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Secret Of Nimh

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  Secret Of Nimh Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
6.14 /10
Voices of Norbert Auerbach, Hermione Baddeley, John Carradine
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Directed by: Don Bluth
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Released: 1982
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 82

A widowed rodent named Mrs. Brisby needs medicine for her young son who is ill, and her family needs to move out of the way before the farmer's tractor destroys their home - but the son is too ill to be moved.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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One of the first pictures by Bluth's renegade group of ex-Disney animators, released in 1982 just before Disney’s resurgence with The Little Mermaid. Nimh was very favourably reviewed on release, but failed to make much impact at the box office. Darker in tone than the average Disney cartoon, this is one of Don Bluth’s better efforts - though it is not without the sentimentality that tends to spoil his work. Bluth’s animation is in the traditional style of Disney: bright, colourful and detailed. The voices are all appropriate to the characters. Some regard it as a classic, though I would place it in the second tier of cartoons. There were two inferior made-for-video sequels, The Secret of N.I.M.H.: Timmy to the Rescue (1998) and The Secret of N.I.M.H.: The Beginning (2001), both made without Bluth’s involvement.

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