The Secret of NIMH (1982) - Animation, Adventure, Drama

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To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Don Bluth
Stars: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi
Length: 82 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 11 out of 159 found boring (6.91%)

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There were also elements that were confusing as well as elements that were so scary they left the room.

This is one movie that is worth the watch.

It is a stunningly beautiful, exciting, and underrated minor classic in the animation department, also featuring something quite rare in many movies, animated or not, today: memorable characters.

The story line is both enchanting and exciting.

Every project after this has been visually dreary, sufficiently so that you notice the commonplace stories.

I can understand if they thought that ultimately, living off of the humans was not sustainable, but to want to leave because they felt guilty for pilfering the farmer's electricity?

protests are, instead it shows the point of view from both humans and animals, leaving t up to the viewer to decide which side of the issue is the right one, if any, while also offering an exciting adventure.

However, what does save the film's narrative is the fantasy aspect, as the origins of the rats is very fascinating albeit frightening, and one can feel sorry for them given how much many of them want to move on to better lives.

It has some of the most intense sequences in an animated film that I've ever seen.

The designs are busy ot the point of confusion as to what I, as a member of the audience, should be paying attention to.

Visuals are great, touching storyline that is entertaining as well.

The movie represents the marriage of old style animation, compelling characters and a wonderful story.

It's animation is stunning, it has a great storyline, and great characters.

Mrs Brisby is instantly likable, and her quest to help her child becomes engrossing really quickly .

That may be a good age for the intense concepts of this movie to be introduced.

This is a film well worth watching - I'm so happy to have it on DVD.

I gave this movie a 4 out of 10 because it was a fair attempt at brining the book to life while still be beingig an enjoyable ,and worthwhile film.

The story line is bold and intriguing, with enough memorable heroes and villains to make it worth seeing it over and over again.

The story is intense.

Particularly stunning is the movie's use of colour to enhance moods.

I was entranced by the scenery, but also by the stunning performance, or so it would seem, of the story's heroine, "Mrs Brisby".

Just wahing the movie could be a waste of your valuable time.

While there are a bit too many characters to really care about, the ones that actually progress the plot make the experience thrilling and suspenseful.

Boy, was THAT corny and predictable.

There are other plus points - Jerry Goldsmith's rousing score; Dom DeLuise's amusing vocals as an accident-prone bird; and some very well-conceived "baddies" in the shape of rat conspirator Jenner and savage farm-cat Dragon.

The animation is just stunning, with beautiful backgrounds and excellent character animation.

The crown jewel in this beautiful treasure trove is Goldsmith's breathtaking score, so elaborately lush, heartwarming, and at times haunting that it's impossible not to be humming the theme music ("Flying Dreams") before the halfway point.

I think this a dumb cliché in animated movies.

All I can say is, if you see this movie sitting on the shelf of your local film store, or see it online it is definitely worth the watch.

Director Don Bluth and writers Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy tell this simple, yet absorbing and inspirational story of courage, friendship and devotion with tremendous clarity and sensitivity.

There are other characters I would like to mention, but will not in favor of saving pleasure for the audience, but there is one more, voiced by Paul Shenar, who is one of the most cold-blooded and fascinating villains this critic has ever seen.

One of the beautiful things is that as a child you don't catch everything going on, it's just visually stunning with fun characters.

There are no musical numbers, just an exciting, vibrant score that follows the action perfectly.

One thing that really surprised my upon first viewing is that this movie actually had some intense death sequences in it, especially towards the end.

The end result is a fairly sophisticated animated fantasy that is a highly entertaining counterpoint to the films of Disney.

Moreover, the main characters are extremely engaging, with Mrs. Brisby making for an endearing reluctant heroine who most overcome her innate timidity and discover remarkable reserves of inner strength.

There is only one other animated film I know of that has a more exciting ending, and that is the end of "The Fox and the Hound.

Even though it is a cartoon and rated g, the subject matter is intense and often scary.

The characters are truly compelling.

