Growing up Creepie is a children’s cartoon about a girl, named Creepie Creature, whom grew up like any other child minus the fact that her whole family are various assortments of bugs. Try not to visualize that birth, trust me. Growing Up Creepie is essentially a mainstream cartoon but does contain various Gothic traits.
Here are my few points on why I think it Growing Up Creepie represents the Gothic Subculture. If you disagree you can always leave your opinion in the comments, where they will be honestly noted.
Creepie wears a long black dress with black and pink co-ordinates (Much like a beloved representative of the Goth scene, most notably know as The Lady of the Manners). She has multicolored hair, often worn half up in pigtails containing: Blue, yellow, pink, orange and red.
She meets life in sarcasm and (somewhat, as it is a children’s cartoon) black humor. These are most commonly (But not restricted) traits of most Goths.
She lives in a dark, tall mansion with tall stone gates and pointed black, leafless trees. The house is surrounded by a dark, large hedge maze. Honestly, when I move out. I want a house like that. The scenery and such of the house is somewhat reminiscent of The Addams Family mansion. A black stone in a pile of bright white rocks, as the surrounding houses are as suburban as-can-be.
Creepie is often called freak, weird, Creepy as most of the subculture is referred to in mainstream eyes. She is also, considered to have psychological problems with the psychologist follows her around, at one stage she was assumed to have been attempting suicide as well. Sure this isn’t a realistic representation of the scene, but in (some of) the mainstreams eyes that is a fact.
In one episode she is recruiting into the cheer leading squad my her best (and hyperactive) friend. When asked to try her best to cheer, she comes up with this:
“Two, four, six, eight.
In my web you’ll meet your fate.
I’m the spider, your the fly.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Eight, Six, Four Two.
Wind you and bind you, is what I’ll do.
Those who leave my nest, are few.
You’ll never escape, nice knowing you.”
Of course, some of these points are reserved for stereotype but it still stands to some reason. The aim of this cartoon is to entertain children while teaching them about different types of bugs. At the end of each episode the featured insect is explained in reality and information is learnt! (Yay?) Considering these points I think that cartoons such as these teach children to not judge just by looking at peoples clothing and I agree with this completely. To sum it up, Growing Up Creepie contains lots of Gothic stereotypes, teaches children about insects and not to judge people (or bugs) and is generally adorable. This is a great cartoon to laze around and watch if you ever have a ten minute gap and don’t particularly feel like thinking very much.
P.S. What do you think of my new ‘Goths In The Mainstream’ section?