Auntie Shrew
Background information
Feature films The Secret of NIMH
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Gary Goldman
Troy Saliba
Voice Hermoine Baddeley(The Secret of NIMH)
Doris Roberts (The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Auntie Cordelia Shrew
Other names Shrew
Personality Strict, racist, prejudiced, hypocritical, judgmental, unreasonable, stern, bad-tempered, well-meaning, caring, protective, close-minded, serious, often rude, intrusive, melodramatic, sarcastic, bossy, loudmouthed, ironical, intolerant, funny, dry-witted, jealous, intelligent,
Appearance Slightly fat shrew, elderly, purple scarf, yellow cap, blue apron (lilac in one scene), derby hat (in one scene) barefoot, fat, red eyes (green in one scene)
Occupation Mrs. Brisby's children's babysitter homewrecker (formerly)
Alignment Neutral, later Good
Goal To ensure Mrs. Brisby's leadership doesn't surpass her own (formerly)
To help Mrs. Brisby and her children in any way (current)
Home The meadow
Allies Mrs. Brisby, Teresa Brisby, Martin Brisby, Cynthia Brisby, Timothy Brisby, Jonathan Brisby Jeremy
Enemies Jenner, the farmer, Jeremy (formerly), Martin Brisby (formerly)
Likes Respect, the safety, and well-being of the field
Dislikes Jeremy knowing the truth (formerly), the rats of NIMH, Martin, Cynthia pawing her, Cynthia being impatient, danger, Mrs. Brisby's timidness, Mrs. Brisby defending Martin from her
Powers and abilities Insulting everyone she comes into contact with
Weapons Cane
Fate She gets knocked out cold by the moving block.
Quote "I came here to inform you that the frost is off the ground, and moving day is at hand. Prepare to move your very very odd family. Good day."

Auntie Shrew is a supporting character in The Secret of NIMH.

She is the babysitter for Mrs. Brisby's children, though she is Martin's former arch-enemy and does not seem to like him much because of his impudence, and self-appointed community leader for the animals in the garden. She also used to be jealous of Brisby to an extent. She was voiced by the late Hermoine Baddeley and Doris Roberts in the sequel.


Auntie Shew is a close-minded pish-posh busybody who takes it upon herself to ensure that all the wild animals on the farm are safe, even to the point of intrusiveness. While sardonic, dry-witted, satirical , and often sarcastic and ironical, she has good intentions, wanting only to ensure the safety of her friends and neighbors, especially the meek Mrs. Brisby. She seems to be hard of hearing or simply too wrapped up in her own melodramatic air that she needs to be repeatedly told things before acknowledging them, as with Mrs. Brisby's children having to repeatedly tell her that their mother is not home and that Timmy is sick. Despite all this, she has shown to be quite brave, competent, and even athletic to some degree when she managed to stop the plow from harming Mrs. Brisby and even rescues the latter in the process.

Role in Film

Auntie Shrew is the guardian/homewrecker of the Fitzgibbons Farm, and the former archenemy of Martin. They tell each other to hush up, and exchange insults, until the Shrew is so fed up with him, that she starts to storm off, until Mrs. Brisby comes to her family's defense. Enraged to find out that Brisby is spoiling Martin on purpose, the biddy warns the mouse of the farmer's upcoming mowing the next day. When the Shrew leaves, Brisby scolds her children for the argument, and then proceeds to feed Timmy his medicine.

The next day, the Shrew shouts at all the animals to evacuate the field in order to escape the coming plow. When it threatens to destroy Mrs. Brisby's home, she jumps into the plow to sabotage the fuel injector and buy them more time. She also suggests asking the Great Owl for advice.

Later, the Shrew ties Jeremy in his own strings and accuses him of "snooping about," making the crow realize her rude colors, until the children interrogate him about their mother's whereabouts.

That evening, the Shrew hears from the children about the Rats, whom she thinks are barbarians, until the house is lifted off the ground, and the Shrew is knocked out cold by the debris, Her fate remains unknown afterwards.



  • Despite being called Auntie, she is clearly not related to the Brisby, as she is not the same species. Likely, the term, "Auntie," is a term of respect and endearment.
  • She seems to be bigger than Brisby's kids (especially Teresa), but quite smaller than Mrs. Brisby.
  • Auntie Shrew is voiced by Hermoine Baddeley.
  • Auntie Shrew's overbearing behavior caused her to appear as the main antagonist, but she was not a true villain. The real antagonist is Jenner.
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