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The Secret of NIMH (1982)


watch an animated film adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's children's novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH where you'll find how after a slowing of aging process experiment made by scientists on rats, they have become intelligents with a Magic Stone powers

INTRO LINES NICODEMUS [narrating]: Jonathan Brisby was killed today while helping with the Plan. It is four years since our departure from NIMH (the National Institute of Mental Health) and our world is changing. We cannot stay here much longer. Jonathan was a dear friend. I am lost in knowing how to help his widow. She knows nothing of us, or the Plan. Perhaps best that I do nothing at present. I shall miss him. Johnason, wherever you are, your thoughts must comfort her tonight. She'll be waiting, and you will not return. Farewell, my friend.
 
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Characters with picture, description and voice of artists
Mrs. Brisby, a courageous widow mouse who lives with four children in a field on the Fitzgibbons' farm
Mrs. Brisby, a courageous widow mouse who lives with four children in a field on the Fitzgibbons' farm
(Elizabeth Hartman)
  Nicodemus, the wise old leader of intelligent rats from NIMH experiment
Nicodemus, the wise old leader of intelligent rats from NIMH experiment
"The miracle was kept secret from the scientists" (Derek Jacobi)
  Jeremy, a clumsy but friendly crow who was working on a love nest for two
Jeremy, a funny and friendly crow who was working on a love nest for two
"None of the girls I meet want to get serious" (Dom DeLuise)
 
Mr. Ages, grumpy and always busy, he uses his acquired NIMH intelligence to make all sorts of secret experiments
Mr. Ages, grumpy and always busy, he uses his acquired NIMH intelligence to make all sorts of secret experiments
(Arthur Malet)
  Martin, Cynthia, Teresa
Martin, Cynthia, Teresa, Mrs. Brisby's son and daughters
(Wil Wheaton, Jodi Hicks, Shannen Doherty)
  Auntie Shrew, the restless and nosy Mrs. Brisby's old neighbour self-styled responsible for the welfare of the entire field
Auntie Shrew, the restless and nosy Mrs. Brisby's old neighbour self-styled responsible for the welfare of the entire field
(Hermione Baddeley)
 
Great Owl, the enigmatic and full of secrets grise eminence from the farm
Great Owl, the enigmatic and full of secrets grise eminence from the farm
(John Carradine)
  Justin, the captain of the guard
Justin, the captain of the guard
"We will leave no tracks, no evidence that the Rats of NIMH ever existed" (Peter Strauss)
  Jenner, a sly, persuasive and power-hungry rat
Jenner, a sly, persuasive and power-hungry rat
"I've learned this much: take what you can, when you can!" (Paul Shenar)
 
