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  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Release Date: March 29 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 128 customer reviews
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In his book, Robert C. O'Brien called his brave widow mouse "Mrs. Frisby," but Disney escapee animator Don Bluth must have thought kids would laugh the wrong way at that. They renamed her "Mrs. Brisby" for NIMH. That acronym stands for the National Institute of Mental Health, and the rats that live near Mrs. Brisby came from NIMH--they have strange ways. But they're the only ones who can save her house and her children, so Brisby seeks them out with the help of a humorous crow (Dom DeLuise). The magic gets laid on a little thick but this is Don Bluth's most successful attempt to achieve a complete, sincere, animated film. It's often forgotten, but it's a true surprise and a rare treat in the vast wasteland of insubstantial children's fare. --Keith Simanton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
This was one of my favourite films as a child. My grandmother had it on video, and I watched it at every opportunity. Surprisingly, it still holds up as an adult too. Next to today's animation standards, it's a simply made film, but the painted animations are increadibly beautiful, and the characters are endearing. The overall tone is pleasantly and eerily suspenseful, but lightened throughout by humour. (But I recall my five-year-old cousin finding it too scary, so parents may want to judge for themselves). There are moments of subtle humour I didn't notice as a child ... the farmer on the phone, telling NIMH scientists "I don't know about any strange behaviour", in reference to the rats, while an organized gang of rats sneaks past his window sill, carrying away an entire set of christmas lights from their house.

A warning to readers of the book: As much as I feel a warm sense of nostalgia watching this film, I must admit that my love for this film lessened a fair bit after discovering the book at thirteen. It's just as well that the film abandoned the (admitedly dull) name of the book (Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh) - this film really should not be called a remake of the book at all. The film employs the characters and a rough approximation of the story, but rewrites the story beyond recognition from there. This is not just a case of needing to shorten a complex story: the film is blatenly untrue to many of the basic themes of the book.

The book is an allegorical critique of science, and of attempts to build rational, moral, self-sufficient societies. In some ways, the book is almost Lord of the Flies in reverse.
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Une histoire captivante, lisse, une animation propre, et une combinaison musicale exceptionnelle se mêle pour faire de ce film une expérience enrichissante sensorielle.

Situé dans la tradition des films d'animation de Disney, mais la saveur de ce film est une nuance différente. Je dirais presque plus «réaliste». En ne mettant pas de côté tout les films Disney (que j'adore regarder), ce film traite d'un problème posé sur un niveau de «ça peut arriver». Aucune recherche d'un prince charmant dans cette histoire - juste une personne (la souris dans le film) qui tente de régler les problèmes du monde réel de la façon de déplacer la maison de la famille Brisby dans des conditions d'urgence lorsque l'un de ses membres est trop malade pour se déplacer.

L'histoire a beaucoup de charme et d'esprit et aussi, un peu de mortalité. L'art et l'animation sont de premier ordre, et l'intrigue coule sans beaucoup de détails sans importance pour le rembourrage. Les très jeunes enfants ne peuvent pas suivre exactement ce message qui est envoyé à l'audience, cependant, ils vont probablement profiter du spectacle. Pour plus de téléspectateurs, la plupart devraient être en mesure de revenir sur le thème de la "compassion et l'auto-sacrefice" dans des conditions difficiles.

A l'origine n'est pas un film bien connu, il a mis en place un véritable culte au fil des ans. Ce film mérite une place dans votre vidéothèque - surtout si vous avez des enfants.

*** Chaudement recommandée ***
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Format: DVD
There are two movies I remember as a child that gave me a sense of intense wonder and awe. One was the Last Unicorn, and the other was the Secret of Nimh. Both movies displayed an unprecedented level of maturity when tackling their respective storylines. The Secret of Nimh is much like the Last Unicorn in the sense that the plot is intelligent, and at times necessarily dark. It's a haunting movie by many standards, but strikes a better balance between comedy, excitement, and foreboding than the Last Unicorn does.

A rather simple premise opens the door to a much larger world when one watches the Secret of Nimh. The plight of Mrs. Brisbee and her children is just something one would expect to see on any farmland, especially during plow season. But when Mrs. Brisbee seeks out help from the woefully dangerous Rats of Nimh, she discovers an entire world she never knew existed.

There are many intelligent plot twists that come together nicely in this movie. A family in peril, government-funded animal experimentation and even a bit of unexplained mysticism all work together to draw the viewer in. Anyone expecting an animated film designed purely to maintain a hold over the short attention spans of toddlers will be in for a surprise. The film is absolutely gorgeous to watch, more so for its lush imagination than its actual artistic quality. Every ounce of this film drips with uniqueness, and I challenge anyone to find a movie that has the same feel as the Secret of Nimh. It is a bit less serious and melancholy than the Last Unicorn, but it still manages to eschew frivolous silliness in favor of some real depth and emotion within its characters.

Highly recommended for all ages!
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