‘The Secret of NIMH’ Scarred A Generation Of Children (And Has An Even Weirder Backstory)

Those who grew up in the 1980s may fondly remember The Secret of NIMHIt's a lovely tale about a mouse named Mrs. Brisby who just wants to protect her family and, with the help of the great owl, manages to rally a group of intelligent rats led by the enigmatic Nicodemus to help her - only, it's much more than that. The film is dark, it's intense, and it covers some serious issues most adults aren't comfortable discussing in polite conversation. After all, NIMH is the National Institute for Mental Health, and that's not something you're aware of when you watch this film as a child.

The movie was based on a book titled Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H, and it's got an even weirder backstory than the Don Bluth animated film. Regardless, the movie is beloved and is an exceptional presentation of the animation talents of Bluth and his team, which is one of the many reasons adults and children still love the movie to this day.