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The Secret Of Nimh [VHS]

Elizabeth Hartman , Derek Jacobi , Don Bluth    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet, Hermione Baddeley
  • Directors: Don Bluth
  • Writers: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy, Robert C. O'Brien, Will Finn
  • Producers: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Mar 2000
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJY5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,135 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In his book, Robert C. O'Brien called his brave widow mouse "Mrs. Frisby", but Disney escapee animator Don Bluth must have thought children would laugh the wrong way at that. They renamed her "Mrs. Brisby" for The Secret of NIMH. That acronym stands for the National Institute of Mental Health, and the rats that live near Mrs. Brisby came from NIMH--they have strange ways. But they're the only ones who can save her house and her children, so Brisby seeks them out with the help of a humorous crow (Dom DeLuise). The magic gets laid on a little thick but this is Don Bluth's most successful attempt to achieve a complete, sincere, animated film. It's often forgotten, but it's a true surprise and a rare treat in the vast wasteland of insubstantial children's fare. --Keith Simanton,

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Mrs. Brisby is a plucky mouse who is determined to save her family home from Farmer Fitzgibbon's plough. Her efforts appear to be in vain, until she teams up with a kingdom of resourceful rats, led by the charming Nicodemus.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best animated feature since Pinocchio 15 Jun 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Don Bluth's animated features are pretty much overlooked or forgotten these days, but there was a time when he was regarded as a real challenger to Disney's animation crown, and not just because he led a group of disgruntled ex-Disney animators to start up a rival studio. Sadly most of his films didn't really work - only the Spielberg-produced An American Tail and The Land Before Time were hits - but there's no doubting that this stands head and shoulders not only above them, but also over most of the competing Disney titles. It may have turned out to be a one-off from a director who never fulfilled his promise, but it's a genuine animation masterpiece that briefly reignited a sense of magic and wonder into a then-failing genre.

The plot is simple, but remarkably well constructed and with surprising emotional depth. One of her children sick and unable to be moved, widowed fieldmouse Mrs Brisby has to seek the help of the mysterious rats of N.I.M.H. - escapees from a scientific experiment who now have extraordinary powers and intellect - to help move her home before the harvest. But the rats are in the midst of a project of their own, with the evil Jenner planning to use the situation to help him usurp the kindly Nicodemus...

The care and attention to detail is quite astounding, with brilliant effects animation that sees shimmering light reflected on cobwebs and underground lakes and a depth and texture a million miles away from the xerox animation then so prevalent that takes the breath away. The film has a real sense of wonder and magic, with Jerry Goldsmith's beautiful score playing no small part.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This little known movie is a rare treasure. Extremely original story, very touching main hero (mother trying to save her sick child), great visual aspect (the Great Owl is particularly impressive), this movie desserves to be on every DVD shelf in every place where there are children. And their parents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah! what courage has this little character 21 April 2010
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I watched this with my kids when they were younger and it stayed locked in my memory bank, so at 63 I thought i would get it and watch it again, (the joys of being able to do that now without feeling like a prune) and it was even better. The animation is great, the story line strong and the message powerful. Might be a little scary for very small children, but for those of 8 or over, great film to have in the library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You've never seen anything like it 8 Dec 2007
By Akida93
The Secret of NIMH is an animated rarity. The story is a serious one - nobody bursts into song and there are quite a few disturbing sequences. Don Bluth's masterpiece deserves to be up there with Bambi as one of the greatest animated films of our time. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend you see it, especially if you love Don Bluth's other classics like The Land Before Time or An American Tail.

The story itself is simple - a mother mouse (Mrs Brisby) must move her family, but she desperately needs help because her son is seriously ill. She seeks the aid of a clan of super-intelligent rats, led by the wise Nicodemus. As Mrs Brisby uncovers a secret about her late husband's past, the power-hungry rat Jenner seeks out to ruin everything. Okay, maybe not so simple, but it's easy enough to follow.

The animation is in the style of old Disney films from the 40s but Don Bluth has his own style too. It's a simple mix of elegance and cuteness that makes the characters so warm and full of life. The backgrounds are soft but vivid and change colour to reflect the character's mood - much like in Bambi.

The music is very beautiful and atmospheric. As I said before, none of the characters erupt into song. We have one song - Flying Dreams. It's a very sweet song that is played in the background, much like 'Someone's Waiting for You' in The Rescuers (another great mouse movie!) Flying Dreams tenderly invites us into a gentle moment between Mrs Brisby and her children.

As great as it is, The Secret of NIMH does have a few flaws. Some ideas could've been developed more and some sequences, as enchanting as they are, could have easily been omitted. But the good far outweighs the bad, and beats the heck out of Don Bluth's later flicks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it when i was little... passin on the love. 17 July 2009
was pretty desperate to get hold of this after i dried to down load from itunes and it was a corrupt file. my main reason was to share a film with a thin lace of magic throughout with my little brother who is heavily into this kind of thing. perfect, a combination of sci-fi and fantasy that really surprised him. quite dark at times so maybe not for the tinies but use your own judgement on that i hate it when sensors dictate to an audience and they may surprise you at how well they take it, afterall, everyone knows disney vilains are going to die.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a child at heart, you'll love it 28 Aug 2002
Format:VHS Tape
At 23 years of age I'm certainly not ashamed to admit that The Secret of NIMH is one of my favourite films. The story and characters are wonderful, Jeremy the crow is definitely the best animated character in existance. Every element of this film has been brought together into a fantastic masterpiece. It's one cartoon worth watching again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
I don't know really what to say. I live in UK and this DVD was posted from Chicago and came as airmail...
Published 2 days ago by Gillijarmas
5.0 out of 5 stars good sunday afternoon movie with
saw it at school as a kid, good sunday afternoon movie with family
Published 4 days ago by Liz Guest
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with item and service from seller.
Bought as a present much appreciated.
Published 1 month ago by derek church
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Wanted to replace VHS copy. Good reproduction
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S M Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark of feature animation
The Secret Of Nimh is a masterpiece. A return to the cell Animation techniques and draftsmanship of classic Disney, it also pioneered some other radical new innovations in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by michael croeser
5.0 out of 5 stars what a joy
I saw this as a film many years ago. I enjoyed it very much then and still do. I know it was not popular at the movies and that is a shame.
Published 9 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It's one of my favs
The quality of the movie and sound are just like any other DVD. The image is a little small, but that can't be helped because of how old the original film... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MrsMustang
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film
My 2 year old granddaughter is just at the age that she is interested in more sophisticated animation. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Linda Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Loved this film from when I was a kid and really wanted to see it again. Got here really quickly, the case was broken when it arrived but I think this happened during delivery. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kristina Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
A great classic for kids and a timeless classic. One of Don Bluth's best work and most beautiful animation you'll see for years proving that 2D animation still has it's place in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. A. Marczylo
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