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Rats of Nimh Remake in Development

Variety reports that "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH", a novel about a mother rat turning to a group of hyper-intelligent rats to save her home from a farmers' plow, is being made into a movie again.  The 1982 version was an animated film by fledgling animation company Don Bluth studios and is considered a masterpiece. However, I was personally disappointed by some major departures from the original novel. One of the biggest changes was the introduction of magic into the story. The original relied on the rats' intelligence and scientific knowledge and not some mystical amulet.  Some have speculated that it will be a mix of CGI and live-action.

I'm hopeful the remake will be more true to the source material similar to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Of course, some people will always prefer the original.


  1. Can't say I'm excited about a remake. The original story was okay, but not exactly a classic in my mind. And one thing that always struck me as odd about the story - so both Mrs. Frisby can talk, diagnose pneumonia, and lives in a summer house...but the rats are super-intelligent? I'd say any rat capable of doing anything more than squeak and eat cheese is pretty freakin' intelligent to begin with.

  2. Guess they should have called it "slightly smarter rats of nimh".


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