The Secret of NIMH

Synopsis: Mrs. Brisby, a widowed mouse, lives in a cinder block with her children on the Fitzgibbon farm. She is preparing to move her family out of the field they live in as plowing time approaches, however her son Timothy has fallen ill, and moving him could prove fatal. Mrs. Brisby visits The Great Owl, a wise creature who advises her to visit a mysterious group of rats who live beneath a rose bush on the farm. Upon visiting the rats, Brisby meets Nicodemus, the wise and mystical leader of the rats, and Justin, a friendly rat who immediately becomes attached to Mrs. Brisby. While there, she learns that her late husband, Mr. Jonathon Brisby, along with the rats, was a part of a series of experiments at a place known only as N.I.M.H. (revealed earlier in the story as the National Institute of Mental Health). The experiments performed on the mice and rats there boosted their intelligence, allowing them to read without being taught and to understand things such as complex mechanics and electricit
Director(s): Don Bluth
Production: United Artists
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

Jonathan Brisby was killed today while helping with the Plan

It is four years since our departure from NIMH

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


wherever you are

your thoughts must comfort her tonight

She'll be waiting, and you will not return.

Farewell... my friend

Mr. Ages?

Mr. Ages, is anybody home?

Go away!

Mr. Ages!

What is it?

Mr. Ages, may I please speak to you?


I said, may I please speak...

with you

Oh, thank goodness

I'm so glad you're home

Confounded machine!

You never know when it's going to up and blow!


I don't suppose you would remember me..

Yes, you're Mrs. Brisby.

And I am sorry about your husband's death.

Now if you'll excuse me...

Mr. Ages!

Great Jupiter woman, what do you want?

Mr. Ages, I know you don't like visitors

but this is an emergency!


Madam, that is an emergency.

Oh Mr. Ages, my son Timothy is so sick!

Timmy? The one with the spider bite?

Oh, just give him some pepsissiwa root and...


No, he's sick with a fever!

Well... I suppose I could fix up something...

Oh thank you!

Follow me, but don't touch anything!


I do appreciate it...

Just how high is his fever?

He's burning hot to the touch.

Hmmmmmm, yes.

He's soaking wet with perspiration...


...and there's a raspy sound when he breathes.

A raspy sound you say? Well..

Does he have a chill?

Yes, he does.

Have you wrapped him in a blanket?


Now step inside, but keep your hands to yourself!

I'm right in the middle of... something very important.

I understand.

Oh, do you?

Look at this mess...

Oh, shoo, shoo, go on!

Your son has pneumonia.


It's not uncommon, but you can die from it.

Oh please dear God, no.

Your son must stay in bed. Bundle him up.


Not to go outside...

But how long must...

Three weeks.

He cannot be moved for at least three weeks.

But Moving Day is nearly here!

You asked my advice, and I gave it to you!

I'm sorry.

He must stay in bed.

Now, mix this... this powder in a broth and make him drink it.

It'll bring down the fever.

Oh, bless you sir!

And bless yourself, you'll need it.

Now, you must excuse me...

You know the way out.

Oh, of course.

Thank you once again...

Shoo shoo shoo. Go on now. Go on.

Thank you so...

...much. Goodbye.

Is everything all right here?

What the...

Oh! Lady, don't sneak up on me like that!

I didn't mean to frighten you...

Oh, you didn't frighten me, I was just sort of...

working out.

You just broke my concentration, that's...

You look more like you're all tangled up.

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 two.

You know what I mean?

Oh I see...

you have a girl.

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.

Well, you keep making all that noise and Dragon will hear you.

If he hasn't already.

Wouldn't you sing too? I mean

if you felt... heh heh...

if you felt the call of the wild, but...

I would... I would not

if I knew there was a cat nearby.


but SHE'S out there... somewhere...

and when I find her I'll feel

it way down in my wishbone!

I... What cat?

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!

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