Movie The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Watched 20110528 (Netflix, Instant)
Watched 20131229 (Netflix, Instant, HD)* (Streaming until 20140101)
*HD did not buffer
The Secret of NIMH (1982) Don Bluth. 82 min [bot children's book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) by Robert C. O'Brien]

Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman)
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Jeremy (Dom DeLuise)
20110528: [20110529]
When I saw this movie available on Netflix streaming, I didn't hesitate to start it immediately. I don't remember the source or sources from which I heard of this movie, but I definitely formed this idea in my mind that it was a great animation and that I should see it whenever I had the chance.

Three of Mrs. Brisby's children: Martin (Wil Wheaton),
Teresa (Shannen Doherty), and Cynthia (Jodi Hicks).
I don't know where exactly it stands in the realm of animation. To narrow it down, its not as great as Toy Story (1995), Beauty and the Beast (1991), or The Lion King (1994). It probably stands above Hercules (1997) and The Rescuers (1977). Though I haven't seen any of these movies recently, so it's just trying to get this movie into a sort of ballpark range. It's a magical movie, both literally and figuratively. On that note, I'd say the movie hits somewhere in terms of feeling and mood as The NeverEnding Story (1984). The movie is a bit darker than typical animation meant for children, certainly darker than any of the Disney movies I mentioned above.

Mr. Ages (Arthur Malet), Mrs. Brisby, and Justin (Peter Strauss)
Younger kids who are used to 3D animation might not have an appreciation for this older 2D animated movie, but I'm glad to have added it to the list of animated movies I've seen.

Side Comments:
Other animated films I've seen which were directed by Don Bluth: Titan A.E. (2000), Anastasia (1997), Thumbelina (1994), and The Land Before Time (1988).

The phrase "lee of the stone" was used in the movie, and I had no idea what "lee" meant.
lee (noun)
1. protective shelter
2. the side or part that is sheltered or turned away from the wind

The kids begin untying Jeremy, only to determine he's
potentially dangerous and rebind him.
Watching the movie again today, I found myself understanding and liking it more than before.

Instant Comments:
Ha. "Jeremy, you're stepping on my tail."
Haha, how cute. Just as the shrew leaves, Martin says, "Well, I guess we better untie him."
"Oh, the poor turkey fell down."

Nicodemus (Derek Jacobi)
Oh, I had forgotten that NIMH was a research facility.
"Tonight, we must move your house to the protected side of the stone." "The *lee* of the stone." "Yes."
Volunteers to help with Dragon (the cat). "Thank you." Mutters to herself, "I must be crazy." "Goodbye." Mutters once more, "I must be crazy."

"Courage of the heart is very rare. The stone has a power, when its there."

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