Growing Up Creepie
|Growing Up Creepie|
|Created by||Rob Travalino|
|Developed by||Anthony Gaud|
|Directed by||Trevor Wall (Storyboard director)|
Stevie Vallance (voice director)
|Voices of||Athena Karkanis|
Stephanie Anne Mills
|Opening theme||"Creepie Kids" by Samantha Lombardi|
|Ending theme||"LoveULove" by Samantha Lombardi|
Score by Guy Michelmore
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producer(s)||Paul Cummins|
Michark A. Puskas & Clarence Jeyaretnam
Marie Cecchino-Brand (line producer)
Siobhan Ni Ghadhra
Lim Lin Li (line producer)
Anand Pandey (on line producer)
Sara Helman (associate producer)
|Editor(s)||Steve "Sketch" Vallino|
Richard Finn (supervising editor)
|Production company(s)||Mike Young Productions|
|Original network||Discovery Kids|
|Original release||September 9, 2006 –|
June 21, 2008
Growing Up Creepie is a Canadian-American animated television series created by Mike Young and produced by Mike Young Productions. In other countries, the series was simply titled Creepie. The series premiered on September 9, 2006 to June 21, 2008 and aired one season of 26 episodes.
As told in the opening introduction and in the episode "Creepie Crawling", Creepie was an infant left on the doorstep of the Dweezwold Mansion, which is home to a family of various anthropomorphic insects. The family took her in and raised her as one of their own. She must now adjust to a life surrounded by a society of entomophobic humans as she attends Middlington Middle School and keeps her home life secret in order to protect both herself and her family.
- Creepella "Creepie" Creecher (voiced by Athena Karkanis): The Gothic protagonist, a 12-year-old girl raised by bugs. She was born with rainbow-colored hair. She initially comes off as being cynical and sarcastic but in reality, she is friendly and warm-hearted. Her catchphrase is "Wicked". She was abandoned on Caroleena and Vinnie's doorstep as a baby. Creepie's biological parents are never seen or mentioned, and no explanation is given for their absence. Her real name is Creepella, but everyone except Dr. Pappas and Vinnie calls her Creepie. If anyone ever finds out that Creepie is being raised by bugs she will have no choice but to live somewhere else, and Dweezwold Mansion will be fumigated by Mr. Hollyruller. Her favorite color is black and she is fiercely protective of her family and other insects.
- Caroleena (voiced by Julie Lemieux): A praying mantis who is Creepie's adoptive mother and Marge's best friend. She is very strict and constantly threatens to eat her children if they don't listen to her. It was her maternal instinct that persuaded her husband to adopt Creepie. She loves cooking.
- Vinnie (voiced by Dwayne Hill): A mosquito who is Creepie's adoptive father. He is a New Age vegan that has a sinister vampiric appearance. Like his wife, he is loving to his adopted daughter. He loves to paint and meditate.
- Gnat (voiced by Stevie Vallance): Creepie's younger brother, a gnat. He constantly sneaks in Creepie's backpack and causes havoc at school. Gnat is actually older than Creepie since he and Pauly were ones that persuaded their family to adopt her.
- Pauly (voiced by David Berni): Creepie's older brother, a pillbug. He loves to eat and is a wise-cracking jokester.
- Budge Bentley (voiced by Richard Yearwood): Creepie's best friend. He is the only one who knows Creepie's secret. While Budge might look like a bully because of his height and size, in reality, he's a sweet guy who wouldn't hurt a fly. He is friends with Creepie and Chris-Alice. Budge is very smart like his dad and loves yoga. He also loves etymology.
- Chris-Alice Hollyruller (voiced by Leah Cudmore): Creepie's relentlessly happy friend and neighbor. Her catch phrases are, "Soggy Muffins" and "Super Mega Duper". Chris-Alice is on the cheerleading squad, takes karate, and is always signing Creepie up for stuff at school without asking her first. Her favorite color is pink. Her name is a pun on the word chrysalis, a form of immature insect. She has fair skin, has auburn hair, yellow T-shirt, checkered skirt, and yellow shoes.
- George Hollyruller (voiced by Scott McCord): Chris-Alice's father, the local exterminator. He is also the football coach at Middlington Middle School.
- Bunny Hollyruller (voiced by Stevie Vallance): Chris-Alice's mother, a hard-selling real estate agent. Like Chris-Alice, she is bossy and perky.
- Melanie and Carla (voiced by Athena Karkanis and Stephanie Anne Mills, respectively): Popular girls who maintain an on/off again friendship with Creepie. They are obsessed with Harry Helby, shopping, fashion, make up, and their cell phones. Carla is the leader constantly seen with her cheerleading outfit. Melanie is a stereotypical dumb blonde and has problems with pronunciations. Also it is shown that Melanie really enjoys shiny things and watches horror movies, almost as much as Budge. Melanie's favorite color is blue and Carla's favorite color is purple. Carla and Melanie just want Creepie to be normal.
