film and how much I loved it"! This movie is a great story - a hidden gem of animated film classics! I was 10 years old when this film came out so I can't recall all…


  • nathaxn walker

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by nathaxn walker 01 Apr, 2016 2

    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.


  • Bradley

    ★★★½ Watched by Bradley 27 Mar, 2016

    Made by a group of Disney animators that left the company due to the slump the studio was going through around that time, The Secret of NIMH ends up an animation highlight for the 80s.

    It has a bit more edge than most animated films, dealing with some slightly adult themes that most kids film don't dare to touch. There's actual stakes that help you connect to the characters and get invested in the story. It can get a bit…


  • Jimmy Brown

    ★★★½ Watched by Jimmy Brown 27 Mar, 2016


    Wonderfully animated movie from Don Bluth, his directorial debut that has an interesting, original premise. Exciting at times and pleasingly dark (Spider go squish) the film also has strong female characters. Mrs Brisby will do anything to protect her family and save her son Timothy's life. Sure, she is not an action hero but she is a caring mother and very brave which is great to see in a Children's film from…


  • bbanks2121

    ★★ Rewatched by bbanks2121 26 Mar, 2016

    One of the better animated films involving mice and mental health issues.


  • Quatermass

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Quatermass 20 Mar, 2016



  • Esfera

    ★★★★★ Added by Esfera

    Excelente película de animación que trata temas universales y que siempre estarán presentes. La ambientación absorbe fácilmente a cualquiera.


  • Tomas Paul

    ★★★ Rewatched by Tomas Paul 15 Mar, 2016

    Unfortunately the simplistic narrative and obvious characterisations were a little overwhelming this time to truly enjoy the nostalgia of this childhood perennial.

    I still respect Don Bluth's exodus from Disney and the movies that followed in his production company (The Land Before Time, An American Tail etc.), and this film still contains some great imagery (the rays coming out of Mrs Brisby in the climactic scene are absolutely bonza). Its just all a little thin on a rewatch.

    Didn't realise that one of Brisby's kids was voiced by Wil Wheaton.


  • merkstreet

    ★★★★ Rewatched by merkstreet 05 Mar, 2016

    I remember when I was in my early teens I asked my dad about animal testing as he worked on drug research. I don't remember the ins and outs of the conversation, but I do remember feeling conflicted. It's a complex issue, and having my own father involved in it makes it still to this day, even more complex personally.

    I also remember that when I was between 5 and 10, I re-watched a number of films over and over…