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
I felt this movie was perfect for my entire family. There was a little bit of boring silliness from the bird, but the kids didn't seem to mind...or laugh for that matter. There were some scary images that might disturb younger children, but they are not overly 'dark'. Definitely a 'G' movie of great quality. Don't forget to check out the book!
The Secret of Nimh was Don Bluth's first major release. It is certainly one of his greatest contributions as a director in animation, right next to "An American Tail" (1986) and "The Land Before Time" (1988). Bluth spent much of his career trying to bring quality back into the scheme of animation after leaving Disney in the late 70s. Watch "The Fox and the Hound", and then watch this movie to see the difference . . . . . . Children and adults of all ages can relate to many of its themes and symbolisms. Bluth often depicts the importance of moral dignity and spiritual endurance, and this film was no exception. The Secret of Nimh takes the audience through a series of trials and tribulations, keeping a tight grip on attention all the way to the end. The lessons children draw from the story are strong and, to me, can have a long-lasting impact. If not for the story, watch it to experience the best animation from this era.