Happy Tree Friends

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Happy Tree Friends
HTF Opening Sequence.png
Genre Adult animation
Created by Aubrey Ankrum
Rhode Montijo
Kenn Navarro
Developed by Rhode Montijo
Kenn Navarro
Warren Graff
Voices of Kenn Navarro
Rhode Montijo (1999–2005)
David Winn
Dana Belben (2000–05)
Ellen Connell (2005–09)
Lori Jee (2009–present)
Warren Graff
Aubrey Ankrum
Liz Stuart
Nica Lorber
Jeff Biancalana (2002–05)
Peter Herrmann
Michael "Lippy" Lipman
Francis Carr
Renée T. MacDonald
Theme music composer rj Eleven
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 127 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) John Evershed
Producer(s) Liz Stuart
Running time Internet: 1–7 minutes
Television: 3 7-minute segments
Production company(s) Mondo Media
Original network Mondo Media (internet)
G4 (television)
Picture format Flash cartoon
Original release December 24, 1999 – present (Internet)
September 25, 2006 – December 25, 2006 (TV series)

Happy Tree Friends (HTF) is an American flash cartoon created and developed by Aubrey Ankrum, Rhode Montijo, Kenn Navarro and Warren Graff for Mondo Media. The show is cited as an early example of a popular Internet phenomenon achieving a cult following.[1]

The action and adventure comedy is composed of simple drawings and juxtaposes cute forest animals with extreme graphic violence.[2] Each episode revolves around the characters enduring accidental events of bloodshed, pain, dismemberment, and/or death. At one point, the warning "Cartoon Violence: Not recommended for small children, or big babies" was given on the official website.[3]

The episodes last from 1 to 7 minutes. In 2006, a television series featuring longer episodes aired. A spin-off called Ka-Pow! premiered on September 2, 2008.


Happy Tree Friends features a variety of characters, each with varying appearances and personalities. However, almost all share identical Pac-Man eyes, buckteeth, and pink heart-shaped noses. Lumpy makes up one of the four primary characters along with Cuddles, Giggles and Toothy.


1999: Beginning[edit]

While working on Mondo Mini Shows, Rhode Montijo drew on a piece of scrap paper a character who would later become Shifty. He then drew on a spreadsheet poster a yellow rabbit that bore some resemblance to Cuddles and wrote "Resistance is futile" underneath it. Rhode hung the drawing up in his workstation so other people could see his idea, and eventually the idea was pitched to and accepted by the Mondo Media executives.[4] In 1999, Mondo gave Aubrey Ankrum, Rhode Montijo and Kenn Navarro a chance to do a short for them. They came up with a short named Banjo Frenzy, which featured a dinosaur (an earlier version of Lumpy) killing three woodland animals, a rabbit, squirrel and beaver (earlier versions of Cuddles, Giggles and Toothy) with a banjo. From there, Mondo gave them their own internet series, which they named Happy Tree Friends. They got new writers and animators to work on the show.[citation needed]

2000–present: Success[edit]

After its internet debut in 1999, Happy Tree Friends became an unexpected success, getting over 15 million hits each month[5] and being shown at film festivals.[6] In some countries, the episodes can be seen on television. The series has been reformed into its own show, rather than as a part of a compilation as before.

Encouraged by the show's success, its creators have released four DVDs (First Blood, Second Serving, Third Strike and Winter Break) containing the episodes shown on the website and others that have not been released. A collection consisting of the first three DVDs and five bonus episodes, Overkill, has also been released. Two episodes, "Stealing the Spotlight" and "Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!", were originally only available in the Happy Tree Friends: Winter Break DVD, but are now on YouTube and the Happy Tree Friends website.

Mondo Media CEO John Evershed attributes the success of the series to animator Kenn Navarro. "He had a clear vision for that show and he's just a brilliant animator. He has created something that is pretty universal. I envision kids watching Happy Tree Friends 20 or 30 years from now the same way that they watch Tom and Jerry now. So really it's Kenn Navarro."[7]

Television series[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 27 December 24, 1999 October 13, 2001
2 October 20, 2001 December 15, 2005
TV 39 September 25, 2006 December 25, 2006
3 25 November 2, 2007 March 29, 2013
4 9 June 14, 2013 March 6, 2014
Shorts 12 N/A N/A
Ka-Pow! 3 2008 N/A
HTF Break 13 2008 2012
Smoochies 10 2009 N/A
Love Bites N/A
Kringles 2006 N/A

The Happy Tree Friends television series was first shown at Comic-Con 2006 and some of the episodes were shown on the website a few weeks prior the show's television premiere, September 25, 2006 at midnight on the G4 network (Web episodes of Happy Tree Friends also aired on the network's animation anthology series Happy Tree Friends and Friends and G4's Late Night Peepshow). Each half-hour episode of the television series contains three seven-minute segments. 39 segments were made, making 13 full episodes for season one. Pictures from the first six episodes can be seen on G4's website. The Canadian channel Razer aired the show in syndication as did the Citytv stations throughout Canada.[8] The show was also broadcast on MTV in Europe and Latin America and on Animax in South Africa.[9] It was also shown on Paramount Comedy 1 in the UK from May 11, 2007 for a short time, with occasional reruns afterward with the channel, now branded as Comedy Central UK. It was rated TV-MA V.

