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Rats of NIMH Return

Robert O'Brien's fantasy NIMH returns.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 28, 2009
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Robert C. O'Brien's classic children's tale MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH(1972).
© Aladdin Books

With Jerry Bruckheimer's G-Force pulling in the cash in 1st place last weekend, Paramount Pictures is looking to join the rodent craze in hopes of bringing back Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, based on Robert C. O'Brien's award-winning children's series. His novel won the Newberry Medal in 1972 and became a staple in children's bookstores and libraries since then. Director Neil Burger (The Illusionist) is in talks to write the screenplay, and former Walden exec Cary Granat is on board to produce.

A pic would be the second theatrical go-round for the book, which MGM brought to the screen in 1982 as the animated The Secret of NIMH, directed by Don Bluth. .

Plot Concept: The story centers on a mouse -- the titular Mrs. Frisby, re-named Mrs. Brisby in the MGM movie -- faced with a crisis when her son falls ill and she must move her family to escape a farmer's plow.  Mrs. Frisby enlists a group of former lab rats, whom she soon discovers run a highly evolved society, who possess advanced technologies and divide labor in the manner of a human community.

Thanks to Maniac Redheirs for passing it along.

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pilgram 7/28/2009 8:45:27 AM

This could be good. The original was a powerful story. If they do not stray away than I look forward to this, with better animation. I really hope they do not dumb it down for children of all ages. Leave it a tail children enjoy but adults get.

pekstrand 7/28/2009 9:59:24 AM

One of the finest works of hand-drawn animation. Don Bluth was a master artist, when he worked at Disney and after as well. The Secret of Nimh was certainly his high point, film wise. It'll be intersting to see what they plan on doing with the film.

troopershades 7/28/2009 11:02:12 AM

please dont be cg.  if so, at least make it 2d cell shaded or whatever.

the first one was a work of art like the above stated.

xenomorph 7/28/2009 12:40:47 PM

The last time(and only)time I saw the secret of NIMH was a few years ago when I was visiting my aunt and my cousins two kids were watching it on t.v. I only saw a few minutes, but it looked extremely dated. This is definitly due for a reboot.

fft5305 7/28/2009 1:27:32 PM

He he he... Jarrod said "titular"...

Yes, I know what it means, I'm just being incredibly immature.  :-)

goku73 7/28/2009 1:33:24 PM

Okay, First off, her name is Brisby not Frisby.

This was an awsome movie when it came out in my day. My son now loves it as well and he will be thrilled to see it on the big screen as will I.  The story line behind it was just amazing and to see it be redone will be great.

goku73 7/28/2009 1:34:21 PM

Okay, First off, her name is Brisby not Frisby.

This was an awsome movie when it came out in my day. My son now loves it as well and he will be thrilled to see it on the big screen as will I.  The story line behind it was just amazing and to see it be redone will be great.

goku73 7/28/2009 1:35:28 PM

Okay, my bad. I thought that the original movie that came out stated that her name was Ms. Brisby not Frisby. I double check again, so then the original movie was incorrect from the book.

galaga51 7/28/2009 2:52:53 PM

According to wiki: "Mrs. Frisby's name is changed to "Brisby" in the film due to trademark concerns with Frisbee discs."  I doubt that it would have been that big of an issue, but maybe they just wanted to avoid any hassle. 

I loved the old cartoon; it was one of my favorites growing up.  I have no doubt they will attempt this with 3D animation... the question is, will they blend it with live actors?  I have mixed feelings on how "cartoonish" they make the characters, realism is good, but considering they are anthropomorphic, too much realism may not be the best thing.  And while there is some humor in the original film (not sure about the book, but imagine it is as much or less, not more) I hope they don't try to make it too goofy.  Overall, it is a rather serious tail.

I'm all for another rendition; hopefully, they'll do well.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/28/2009 3:10:21 PM

I haven't seen this since it was on Beta Max and I don't remember, I could be wrong, there really being any humans in it outside of maybe being extraneous characters here and there, you know not really having anything to do with the story directly.  But I don't know like I said I could be wrong.

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