The Secret of Nimh (1982)

The Secret of Nimh (1982)
The Secret of Nimh (1982) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Oberst von Berauscht (Two Beers) –

A Toast

Mrs. Brisby is a loving mother, and when her son Timothy becomes sick with fever, she ventures alone into the dangerous world to find help.  On her journey, she encounters old sages, a dragon, brilliant scientists, a civilization thriving among the barbarous wasteland, and finally her inner strength.  Quite epic, considering that Mrs. Brisby is a mouse. 

You really shouldn’t fuck with mice

The Secret of NIMH was the first directorial effort of the talented animator Don Bluth, and the first film he worked on following his extrication from Disney.

Seriously, what the fuck is up with mice?

Considering the relatively low budget, (nearly half that of other animated films of the time) the animators clearly worked overtime for the project.  The film features complex animation techniques such as rotoscoping and backlighting effects.  Aside from the technical brilliance, much praise should be lavished at the story, which deals with dark, even disturbing themes which are more easily appreciated by adults.

The voice talent should be recognized for effectively bringing the characters to life.  Mrs. Brisby in particular, voiced by Elizabeth Hartman, (In what would tragically be her final screen performance) faithfully communicates her character’s dread, innocence, inner beauty, and determination in what might be one of the great voice performances of its time.

Beer Two

Well, you had to do it didn’t you Bluth?  You just had to go and hire Dom DeLuise to voice Jeremy the crow, the child-pandering comic relief.  I haven’t read the book upon which this film is based, but I have a feeling if Jeremy was a character, he wasn’t written like this.  It is a mortal sin upon this otherwise serious film that requires another pint of stout.

God, you’re awful

Overall, this is a fantastic film and I cannot recommend it enough.  But seriously, Dom DeLuise?  Fuck…


Better than medical experiments and with half the side effects.


Bonus Drinking Game

Take a Drink: when any character mentions NIMH

Take a Drink: whenever the fuckin’ crow is on screen.  Seriously, fuck you Dom DeLuise

About Oberst von Berauscht

Oberst Von Berauscht once retained the services of a Gypsy to imbue in him the ability to accurately describe the artistic qualities of a film up to seven decimal points. To maintain this unique skill, he must feast on the blood of a virgin every Harvest Moon, or failing that (and he usually does), he can also make a dog do that thing they do where they twist their heads slightly (you know, when they're confused about something) at least a few times a week. I've gotten way off track here... The point is, Oberst is one of the website's founders, so... yeah

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