The Secret Of NIMH


The kindness of rats...

Having left a stagnating Disney in 1979, this is the film Don Bluth and his team of breakaway animators produced – a beautiful, uneven and very unusual story of a field-mouse mum beseeching the local rats to help her sickly son.

There’s a sense of passion and hard work battling a lack of Disney-style resources: gorgeous sequences of glowing light and painstaking shadow burst out of a rushed, small-scale whole.

The end result is delicate rather than grandstanding, with a story lacking conventional conflicts and arcs but full of wonderfully detailed characters and just a sprinkle of magic.

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