Harry Partridge (aka HappyHarry) is a flash animator, who voice acts, writes and scores all of his animations, as well as occasionally doing collaborative works with Chris "Oney" O'Neill (of Leo And Satan
fame) and Stuart Ashen
. He also happens to be the son of XTC
's Andy Partridge. Your stereotypical Flash cartoon, his are not!
He releases his videos on his YouTube
pages. Some of his older videos were once available on That Guy with the Glasses
, but they have since been removed.
The works of Harry Partridge provide examples of :
- Abhorrent Admirer: He has a fictional one in the form of ZONE-tan in his cameo at ZTV-news. Wile she is not unattractive by any means (in her normal form at least), she happens to have...certain off-putting urges that scares him off.
- Affectionate Parody: Almost all of his cartoons are parodies, if not, direct homages to, stereotypical Saturday morning cartoons of the '80s and '90s.
- Are You Thinking What I Am Thinking: "Michael The Terrible Boyfriend". In all likelihood, you're not.
- Hal the Misinterpretive Porn Star.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Starbarians' rap sheet. See Long List below.
- Author Appeal: Has two videos dedicated to Skyrim found here and here. Both have over ten million views.
- Ax-Crazy: Michael the Terrible Boyfriend. He wants to sneak into his girlfriend's bedroom without her parents catching on. He sees an opportunity to pose as a pizza guy, so he decides to crash into his girlfriend's bedroom on the back of a man-eating pterodactyl, which rips his girlfriend to shreds, all the while he's watching with murderous glee.
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Stephen the Lesbian combines this with Mind Screw.
- Bears Are Bad News/Threatening Shark: A recurring sketch is "Bearshark", in which a man-eating bear and a man-eating shark work together to pursue a guy beyond the point of absurdity so they can eat him.
- Blatant Lies: His YouTube channel description reads "Good clean cartoon hijinks from the lovable Harry Partridge." Haha, no.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Killgar and Hogstrong the Starbarians, respectively.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Lampshaded in "Hot Na'vi Sex" with the Na'vi's use of connecting their ponytails for use in mating. Males apparently also have a "soup drinker" in place of where we would expect to find a penis, and females have a secondary pair of lips between theilegs that they use to play musical instruments.
- Black Comedy
- The Blank: A Victorian-looking gentleman in The Justin Bieber Show.
They took my face, Justin!
- Buffy Speak: Animatery, Film-Makery Stuffery (Subtitle: Actual Technical Terms)
- Butter Face: Foster's wife from Hitman Absolution: Hiding in Plain Sight is introduced with the Male Gaze but is quickly shown to have Agent 47's face (like everything else).
- Carrying a Cake: Subverted at the last second. The cake is unscathed. The guy who was about to fall into it... not so much.
- Creepy Child: Jimmy Tickles
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The butch lesbian in "Stephen the Lesbian" has to fight in an arena against a dark phantom beast... which kills her in a single hit.
- Cutting the Knot: The Starbarians are challenged by Siad the Snake-Wizard to a game of chance. Since he's able to manipulate fate itself, they instead opt to beat the crap out of him.
- Defictionalisation: In a video advertising merchandise for his cartoons, Harry talks about Stephen the Lesbian, Gentlemen Clam, and Black Guy with the Brain of a White Guy, among others, then talked about merchandise for his real cartoons. Then came the Stephen the Lesbian cartoon.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Killgar of Killgaria and Hogstrong LeStrong, the Starbarians.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: "Barrrlaaaaa!"
- Everything's Worse with Bees: DR BEES.
- Evil Laugh: Jimmy Tickles, denying death-row inmates their last meals, then laughing as they're executed.
- Family-Friendly Firearms:
- Force Feeding: Hal forces on of his unfortunate co-stars to consume endless amounts of meat to keep her from going cannibal after she says she is 'always hungry for meat'.
- In Chuck's New Tux, Chuck says he looks sharp in his new tux. He ends up impaled on a pointy metal fence at the end of the video.
- In Hitman Absolution: Hiding in Plain Sight, Foster walks past a mirror, and like everything else, his reflection appears to be Agent 47. After surviving an assassination attempt, he retaliates and reveals himself to have been the real 47 all along.
