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Feel free to share the story of your personal introduction to Don Bluth's 1982 movie "The Secret of NIMH". The following is MY personal story:
I never saw "The Secret of NIMH" during June of 1982, but the connection between that year and that movie is important to me, because I had a very serious, important heart surgery during that year (during September of 1982, to be exact...I was 3 and a half), AND because my family moved from the city to the country during that year.
Well, anyway, my first experience with the movie (Mind you, I have never actually read the book upon which the movie is based) occurred during about 1990 (?) (One of the VHS versions of the movie was released during '90), or maybe during 1991 (?), if not earlier (?).
My father was working, and my mother, who used to teach, was at an all-day staff meeting. When I was a kid (3rd Grade-6th?), I used to attend an after-school care program, due to the fact that both of my parents worked; I was a latchkey kid during Jr. High...but that's another story...about Disney videos, etc. LOL!
Well, anyway, I was at a school all day long, with some other kids, and I was about 11 or 12 (?) (Maybe slightly younger?), but I was extremely sensitive, and imaginative for my age, so that when "The Secret of NIMH" was shown, I was absolutely mesmerized by the deep, realistic, magical flavors that were eminating from the T.V. screen. For the rest of the day, I wandered around alone, sort of imagining that I WAS Mrs. Brisby, that I was on a mysterious mission. I was so desperate to have an amulet that looked like the one that Mrs. Brisby wore that I literally carried a red bedbug (a playing piece from the Bedbugs game) around with me for the rest of the day; I EVEN contemplated stealing the playing piece, but, fortunately, my well-taught honesty caused me to return the playing piece to the game's box before I went home.
I was the sort of kid who didn't really discuss such things with my parents, even though they knew that I was creative, and a bit eccentric, too.
Well, anyway, some of my 1990s memories include those of me renting "The Secret of NIMH" from the video store, and watching it, while eating fruit snacks. I always loved the mysterious darkness of the movie, and it was an ESPECIALLY fun movie to watch alone!
I eventually obtained the Family Fun Edition DVD of "The Secret of NIMH", which, by the way, I am watching, as I type this message (Mrs. Brisby has just "volunteer[ed]...for Dragon.").
My grandmother recently gave me some of her junk jewelry (mostly earrings that I can't use, anyway), but I love odds and ends, and so, I took one of her oval-shaped earrings (Gold-tone metal, surrounding a red center), folded the post over a gold chain, glued everything into place, and created my own "amulet". It's not at ALL movie-accurate, but it looks cool, anyway, and it's even a bit of a "sparkly", too; it somehow seems to remind me that "Courage of the heart is very rare. The stone has a power when it's there."
Well, that's MY story. What's YOURS? :)
Bye Now, Mrs. Brisby