As the three producers explained in a letter to a school class that asked about the changes, "The amulet was a device, or a symbol, to represent the internal power of Mrs. Brisby … A visual extension of an internal (and harder to show in a film) power.". They both narrowly escape from the Fitzgibbons' cat, Dragon.  In his review for the 1990 VHS re-release, Jeff Unger of Entertainment Weekly gave The Secret of NIMH a grade of "A", calling it "a wonderful adaptation" of the original book, adding that "Bluth and his animators, bless them, chose to revive an endangered art form – classically detailed animation. The film was released on DVD for the first time on November 17, 1998, which was reprinted numerous times in the ensuing years, both as a stand-alone release or bundled with other animated movies from MGM or 20th Century Fox. Cast: Mrs. Brisby - Gadget Hackwrench (Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers) Jeremy - Sonic the Hedgehog; Nicodemus - Colonel K (Danger Mouse) Mr. Ages - Admiral DeGill (Atomic Betty) Auntie Shrew - Mrs. Fieldmouse (Thumbelina) The Great Owl - Genie (Aladdin) Justin - Mickey Mouse (Disney)  With a $79 purchase price in the US, the VHS version sold approximately 25,000 copies within the first few months. The Secret of Nimh (1982). Disney and Sega's movie-spoof and animal style of 1982 Don Bluth film, "The Secret of Nimh". The Secret Of NIMH by Shellsweet on DeviantArt. The studio worked, at first, out of Bluth's house and garage, but moved to a two-story, 5,500-square-foot (510 m2) facility in Studio City, California, several months later. The side project put The Secret of NIMH under an even tighter schedule, and animators were known to take cat naps under their desks while working long hours. The Secret of NIMH debuted on Super 8 film and several home video formats in 1983, including VHS, Betamax, CED Videodisc, Video8 and LaserDisc, which were distributed by MGM/UA Home Video in North America and Warner Home Video in Europe, Australia and Japan. The choice of material (Robert O'Brien's novel Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH) is less fortunate, since it lacks the wonder of early Disney, and the mouse heroine is far too insipid and twee. The producers, Bluth, Goldman and Pomeroy and the executive producers at Aurora mortgaged their homes collectively for $700,000 to complete the film, with the understanding that their investment would be the first to be repaid. " The studio plans to turn the novel into a family franchise. Nicodemus gives Mrs. Brisby an amulet, and tells her it will awaken when the wearer is courageous. The financiers had expected the film to open in wide release in 1,000 venues, but MGM opted for a limited opening weekend in 100 theaters, with its widest release in only 700. (Jerry Goldsmith)", "LaserDisc Database - Secret of NIMH, The [ML100211]", "Pre-Cert Video: The Secret of NIMH (1982) on Warner Home Video", "The Secret of NIMH: Family Fun Edition DVD Review", "More MGM Catalog Titles Heading to Blu-ray", "The Secret of NIMH Movie Reviews, Pictures", https://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-secret-of-nimh, "Tron, The Secret of NIMH, The Devils Playground (1982)", "Sneak Previews (TV Series 1975–1996) – Episodes", "Tempo: 'NIMH' charmer could have used more Disney", "The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue", "The Mystery of 'NIMH II': Why Did They Even Bother? The Secret of NIMH features gorgeous, detailed animation and a delightfully dark nature. But in “Secret of NIMH” there is a direction to its darkness, and that is worth appreciating. 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