A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A few real bug facts are mixed in among the characters' adventures.
The show's messages are to be true to yourself, not to conform, and that being unique is OK.
Positive Role Models
The mother who leads the household is a strong female character. The central character is female as well and also pretty self-confident.
Violence & Scariness
Discussion of how bugs kill their prey: crunching limbs, leaving victims helpless, life-draining. Scenes of people running in fear. In one scene, the principal thinks the main character is going to jump to her death. The show has a somewhat dark, creepy tone overall.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirtations, coaching by friends on how to flirt (mostly stammering and blushing).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated show focuses on preteen social development from the perspective of a kid who feels and looks different than her peers (not surprising, since she's been raised by bugs). With its shades of purple and black and its sharp edges, the animation style is reminiscent of a Tim Burton film. When combined with dramatic music (including some specific tunes from horror films like Psycho), these visuals may frighten preschoolers and younger grade-schoolers. Real information about bugs is mixed in with the show's other content, but the animated insect characters also talk, crack jokes, and live as a loving family. Older kids and young tweens who aren't frightened by the show's dark visuals and talk of bugs "draining the life from victims" will get a kick out of the bug family and appreciate Creepie's struggles to fit in with her peers.
Is It Any Good?
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. In one episode, Creepie recites a Mother's Day poem about "crunching limbs" and "leaving victims helpless." Her classmates and teacher are horrified, but Creepie's mother, a sultry praying mantis named Caroleena (Julie Lemieux), explains to the principal that she's a strong female role model who speaks her mind and stops at nothing to support her family -- and it is a loving family. Creepie's dad, a pale, vampire-looking mosquito, is actually vegan -- because, of course, male mosquitoes don't drink blood. He's also very playful and affectionate with the thousands of "adopted" bug children who live in the mansion.
You won't find any fighting scenes (unlike fellow bug-themed cartoon Spider Riders) or constant flirtations (a la 6Teen) here -- just a girl making it through the ups and downs of adolescence, which is something kid viewers can definitely take a bite out of. And for kids interested in insects, the show even includes a 5-second bit of information about specific bug characters in each 15-minute segment.
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