- Harry Helby (voiced by Scott McCord): the resident heartthrob, obsessed with his hair. Melanie and Carla have a massive crush on him though he usually ignores them and is somewhat more interested in Creepie.
- Ms. Monserrate (voiced by Julie Lemieux): a firm but fair disciplinarian and principal of Middlington Middle School. Like Dr. Pappas 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. Her catchphrase is "Detention!". She will usually hand out a detention slip.
- Dr. Pappas (voiced by Juan Chioran): Creepie's homeroom and science teacher who is a stickler for rules. Dr. Pappas is always spying on Creepie and the other students at Middlington Middle School. He never cuts anybody a break if they're late turning in a class assignment or homework. His catch phrase is "Miss Creecher!" He refers to the students by their last names. He is probably insecure due to being practically bald and having a big nose. He is afraid of Budge.
- Tarantula Boy (real name: Skipper) (voiced by Dan Petronijevic): Creepie's love interest – seemingly half-human, half Goliath tarantula – a headliner at the carnival "freaky" show. In episode "Creepie meets Tarantula Boy", Creepie later found out he was a normal kid and Tarantula Boy was just a costume and lost interest in him. However, in the episode "Return of Tarantula Boy", he appears in a movie and meets back up with Creepie. He introduces her to his mother, who is a real tarantula. In turn, she introduced him to her family, and it turns out that Creepie's mother knew his mom when they were kids, later on, it is hinted that they would start a romantic relationship from then on, but it was never developed.
- Marge (voiced by Leah Cudmore): A giant tarantula who is Skipper's adoptive mother and Caroleena's best friend. In the episode "Creepie Meets Tarantula Boy" she was revealed to be a giant tarantula who wears hair curlers. She made caramel apples for the carnival and that's how Skipper came to be in the freak show.
- Dr. Lance Pierce (voiced by Patrick McKenna): a prominent pin-happy entomologist at the Middlington Museum of Natural History and a minor antagonist in the show who only appears in three episodes. Dr. Pierce is evil and needs braces. His catch phrase is "Oh no!".
|No.||Title||Story by||Storyboard by||Original air date|
|1a||"The Tell-Tale Poem"||Carin Greenberg||Guy Vasilovich||September 9, 2006|
|Creepie's Mother's Day poem piques the curiosity of her principal, who decides to meet her mother.|
|1b||"Creepie Meets Tarantula Boy"||Dennys McCoy and Pamela Hickey||Lane Lueras||September 9, 2006|
|Creepie becomes smitten with a sideshow performer known as Tarantula Boy.|
|2a||"The Scared Twitch Project"||Carin Greenberg||Peter Ferk||September 16, 2006|
|While on a camping trip, Creepie tries to find evidence of "Bugfoot", a massive prehistoric wasp.|
|2b||"Frogenstein"||Carin Greenberg||Todd Waterman||September 16, 2006|
|Creepie resurrects the frog she was supposed to dissect for science class.|
|3a||"Bug It On"||Sharon Schatz Rosenthal||Trevor Wall||September 23, 2006|
|Creepie helps her school's cheerleading squad win a competition after a rival steals their routine.|
|3b||"The Case of the Mysterious Moth"||Heather Mitchell||Lane Lueras||September 23, 2006|
|Creepie attends a sleepover that seems to be haunted by a ghost moth.|
|4a||"Attack of the Wasp Zombies"||Ken Pontac||Dan Kubat and Anson Jew||October 14, 2006|
|While watching old horror films, Creepie dreams that her classmates have been turned into zombies by a wasp.|
|4b||"Legend of the Locker"||Rick Demott||Ian Freedman and Bert Ring||October 14, 2006|
|When a rival tries to frighten Creepie with the story of "Gina Redshoes", she decides to teach him a lesson.|
|5a||"Bite Nite"||Dennys McCoy and Pamela Hickey||Peter Ferk||October 28, 2006|
|Creepie suspects her mosquito cousins are responsible when blood from a blood drive goes missing.|
|5b||"Night of Fright"||Carin Greenberg||Dan Kubat||October 28, 2006|
|While Creepie attends a party at Chris-Alice's, a mix up sends Melanie and Carla to Creepie's house.|
