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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" forNIMH. 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
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CastDerek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet, Elizabeth Hartman, Hermione Baddeley
DirectorDon Bluth
Screen WriterDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy, Robert C. O'Brien, Will Finn
DVD Release Date:  November 17, 1998
Runtime:  82 minutes
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD)
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review by . June 07, 2001
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I have a good foundation in films that expand the imagination. This happens to be one of them. This was my absolute first animated movie of my lifetime. It sparked something in my mind when I was a child that I will never forget. That was motivation. Anyone who doesn't like secret of Nimh, may think so because of its lavishness. But the truth is, Don Bluth found a great story and told it the best he could. It is different from the book, and thats alright. A person shouldn't set their standards that …
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