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The Secret of NIMH

Elizabeth Hartman  Actor Dom DeLuise  Actor Hermione Baddeley  Actor Arthur Malet  Actor Peter Strauss  Actor Derek Jacobi  Actor


MPAA Rating: G
Contains:Excellent For Children

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The Secret of NIMH

UPC: 027616703729

Studio: MGM

MPAA Rating: G   Contains:[Excellent For Children]

Summary: Frustrated with the Walt Disney studio's reluctance to produce full-length animated films, Don Bluth and a number of animators left the studio in the early '80s with the intent of creating movies in the style of Disney's classics. The Secret of NIMH is the first film Bluth produced after leaving the studio. Adapted from Robert C. O'Brien's acclaimed children's book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H., the film is about a widowed mouse whose home is threatened; also, one of her children is gravely ill. On her way to find help, she discovers NIMH, a secret society of highly-intelligent rats who have escaped from a nearby science lab. The rats help the widow to protect her family and home. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Category: Children's/Family

Features: 8-page booklet featuring step-by-step view of the animation process
Original theatrical trailer

The Secret of NIMH

Format: DVD

Release Date: 11/17/1998

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, 2 PCM stereo

Runtime: 82 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,French

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Prologue [2:16]
2. Main Titles [1:24]
3. Mrs. Brisby's Request [1:49]
4. Ages' Laboratory [1:10]
5. All Tied Up [:26]
6. Dragon [2:35]
7. Jeremy Saves The Day [1:46]
8. Auntie Shrew's Visit [2:49]
9. Timmy's Medicine [3:00]
10. Moving Day [2:59]
11. Stopping The Tractor [:34]
12. Hitching A Ride [1:23]
13. The Owl [2:47]
14. At The Farmhouse [1:16]
15. Into The Rosebush [1:35]
16. Captain Of The Guard [3:35]
17. Council Meeting [2:42]
18. Auntie's Prisoner [:41]
19. Meeting Nicodemus [4:14]
20. The Secret Of NIMH [2:28]
21. The Plan [:18]
22. Jeremy's Mission [2:28]
23. Captured! [2:51]
24. A Call From NIMH [3:13]
25. Jenner's Plot [1:10]
26. Mrs. Brisby's Escape [4:27]
27. Jenner Takes Over [1:34]
28. The Duel [:35]
29. That Sinking Feeling [1:21]
30. Power Of The Stone [2:11]
31. Jeremy's New Friend [:56]
32. End Credits [1:02]

Michael Betzold

Writer-director Don Bluth was the main alternative to Disney in animated feature films of the 1980s. Frustrated with what he saw as Disney's lackluster products and slow pace, Bluth took a group of animators with him to establish an independent company. Their first effort was The Secret of NIMH, about a mouse who has lost her husband and hooks up with a pack of super-intelligent rats who've escaped from an experimental laboratory. The smart rodents help her and her family survive a perilous journey. Though it breaks no new ground technically, the highly professional animation is richly detailed, partially compensating for a plot that sags at times. The success of The Secret of NIMH enabled Bluth to establish his own cartoon-making machine, which, a few years later, would produce such fine family fare as An American Tail and The Land Before Time. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Don Bluth  Director 
Don Bluth  Producer 
Don Bluth  Screenwriter 
Gary Goldman  Producer 
Gary Goldman  Screenwriter 
Jerry Goldsmith  Composer (Music Score) 
John Pomeroy  Producer 
John Pomeroy  Screenwriter 
James L. Stewart  Executive Producer 
Rich Irvine  Executive Producer 
Will Finn  Screenwriter 
Elizabeth Hartman  Actor 
Dom DeLuise  Actor 
Hermione Baddeley  Actor 
Arthur Malet  Actor 
Peter Strauss  Actor 
Paul Shenar  Actor 
Derek Jacobi  Actor 
John Carradine  Actor 
Shannen Doherty  Actor 
Wil Wheaton  Actor 
Jodi Hicks  Actor 
Ian Fried  Actor 
Tom Hatten  Actor 
Lucille Bliss  Actor 
Aldo Ray  Actor 
Edie McClurg  Actor 

Country: USA