Western Animation / Twipsy


Originally designed in 1995 by Javier Mariscal to be the mascot for Hanover 2000 Expo, Twipsy starred his own cartoon in 1999 which included 26 episodes in total.

The basic premise tells about a boy named Nick who accidentally gets transported to the cyberspace through his friend's computer game and where he meets the titular Twipsy, an e-mail courier who's job is to literally speed along the information superhighway with tiny e-mail envelopes and make sure that the mails don't get lost or in the hands of viruses or other malicious programs. Eventually Nick's sister Lissie and his friend Albert manage to get Nick back with the aid of Twipsy, and by combining a printer and a scanner they create a device that works both as a portal to cyberspace and can bring Twipsy to the real world.

Not much info can be found of this series, but YouTube still has one of the intros.

This series provides examples of:

  • Amusing Alien: Although Twipsy is technically an alien of a different world, he has his moments
  • Child Prodigy: One of the supporting characters, Albert Barkhorn. He has managed to rewire a printer to rescue Nick from cyberspace safely, as well as piggy back a scanner to create a portal to cyberspace.
  • Cyberspace
  • For The Cel Of It: The surroundings in the intro - producers behind the series used a plug-in rendering the 3D animated backgrounds in an almost 2D-illustrated look.
  • Medium Blending: The Internet is done in 3D.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Twipsy and the other couriers look more like cubist portraits.
    • (Considering that the series, and the character was created by Spanish graphic designer, Javier Mariscal, whose signature style leans towards the art style.)