Frustrated with Walt Disney studio’s reluctance to produce the more traditional, full-length animated feature films they were known for, acclaimed animator Don Bluth and a number of his colleagues left with the intent of creating movies in the style of the old classics; The Secret of NIMH is the first film Bluth produced (he also adapted the script) following his departure. Adapted from Robert C. O’Brien‘s acclaimed children’s book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H., the film follows a fantastical tale about a widowed mouse whose home is threatened while one of her young children is gravely ill. On her way to find help, she discovers NIMH, a secret society of highly-intelligent rats who have escaped from a nearby science lab, who help the widow to protect her family and home. Starring the voices of Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Elizabeth Hartman, John Carradine, Wil Wheaton and Shannen Doherty.
“The Secret of NIMH is a dark, well-told tale that respects its young audience enough to not tone down its subject matter.” – Rotten Tomatoes
“Every character moves fluidly and imaginatively against an extravaganza of detailed background and dazzling effects, all emboldened by fascinating colored textures.” – Variety
“The animation was, as Bluth and company had promised, a spectacular return to old-school craftsmanship.” – AV Club
Friday, September 2
*Groupons and passes OK for any single film only! Please redeem at the door.
**Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
THE SECRET OF NIMH (Don Bluth, 1982 / 82 mins / PG) A widowed field mouse must move her family — including an ailing son — to escape a farmer’s plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of super-intelligent lab rat escapees, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.
LEGEND (Ridley Scott, 1985 / 90 mins / PG) A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.