The Secret of NIMH - Storyboards, Sequence 001
Bluth, Don--1937 -
O'Brien, Robert C.
Mice -- Fiction -- Juvenile films.
Rats -- Fiction -- Juvenile films.
The secret of NIMH was the first feature length film to be tackled by the newly formed Don Bluth productions. The studio moved from Bluth's house to a 5,500 square foot facility in Studio City. The story is based on Robert C. O'Brien's Newberry Award winning book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH in 1972. Extraordinary circumstances cause Mrs. Brisby, a shy widowed mouse mother, to become an unlikely heroine. Her home is threatened by early plowing and her youngest son, Timmy, is gravely ill. She must move to avoid the plow, but cannot risk moving the sick child. Pushed by her friend, Auntie Shrew, she seeks help from Jeremy the Crow, the Great Owl, and eventually she discovers the Rats of NIMH, a secret society of highly-intelligent rats. She finds that she has deeper ties to the rats than she suspected when she learns that her deceased husband, Jonathan, helped the rats escape from a nearby science lab. With the rats' help, she is able to save her family's home and her son, Timmy. Auntie Shrew visits the Brisby household to warn them that moving day is coming. Afterwards Mrs. Brisby gives Timmy his medicine while singing him to sleep.
Sequence 001, Prologue, is from the opening of the film, in which Nicodemus is writing in his book about how to help Mrs. Brisby and her family.
Sequence 001, Scenes 1-10
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Original materials housed in box NIMH 16-35
10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Ink wash and marker on paper
The Don Bluth Collection of Animation, Jen Library Archives and Special Collections, the Savannah College of Art and Design.