Auntie Shrew 2

Auntie Shrew is a supporting character in The Secret of NIMH. She is the baby-sitter 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 until she reforms to help her turn off the plow. She was voiced by the late Hermoine Baddeley.


Her personality had varied throughout the movie, and still now wasn't quite settled. But one this had never changed: she was the most horrible biddy you can imagine, and worse. Auntie Shew is a nosy, close-minded 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 vicious, hostile, and often rude and haughty, 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 also seems to be quite athletic as well when it came to stopping the plow.

Role in Film

Auntie Shrew is the one who 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.


  • Despite being called Auntie, she is clearly not related to the Brisbys, as she is not the same species (Unlike mice, shrews are not rodents). 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's overbearing behavior caused her to appear as the main antagonist, but she was not a true villain.
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