- Gainaxing: Princess Bustilda
- Gag Boobs: Shows up multiple times in the Starbarians shorts. Even their (tyrannosaur-shaped for some reason) spaceship has 'em.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: The Dragonborn does this to a nerd in "Song of Skyrim", telling him to stop Wangsting about his crappy life when he could be playing Skyrim!
- G.I.R.L.: In "Back to Tamriel", which is about The Elder Scrolls Online:
- Go-Go Enslavement: Bustilda meets this fate... twice, once from a Sorcerous Overlord, and once from the Starbarians themselves. She even gets ballgagged for good measure.
- Hulking Out: "THREE DEE!"
- Hypocritical Humor: Stephen The Lesbian's first decree as King of the Lesbians:
Stephen: "I shall bang each and every one of you! ...except the ones that look like dudes, 'cause that's totally gay!"
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In "Chuck's New Tux", it seems like Chuck is gonna land head first into a wedding cake, which will ruin his new tux. Instead he gets impaled on a metal spiked fence. Ironically, his tux is still ruined.
- Insane Troll Logic: Of course, this would imply that "Stephen the Lesbian" runs off of any kind of logic.
- Jerkass: The eponymous Starbarians. They agree to kill a dangerous beast on the planet of Mammoria in exchange for a month of alcohol, orgies, and plentiful food, because they'll probably die on the mission. They get their reward up front, and when the month is over, they renege on their promise after exiting the capital. They only get worse in Starbarians Episode 1. It's acknowledged In-Universe in Starbarians 1.5 where they discover they're actually more wanted than the wanted criminal they aim to collect on.
- Large Ham
- Legacy Character: Dr. Bees is implied to have bee-come one at the end of his titular animation.
- Literal Genie: Hal the Misinterpretive Porn Star seeks to invoke this in every scene he does.
- Long List: The Starbarians' rap sheet, as seen in episode 1.5:
"Starbarians, wanted on 120 systems, for coercion
, illegal insertions
, invasions of nations
, and loitering?
- Magic Floppy Disk: Apparently, all of Skyrim can fit on a single floppy. A 5.25 floppy, at that...
- Man of a Thousand Voices: He does the voice work for the majority of the characters in his shorts.
- Macho Camp: The Starbarians. They certainly have the look down, anyway.
- Meaningful Name:
- Hal The Misinterpretive Porn Star
- Michael The Terrible Boyfriend
- Mind Screw:
- "Dr. Bees". He correctly identifies an object in the sky as a plane, noting that he himself is presently on the plane, and no matter where he is when he makes his entrance, he's always standing on a grassy hill dotted with flowers. Then there's the family at the picnic...
- The entirety of "Hitman Absolution: Hiding in Plain Sight".
- Agent 47 goes into a police station. A cop notices him, and thinks he recognizes him.. as Foster. After the other cop leaves, Agent 47 is seen in a rather large donut. When Foster goes home, he walks past his two dogs with Agent 47's face, gives his hat to his son with Agent 47's face, playing with a girl with Agent 47's face, as Agent 47 is on the Television, and while Agent 47's head is seen on a fish. He goes into the kitchen to see his wife, who has Agent 47's Face. Agent 47's face is seen on a chicken that is pulled out the oven, while Foster kisses his wife, Agent 47. When Foster goes to bed, the wife, Agent 47, kills him. But Foster survives and kills Agent 47.. only to turn out to be Agent 47.
- The Justin Bieber Show. What does it MEAN?!?
- Mondegreen: BYE OLD MECHANIC MAN!.
- Mood Whiplash: Harry's cartoon's are known for going from lighthearted fun to absolutely terrifying in the blink of an eye.
- Nightmare Face: But the pain will be more than real...
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Justin Bieber, in The Justin Bieber Show. His roommates range from a mildly disturbing, human-sized talking raven wearing a coat and hat (which is not drawn like a Funny Animal), to a crazed woman holding a dead baby that she doesn't quite realize is dead, and a guy with a fucking beehive growing out of his face.
Justin: Oh, you guys!
