When I was a kid, one of the scariest movies in my regular rotation was the Don Bluth beauty that is The Secret of NIMH. The style of animation was less sanitized than Disney movies. There was blood, snarling rats, and a bone-crushing owl who might just eat our mouse heroine Mrs. Brisby if she stayed in his lair too late! Plus the stakes of this kids’ movie were high: a momma mouse desperately trying to save her near-death child. It was dark, and I loved it desperately. So, I’m groaning over the proposed remake, which seems to be the taking “CGI MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER” approach.
Deadline hurts my soul by announcing the rights to Secret of NIMH’ source material (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH) have been snatched up by MGM for rebooting. Like so many atrocious reboots of beloved childhood properties, this will be a blend of live-action and CGI. Remember how well that goes? Like on 2010’s Yogi Bear:
Or how about Marmaduke:
Or the unholy entity that is Smurfs:
I don’t suspect MGM’s will have anywhere near the daring or designs of Bluth’s adaptation. Yet if there is anything that could make The Secret of NIMH’s warring rats more disturbing, it’d be grotesque CG animation. Further hurting any flame of optimism we might hold for this reboot, it’s being written by Michael Berg, scribe of all five Ice Age movies, and produced by Ehren Kruger (Transformers Dark of the Moon) and Daniel Bobker (Dream House). If you’ve never seen those movies, count yourself lucky.
Kristy Puchko blamed pneumonia when her pet parakeet died. It’s what Timmy had. It made sense.