Genre Grandeur – The Secret of NIMH (1982) – MovieRob

gg may 2015

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Animated Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Non-Disney/PIXAR) Movies, here’s a review of The Secret of NIMH (1998) by me

Thanks again to S.G. Liput of Rhyme and Reason for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Kim of Tranquil Dreams.  We will be reviewing our favorite teenage/high school romance movies. Please get me your submissions by 25th June by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kim!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


the_secret_of_nimh “[Mrs. Brisby reads the inscription on the amulet] You can unlock any door, if you only have the key.” – Mrs. Brisby

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (cable in the 80’s and 14 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A recently widowed mouse must seek the aid of mysterious rats in order to save her house from being destroyed by the farmer.

My Take on it – When S.G. chose this genre, I knew that this was going to be one of my choices.

In the end, due to my other project that is going on now (Movies From the Hat 2), I didn’t have the chance to include any other choices, so it remains my sole choice for this month’s GG. (and I’m more than ok with that) 🙂

As a kid, I read the book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH numerous times after seeing the movie and loved it even more than the movie itself.  The movie was on cable all the time and I can’t even recall how many times I’d sit down to watch it.

I actually now have the urge to reread the book since despite working in the field of Scientific research for close to 20 years, I didn’t make the connecting between NIMH and science until I rewatched this now.

It really has given me new meaning and relevance to the movie (and book) title.

For those of you who aren’t aware the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) is one of the 27 institutes within the NIH (National Institutes of Health) that fund scientific research which is related to my (paid) occupation.

Having this knowledge and understanding now made me look at the movie in a whole different way.

The effects used for the animation are expertly done and the music by Jerry Goldsmith helps keep the tension high in every scene making this wondrous to watch after so many years.

The voice cast is great with Dom Deluise serving his duty for Don Bluth by providing the voice of a raven named Jeremy, but the most intriguing voice cast actors are Wil Wheaton and Shannon Doherty who provided the voices for the main character’s children.  This was both of their movie debuts.

Bottom Line – Great story that really helped me recall the wondrous memories of this movie.  Book was even better, but to see the way that the effects were shown onscreen is a real thrill.  Understanding now about the origins of the films title brings even new meaning and relevance for me to this movie’s plotline and its relationship to scientific research. Great voice cast including newcomers Wheaton and Doherty.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was Jerry Goldsmith’s first music score for an animated film. He later said that it was among his personal favorites. He was instrumental in introducing the film to Steven Spielberg, who went on to work with Don Bluth on An American Tail (1986). According to Bluth and Gary Goldman in their DVD commentary, Goldsmith so loved the film that he volunteered an extra three weeks to polish and refine the score, even though he was not contractually obligated to do so. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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