Fall Out Boy music video[edit]

In 2007, American rock band Fall Out Boy created the music video for their song "The Carpal Tunnel of Love." All of the characters die the same type of graphic, bloody deaths that are featured in the series. The Fall Out Boy band members cameo as special Happy Tree Friends characters.[10]

Video game[edit]

A video game titled Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm was released on June 25, 2008. It was developed by Stainless Games and Sega for Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360 and the PC.[11] Writer Ken Pontac previously posted a blog entry on the Happy Tree Friends website telling fans about the adventures of the staff making the game, but it was ended before the game's first slated release date in spring 2008.[12]


Three spin-off series have aired as of September 2008. The Ka-Pow! series is about adventures of three popular characters, Flippy, Splendid and Buddhist Monkey. As of 2012, three episodes have been aired.


Happy Tree Friends creator Kenn Navarro
Episode Crew
Name Position Years
Kenn Navarro Director, animation director, writer, voice actor 1999 – present
Rhode Montijo Director, art director, writer, (former) voice actor 1999–2004
Aubrey Ankrum Director, writer, storyboard artist, voice actor 1999–2006
Warren Graff Story editor, writer, voice actor 2000 – present
Ken Pontac Story editor, writer, (minor) voice actor 2004 – present
Quaseda D. Novacain animator, writer,artist (recent) 2011–2013
Jeff Biancalana Writer, animator, storyboard artist, (former) voice actor 2001–05
David Winn Writer, animator, voice actor 2003 – present
Alan Lau Animator, writer, director, storyboard artist 2001 – present
Jason Sadler Animator, writer, director 2001 – present
Mark Fiorenza Writer 2000–03
Brad Rau Animator, storyboard artist 2001 – present
Roque Ballesteros Writer, animator, director, storyboard artist 2001 – present
Paul Allan Writer, animator, director 2000 – present
Nica Lorber Animator, voice actor 2000 – present
Michael "Lippy" Lipman Storyboard artist, animator, director, writer, voice actor 2000 – present
Peter Herrman Storyboard artist, voice actor 2000 – present
Jim Lively Sound designer, music 2000 – present
Francis Carr Foley artist, voice actor 2004 – present
Ashsha Kin Theme Song / Music Composer 1999–2001
Jerome Rossen Music composer 2005 – present
John Evershed Executive producer 2000 – present
Liz Stuart Producer, voice actor 2000 – present
Kristen McCormick Animator, storyboard artist 2007 – present


Cast Voice
Name Character
Kenn Navarro Cuddles, Flippy, Shifty
Rhode Montijo Lumpy, Splendid (2000–05)
David Winn Lumpy, Splendid (2005 – present)
Dana Belben Giggles, Petunia, Cub, Giggles' Mom (2000–05)
Ellen Connell Giggles, Petunia, Cub (2005–09)
Lori Jee Giggles, Petunia, Cub, Panda Mom (2009 – present)
Warren Graff Toothy, Handy
Nica Lorber Flaky
Aubrey Ankrum Pop, Evil Flippy
Liz Stuart Sniffles
Jeff Biancalana Russell (2000–05), Buddhist Monkey
Peter Herrman Disco Bear
Michael "Lippy" Lipman Nutty
Francis Carr Russell (2005 – present)
Mark Giambruno Lifty
Renée T. MacDonald Lammy
Ken Pontac Additional voices
Show Year Category Laureate
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2003 Best Animated Short Film Made for the Internet Eye Candy
2007 Best Animated Series for Adults From Hero to Eternity
Ottawa International Animation Festival 2004 Best Animated Short Made for the Internet Out on a Limb
2005 Mole in the City
2007 Best Television Series for Adults Double Whammy Part 2


Mondo announced plans to produce a feature film based on the series, expected to be released in early 2016. [13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Humphrey, Michael (November 11, 2011). "Mondo Interview: Happy Tree Friends Join Eminem, RWJ In YouTube's Billion Views Club". Forbes. 
  2. ^ "Happy Tree Friends: Season 1". Metacritic.com. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Horn, Jesse (December 10, 2010). "Happy Tree Friends". Interview with Mondo Media CEO John Evershed. Oddities Magazine. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gruesome fun with Happy Tree Friends". G4tv.com. June 22, 2005. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Kenn Commandments.". coldhardflash.com. April 5, 2005. Retrieved April 9, 2005. 
  6. ^ Citia. "2003 Official Selection, film". Annecy.org. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ No Comments (December 10, 2010). "Oddities Magazine interview with John Evershed". Azalert.com. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ CityTV.com Archived June 18, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Mondo Media Gaining Revenue from International Licensing". Beet.tv. March 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ Rowe, Abigail. "Would You Watch A Happy Tree Friends Movie? The Scary Aughts Revival Is Coming". NYU Local. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sega announces Happy Tree Friends False Alarm". sega.com. February 2007. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  12. ^ Pontac, Ken (February 2007). "Ken Pontac's video game blog.". happytreefriends.com. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Mondo Announces Feature Film Plans for ‘Happy Tree Friends,’ ‘Dick Figures’ and ‘Deep Space 69’". cartoonbrew.com. 
  14. ^ "'Happy Tree Friends' Movie Leads Three-Film Slate For Mondo Media". Tubefilter. 

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