The Secret of NIMH (1982)
The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated science fantasy adventure film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s 1971 children’s novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
- Elizabeth Hartman as Mrs. Brisby
- Derek Jacobi as Nicodemus
- Hermione Baddeley as Auntie Shrew
- John Carradine as The Great Owl
- Dom DeLuise as Jeremy the Crow
- Arthur Malet as Mr. Ages
- Peter Strauss as Justin
- Paul Shenar as Jenner
- Aldo Ray as Sullivan
- Shannen Doherty as Teresa Brisby
- Wil Wheaton as Martin Brisby
- Ian Fried as Timothy “Timmy” Brisby
- Jodi Hicks as Cynthia Brisby
- Edie McClurg as Miss Right
- Tom Hatten as Farmer Fitzgibbons
- Lucille Bliss as Mrs. Beth Fitzgibbons
- Joshua Lawrence as Billy Fitzgibbons
- Charles Champlin, Dick Kleiner, and Norbert Auerbach as the Council rats
Despite the top notch painted backgrounds and animation I found this not engaging. It put it down to the flat voice acting. All the characters sounded similar in tone. The soundtrack (by Jerry Goldsmith) was generic and didn’t match the action very well. The environmental sounds were under-done (or non-existent) .
And the story, while simple was dark and grim. Not what you would consider a story for children.