The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue

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The Secret of NIMH 2:
Timmy to the Rescue
Video cover
Directed by Dick Sebast
Produced by Paul Sabella
Jonathan Dern
Written by Sam Graham
Chris Hubbell
Additional Material:
Jymn Magon
Based on Characters
by Robert C. O'Brien
Starring Ralph Macchio
Dom DeLuise
Eric Idle
Hynden Walch
Meshach Taylor
Arthur Malet
William H. Macy
Andrea Martin
Harvey Korman
Andrew Ducote
Peter MacNicol
Narrated by Peter MacNicol
Music by Lee Holdridge
Lee Holdridge
Richard Sparks
Edited by Jeffrey Patch
Distributed by MGM Home Entertainment
Release dates
22 December 1998
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6,000,000

The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue is a 1998 direct-to-video animated film produced by MGM Animation and the sequel to the 1982 animated film The Secret of NIMH. In the film, Timothy Brisby, the youngest son of Jonathan and Mrs. Brisby, goes to Thorn Valley wanting to become a hero like his father. Martin is missing and it is up to Timmy and his partner Jenny to confront him and get the rats back. At Thorn Valley, Timothy learns from a young girl mouse that the mice who were presumed to have been killed during the escape from NIMH are still alive, so he and the rats mount a rescue operation.

The film, although a sequel, was created without Don Bluth's support or input. The film is unrelated to Racso and the Rats of NIMH, the sequel to the book on which the original film was based.


The film begins with a prophecy, telling how one of Jonathan and Mrs. Brisby's sons would save Thorn Valley from "the secret of NIMH". Timothy is chosen to go but his older brother Martin believes he should have been the one chosen. Martin decides to prove his quality, and goes off to find his own adventure.

One day Timmy comes across a female field mouse named Jenny McBride, whose parents were two of the lost eight mice who tried to escape NIMH but were thought to have died. The Thorn Valley council decides it would be too dangerous to save the eight mice, so Jenny and Timmy go alone. They take a hot air balloon, but it is attacked by a hawk and crashes in the forest.

Seeking help, they visit the Great Owl but instead find Jeremy the crow, posing as the Great Owl. There they learn that a caterpillar named Cecil has teamed up with Jeremy to trick the forest animals into paying them money. Jeremy and Cecil take the two mice to NIMH where they find two of the rats from Thorn Valley, Justin and Brutus. They also learn that Dr. Valentine, the head scientist, has made Martin insane. After being made insane, Martin took over the lab and brainwashed Dr. Valentine with a device similar to the one Valentine used on him and made him think he was a dog. Martin plans to use an army of lab rats riding a flock of ravens to take over Thorn Valley. He even turns two cats, Muriel and Floyd crazy, who then proceed to catch the others.

He asks Timmy to join him, but he refuses and is locked in a cage as Martin drags Jenny away to make her his queen. Timmy escapes with the help of Cecil and they go to free Jenny. Together, they knock out Martin and Timmy tricks Martin's army of ravens and rats to fly in the wrong direction. Timmy and Jenny then leave to find the others, only to find once everyone is free that NIMH is on fire. The survivors (Timmy, Jenny, her parents, the other lost four mice, Cecil, Mr. Ages, Justin and Brutus) flee. Timmy goes back to save Martin. Before he leaves, Jenny tells him she loves him and he tells her the same. After being attacked by the crazy Muriel and Floyd once again, Timmy sends them down an elevator shaft and finally finds Martin.

Timmy and Martin are able to escape through the lab's skylight, with some help from Jeremy. Jeremy takes the survivors to safety. The mice return to Thorn Valley, Martin returns to normal and Timmy arrives to a hero's welcome by the citizens of Thorn Valley, including Justin, Brutus, Mr. Ages, and Auntie Shrew, along with Mrs. Brisby and Martin's and Timmy's sisters, Teresa and Cynthia.



Upon its release, the film received largely negative reviews by critics and fans of the first movie. Entertainment Weekly's Marc Bernardin gave the sequel a C- grade and said, "Alas, this Bluth-less direct-to-tape sequel [...], about a mouse's transformation from misfit to hero, has none of the original's heart or craft, and all of the sappy songwriting and patchwork plotting common to further adventures."[1] The Chicago Tribune's Harlene Ellin gave it one and a half stars out of four, adding that "the uninspired continuation [...] clearly wasn't worth the wait".[2]

TV Guide gave the film two stars out of four.[3]


The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released November 17, 1998[4]
Genre Soundtrack
Length 59:03
Label Sonic Images Records
Producer Lee Holdridge, Richard Sparks

The music for Timmy to the Rescue was composed by Lee Holdridge with lyrics by Richard Sparks, with an official soundtrack album released on compact disc on November 17, 1998 by Sonic Images.[4] It contains 17 tracks featuring instrumental themes from the film performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of London & Venezuela, including six vocal songs by various cast members.[5]

  1. "Prologue/Timmy and Martin" (4:50)
  2. "My Life and My Love" (3:05) - performed by Al Jarreau and Bobbi Page
  3. "Come Make the Most of Your Life" (4:12) - performed by Andrew Ducote, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet, and William H. Macy
  4. "Timmy Says Goodbye/Soaring with Jeremy" (2:06)
  5. "Teaching Timmy/The Snake/The Wisdom of Mr. Ages" (3:19)
  6. "I Will Show the World" (2:23) - performed by Andrew Ducote, Alex Strange, and Ralph Macchio
  7. "Timmy Meets Jenny/Killer, the Attack Dog/Jenny's Story/Muriel and Floyd" (6:19)
  8. "Jenny's Plan/The Escape/Flight to N.I.M.H./The Hawk Attacks" (5:42)
  9. "Meeting Cecil/Search for the Great Owl" (2:21)
  10. "Magic Mystery Show" (2:30) - performed by Meshach Taylor, Dom DeLuise, Ralph Macchio, and Hynden Walch
  11. "Angry Animals/Another Escape/Evil Martin" (7:11)
  12. "Just Say Yes!" (2:42) - performed by Eric Idle
  13. "Taken Prisoner" (1:31)
  14. "All I Had is Gone" (1:59) - performed by Ralph Macchio and Hynden Walch
  15. "Breakout/Muriel and Floyd Get the Shaft/Trapped by Martin" (5:48)
  16. "Escape from N.I.M.H." (4:07)
  17. "Finale" (1:57)


  1. ^ Bernardin, Marc (1999-12-18). "Video Review: The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner (463). Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  2. ^ Ellin, Harlene (1998-12-24). "The mystery of 'NIMH II': Why did they even bother?". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. p. 7.B. Retrieved 2010-08-07. (registration required (help)). 
  3. ^ "The Secret Of Nimh 2: Timmy To The Rescue". 1998. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b ""The Secret of N.I.M.H. 2" - Soundtrack". Sonic Images Records. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Secret of NIMH, Vol. 2: Timmy to the Rescue - Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 

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