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This review is from: The Secret of NIMH [DVD]  (DVD)
Don Bluth's directorial debut and my personal favourite. The film is full of adventure, magic and an owl voiced by John Carradine. The film follows Mrs. Brisby (Frisby in the original novel) as she looks for a way to safely move her family before the plough starts.
This is one of those films that is severely underrated. I haven't seen any negative reviews of it, but not alot of people know of it. The animaton is typical of Don Bluth, with very detailed settings and experimenting with rotoscope and other techniques. Alot of the time i cannot help but stare at the backgrounds. My favourite bit is in the library of Nicodemus (Derek Jacobi), the leader of the Rats of N.I.M.H. The character is incredible and the background is enchanting with the spectrum flickering.
There are some dark bits as well, as with most great kids films and there are times I am surprised it is a 'U'. So just to recap: Great artwork, well-thought storyline and just a great film.