Happy Tree Friends

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  • TV-MA
  • 2006
  • 1 Season
  • 7.0  (18,267)

Happy Tree Friends is a gory and comedic animated television series that features anthropomorphic forest animals - namely, a group of cute and cuddly characters that do remarkably violent things to each other. The show, which was produced by Content Media Corporation and created by Kenn Navarro, Rhode Montijo, and David Winn, premiered on the internet in 1999, and later aired on several television networks around the world.

The show's central characters include Cuddles, a yellow rabbit with pink inner ears; Giggles, a pink chipmunk with buck teeth; and Toothy, a purple beaver with prominent incisors. Other characters include Lumpy, a lumbering moose with antlers that get in the way of his work; Flippy, a green bear who develops a split personality that makes him a killing machine; and the ill-fated Mime, who never speaks but can be relied on for a gruesome and silent death.

Despite being marketed towards a younger audience, the show's content is incredibly graphic and not suitable for children. The series features an unusually high level of blood and gore, with each episode usually ending in a grisly and violent death for one or more of the main characters. Numerous factors contribute to these deaths, with environmental hazards such as knives, chainsaws, and other sharp objects being a frequent source of danger. Other characters, like Flippy, suffer from mental breakdowns, leading them to lash out in violent ways that leave their friends and fellow animals as bloody messes.

The show's animation style stands out for its bright colours and babyish designs, which create a striking contrast with the graphic violence. The animation gives characters simplistic features, and considering the level of gore shown throughout the episode, it adds to the dark comedic nature of the show. This contrast between cute and cuddly characters and the brutal execution of their storylines serves as the central theme of Happy Tree Friends.

The show is notable for what it doesn't show; for instance, the fact that none of the human characters are ever seen. Instead, the show focuses entirely on the animal inhabitants of the Forest. This aspect of the show creates a sense of isolation, as if the animals themselves are the only creatures around for miles. The location changes regularly, introducing new hazards and obstacles for the characters to overcome, but there's always an eerie sense of abandonment that lingers.

Despite the show's gory visuals, there is some humour to be found in it. For example, characters often meet their ends in creative and ridiculous ways, such as Flaky, who meets her final fate after getting caught in a laundry machine. Another example involves a group of ants who are tasked with sealing up one of their own after it has been infected with a virus, with the ants eventually stitching it up inside a nut.

The show's dark humour is also extended to its sound design, with the characters often making squealing or screeching noises when they're in danger, adding a sense of ridiculousness to the violence involved. The theme song itself is quite catchy, giving a false impression of the tone of the series with its cheery beats, a technique that added to the show's success in many ways.

In conclusion, Happy Tree Friends marked a unique combination of wholesome animation along with adult-oriented humour and gore that was perceived as somewhat confusing and entertaining all at the same time. It pushed limits on television, often too much for some people's tastes, and saw mixed reviews from critics. But, the show undoubtedly had a cult following while it aired from 2000 to 2016, and the characters undoubtedly left a lasting impression on fans. The series marked an eccentric genre that need not be repeated as it hit certain nerves with the audience that it was designed for.

Happy Tree Friends is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on September 25, 2006.

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Winter Break
14. Winter Break
November 30, 2005
Unwrap some holiday hilarity. Now you can feast your eyes on the entire Winter Break ha...
Thirteen Eyes on Me
13. Thirteen Eyes on Me
Episodes include "Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow," "Double Whammy, Part I" and "Autopsy Turvy."
Series of Twelve
12. Series of Twelve
Episodes include "I've Got You Under My Skin," "In a Jam" and "Junk in the Trunk."
Good and Nice Eleven
11. Good and Nice Eleven
June 12, 2009
Flaky has a fear of flying and it is put to the test, Sniffles makes a machine to get rid of the ants and Mole the barber cuts Disco Bear's hair.
Going Ten Crazy
10. Going Ten Crazy
June 3, 2009
A seeing eye dog gets delivered to Mole from Lumpy, Cro-Marmot wants to win the surf trophy and hopes his cool board work will do it for him and a special delivery is delivered from Mailman Lumpy.
The Nine Dwarfs
9. The Nine Dwarfs
May 28, 2009
Indiana Sniffles is idol worshipping, a house of horrors is built for Giggles by the crack team, and then Lumpy tries to beat crow.
Eight Suns
8. Eight Suns
May 21, 2009
Things are getting fixed as Nutty tries to fix his mouth after getting hurt from a jawbreaker, the front page picture has Mole fixing his sights and Sniffles tries to fix the past playground.
Seven Times a Week
7. Seven Times a Week
May 15, 2009
Mimi's been working very odd jobs and tries to save his money, Dr. Lumpy tries to save Disco Bear, and Sniffles gets into his savings account.
Six in a Half
6. Six in a Half
November 6, 2006
Pop washes cub in the kitchen sink, Splendid tries to save the town from a giant snowball and Lumpy repairs a roller coaster.
The Fifth Grade
5. The Fifth Grade
October 30, 2006
Giggles goes green with saving the environment, wishes come true for Lifty and Shifty and the troops go on a hike with Scoutmaster Lumpy.
Four on the Floor
4. Four on the Floor
October 23, 2006
Flippy's peace on earth is disturbed by Lifty and Shifty, Petunia's pipes get ruined by Lumpy and the heat goes up in the kitchen when Mime fans the flames.
The Third Degree
3. The Third Degree
October 9, 2006
Pop finds the danger with picking a puppy, Lifty and Shifty have an ocean adventure that makes the sea red, and Nutty has a mix up of sweet turning sour.
Lesser of Two Evils
2. Lesser of Two Evils
October 2, 2006
We learn about Disco Bear's belly and the law of gravity, Flippy has a surprise party and Lumpy becomes the law, bloody chaos happens fast.
One Foot in the Grave
1. One Foot in the Grave
September 25, 2006
Pop washes cub in the kitchen sink, Splendid tries to save the town from a giant snowball and Lumpy repairs a roller coaster.
Where to Watch Happy Tree Friends
Happy Tree Friends is available for streaming on the Content Media Corporation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Happy Tree Friends on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Google Play.
  • Premiere Date
    September 25, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (18,267)