The Secret of NIMH
Studio: Don Bluth Productions Release Date : July 2, 1982 Series: Feature Films: United Artists

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Associated Studio(s)

Celine Miles Ink and Paint Service
Aurora Productions


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Mrs. Brisby
(Voice: Elizabeth Hartman)
Justin (III)
(Voice: Peter Strauss)
(Voice: Dom DeLuise)
Mr. Ages
(Voice: Arthur Malet)
Auntie Shrew
(Voice: Hermione Baddeley)
Teresa Brisby
(Voice: Shannen Doherty)
Martin Brisby
(Voice: Wil Wheaton)
Cynthia Brisby
(Voice: Jodi Hicks)
Timothy "Timmy" Brisby
(Voice: Ina "Ian" Fried)


United Artists

Other Connections

The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (Sequel)


  • Based on the novel "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien. In the film however, the main character is named Mrs. Brisby due to avoid legal concerns with Wham-O, the makers of the Frisbee (Aurora Productions contacted during the film's production to waiver the same sounding name, but Wham-O rejected it). By the time this happened, the voice work was already done and since it wasn't feasible for the cast to come in and re-record the dialogue (and because John Carradine wasn't unavailable for further recordings), the sound editors carefully sliced the "br" (from other words spoken by the case) into the "fr" on the magnetic dialogue tracks (all by hand).
  • Reportedly, the film rights were offered to Disney in 1972, but turned it down for being too dark. Awkwardly, the film was made by former Disney animators Don Bluth, John Pomeroy, and Gary Goldman left the studio to pursue the project with 20 additional animators soon followed (and all dubbed "The Disney Defectors" by the trade press). The film eventually became the largest non-Disney animated movie at the time of its release.
  • Jerry Goldsmith's first animated movie score.
  • Feature film debuts of Shannon Doherty (who recorded her lines wearing a bow similar to her character in the film, Teresa) and Wil Wheaton.
  • Final film of actress Elizabeth Hartman.


United States

The Secret of NIMH


United States

The Secret of Nimh
The Secret of NIMH Family Fun Edition
FernGully: The Last Rainforest / A Troll in Central Park / The Secret of NIMH

BluRay Disc

United States

The Secret of Nimh

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 26707
MPAA Rating: G
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Stereo: Dolby

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