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  • In The Film, The Caged Rats Are Shown Being Injected With An Unknown Substance on Random ‘Secret of NIMH’ Scarred A Generation Of Children (And Has An Even Weirder Backstory)

    (#4) In The Film, The Caged Rats Are Shown Being Injected With An Unknown Substance

    John Calhoun's study wasn't met with applause and cheer, and many people considered the work he did with mice and rats to be somewhat despicable. The ones who thought his experiments cruel might have also helped influence the book, as the scientists working at NIMH in the novel aren't presented as anything other than horrific monsters.

    In the movie, this is taken a step further via a flashback sequence, which shows human hands holding rats as they inject who knows what into their bellies. The results of these experiments could be seen in the increased intelligence of the rats, but it's clear they recall the whole ordeal quite horrifically.

    One interesting aspect of the use of NIMH in the film revolves around its name. The rats never spell it out, and it's only spoken of once in the film when the farmer's wife mentions the organization:

    Yes, you know, the National Institute of Mental Health. He was asking if we had noticed anything strange about the rats on the farm...

  • The Battles And Their Consequences Are Darker Than In Most Children’s Cartoons on Random ‘Secret of NIMH’ Scarred A Generation Of Children (And Has An Even Weirder Backstory)

    (#10) The Battles And Their Consequences Are Darker Than In Most Children’s Cartoons

    Typically, when a character perishes in an animated major motion picture, they fall from a great height, and the whole thing is treated with some scary music and a frightening shadow here and there. That's usually how Disney does it, but in 1982 when Don Bluth sat down to work on The Secret of NIMH, he opted to go in a different direction.

    The final battle in the film climaxes with two rats going at one another with swords. However, instead of being cute, it's remarkably violent. In one scene, a slash to the arm draws blood, while another shortly after sees a rat slashed across the chest. The fight concludes with a dagger being thrown between the shoulder blades of the bad guy, who then falls to his doom.

    The scene is not gory, and there isn't any blood other than the red coloring shown where the blade makes contact, but it is much more explicit than most animated films meant for children.

  • Prior To The Film, Mrs. Brisby's Husband Was Eaten Alive By A Cat Named Dragon on Random ‘Secret of NIMH’ Scarred A Generation Of Children (And Has An Even Weirder Backstory)

    (#8) Prior To The Film, Mrs. Brisby's Husband Was Eaten Alive By A Cat Named Dragon

    Most kids love cats, but few could look at them the same way after seeing Dragon in The Secret of NIMH. Dragon is the cat who lives on the Fitzgibbon farm, and he terrorizes the local rodent population, which is pretty much what you would want a cat to do in such a situation.

    He terrorizes every critter he comes across, and though it happens prior to the events of the film, Dragon is the reason Mrs. Brisby is a widow. Her husband, Jonathan, was one of Dragon's victims, and was eaten alive a short time before the events of the film take place.

    Jonathan fell to Dragon's horrific jaws when he attempted to put the monstrous cat to sleep with a drug planted in his food bowl. Mrs. Brisby isn't made aware of this fact until later in the movie, and she follows in his footsteps, helping herself and the rats by succeeding where Jonathan previously failed.

  • The Story Was Inspired By A Real-Life Government Lab Study About The Demise Of A Rodent Utopia on Random ‘Secret of NIMH’ Scarred A Generation Of Children (And Has An Even Weirder Backstory)

    (#1) The Story Was Inspired By A Real-Life Government Lab Study About The Demise Of A Rodent Utopia

    In a bid to study population density and its effects on behavior, researcher John Calhoun devised a series of rodent utopias that he would manipulate in various ways. He constructed multi-level living spaces, little rodent condos, and public squares, and he observed the rats' behavior to see how changes in their population density affected their interactions with one another - and it wasn't pretty.

    The experiment showed that different rats and mice behaved in various ways depending on the amounts of food, water, and viable sex partners available to them. Those he described as "the beautiful ones" would do little but groom and sleep all day, while others would copulate and eliminate one another. It was an interesting study, and he published it in a 1962 issue of Scientific American.

    The study detailed population density so well, it helped inspire numerous fictional works. In addition to the book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H, it gave rise to movies like Soylent Green as well as comics like 2000AD.

  • The Film Added A Supernatural Element That's Not In The Book on Random ‘Secret of NIMH’ Scarred A Generation Of Children (And Has An Even Weirder Backstory)

    (#6) The Film Added A Supernatural Element That's Not In The Book

    The book and movie share plenty of similarities, and the main plot is pretty much identical. The movie did take some artistic license with how it presented some of the characters and events, but the real change is in the supernatural elements, none of which were in the novel.

    In the movie, Mrs. Brisby meets the ancient rat, Nicomedus, who tells her of her late husband's connection to the rats and then gives her an amulet called "The Stone." More than simple jewelry, the stone is a magical artifact that grants the wearer power when they are courageous (which is something Mrs. Brisby isn't for much of the movie).

    By the end of the film, just when all hope is lost, she manages to save her children with the power of the amulet, and while many of these events were in the book, they were carried out in natural rather than supernatural ways.

  • The Filmmakers Were Rogue Disney Animators Who Left To Start Their Own Company on Random ‘Secret of NIMH’ Scarred A Generation Of Children (And Has An Even Weirder Backstory)

    (#12) The Filmmakers Were Rogue Disney Animators Who Left To Start Their Own Company

    It's likely The Secret of NIMH would never have been turned into a film had it not been for the pioneering work of Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Both men had previously worked at Disney, but they felt that the Golden Age of Animation was nearing its end and the operational climate of Disney was partly to blame.

    They determined that they could create the animation they wanted by establishing their own studio, and they took along 14 animators who shared their concerns about the House of Mouse. Bluth described their departure like so:

    D-(for Disney) Day. It got to be that we couldn't be creative in the true sense of the word. The red tape, the bureaucracy, the chain of authority - everywhere you turned, someone was saying, 'we don't do that at Disney,' or 'that isn't what Walt would have wanted.' When we realized how difficult it was to grow in those confines, we decided to leave the organization.

    Their first project was to adapt Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H. Don Bluth Productions took financing from Aurora Productions, and with a 30-month window and $5.7 million, they produced their first movie. It was a critical hit, though only a modest success at the box office. It wasn't until its home video and cable release that the film really took off.

    The studio released other classics of the age over the years, including An American Tail, All Dogs Go to Heaven, and many more.

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The Secret of NIMH is an American animated fantasy-adventure movie. The movie adapted from the 1971 children's novel Mrs Frisby and the Rat of NIMH and tells the story of a group of mice in an intelligence development experiment by NIMH. The plot is compact and fascinating. After the release, it was popular with the audience but also received plenty of criticism, many producers and critics thought this movie was too dark. 

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