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The Secret of Sequels [Jan. 30th, 2011|10:08 am]
Nicodemus
I'm sure most of you know "The Secret of NIMH", the beautiful Bluth movie adaptation of "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH". Now I've always been more of a fan of the book (the rats are builders and scientists... no magic... oh, and the little detail that Nicodemus doesn't get killed!) but I have to admit that the movie has wonderful charm and style.

But did you know that there were sequels? To both the book and the film?

Racso and the Rats of NIMH

The sequel came out 17 years later and was written by the daughter of the original author after he'd passed away. While not bad, it's a pretty unremarkable children's book. Doesn't have the same charm as the original.

And there was another book after that which was more disappointing in its blandness.

But let's consider the movie...


(Nostalgia Critic reviews "The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue")

Yes, the movie had a sequel. It came out 16 years after the original and had no involvement by Don Bluth, the original film's director. (Is this sounding like a familiar pattern?)

The movie was truly horrid. It featured a number of reasonable actors (Eric Idle? What the heck is he doing in there?) turning in uninspired performances. The animation is generic, the story is incoherent, and the ending is literally insane.

Here's a detailed synopsis and review if you want to save the 90 minutes of your life that would otherwise be wasted watching this animated travesty. If you're feeling like you must experience it first-hand, though, I suggest you skip to the last portion and watch Eric Idle's over the top performance.

Otherwise, check out the hilarious Nostalgia Critic review video and know you're not missing anything. :P
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[User Picture]From: maddogairpirate
2011-01-30 07:17 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. My review on Criticker.com gives Nimh 2 a zero. And I've only scored 2 movies as a zero, ever.

Score dropped to zero around the time of the... uh, Great Owl revelation....
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[User Picture]From: faolruadh
2011-01-30 08:18 pm (UTC)

NIMH

The actual NIMH is located in Montgomery County, Maryland, not far from the C&O Canal. Real experiments on rats there did not produce intelligence, but instead created a "behavioral sink" with "toxic pathologies." See, for example, http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/newsletters/2008/07_25_2008/story1.htm
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-01-30 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah. That whole "comedic" scene... I have to admit, I'm not a hude Dom Deluise fan and Jeremy was just too annoying in the first movie for my taste. So, one of the few characters from the original voiced by the original actor shows up and it's Jeremy... Yup. Big rancid cherry on top of that sundae. :P
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2011-01-30 08:52 pm (UTC)
I actually liked Jeremy in the first movie, but Dom Deluise could do nothing to save this dog of a movie even if he'd tried.

In light of this appalling sequel, which I think all NIMH fans have tacitly agreed does not form part of the canon, it mystifies me why so many people are up in arms about the remake. Even if it's bad, it doesn't have to detract from your enjoyment of the original. I for one am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, since I'm looking forward to seeing 3D CGI rats on the screen. (This would be the point where you tell me that the studio, in a moment of inspired casting, have decided to replace the rats with much more "media friendly" mice instead.)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-01-31 03:06 am (UTC)
And Nicodemus looked at all like an actual rat? I'd be happy if we corrected both of those things.
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[User Picture]From: silver_raccoon
2011-01-31 05:18 am (UTC)
They'll all look like mickey mouse and talk in falsetto as they bounce to some justin beiber sonic travesty. Or the thing will be directed by Michael Bay and justin will be voiced by shia lebouf (sp?)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-01-31 07:08 am (UTC)
directed by Michael Bay

...and then Thorn Valley EXPLODES! During the epic gunfight sequence!
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2011-01-31 07:11 am (UTC)
If that's the case, I'll bemoan the missed opportunity of course, but I'll still have the original on DVD to enjoy. I'm hoping at the very least it will have good character design. The Tale of Despereaux movie, for all its flaws, still had that going for it, at least for Roscuro.
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[User Picture]From: silver_raccoon
2011-01-31 07:08 pm (UTC)
It does have potential... I just hope they don't screw it up
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2011-01-30 09:14 pm (UTC)
I want my 90 minutes back.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-01-31 03:08 am (UTC)
Sorry! No refunds, no sanity back. :P
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-01-31 03:09 am (UTC)
Your life is probably happier for it!
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[User Picture]From: silver_raccoon
2011-01-31 05:16 am (UTC)
Oh god.. timmy to the rescue.. Let's take the original movie.. whip our naughty ottsels out and pee all over it in the name of pumping the chemical toilet of sequel sauce all over a movie that should never have had any kind of sequel.
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