The Secret of NIMH
The Secret of NIMH ★★★ 1982 (G)
Animated tale, produced by a staff of Disneytrained artists led by “American Tail's” Bluth; concerns a newly widowed mouse who discovers a secret agency of superintelligent rats (they've escaped from a science lab) who aid her in protecting her family. As is usually the case with Bluth films, the animation is superb while the socially aware plot struggles to keep pace. That aside, it's still an interesting treat for the youngsters. Adapted from Robert C. O'Brien's “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H.” 84m/C VHS, DVD. D: Don Bluth; W: Don Bluth; M: Jerry Goldsmith; V: John Carradine, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Elizabeth Hartman, Peter Strauss, Aldo Ray, Edie McClurg, Wil Wheaton.