EXCLUSIVE LOOK: Behind the Scenes of the Live Action Secret of NIMH movie

Secret of Nimh (1982)
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The new movie poster, just breathtaking.

When I heard the news that The Secret of NIMH was being remade as a live-action/CGI film, I was OVERJOYED. What could be better, and contribute to the ongoing destruction of everything I held dear as a child, than real/CGI rodents plotting complex science-y plots in real/CGI environments? Surely not the original movie with its beautiful art!

I snuck on the set to get you, dear Readers, a close-up look at what will surely be nightmare fodder for a whole new generation of children.

The report on Deadline describes the movie as “an origin story in which an imperiled mouse protagonist befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret laboratory and become the great minds of vermin civilization, forced to outwit the humans hot on their tails.”

Not quite the way I remember the film, but I am willing to roll with it, after all, I do so love CGI.

One of my only reservations about the film after a day on the set is the human they cast:

I mean, those really don’t look like the scary human feet of my childhood.


The part of the beloved raven friend makes up for it. As you all probably know by now, Michael Bay has signed on as director, and Jeremy stars in many of the iconic explosion scenes throughout the piece.

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But the success of the new film is the Rat actor they cast to play Nicodemus. As a child this character really scared the pee out of me, so I was anxious to see how they fared in the new film. I must say, I am not disappointed, though how they signed this actor when he’s been so busy on the set of Who Moved My Cheese 2 is still a mystery:

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What great beard! What lively eyes!

And truly, the number of sets they’ve designed for this film, mind-blowing!

Though there’s no release date set, I’ve marked everyday on my calendar as a day to celebrate this film.

Al Rosenberg

Al Rosenberg

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