Somehow, the movie's heroine is willing to risk the safety of her three children, and waste a lot of time doing all kinds of dangerous errands just because 'the air is bad' for her fourth child.

And although it is geared towards little kids, many scenes are actually quite dark and compelling.

Beautiful and intense .

THE SECRET OF NIMH is gripping, emotionally involving, and fun for the whole family...

The music is pretty boring.

The awe-inspiring wisdoms of Nicodemus and The Great Owl, the comic reliefs of Mr. Ages, Jeremy and Auntie Shrew, the fascinating struggle between good and evil (Justin and Jenner), and of course the unmatchable greatness of the Brisby family name make this film one of the best animated movies ever.

The worst movie ever .

I find it boring, over-dramatic, too scary for kids and generally overrated.

While this was made long before the days of computers, the environment is still breathtaking.

So I guess if you like Don Bluth or want to watch a children's film that is just as entertaining to kids as it is to adults then this movie is certainly a must-watch.

As the book is very darling, and for children of all ages, the film is put together in a more mature, adult style, with intense moments.

I found the protagonist, Mrs. Brisby, to be particularly engaging because her script and subtleties in voice acting add to the film's sophistication.

Not simply a cartoon for children, the drama and pace of the film are as engaging as any live-action piece I've seen.

Beautiful, breathtaking, emotional and powerful.

Worth the watch.

If I had to yank anything, I'd pull Jeremy; Dom DeLouise pulls out a fine comedic performance, but in this intense fantasy piece, it comes off as mere comic relief and almost unnecessary.

Not a perfect film, but a moving and highly entertaining one.

old style animation, compelling characters and a wonderful story .

In fact, the "Nimh" story is the most fascinating element.

The characters are engaging and sympathetic, and the actors playing their voices did so were well chosen for their roles.

Great storyline, Stunning visuals, awesome characters, and dripping with atmosphere and charm.

Very involving and exciting!

Mrs. Brisby is a field mouse who is looking after a gravely ill child, but her life takes unexpected turn when she must move her home, which would risk the life of her son.

Every plothole in the movie blends so well together, which makes the movie so engaging.

Perfectly enjoyable from the kids to the parents, and include whatever pets you may have as well.

Apropos, between the startled gasps of Mrs. Brisby and the urgency of Jerry Goldsmith's score, this movie is far more intense than you may think.

It has some of the most thrilling action sequences in all of American animation, and some great comic relief courtesy of Jeremy the crow (perhaps Dom DeLuise's finest performance).

"Creating an animation this dark and exciting was a very bold and brave move for somebody making his first movie on his own.

This was like a propaganda film from either PETA or the Scientologists, as the mice discuss the horrors that the experienced at the hands of the government!

The dark blues and blacks of the stunning 'lantern elevator' descent into the rats' city, and the tractor scene - the background starts out in subdued tones and ends up flaming red as the action peaks.

There are, of course, thoughtful and compelling criticisms to be made of science and technology, and I found a few when I later read the book.

It's just fine for adults, whom I would recommend watch with their children for some of the more intense scenes.

" To fully explain it would be to give away the third act, but here is where the unusually dark story, the fascinating characters, and the eye-candy animation and trick shots all come together.

This film does that, with some unexpected elements thrown in.

Terrible waste of money .

Overall, while it does suffer from shoddy pacing and a weak supporting cast, The Secret of Nimh is still a worthwhile family feature thanks to its chilling atmosphere, fascinating mix of science and fantasy, a sympathetic and charming protagonist, and a wonderful score.

Plus the end fight scene with Justin and Jenner is exciting, even for an animated film.

I hate this animation style, I would watch these cartoons as a little kid, but now it's just visually unwatchable.

Positives: Amazing Animation, Great Soundtrack, Amazing Story, Film is not dated, Very entertaining.

That not withstanding, this is still a very entertaining endeavor, and the kiddies need never know, until they are older, the implications of such events in this classic adaptation by Bluth.

" boasts some of the most beautifully stunning images in animated movie history.