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StreamingSoundtracks.com - The Secret Of NIMH - Jerry Goldsmith
Album Information
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Album The Secret Of NIMH
Artist Jerry Goldsmith
Year 1982
Genre Soundtrack
Rating
ASIN B00000815B


Request Buy # Track Listing Length Played
AmazoniTunes 01 Main Title
Jerry Goldsmith
3:12 162
No Link 02 Allergic Reaction/Athletic Type
Jerry Goldsmith
2:39 8
No Link 03 Flying Dreams Lullaby (Sally Stevens)
Jerry Goldsmith
3:14 38
iTunes 04 The Tractor
Jerry Goldsmith
2:56 40
No Link 05 The Sentry Reel/The Story Of N.I.M.H.
Jerry Goldsmith
6:02 98
No Link 06 Escape From N.I.M.H./In Disguise
Jerry Goldsmith
4:57 19
No Link 07 Flying Dreams
Jerry Goldsmith
3:19 16
No Link 08 Step Inside My House
Jerry Goldsmith
4:39 69
No Link 09 No Thanks
Jerry Goldsmith
2:00 8
No Link 10 Moving Day
Jerry Goldsmith
7:55 70
No Link 11 House Raising
Jerry Goldsmith
4:32 110
No Link 12 Flying High/End Title
Jerry Goldsmith
2:36 52

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The Anti-Animation Score from Goldsmith - NIMH
By: AdamR
Date: 26 Jun 2011
Rating:
Jerry Goldsmith changed composing for animated films when he agreed to work on Disney defector, Don Bluth and his first animated film, the Secret of NIMH. Goldsmith, working on his first animated film score, decided to do something radical - he scored the film as if it was real-life action film. As such, this is one of relatively few animated films that has a serious score, devoid of cartoony percussion and whimsy woodwind moments.

The main theme of NIMH is repeated and built on throughout the entire score, often played by the strings of the orchestra. It is heard in the main titles, after the intro by an all male choir, again as song lyrics in Flying Dreams (by Sally Stevens in the film, and by lyricist, Paul Williams during the credits), during the flight sequence in No Thanks, and at the final crescendo of House Raising to demonstrate Mrs. Brisby's courage to save her children. This theme holds the score together thematically and allows some sort of familiarity to always pop back in. Goldsmith's cues in action pieces such as Allergic Reaction/Athletic Type and the Tractor make strong use of percussion and brass instruments rotating around a sense of danger nearby. The low strings of Step Inside My House bring an air of spookiness to an owl's hallow, from the view of a mouse.

All in all, its an impressive score by Goldsmith, who would not score another animated film until Disney's Mulan, fifteen years later. Goldsmith showed that animated films don't automatically need to have the silly scores of the 1940s cartoons, and that a good solid score, can really drive the film medium.

--Adam R.

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