The Secret of NIMH
The Secret of NIMH (1982)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 2, 1982
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Secret of NIMH is a dark, well-told tale that respects its young audience enough to not tone down its subject matter.

Jeff Unger
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

It is something gorgeous to look at.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Aside from its title, there's no secret about it: The Secret of NIMH is exciting, engaging, and often magnificent to look at.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Not enthralling, but worth seeing for anyone interested in the mechanics of this arcane art.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

The animation was, as Bluth and company had promised, a spectacular return to old-school craftsmanship.

John Ferguson
Radio Times

The animation is lovingly rendered and there's a pedigree cast (Dom DeLuise, Derek Jacobi, John Carradine) providing voices.

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Variety Staff

Every character moves fluidly and imaginatively against an extravaganza of detailed background and dazzling effects, all emboldened by fascinating colored textures.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's a spectacular return to the shimmering, mesmerising deep-focus animation associated with Disney's classic period...

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Michael Scheinfeld
Common Sense Media

Fascinating. But sensitive animal-lovers beware.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
The Secret of NIMH features gorgeous, detailed animation and a delightfully dark nature. It is well constructed, occasionally thrilling, visually dazzling---and… More
Aj V
An interesting animated film, the story is actually pretty grown up for a Disney movie, and I'm not sure that was a good idea, but overall it's a… More
Michael Edwards
though many consider this Don Bluths best film, I still don't think he is the best animation director. The animation is okay, but its not that impressive,… More
Conner Rainwater
A pretty cool kid's movie with a lot of dark themes and parallels to human society. While it's not as emotionally powerful as Watership Down or as… More
Christopher Heim
Don Bluths directorial debut and his best film. The animation is amazing, especially when considering it was done by twelve animators. The story is just as… More
Ken Stachnik
Awesome Don Bluth animation