The Secret of NIMH
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"Bluth and his animators, bless them, chose to revive an endangered art form -- classically detailed animation. They drew their characters exquisitely and gave them individual personalities."
‑ Jeff Unger, Entertainment Weekly
"It is something gorgeous to look at."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Aside from its title, there's no secret about it: The Secret of NIMH is exciting, engaging, and often magnificent to look at."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The award-winning book had a pretty crackerjack story to begin with, but in some respects, I think Bluth and his co-writers have bettered it."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's no secret -- this is one mighty mouse movie!"
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Not enthralling, but worth seeing for anyone interested in the mechanics of this arcane art."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The animation was, as Bluth and company had promised, a spectacular return to old-school craftsmanship."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"The animation is lovingly rendered and there's a pedigree cast (Dom DeLuise, Derek Jacobi, John Carradine) providing voices."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"A return to the lush, finely detailed animation seen in the best Disney features."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lovers of animation shouldn't have too much trouble getting the kids to take them along."
‑ , Film4
"Every character moves fluidly and imaginatively against an extravaganza of detailed background and dazzling effects, all emboldened by fascinating colored textures."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's a spectacular return to the shimmering, mesmerising deep-focus animation associated with Disney's classic period..."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Fascinating. But sensitive animal-lovers beware."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media
"Never mind the G rating, this is scary stuff which sent my little one fleeing to another room inside of 10 minutes."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Too leaden for kids, too slight for grownups."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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