• The Secret of NIMH (1991)

The Secret of NIMH

Release Date: June 20th, 1991

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 1998

G |1 hr 22 min

Plot Summary

Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman), a widowed mouse, must move her children out of their home in a field before the local farmer starts plowing. Unable to leave because her son is ill, Mrs. Brisby seeks the help of nearby rats, who have heightened intelligence after being the subjects of scientific experiments. She receives an unexpected gift from the elder rat, Nicodemus (Derek Jacobi). Soon Mrs. Brisby is caught in a conflict among the rats, jeopardizing her mission to save her family.

Cast: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Shannen Doherty, Edie McClurg, John Carradine, Wil Wheaton, Peter Strauss

Director: Don Bluth

Genres: Children , Fantasy , Animated

Production Co: Aurora, Don Bluth

Keywords: Rescue, Tense, Mother, Engaging, Moving, Family, Underdog, Quest, House

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Rolling Stone

    The Secret of NIMH folds a commentary on the evils of animal experimentation and a salute to the bravery of single moms into a smart, gripping action-adventure framework, becoming an underappreciated touchstone for sensitive Eighties kids. show more

  • 88
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A bouncy, witty, pleasurably scary children's movie that adults will enjoy more than they may care to confess. [02 July 1982]

  • 88
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    This may be a film for children, but its achievement is no less serious. For only when animation approaches reality this closely does its liberation from reality -- its celebration of a fantasy world in which anything is possible, including talking mice and swashbuckling rats -- have its impact on us. [20 July 1982, p.C6]

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