Happy Tree Friends
𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚! 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗡𝗦𝗙𝗪!
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Happy Tree Friends (HTF) is an American adult flash-animated black comedy series created and developed by Aubrey Ankrum, Rhode Montijo, Kenn Navarro and Warren Graff for Mondo Media. The show is cited as an example of achieving a cult following. It is also infamous for its notable look of looking like a kids show, when in reality, it is a violent adult cartoon. The series is currently on hiatus; it is not known when or if it will ever come back, as the most recent episodes were released back in 2016.
The show revolves around a bunch of animal friends who live in a forest where they get into unexpected situations where they are killed (but come back alive in the next episode).
Why It Rocks
- Smooth, detailed animation, especially when it made an improvement starting in Season 3, as well as the TV series.
- Episodes can be funny to watch every now and then, like Mime to Five.
- Some of the deaths are really creative (if over-the-top and overboard), and they had nice reference to Final Destination series.
- Creative writing.
- Decent voice acting, especially for Kenn Navarro, Nica Lorber, etc, despite the characters only speaking gibberish and occasionally jumbled Engligh.
- The role models of the Happy Tree Friends characters, are pretty good and diverse as they have their own problems and personality:
- Cuddles is a likable, yellow rabbit with pink cheeks who inexplicably wears Pink Bunny Slippers. He is a cheerful, happy, excited little bunny that he likes, such as to play rock n roll in the episodes, In A Jam, riding a roller-coaster with his friends in The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and going on a water slide in Let It Slide.
- Giggles is a happy, shy, and a pink chipmunk that she loves to frolicking through flowers, having tea parties with Petunia, ice skating, and has a sweet demeanor. Her name comes from her habit of giggling often.
- Petunia, is a beautiful dark-blue skunk with a sky-blue arrow marking on her forehead, She always wears a pink flower on top of her head and a pine scent car air freshener or deodorizer around her neck.
- Flaky is also pretty likable as she is a shy, red porcupine whose quills are full of white flake-like dandruff, thus her name. She's one of the most popular characters in the series and she has the identifiable personality of a very cautious and timid character, which is understandable considering that Happy Tree Friends live in constant danger of being brutally killed.
- Nice background music, even the darker soundtrack when the episode goes terrifying.
- The show is like an adult-oriented PBS cartoon. Not only that but also, this was inspired by The Itchy and Scratchy Show in The Simpsons, which by itself is a parody of Tom and Jerry.
- The characters are actually quite adorable, even if they end up getting horribly killed nearly every episode.
- Since the series seems like a traditional kids show, it could easily be mistaken for one. A child could see this series and get scared or traumatized.
- Some unlikable characters such as Pop and the Ant Family.
- Depending on how you view Lumpy, his stupidity can be either funny or repetitive. His stupidity can also lead to him getting himself or other characters getting killed.
- Episodes can be badly done or varied in being decent or mediocre.
- The earlier episodes usually didn't really have actual plots, it wasn't until around season 2 the plots became better, which the TV series solidified.
- Some of the gore or crude humor can go beyond being funny sometimes.
- The humor can be predictable or unrealistically gory.
- There can be too much gore, violence and unpleasant, gruesome imagery. Along with having relentless murdering gore shown in this show can make this show painful to watch at times.
- There was a special video made for YouTube called "YouTube Copyright School" but unlike other Happy Tree Friends episodes, it got more dislikes than likes, amassing 31K likes and more than 90K dislikes. It is played every time a user gets a copyright strike.
- In the 2002 movie Good Girl, the show can be seen on the television.
- Because of its very huge cult following, it has gained multiple types of merchandise.