Originally Posted by Chris Spider
The Secret of NIMH-A lot of moments could count, but I have a couple favorites. There's the fantastic Great Owl scene where there's a real tension and possibility that Mrs. Brisby will be eaten, especially since we see discarded bones, and the Owl introduces himself by crushing a spider and eating it ONSCREEN. There's also the moment where she discovers how her husband died, and the way Elizabeth Hartman stutters on the word "killed" always destroys me.
Originally Posted by Andrew Merriweather
"I want my father back, you son of a bitch."
Raw AND triumphant.
Because these didn't need to die at the bottom of the last page.
Secret of NIMH was terrifying to me. The Owl! But Ms. Brisby's final struggle to use the amulet to lift the stone house. I thought for sure that they weren't going to make it. That all this struggle was going to end in vain. Disney wouldn't do that to me, but a Bluth film? It was very much possible that it could end badly.
As for Princess Bride, I was hanging with wee Savage. When the cut away to him and the grandfather, where the grandfather wants to stop reading because the boy is getting too wound up, I was also getting wound up. That life lesson there about how sometimes things don't end as well as we would like. It is a great way to relieve the tension, but really say something. As an adult, I love that part of the film, because it is so true.