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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. As of early 2020, it's available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, and likewise, has been Rereleased for Free on YouTube by Studio 100.


This series provides examples of:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: In spades. While the characters are animated using digital ink-and-paint, the backgrounds are obviously done with CGI.
  • A Boy and His X: Subverted. It's not only a boy (Nick) and his cybermessenger friend (Twipsy), but a girl (Lissie) and a computer genius (Albert) alongside them.
  • Alliterative Title: "How it Happened", "Mall Madness", "Charming Champ", "Wither Weather", and "Truly Two-ly Twipsy".
  • Amusing Alien: Although Twipsy is technically an alien of a different world, he has his moments.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Lissie says the "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" variant to Nick in "Anything for a Papaya Smoothie".
  • Big "NO!": Twipsy does this in the German dub of "How it Happened" when he drops his data package into the black hole.
    • Subverted in most other versions, where he says "HELP!" instead.
  • The Big Race: "Messengers Mess Up" features a race for the fastest cybermessenger of the month.
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  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The Italian title for "Twipsy the Pest" is "Twipsy, l'insetto". "Insetto" means "insect", which is NOT the kind of pest the title is trying to refer to. "Peste" is the correct term for "pest".
  • The Bully: Ga-Zonk.
  • Cartoon Bomb: One appears in one of the Eye Catches. Twipsy tries to blow it out, but it explodes anyways.
    • Another one appears in The Stinger used in every episode.
  • 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.
  • Cloning Blues: Twipsy gets an evil clone in "Truly Two-ly Twipsy" who has a different nose than normal. Even the real Twipsy's nose is different because of this!
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits take place on a computer screen, with windows showing the names of the cast members.
  • Credits Pushback: Most episodes of the Basque dub reduce the credits down to the part saying "Produced by HaffaDiebold in association with Estudio Mariscal for EM.TV and EXPO 2000 Hannover", fading to black afterwards.
  • Cultural Translation: Twipsy's line "Where do you think you are, Kansas?" is changed to mention other places in some dubs. For example:
    • Alentejo (a region in Portugal) in the 2nd European Portuguese dub.
    • Tokyo (the capital of Japan) in the German dub.
    • Averted in the Italian dub, which keeps the Kansas reference.
  • Cyberspace
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: During "Messengers Mess Up", Ga-Zonk initially does the race normally, but then stops at a 2-way intersection and turns the arrow in the opposite direction. Cue some of the cybermessengers falling into a waste pit.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: General Blitzo, the sergeant in "Bad Advice".
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Twipsy not only looked a bit different in his original design, but he could change his skin color to fit with the country he is in to promote the Expo 2000, or whenever he gets angry. In the Animated Adaptation, however, he is never shown doing this.
  • Episode Title Card: The title cards are depicted as an email Twipsy sends to Lissie in the theme song.
  • Excited Show Title!: Averted with the show's title, but "Peeuuuugh!", "Chess Rules!", "Dream On, Dr. Walker!", "No, No, Know-it-All!", "One Poem Coming Right Up!", "Ouch! Information Hurts!", and "Party!" are episode examples Played Straight.
  • Eye Catch: In the half hour version. They replace the headliners from the episode succeeding it (except in the YouTube release as well as the SwitchTV version of the Italian dub), thus creating Plot Holes in some of them.
  • 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.
  • Grand Finale: The final episode is about Mrs. Barkhorn deciding to sell her house and move out.
  • I Am Not Weasel: The Expo 2000 design manual debates if Twipsy is made of pixels, flesh and blood, or if he's even a mass of talking spinach. In the Animated Adaptation, he makes it clear that he is a being of pure energy.
  • "I Am" Song: The song Twipsy sings in "Let Us Entertain You".
  • Karma Houdini: Ga-Zonk and Mosey Dosey Dough.
  • Keep It Foreign: In the 2nd European Portuguese dub of "How it Happened", Nick thinks Draywell and Mort-Ray are talking in French instead of Spanish.
  • Keet: Twipsy tends to be this at times.
  • Lazy Bum: Mosey Dosey Dough. Taken Up to Eleven by the fact he wants to be fired from his job because of this trope.
  • Medium Blending: The Internet is done in 3D.
  • Mourning an Object: Twipsy does this in "Twipsy Sees the Light" when the lightbulb he was attracted to breaks.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Data Eater, at least to the cybermessengers.
  • 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.)
  • Now Which One Was That Voice?: The English dub doesn't list the characters beside the voice actors in the credits.
    • The Italian dub only credits the voices of Twipsy, Nick, Lissie, and Albert, leaving the rest of the voice actors a mystery to this day.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Mosey Dosey Dough has a job as a cybermessenger, yet he prefers to slack off all the time.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Series Continuity Error: In "The Case of the Missing Pastry", Twipsy suffers mental side effects upon eating too much real world food. In other episodes that show him doing this, he is not affected.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Zeeto is female in the Hungarian dub, most likely due to his voice and his feminine-like legs.
  • Smelly Skunk: One appears in "Peeuuuugh!", coming up to Champ.
  • Snap Back: After "The Case of the Missing Pastry", Twipsy reverts back to normal without any explanation.
  • The Song Remains the Same: While the Basque dub usually has the theme song dubbed, episode 2 used the English version for unknown reasons.
  • Speaking Simlish: The Goobish language that the cybermessengers speak is just gibberish.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Twipsy does this at one point when he performs his "I Am" Song in the talent show in "Let Us Entertain You".
  • The Stinger: After the credits, the cursor opens a window showing a Cartoon Bomb and "Sorry, a system error has..." before clicking the "Restart" button, causing the computer to turn off.
    • Averted in the 2nd European Portuguese dub, which has it replaced with the Luk Internacional logo.
  • Story Arc: The first 3 episodes follow a specific plot: Nick somehow gets transported to cyberspace through his computer, meets Twipsy and learns what cyberspace is like, shows him what the real world is like, and sends him back to cyberspace.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Twipsy, Nick, and Albert.
  • Unique Pilot Title Sequence: The intro in "How it Happened" not only shows the title card after the show's logo, but it also shows us what cyberspace is like. The remainder of the series changes it to a recap of said episode and shows the title card at the end of it.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In one of the episodes, the Data Eater is seen vomiting green vomit and bits of data at the same time.
  • Welcome Titles: The intro takes place in cyberspace and the real world, which the show itself also takes place in.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It is never explained what town Nick lives in, but according to "Hello, Real World, Why'd You Have To Be So Wet?", it seems to be located in what resembles the Western Hemisphere.


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The credits for Twipsy, which resemble that of a computer desktop.

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