Secret of NIMH

Indiana University Cinema Bloomington, IN


Rush Swope

Animation artist; Visiting lecturer at The Media School, Indiana University

The Secret of NIMH— Animating technology: Old-school vs. new-school animation

Animation artist Rush Swope compares and contrasts celluloid animation with today's 2D and 3D animation techniques.

Indiana University Cinema Bloomington, IN

Film Synopsis

To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a mysterious colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.

Mrs. Brisby (Elizabeth Hartman), a widowed mouse, must move her children out of their home in a field before the local farmer starts plowing. Unable to leave because her son is ill, Mrs. Brisby seeks the help of nearby rats, who have heightened intelligence after being the subjects of scientific experiments. She receives an unexpected gift from the elder rat, Nicodemus (Derek Jacobi). Soon Mrs. Brisby is caught in a conflict among the rats, jeopardizing her mission to save her family.