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1001 Animations: Gettin' Twiggy With It by Regulas314 1001 Animations: Gettin' Twiggy With It by Regulas314
Show: The Powerpuff Girls
Episode: S3 E5a
Year: 2000

Writer(s): Don Shank
Director(s): Craig McCracken, John McIntyre

Warning: this review contains very coarse and nasty language. If you have sensitive eyes and ears, turn back now.


I fucking hate animal abuse, I really do. Especially when you attempt to play it for comedy like in SpongeBob’s “A Pal for Gary” or “Pet Sitter Pat”. If I could sum up this episode in one phrase, it would be this: “A Pal for Gary” and by extension “Pet Sitter Pat” done right, also portraying the animal abuse present in “Ren Seeks Help” correctly". Mitchell “Mitch” Mitchelson is an evil little bastard of a bully who takes nothing but a sadistic glee in hurting others. So what happens when this fucker gets a hold of the class hamster Twiggy? Hell, unlike SpongeBob in “A Pal for Gary”, the Girls are totally wise to Mitch's evil intentions. My one gripe is that Ms. Keane should know better than to trust Mitch with anything that has a pulse, but it's a nitpick since the Girls keep an eye on the sociopath. I do mean to call Mitch a sociopath; he's the very definition of one, from his sadistic laugh which sounds like Popeye on cocaine, and the fact that he tortures Twiggy by forcibly feeding her, driving her in a Speed Buggy remote control car at high speed and TRYING TO FUCKING ELECTROCUTE HER! GOD I HATE YOU!


That’s what's important: the abuse is being caused by an actual villain; unlike in “A Pal for Gary” where SpongeBob, who is supposed to be the hero, ends up causing Gary to nearly be murdered thanks to his own stupidity and cruelty, and the same applies to Patrick in “Pet Sitter Pat”. So many cartoons get this one step wrong. The other important thing to do is if you have the villain do something this fucked up is that they MUST, AND I REPEAT MUST, be punished for it and called out on their evil actions! Mitch is, at first, able to seemingly manipulate the Girls through crocodile tears twice, which a lot of real sociopaths and bullies do all the time; fortunately, the Girls only pretend to fall for it, while keeping close x-ray vision and super hearing on the situation. 


Unfortunately, they're too late to stop Mitch from shooting Twiggy from a FUCKING ROCKET and flushing Twiggy alive into the sewer. The Girls rightfully chew his ass out and are about to beat him to death for this when Twiggy emerges as a giant mutant hamster from the depths of hell. And yes, that is one of the scariest monsters this show has ever made visually, but Mitch is the scariest villain they've made, period. He's a realistically sadistic child; there really are kids this fucked up enough to electrocute an animal and manipulate and bully others. Mitch's near the same level as Dick Hardly; fortunately, this is the only episode where he's a major character. The Girls aren't wrong to let Twiggy eat Mitch; however, since they aren't evil, they allow him to live, but not before they taunt and tease him a little so he shits himself. In the end, because Mitch's so worthless and pathetic with his crying, they come up with a solution that's so funny I dare not spoil it.


This is the best example of an animal abuse episode I've ever found, because it isn't treated as comedic at all; it's treated as sick and evil as it should be. This episode is in my top 25 Powerpuff Girls episodes, along with “Him Diddle Riddle”, “Knock It Off” and “Twisted Sister”, all of which I've reviewed. The thing is, though, this episode is legitimately hard to watch if you know any animal friends that have been abused or if you're an animal lover like me. If you know of any people like Mitch, alert the authorities immediately; don't wait around until they kill another animal.


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(edit I meant to mainly compare it to Pet Sitter Pat, it's easy to confuse the two)
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Thegameroflight12 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student Artist
there is a few bits of comedy with twiggy and u known what i never thought they took it to far but yeah i agree this eps very well done 

u could also aerguee mitch is just a preeschooler so its abit belivable since he probably has no idea how to even look after a hamster(not excusing his actions but it makes sence if u think about it)
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PinkDuskStone Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
Hey, there's also a Pokémon episode called, "Gettin' Twiggy With It!"
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Scorpionspear77 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
That was when Ash caught Turtwig, right?
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
And that episode was also not that bad, Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village was better though.
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cmtvable1 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I'm sorry but I personally consider this episode a dud, I don't have a problem with kid's show going for an edgy tone but I thought this episode was unpleasent.

Blossom is right, Mitch is an accident! Not that I hate this character but this episode showed him as an example of badly raised children, because that's quality entertainment for kids a screwed up sociopath who abuses animals for the fun of it. Also that face Mitch makes when he cries adds to the unnessary uncomfortableness!

But what the h do I know?
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Fair enough, my point is the little fuck got what he deserved.
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Disneycow82 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
The worst thing is some of these modern Family Guy and American Dad episodes are trying to make animal cruelty look like something funny, which it is not! :angered: I wonder who's idea was it to make such cruelty funny to play it for comedy. That is just wrong.

As for this episode, I was glad Mitch got his just desserts in the end because I don't feel sorry for him one bit. Ms. Keane was stupid for not trusting the girls' judgment on Mitch's behavior which is what I hate about this episode. It is sad for any child in reality to be this fucked up in the head to torture innocent creatures. Such a creature needs to be put to sleep before he/she does major damage once moving to human victims.
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
If you do know anybody that fucked in the head, you need to alert the authorities immediately so you don't have to take justice into your own hands and do something you may regret. Yeah, it is out of character for Ms. Keane to trust Mitch like that, and that's te only bad thing about this episode.
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Disneycow82 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I know, but sadly it seems there is no real justice in the court system who seem too forgiving with blackhearted criminals to let them loose again, which is enough to cause others to take justice into their own hands. But on the other hand, it's worse to sit back, remain silent, and do nothing. Also I do know there are justice systems that do their job well, yet sometimes it is hard to see them.
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
It's a very conflicting and twisted issue.
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Virus-20 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
He was an accident.
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Damn right he was.
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I noticed 2 things about the episode.

1. Pokemon used that same title a few years later.

2. Mitch is voiced by Tom Kenny. Yes.

Edit: I checked Wikipedia and the Powerpuff Girls wiki. The episode was written by Chris Reccardi.
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Yeah, the irony is staggering.
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SofiaBlythe2014 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
"A Pal For Gary" done right? Never thought I'd see the day.
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 2, 2015
Neither did I, but it manages too do the impossible.
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Ben12066 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
That title tho..
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I know, weird thing is Pokemon used the same title once.
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Ecclytennysmithylove Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Yep, karma hitted that fuckwit in the end. 
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I hear that! UP TOP!
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Ecclytennysmithylove Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
And his awful laugh sounded like as if Popeye was on crack: "AHGAHGAHGAHGAHGAH!!!!" :X
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I can never watch Popeye the same way again, especially after seeing Mr. Krabs in One Coarse Meal.
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Ecclytennysmithylove Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
I hope MrEnter reviews that PPG episode as an Admirable Animation in the future.
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Regulas314 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
He really should. I just found the answer to A Pal for Gary.
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Ecclytennysmithylove Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student General Artist
You mean Pet Sitter Pat.
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