Analog Jones takes on super-intelligent rats in our The Secret of NIMH (1982) VHS Movie Review!

Quick Facts
Directed by Don Bluth
Produced by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, and John Pomeroy
Screenplay by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, John Pomeroy, and Will Finn
Based on Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Production company: Aurora Productions and Don Bluth Productions
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Release date: July 2, 1982
Running time: 82 minutes
Budget: $7 million
Box office: $14.7 million

Starring in The Secret of NIMH

Elizabeth Hartman as Mrs. Brisby
Derek Jacobi as Nicodemus
Hermione Baddeley as Auntie Shrew
John Carradine as the Great Owl
Dom DeLuise as Jeremy the Crow
Arthur Malet as Mr. Ages
Peter Strauss as Justin
Paul Shenar as Jenner
Aldo Ray as Sullivan
Shannen Doherty as Teresa Brisby
Wil Wheaton as Martin Brisby
Ian Fried as Timothy "Timmy" Brisby
Jodi Hicks as Cynthia Brisby
Edie McClurg as Miss Right
Tom Hatten as Farmer Fitzgibbons
Lucille Bliss as Mrs. Beth Fitzgibbons
Joshua Lawrence as Billy Fitzgibbons
Charles Champlin, Dick Kleiner, and Norbert Auerbach as the Council rats


1990 VHS Box Description 

"Purely Delicious—A Perfect Treat for the Entire Family!" 
—Rex Reed

Heartwarming, enchanting, and beautifully crafted, this magical cartoon fantasy marks a new era for animation! "Gorgeous to look at! raves TIME. 

"It'll delight kids everywhere" (Newsweek). 

An extravaganza of dazzling animation, The Secret of Nimh is based on Robert O'Briens's award-winning tale of a timid mouse who becomes a heroine in spite of herself. Trying to save her house from Farmer Fitzginnon's plow, Mrs. Brisby, the mother mouse, gets help from a wonderfully klutzy crow, a wise owl, and some highly intelligent rats. 

You'll marvel at the impressive abode of the Great Owl, and the Oz-like kingdom of the mysterious rats. And you'll be mesmerized by Nicodemus, the dignified leader of the rats, and the climactic showdown between two swashbuckling "ratversareies!" 

The fun, drama, and suspense are brought to life by the voices of Dom DeLuise, John Carradine, Derek Jacobi, Hermione Baddeley, and Elizabeth Hartman. Oscar-winner Jerry Goldsmith's (The Omen) music beautifully underscores every mood. The Secret of Nimh is sheer delight! Share it with someone you love. 


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