OT: "The Secret of NIMH" and Elizabeth Hartman!
Dear Musicals.Net Posters,
About 30 years ago (7-2-1982), Don Bluth's "The Secret of NIMH" was released in American theatres. The movie starred the quiet, red-haired Elizabeth Hartman (DOB= 12-23-1943), who tragically took her life about 25 years ago, on 6-10-1987.
"The Secret of NIMH" is one of the more interesting animated movies out there. Elizabeth Hartman will always be remembered by me as the country mouse, Mrs. Brisby, who began as a tentative, scared widow, but who ended up being a heroine! I have always wished that the good movie roles hadn't run out, because if she'd had more hope, she might still be with us. If only she were able to know how many people love the work that she did in Hollywood.
Elizabeth Hartman's voice had a very unique, timid, fragile quality to it. The only other actress who really sounded remotely like her was Lynn-Holly Johnson (See "The Watcher in the Woods" to hear L-H's voice). I think that Elizabeth Hartman was the perfect choice for the voice of a character who was very prairie chic, very soft-spoken, and very journey-driven, and that "The Secret of NIMH" was one of the few animated movies during which a leading female character had to show some measure of true strength and courage by doing things that would normally make her rather uncomfortable.
I'll bet that there are many others who will always appreciate Elizabeth Hartman's contribution to Hollywood, and that there are many others who appreciate "The Secret of NIMH" as much as I do.
I first saw the movie during about 1990 (?), while I was attending an "Extended Day" program, and I was absolutely entranced by the entire movie! I was a very imaginative child, and I didn't mind playing alone, so when I found a red playing piece from the Bedbugs game, I treasured it, as though it were Mrs. Brisby's amulet, and I was reluctant to return it at the end of the day, although I did the honest thing by returning it, anyway.
Ironically, I now own one of Grandma's old earrings, which, apart from being oval-shaped instead of circular, reminds me much of the amulet! It's rimmed with "gold", and its center is shiny and red! I have light brown hair, so if I had blue eyes, a red cape, and four children, I'd be like a human version of Mrs. Brisby! Oh, those romantic notions of mine!
Thanks in advance for your replies.