|6a||"Roaché Motel"||Don Gillies||Trevor Wall and Peter Ferk||November 4, 2006|
|While on a road trip with Chris-Alice and her mom, Creepie suspects something is amiss at the roadside motel they stop at.|
|6b||"Little Greenhouse of Horrors"||Don Gillies||Todd Waterman||November 4, 2006|
|Creepie, Gnat, and Pauly are threatened by massive carnivorous plants and their gardener at the local greenhouse.|
|7a||"Field of Screams"||Douglas Booth||Todd Waterman and Trevor Wall||November 25, 2006|
|Creepie fights to protect an endangered beetle on the school football field from Chris-Alice's exterminator father.|
|7b||"Mom Under Glass"||Dennys McCoy and Pamela Hickey||Roy Smith and Trevor Wall||November 25, 2006|
|After a small spat with her mom, Creepie must save her from an entomologist determined to add her to his collection.|
|8a||"Goth To Have Better Friends"||Corey Powell||Trevor Wall and Kirk Tingblat||January 13, 2007|
|Creepie begins to hang out with some new goth friends, but begins to neglect Chris-Alice and Budge.|
|8b||"Wax Attacks"||Corey Powell||Peter Ferk||January 13, 2007|
|Creepie takes Harry to a wax museum where people have disappeared.|
|9a||"Headless Roach Man"||Ruby Ann Bradt Vanderzee and Rowan Culter||Todd Waterman and Trevor Wall||January 20, 2007|
|A costume party at school has Creepie mistaking an actual giant headless roach for Budge.|
|9b||"Invasion of the Locusts"||Bryan Thompson||Peter Ferk and Kevin Pawlak||January 20, 2007|
|When Creepie's locust relatives come for a visit, they begin to devour most of the town.|
|10a||"Creepie's Living Doll"||Corey Powell||Garrett Ho||January 27, 2007|
|Creepie receives a belated birthday present of a doll that seems to show up everywhere she goes.|
|10b||"Operation Monarch Liberation"||Meredith Jennings Offen||Gary Hartle and Todd Waterman||January 27, 2007|
|Thinking she is doing the right thing, Creepie releases a swarm of Monarch Butterflies from their sanctuary, unaware they aren't prepared for freedom.|
|11a||"Bait and Switch"||Rick Demmott and Carin Greenberg||Ian Freedman and Garrett Ho||March 31, 2007|
|Creepie joins Chris-Alice and her dad on a fishing trip to a lake rumored to be the home of a giant crab.|
|11b||"Shutterbug"||Laurai Israel, Rachel Ruderman and Carin Greenberg||Todd Waterman||March 31, 2007|
|A school assignment on hobbies leads Creepie to discover a love of photography.|
|12a||"Bad Karma Chameleon"||Meredith Jennings Offen||Jon Hooper and Trevor Wall||April 7, 2007|
|Creepie reluctantly agrees to watch Chris-Alice's pet, only to discover it is a bug eating Chameleon.|
|12b||"Home is Where the Haunt Is"||Bryan Thompson||Gary Hartle and Travor Wall||April 7, 2007|
|After her parents decide they need a bigger house, Creepie makes her home appear haunted to scare away potential buyers.|
|13a||"Creepie Friday"||Bryan Thompson||Peter Ferk||April 28, 2007|
|Creepie worries for her family's safety after coming home to an empty house.|
|13b||"The Final Curtain"||Laurai Israel and Rachel Ruderman||Todd Waterman||April 28, 2007|
|Creepie and her friends must put on their school play in an old abandoned theater where spooky things happen.|
|14a||"Creepie and the Candy Factory"||Erin Fox and Roger Eschbacher||Enrique May||May 26, 2007|
|Creepie and Chris-Alice take a tour of a candy factory.|
|14b||"The Ice Bug Cometh"||Kati Rocki and Eric Trueheart||Gary Hartle||May 26, 2007|
|A frozen prehistoric bug is thawed out, and Creepie invites him to her home.|
|15a||"Are You Afraid of the Moths?"||Laurai Israel and Rachel Ruderman||Travor Wall||June 9, 2007|
|15b||"Revenge of the Water Bug"||Mitchell Larson||Trevor Wall and John Perkins||June 9, 2007|
|16a||"Nightmare on Locust Lane"||Peggy Sarlin||Gary Hartle and Travor Wall||October 13, 2007|
|16b||"The Mummy's Curse"||Bryan Thompson||Peter Ferk||October 13, 2007|
|17a||"Children of the Pumpkin Patch"||Ruby Ann Bradt Vanderzee, Rowan Culter and Bryan Thompson||Todd Waterman||October 27, 2007|
|17b||"Night of A Thousand Legs"||Bryan Thompson||Guy Vasilovich and Trevor Wall||October 27, 2007|
