The Secret of Nimh

1982 • 82 minutes
4.3
153 reviews
93%
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Mrs. Brisby, a widowed mouse, lives in a cinder block with her children on the Fitzgibbon farm. She is preparing to move her family out of the field they live in as plowing time approaches, however her son Timothy has fallen ill, and moving him could prove fatal. Mrs. Brisby visits The Great Owl, a wise creature who advises her to visit a mysterious group of rats who live beneath a rose bush on the farm. Upon visiting the rats, Brisby meets Nicodemus, the wise and mystical leader of the rats, and Justin, a friendly rat who immediately becomes attached to Mrs. Brisby. While there, she learns that her late husband, Mr. Jonathon Brisby, along with the rats, was a part of a series of experiments at a place known only as N.I.M.H. (revealed earlier in the story as the National Institute of Mental Health). The experiments performed on the mice and rats there boosted their intelligence, allowing them to read without being taught and to understand things such as complex mechanics and electricity. The rats and Mr. Brisby escaped from N.I.M.H. and came to live on the Fitzgibbon farm. The rats created a home for themselves under Mrs. Fitzgibbon's rose bush, creating an elaborate habitation of beautiful chambers, elevators, and Christmas lights. However, the rats are unhappy in their dependence on the humans, who they are stealing electricity from, and have concocted a plan to leave the farm and live independently. Because of her husband's prior relationship with the rats, they agree to help Mrs. Brisby move her home out of the path of the plow. However, the evil Jenner and his unwilling accomplice Sullivan, who wish to remain beneath the rose bush, yet plot to kill Nicodemus during the move.

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4.3
153 reviews
Bison Sama
February 20, 2019
I remember being fascinated by this movie when I was a kid, although I didn't get much of the story's details, thus I was mostly drawned towards the aestetics, animation and soundtrack. After rewatching it almost 20 years later out of nostalgia, I can only cheer my younger self for having such a good taste that early. While the sound design and dubbing have aged quite a bit, this movie is still remarkable in a lot of ways, mostly its alchemy between colors, dark/light tones and its music. Faithful to the original book, the scenario does have some depth and originality to it (mostly the background about NIMH), but I really like the fact that this background is developped from the angle of a very tale-ish story with a very touching determined female main character solving her problems through overcoming her fears and making contact with unknown, supposedly frightening characters. This story still feels fresh and effective almost 40 years later.
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倪德佛
January 1, 2020
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Fresh Corn
March 12, 2016
I remembered watching this as a kid... and while I couldn't understand it at the time, re-watching it again gave me some nostalgic feels...
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