Secret of Nimh is probably one of the best kept secrets of the 1980’s animation explosion. One could say that it helped to usher in the Disney boom that followed it. Unfortunately, it sometimes gets lost among the others because of it.
For the longest time all I could really remember about this movie was the shiny red necklace, that there were rats, and that Nicodemous was incredibly creepy. I didn’t necessarily remember his name, but I remembered the face. Of course, as a kid I missed all the nuance about laboratory testing and focused on the magical aspect of the movie. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell you where I saw the movie for the first time. It came out when I was two and I don’t think we owned the VHS.
Years later I saw the movie for sale in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart. I generally try to stay away from that bin because I’ll lose more money than I should, but this classic from my childhood was a no-brainer. Then, when Teresa mentioned she wanted to do a 1980’s animated movie I was thrilled when she picked Secret of Nimh.
The movie itself is about how far a mother will go to save her children, filled in with themes of loss, love, and moral ambiguity about lab rat testing. Throw in a little “do you ever really know a person” and you have a movie worthy of Disney, without the branding. It’s also a relatively faithful adaptation of the children’s book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
The artwork this week is from the artist Mark Lone and I am madly in love with this piece. You should check out the rest of his work here:
The newest episode featuring our review of the Secret of Nimh is up now with all of our other episodes. Have a listen if you get the chance.