- Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Release Date: March 29 2011
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004NDJXOY
Secret of Nimh [Blu-ray] [Import]
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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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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 ***
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. It asks the question: what would happen if an unsocialized, unorganized group of rats were given human-level intelligence and left to build themselves a perfect society from the ground up? The rats, at the point where Mrs Frisby meets them face a dilemma: should they continue to live an easy life, living at the farm, relying on the resources provided by humans, but with an ever-increasing risk of exposure... or should they take the harder choice, leaving the farm to build a new civilization in a secluded location where they can be self-sufficient and live honestly without stealing their resources. In a way, the story could actually be likened to some of today's environmental choices, though I hadn't seen it that way before.
The film reverses the emphasis and puts Mrs Frisby's story at the forefront, then seemingly worries that our heroine, Mrs Frisby, has too little to do, so it introduces a magical locket with which Mrs Frisby is ultimately able to save her family herself rather than relying upon the rats. In fact, this change of perspective is present throughout the film: even the description of the rat's imprisonment at NIMH and the experiments they are subjected to, is given a magical air. The rats, are given injections, "then one day, we looked at the words on the cage... and understood them" intones Nicodemus, as though a magical transformation had taken place, transplanting the ability to read into their minds.... rather than the gradual process of learning to read through a long series of experiments. A small detail, but symptomatic of the entire change in tone. In fairness, though, the sense of magic was part of the appeal for me as a kid, to the point of completely misinterpreting some scenes: the owl intones at one point "Go to the lee of the stone." in such mystical sincerity, that I assumed this a very deep instruction, and was a little disappointed to later learn that "lee" just means "sheltered from the wind"... very sensible directions from the viewpoint of a bird, I suppose, but not nearly as impressive sounding.
Most upsetting, the filmscript writer seems to have felt that an ending wouldn't be an ending without a cliched battle of good against evil, in the form of a rat who, being power-hungry decides to threaten the life of Nicodemus, the leader of the rats. This entire sequence is banal in its simplicity, and frustrating in its morality: we already have far too many children's tales that contain cardboard-cut-out irredemable bad-guys. There's at least a little good in all people, and I find it disturbing that we seem so intent on teaching children that some people are bad through and through. And sadly, this entire sequence was completely unnecessary to create a sense of climax in the film.
So, take this film for what it is: an appealing, if imperfect, tale. But for readers of the book, do not expect this to be a film adaptation thereof. At best, it's a different fanciful tale about the same characters.
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