It holds up.
Probably Don Bluth's best film, NIMH admittedly alienates a younger audience. What it does do, however, is maintain a timeless maturity that makes it accessible to most everyone.
The screen paints a vivid canvas of gritty naturalism mixed with mysticism. It's a beautiful world, conveying place, history, and character without drawing attention to itself.
For all of worthless iterations of the "strong independent female" protagonists that have populated modern cinema as of late, here we have an incredible female protagonist in Mrs. Elizabeth Brisby; courageous and kind hearted, but above all a caring mother. She is also somewhat timid and cowardly when confronted with her phobias; phobias which she does confront and conquer over the course of…