2 July 2017; “The Secret of NIMH” (1982) Throwback

Another entry for…Blast from the Past!

Before Don Bluth directed “An American Tail” (1986), “The Land Before Time” (1988) and co-directed “All Dogs Go to Heaven” (1989), “The Pebble and the Penguin” (1995), “Anastasia” (1997) and others, he made his directorial debut with this dark and charming animated flick…

The Great Owl: “Why have you come?”
Mrs. Brisby: “Please sir, forgive me, for disturbing you but, my son’s life is in great danger”.

“The Secret of NIMH” was released on this day July 2nd 1982, making the film 35 years old as of today.The film follows a timid widow mouse (voiced excellently by Elizabeth Hartman) who is determined to find a cure for her son’s sickness, specifically pneumonia, and along the way, meets colorful characters as well as the secret of NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health).

Fun fact: the AFI (American Film Institute) nominated the film in 2008 for the Top 10 Animation Films list.

If you like dark subject matter in animation, gorgeous traditional, be it hand drawn or water colored, animation before computer animation ruled the animation market, interesting characters, Jerry Goldsmith’s music, which is powerful in this outing, especially close to the ending, then this is for you, or for anyone you know who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Recommended to animation fans.

Warning; some scenes may be scary for kids.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster artwork by Tim Hildebrandt.