Western Animation / Growing Up Creepie


Growing Up Creepie (2006-2008) is an animated television series made by Mike Young Productions and produced by Discovery Kids. In other countries the series is simply titled Creepie.

As told in opening introduction and in the episode "Creepie Crawling", Creepie was an orphan left on doorstep of the Dweezwold Mansion, which is home to a family of various insects. The family take her in and raise her as one of their own. However, she must now adjust to a life surrounded by a society of entemophobic humans as she attends Middlington Middle School and keeps her home life secret in order to protect both herself and her family.

Tropes represented on this show:

  • Adults Are Useless: Played Straight with most of the adults. Very subverted with Creepie's parents, who are insects. Chris-Alice's parents may be a subversion to a lesser degree.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Maybe the reason of why Melanie and Carla (among other girls) drool over Harry Helby.
  • Alliterative Name: Creepie Creecher, Budge Bentley, Melanie Melisma, Carla Cabrera, Harry Helby, etc.
  • Alpha Bitch: Subverted with Melanie and Carla, despite acting in typical Alpha Bitch fashion and seeming to be two of the show's antagonists, they are (sort of) Creepie's friends.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Most insects in this show behave like humans, and even live well over a decade at the least. This gets kind of weird when mistreatment of bugs (and their reaction) becomes an issue, ranging from offhand comments to becoming the basis of a plot. Raised by bugs or not, you'd think someone other than Creepie would notice.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Creepie presents bug-related factoids between the animated segments.
  • Big Eater: Caroleena, an insect, eats an entire frog whole. How's that for a Karmic Death?
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • Creepie: "Wicked!"
    • Chris-Alice: "Soggy Muffins" and "Super Mega Duper".
    • Raven: "Gruesome" and "Gruesomely Awesome".
  • The Clan: Being formed by insects, Creepie's family is really big.
  • Creepy Uncle: Aunt Rose, who happens to be a huge, dire spider (although we only see her shadow. Also Uncle Jerry, Leader of the Red Fire Ants.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Creepie. Maybe the fact that she seems rather goth helps.
  • Explosive Breeder: Vincent and Caroleena have lots of...um, children. Most, if not all of them are a very diverse array of insects, so they're adopted at best. Plus, he's a mosquito and she's a Praying Mantis...
  • Extreme Omnivore: Caroleena devours a previously dead frog that had been reanimated as a cyborg. She either didn't notice or didn't care and ate the mechanical parts too, as is evident when she burps and light shines out of her eyes.
  • Fake Band: In Season 2, Episode 8: "Going For Brogue", The 3 Goth Kids formed their own rockband calling themselves "Plaid Vapors", with Raven the guitarist, Misery the pianist, & Morpheus the drummer. Their chance to play at the school dance may have got canceled due to it's bagpipers gone batty, but believe it or not their 1st gig was a huge success. This was in large part in their friend Creepie Creecher & her mastery of the bagpipes, Raven Mcfadden herself was so proud of her that night. What she also told Creepie that the bagpipes itself contain the ghost of her great great great great great grandfather Angus Mcfadden, born in Scotland no doubt.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Ghosts, aliens, living dolls, haunted bagpipes, mythological creatures.
  • Goth: Creepie also has a cadre of goth friends/acquaintances. None are really portrayed negatively.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: subverted with Tarantula boy/Skipper, who seems to be half spider, half human, but he's just a normal boy with a costume.
  • In One Ear, Out the Other: In "Night of Fright" Gnat is buzzing around Creepie trying to aggravate her. He finally succeeds when he flies into her right ear and emerges out her left ear seconds later cackling "Anybody home?".
  • Instant Fan Club: "The Return of Tarantula Boy", when Melanie, Carla, and several other kids know of Creepie's date with Tarantula Boy.
  • Interspecies Romance: Creepie's dad Vincent is a mosquito, while her mom Caroleena is a praying mantis.
  • Nice Guy: Harry. In "Wax Attacks", he hangs out with Creepie at the max museum after being fed up with Melanie and Carla picking on her.
  • No Social Skills: Chris-Alice was shocked after Creepie admitted the truth behind her talking to inanimate objects excuse, unfortunately Ms. Monseratte didn't believe in her story and she had to visit the principal's office for therapy.
    • This was never brought up again. Chris-Alice must have been convinced it was all due to the stress over the school dance.
  • Odd Friendship: It's unknown why Creepie and Chris-Alice are friends, having clashing personalities and hardly anything in common.
  • Official Couple: Creepie and two-episoder Skipper (aka Tarantula Boy)note 
  • Perky Goth: Creepie. She's not that perky, but not so mopey either.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Budge wanted to be a cheerleader. However, he should conform with being the team pet (No, not that Team Pet)
  • Riddle for the Ages: Who are Creepie's biological parents and why did they abandon her?
  • Satellite Love Interest: Skipper for Creepie. At first she was only interested in him because she thought he was a half-spider hybrid and she lost all interest in him once she found out he wasn't. Then later she became interested in him again only because his adoptive mother is a spider.
    • They have something in common after all, since they're both raised by bugs. Even before she found out, she had fun on their second date.
  • Scary Black Man: When Budge is introduced in the first episode, he appears to be this, but is quickly subverted.
  • Secret Keeper: Bugde. Eventually, Creepie also tried to confide in Chris-Alice, but...well, see No Social Skills.
  • Shout-Out: The Tarantula Boy movie trailer is somewhat similar to Spider-Man.
  • Silly Walk: Creepie's Marvin the Martial-like walk.
  • Slaying Mantis: Creepie's adoptive mother is a praying mantis named Caroleena. For the most part, she's very friendly, though she has threatened to eat her kids if they disobey her. And, in relation to Big Eater above, she is shown to have occasional gluttonous fantasies, similar to how real female mantises are indeed big eaters. Amazingly enough, the show actually averts the Black Widow stereotype that female mantises are usually given in fiction.
  • Steatlh Pun: "Chris Alice" sounds like "chrysalis."
  • Stern Teacher: Ms. Monseratte, She's always spying on Creepie and the other students at Middlington Middle School and is a stickler for rules. She's obsessed with cleanliness. She will usually hand out a detention slip if a student even so much as accidentally bump into her. Creepie's homeroom teacher, Dr. Pappas like Ms. Monseratte is stern too.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Creepie is rather cynical and snarky, but she's also kind and caring of her insect family and friends.
  • Strong Ants: The Red Fire Ants, led by Creepie's Uncle Jerry.
  • Terrified of Germs: Ms. Monseratte always carry an antibacterial spray with her.
  • íThree Amigos!: Creepie, Chris-Alice, and Budge.
    • The school goth kids: Raven, Misery, and Morpheus, Creepie's other best friends of course.
  • The Worm That Walks: In one episode, the principal Ms. Monseratte had to visit Creepie's home. In an attempt to appear "normal", Creepie's bug family crammed into a bathrobe, with a speaker attatched, and called themselves her "mom".