Art Snob: Odd City’s “Secret of NIMH”
By Matt Cohen on August 7, 2013
You may remember Odd City Entertainment, a poster company based out of the capital of cool, Austin, Texas, and if you don’t know them, you should. They burst onto the scene with their fantastic Pacific Rim series (covered by myself here and here), and quickly showed the art buying public why they were a company with which to get familiar.
Giant robots not your thing? A. I’m sorry. B. How about tiny mice on magical quests?
Say the word NIMH to any animation fan or child of the early ’80s, and you’ll most likely get a goofy smile from ear to ear. The Secret of NIMH, directed by the legendary Don Bluth, is one of my favorite childhood films (and hopefully, one of yours), and Odd City/poster artist Mark Loan is giving this beloved piece of nostalgia the artistic treatment, with a fantastic limited edition print.
Mark Loan said, “Being a fan of 80’s animation, I must admit, I wore out my VHS tape of The Secret of NIMH, my favorite Don Bluth movie. I learned so much during the process of making this piece while studying as much as I could from the movie concept sketches and character designs (some even by Don himself). I realized after starting this print that I have always drawn owls (and I have drawn a few of owls) very dark and ominous, much like ‘the great owl’… it was at that point I recognized how much this movie had impacted my artistic style subconsciously, even when I was a kid. So thank you to everyone involved with the making of such a great movie.”
Loving this print? Big fan of NIMH? What childhood fave would you like to see get the poster treatment?