Timothy, Mrs. Brisby's son ill of pneumonia
Timothy, Mrs. Brisby's son ill of pneumonia
(Ian Fried)
  Sullivan, Jenner reluctant accomplice
Sullivan, Jenner reluctant accomplice
"Let the lower creatures fend for themselves" (Aldo Ray)
  Dragon, Fitzgibbons' lazy cat who killed Jonathan Brisby
Dragon, Fitzgibbons' lazy cat who killed Jonathan Brisby
Full quotes part 1 MRS. BRISBY: Mr. Ages? Mr. Ages, is anybody home? MR. AGES: Go away! MRS. BRISBY: Mr. Ages! MR. AGES: What is it? MRS. BRISBY: Mr. Ages, may I please speak to you? MR. AGES: What? MRS. BRISBY: I said, may I please speak with you. Oh, thank goodness! I'm so glad you're home. MR. AGES: Confounded machine! You never know when it's going to up and blow!Confounded machine! You never know when it's going to up and blow! MRS. BRISBY: Yes. I don't suppose you would remember me. MR. AGES: Yes, you're Mrs. Brisby. And I am sorry about your husband's death. Now if you'll excuse me... MRS. BRISBY: Mr. Ages! MR. AGES: Great Jupiter woman, what do you want? MRS. BRISBY: Mr. Ages, I know you don't like visitors but this is an emergency! Please! MR. AGES: Madam, that is an emergency. MRS. BRISBY: Oh Mr. Ages, my son Timothy is so sick! MR. AGES: Timmy? The one with the spider bite? Oh, just give him some pepsissiwa root and... MRS. BRISBY: No! No, he's sick with a fever! MR. AGES: Well, I suppose I could fix up something... MRS. BRISBY: Oh thank you! MR. AGES: Follow me, but don't touch anythingFollow me, but don't touch anything! Understand? MRS. BRISBY: I do appreciate it... MR. AGES: Just how high is his fever? MRS. BRISBY: He's burning hot to the touch. MR. AGES: Hm, yes. MRS. BRISBY: He's soaking wet with perspiration... MR. AGES: Yes? MRS. BRISBY: and there's a raspy sound when he breathes. MR. AGES: A raspy sound you say? Well.. Does he have a chill? MRS. BRISBY: Yes, he does. MR. AGES: Have you wrapped him in a blanket? MRS. BRISBY: Yes. MR. AGES: Now step inside, but keep your hands to yourself! I'm right in the middle of something very important. MRS. BRISBY: I understand. MR. AGES: Oh, do you? Look at this mess... Oh, shoo, shoo, go on! Your son has pneumonia. MRS. BRISBY: Pneumonia? MR. AGES: It's not uncommon, but you can die from it. MRS. BRISBY: Oh please dear God, no. MR. AGES: Your son must stay in bed. Bundle him up. MRS. BRISBY: Yes. MR. AGES: Not to go outside... MRS. BRISBY: But how long must... MR. AGES: Three weeks. He cannot be moved for at least three weeks. MRS. BRISBY: But Moving Day is nearly here! MR. AGES: You asked my advice, and I gave it to you! MRS. BRISBY: I'm sorry. MR. AGES: He must stay in bed. Now, mix this powder in a broth and make him drink itmix this powder in a broth and make him drink it. It'll bring down the fever. MRS. BRISBY: Oh, bless you sir! MR. AGES: And bless yourself, you'll need it. Now, you must excuse me... You know the way out. MRS. BRISBY: Oh, of course. Thank you once again... MR. AGES: Shoo shoo shoo. Go on now. Go on. MRS. BRISBY: Thank you so much. Goodbye. MRS. BRISBY: Is everything all right here? JEREMY: What the... Oh! Lady, don't sneak up on me like that! MRS. BRISBY: I didn't mean to frighten you... JEREMY: Oh, you didn't frighten me, I was just sort of working out. You just broke my concentration, that's... MRS. BRISBY: You look more like you're all tangled up. JEREMY: Er, yeah I guess that's enough exercise for one day. Besides, I'm really after this terrific string! I'm working on a love nest for twoI'm working on a love nest for two. You know what I mean? MRS. BRISBY: Oh I see, you have a girl. JEREMY: Well, not really, I mean... I haven't found Miss Right yet. But when I do the whole world will hear us singing... Excuse me, pardon me. MRS. BRISBY: Well, you keep making all that noise and Dragon will hear you. If he hasn't already. JEREMY: Wouldn't you sing too? I mean if you felt... heh heh... if you felt the call of the wild, but... MRS. BRISBY: I would... I would not if I knew there was a cat nearby. JEREMY: But she's out there, somewhere... and when I find her I'll feel it way down in my wishbone! I... What cat? MRS. BRISBY: Dragon! He belongs to Farmer Fitzgibbons. Look towards the house. See if you can see him. Come back down here! He'll see you for sure up there! JEREMY: Hey, there's a cat out therethere's a cat out there! MRS. BRISBY: Quiet! Does he see you? JEREMY: No. Yes! MRS. BRISBY: Stand perfectly still. JEREMY: Everything's fine... he's headed right for us. MRS. BRISBY: Don't panic! Fast or slow? JEREMY: Medium. Make that fast. Very... I have to go now! Excuse me, I really... Break! Oh my goodness. MRS. BRISBY: It's a rabbit! Well of all the silly nincompoops! You got yourself all worked up over a rabbit! JEREMY: You should have seen yourself! MRS. BRISBY: Will you keep quiet? JEREMY: You were scared stiff! A rabbit! I knew it all along! MRS. BRISBY: Will you hush up? JEREMY: Admit it! You were scared! MRS. BRISBY: Oh... fiddlesticks. Hold still. JEREMY: If I had actually been near a cat, I'd be sneezing my brains out. See, I'm allergic to ca... I'm allergic to caaaaa... I'm allerg... Ahhh-choooo! Excuse me, pardon me. JEREMY: The string, quick! Grab the string!
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Main crew
Directed by Don Bluth;
story adaptation by John Pomeroy, Gary Goldman, Will Finn, Don Bluth;
music by Jerry Goldsmith (his first music score for an animated film; he loved the film so much that he volunteered an extra three weeks to polish and refine the score, even though he was not contractually obligated to do so);
film editing by Jeffrey Patch;
production management by Fred Craig


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Lullaby
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Flying Dreams
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
  2 Jeremy go home now
2 Jeremy go home now
  3 get to the Great Owl
3 get to the Great Owl
  4 who's good with kids
4 who's good with kids
5 we have a Plan
5 we have a Plan
  6 move your house
6 move your house
  7 into the farmhouse
7 into the farmhouse
  8 line around the stone
8 line around the stone