Once again my childhood has decided to rear it’s ugly head. According to IGN, a new adaptation of the children’s novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is about to hit the big screen. The story was originally written by Robert C. O’Brien and illustrated by Zena Bernstein back in 1971. A earlier film version was produced for MGM in 1982 as an animated feature entitled The Secret of NIMH.
This time around Paramount Studios will bring the children’s tale to the masses via director-writer Neil Burger, who is currently being courted to adapt the screenplay. The eighties film version was directed by Don Bluth who’s best known for his work on the features The Land Before Time and All Dogs go to Heaven. The story of Mrs. Frisby will center on her and her family’s attempt to escape a farmer’s plow. She asks for the aid of former lab rats who are smarter and more efficient than she could ever imagine to help her get her children out of harms way.
This new take on the book will be a mixture of live action and animation similar to the recent hits G-Force and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Even though I respect the advancements we’ve made in technology, I am seriously starting to miss the old days of hand drawn animation. That’s why I’m so excited about the release of The Princess and the Frog, because even though it’s not CGI it still looks amazing. I can visually understand why they would go the live action/animated route with this film, but I’m not 100 percent into it.
What do you think about the upcoming remake of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH?