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"This is America! We have free speech! We can say cat here! Cat cat cat, and double-cat!!"
Bridget is a vocal Irish mouse rights activist who befriends Fievel and becomes Tony Toponi's girlfriend, ultimately becoming instrumental in helping Fievel find his family in An American Tail. She's assumed to be about the same age as Tony. She only makes cameo appearances in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West before being written out from the TV series and arguably the direct-to-video sequels.
She is voiced by the late Cathianne Blore.
On An American Tail, Bridget appears with brown fur with tan tone around her eyes and on her freckled muzzle. She has red curls in a ponytail with a small white flower on top. She wears a three tone green dress with a purple belt (notably her tail is not shown outside her dress) and wears flats. On An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, she wears a dark blue dress and has a dark blue flower on top of her head.
An American Tail
Bridget is a mouse rights activist of Irish decent. Her parents were killed by cats in 1884, whether she was in Ireland or New York at the time is unknown. But this incident is likely what led to her becoming an activist against the unfair mistreatment mice suffered from at the hands of the cats of New York. She is first seen giving a speech in a back alley, imploring any mouse listening to get together and do something about the cats. It's about then that she met Tony Toponi. She seems to be just as attracted to Tony at first sight as he is to her. She also takes an immediate liking to Fievel, and agrees at once to help him, bringing them both to Tammany Hall. This is fruitless however, because Fievel's family was new to America and Honest John didn't know them yet. It is evident that Bridget, being politically active, knows people in high places. She sits on stage at Gussie Mausheimer's rally and was possibly one of the key figures in the building of the Giant Mouse of Minsk. She lives in a water tower atop a downtown building, and lets Fievel stay with her while he searches for his family, likely acting as his caretaker along with Tony between the scenes.
During the Great Fire caused by Warren T. Rat on the pier where Fievel gets lost, Bridget finds Fievel's hat, and later when she and Tony run into the Mousekewitz family, she shows it to Mama, proving Fievel is alive. She joins the search party for Fievel, and is last seen kissing Tony while falling into a puddle after Fievel is reunited with his family.
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
She appears alongside Tony in a few cameos in Fievel Goes West, always with a child in her arms. It can be assumed that she and Tony have started a family by then, and moved to Green River. Neither speak in this film, as giving her a speaking role was completely difficult without Tony having a speaking role due to his voice actress, Pat Musick, was voicing other characters for dozen shows at the time.
She is absent in both direct-to-video sequels, although Tony Toponi is brought back and pursuing women, Cholena in particular (who does not return his feelings; remained explicitly dismissed from canon after her debut). There are several possible in-universe explanations for this:
- Films 3 and 4 take place before film 2, and during that period, Bridget and Tony broke up but then got back together by the time of film 2.
- Films 3 and 4 take place before film 2, and during that period Bridget and Tony are still together but Bridget is at home (possibly taking care of their baby) and never shown onscreen, while Tony is being unfaithful. Evidence for this theory can come from the angry glances Tony gets from Fievel when he first flirts with Cholena; Cholena might have rejected him because Fievel told her about Bridget in a scene that was not shown. Tony may also be desperate for money in the third and fourth films because he has a family to feed. Even Tanya had some part of regarding Tony's situation later as she glanced strangely at Tony when he ogles over Cholena during the ceremony at the end.
- Films 3 and 4 take place after film 2, which was only Fievel's dream, and with Tony pursuing other female mice, they probably broke up after the first film. Arguably the most likely explanation from the creators of the sequels.
A possible real life explanation for Bridget's absence is that her original voice actress, Cathianne Blore, was in poor health at the time the direct-to-video sequels were produced, battling cancer, and the creators were unable to find a replacement voice for Bridget, causing her role to be dropped from the direct-to-video sequels, as well as having Tony as an unmarried adolescent that uses his advantage to spend time with his best friend, Fievel Mousekewitz, during those two sequels.
As a result, the Don Bluth filmography, including the first and partially second films, still keeps Tony and Bridget as well-regarded couples, completely ignoring his pursue towards Cholena. In other words, the romantic concept for Tony is canonically withdrawn from the fourth film.
You can find the Bridget gallery here
|An American Tail|
|Characters||Papa Mousekewitz • Mama Mousekewitz • Tanya Mousekewitz • Fievel Mousekewitz • Yasha Mousekewitz • Tiger • Henri • Tony Toponi • Bridget • Gussie Mausheimer • Honest John • Warren T. Rat • Digit • Mott Street Maulers • Moe • The Bullying Orphans|
|Locations||Shostka, Russia • Statue of Liberty • New York • Castle Garden • Moe's Sweatshop • Orphan Alley|
|Songs||There Are No Cats In America • Never Say Never • Somewhere Out There • A Duo|