The Secret of Nimh

The Secret of Nimh
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Mrs. Brisby, a widowed mouse, lives in a cinder block with her children on the Fitzgibbon farm. She is preparing to move her family out of the field they live in as plowing time approaches, however her son Timothy has fallen ill, and moving him could prove fatal. Mrs. Brisby visits The Great Owl, a wise creature who advises her to visit a mysterious group of rats who live beneath a rose bush on the farm. Upon visiting the rats, Brisby meets Nicodemus, the wise and mystical leader of the rats, and Justin, a friendly rat who immediately becomes attached to Mrs. Brisby. While there, she learns that her late husband, Mr. Jonathon Brisby, along with the rats, was a part of a series of experiments at a place known only as N.I.M.H. (revealed earlier in the story as the National Institute of Mental Health). The experiments performed on the mice and rats there boosted their intelligence, allowing them to read without being taught and to understand things such as complex mechanics and electricity. The rats and Mr. Brisby escaped from N.I.M.H. and came to live on the Fitzgibbon farm. The rats created a home for themselves under Mrs. Fitzgibbon’s rose bush, creating an elaborate habitation of beautiful chambers, elevators, and Christmas lights. However, the rats are unhappy in their dependence on the humans, who they are stealing electricity from, and have concocted a plan to leave the farm and live independently. Because of her husband’s prior relationship with the rats, they agree to help Mrs. Brisby move her home out of the path of the plow. However, the evil Jenner and his unwilling accomplice Sullivan, who wish to remain beneath the rose bush, yet plot to kill Nicodemus during the move.


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  1. I was so excited to watch this,,, then i saw the ads. Nothing's worth being forced to watch ads over. I'll just check it out from the Library. Thank you for reminding me of this movie though.

  2. Did anyone just hear Justin say damn? It's not too common in a G-rated movie just say the word damn. But still I'm not offended by it.

  3. okay so I rediscovered this from my childhood but even researching it now i dont get it 100%

    I loved the animation and all the characters but my suspension of disbelief is railing on me. I can buy genetically altered super rats just fine, but where does the magic rock fit into this equation?

    Also could Jenner be anymore evil? Like he murked the old dude and his friend. I do like how he got stabbed in the back tho. very clever.

    Otherwise JESUS man I watched this as a kid and that was pretty intense revisiting. Fucking blood and stabbings in this kids film. Very dark. Nothing like the pussified stuff on now a days. Let's pretend that the sequel doesn't exist and this didn't contribute to the rise of furries.

  4. Don't know if it was just me but I like tripped out when the lullaby came on after she gave Timmy the water with herbs, It just brought back so many memories.

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