|18a||"Lice Lice Baby"||Carin Greenberg||Peter Ferk and Mark Maxey||November 10, 2007|
|18b||"Scorpiophobia"||Ruby Ann Bradt Vanderzee & Rowan Culter||Peter Ferk||November 10, 2007|
|19a||"On Thin Ice"||Laurai Israel & Rachel Ruderman||Mike Manley||November 24, 2007|
|19b||"Toxic Mutant Millipede"||Laurai Israel & Rachel Ruderman||Enrique May||November 24, 2007|
|20a||"I Was a Teenage Wolfbug"||Bryan Thompson||Peter Ferka and Todd Waterman||December 8, 2007|
|20b||"Outta Sight Space Bowl Night"||Ruby Ann Bradt Vanderzee & Rowan Culter||Enrique May and Todd Waterman||December 8, 2007|
|21a||"Rockabye Freakie"||Ruby Ann Bradt Vanderzee & Rowan Culter||Peter Ferk||January 12, 2008|
|Creepie reads the story of "Snow Black" to the baby bugs of Dweezwold.|
|21b||"Creep of the Deep"||Laurai Israel and Rachel Ruderman||Lynell Forstall||January 12, 2008|
|22a||"Going For Brogue"||Matt Wayne||Lane Lueras||January 26, 2008|
|22b||"Yellow Jacket Racket"||Bryan Thompson||Bert Ring and Enrique May||January 26, 2008|
|23a||"The Return of Tarantula Boy"||Dennys McCoy and Pamela Hickey||Todd Waterman||February 9, 2008|
|Tarantula Boy returns and Creepie finds they have much more in common then she thought.|
|23b||"All The President's Pests"||Laurai Israel & Rachel Ruderman, and Eric Trueheart||Lane Lueras and Todd Waterman||February 9, 2008|
|24a||"Creep of the Crop"||Laurai Israel and Rachel Ruderman||Larry Houston||March 1, 2008|
|24b||"Creepie Cousin"||Laurai Israel and Rachel Ruderman||Travor Wall and Todd Waterman||March 1, 2008|
|Creepie babysits Chris-Alice's cousin, unaware that he hates bugs.|
|25a||"Creepie Crawling"||Ruby Ann Bradt Vanderzee and Rowan Culter||Jay Olivia||April 12, 2008|
|Creepie tells the story of a baby left on the doorstep of a mansion where bugs live.|
|25b||"Fashion Victim"||Roger Eschbacher and Peggy Sarlin||Mike Manley||April 12, 2008|
|26a||"Wanna Bee"||Bryan Thompson||Todd Waterman||June 21, 2008|
|After a new girl becomes more popular than Carla, Creepie helps her frenemy try and dethrone the new queen bee.|
|26b||"The Haunting of Tiki Lagoon"||Bryan Thompson||Peter Ferk||June 21, 2008|
The theme song "Creepie Kids" and other songs featured throughout the first series are performed by Samantha Lombardi. They were written by Michael Puskas / Samantha Lombardi, Clarence Jey / and produced by Michael Puskas / Clarence Jey. "Creepie Kids" and the song "Life Lessons", heard in the episode "Goth to Have Better Friends", was released on Lombardi's 2007 album, Full Stop. The music was featured on a DVD released by Mike Young Productions for a collection of episodes from the second series.
Growing Up Creepie was shown on Discovery Kids/The Hub in United States and Canada, YTV in Canada and Nickelodeon in Canada, Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland) and on Nicktoons (UK and Ireland). The show aired on ABC Kids from 2007 to 2010.
Pam Gelman of Common Sense Media gave the series 3 out of 5 stars; saying that, “Growing Up Creepie has lots of dark, Tim Burton-esque visuals and scary organ tunes, but older grade-schoolers and tweens will recognize that both are used for dramatic effect and will be able to focus on Creepie's day-to-day challenges.”
A DVD of Growing Up Creepie was released for Region 1 from Genius Products on August 28, 2007. The single disc volume is titled Creepie's Creatures Volume 1 and features seven episodes. Bonus features includes Creepie's Buggin' Trivia Game and an episode of Jeff Corwin Unleashed entitled "Creepy Creatures". It also had a DVD release in Australia from Madman Entertainment. There were plans for other volumes in Australia but they were never released. The episode "Creep of the Deep" appears as a bonus feature on Kenny the Shark Volume 3: Catch a Wave.
|DVD title||Episode count||Release date||Episodes|
|Creepie Creatures Volume 1||7||August 28, 2007||2b ("Frogenstein"), 3b ("The Case of the Mysterious Moth"), 5b ("Night of Fright"), 10a ("Creepie's Living Doll"), 13a ("Creepie Friday"), 15a ("Are You Afraid of the Moths?"), and 16a ("Nightmare on Locust Lane")|