- Nominal Heroes: The Starbarians. They don't give a crap about actually doing heroic deeds, and in episode 1.5 are revealed to be even worse than the villains they oppose.
- Non-Human Undead: Vampire T-Rex in "With Animation You Can!" as an example of the crazy shit you can make with animation!
- Only Sane Man: The only remotely normal roommate in The Justin Bieber Show is the Victorian Raven. Yeah, it's weird, but considering the fact that Justin shares his house with a demanding Termite King, a homeless man washing a hole into his arm, a man with a beehive in his face, a man with no face whatsoever and a woman in denial about her dead baby, and all the Raven said was "Please tell us, Justin!", it's easy to deduce that the Raven is the most "normal" resident.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Used deliberately in Saturday Morning Watchmen. Knowing the graphic novel's plot, you'd be aware that Ozymandias beat up the Comedian and threw him out of a high rise building to kill him, yet Adrian inexplicably catches him to save his life in the parody, their preceding altercation instantly forgotten.
- The Comedian is Silk Spectre II's fan, and dreams of kissing her. He's her father.
- Parental Incest: Presumably unintended in-universe— The Comedian in Saturday Morning Watchmen wants a kiss from Silk Spectre, who is his illegitimate daughter in canon. An example of (perhaps unintentional) conflation of the two Silk Spectres, as The Comedian attempted to rape the original Silk Spectre (the mother of the second one), whereas in Saturday Morning Watchmen he merely wants to kiss her.
- Pig Man: Hogstrong of Starbarians.
- The Power of Rock: Mordin's plan for defeating the Reapers in the Mass Effect cartoon debut trailer.
- Raging Stiffie: Look close (or don't) at the end of Skyrim...
- Refuge in Audacity: Stephen the Lesbian.
- Save the Princess: Starbarians - Episode 1 had the two heroes rescuing Princess Bustilda. Only to end up kidnapping her themselves.
- Schedule Slip: Acknowledged in the intro video for the first part of the second Starbarians episode (the actual video being hosted on the HuHa! channel):
Emaciated, Starving Fan: So...hungry...
- Secret Identity: Parodied with Dr. Bees. His secret identity is another superhero. It's a strange case as what might be his civilian name ("Dr. Miles Manners") is on his office door, but his alternate superhero name ("The Striped Stinger") is on his desk name plate.
- Self-Deprecation: Some of his vids, but they usually make things funnier.
- Something Completely Different: Ace Ryder, an old student film of his that he rediscovered by accident and redubbed for his channel.
- Sore Loser: The Starbarians. Siad did beat them in the dice roll (as evidenced by his "that's not fair, I won!") and they beat him to a pulp for it. In fairness, knowing the Starbarians they would have done that even if they won.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Animated Harry's parents, as seen in the Skyrim video.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Nicolas Cage wants that chocolate cake.
- Subverted Kids Show: Seems to be a favorite trope of his.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Taken to extremes in "Bear Shark" as per Rule of Funny.
- Surreal Horror: The Justin Beiber Show. And often coupled with Surreal Humor.
- Take That:
- This video takes a major jab at "animation" programs that use canned animations and text to speech functions to create "animations" easily.
- This cartoon takes jabs at Oasis for trying to sound like the Beatles. It also takes jabs at other bands who have tried to imitate the Beatles, including XTC note
- He's also amongst many of those mocking a certain Christian Weston Chandler, having the manchild appear in several of his animations.
- Subverted in The Justin Bieber Show, which - despite focusing on one of the most hated cultural figures at the time - has essentially nothing to say about Bieber himself.
- "Johnny Depp in Burtonland" is a straight example against Tim Burton. Tim Burton is the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, and Johnny Depp gets lost in Burton's kingdom, suffers deja vu about his previous roles in Burton's films, and has to traverse a variety of obstacles and avenge Michael Keaton's "cinematic death" post-1992.note
Pumpkinhead Kid: Mr. Depp! Welcome to your home... forever...
- Talk to the Fist: The Starbarians are challenged to a game of chance by the Snake-Wizard, Siad. They promptly beat him senseless.
- Troll: Hal the Misinterpretive Porn-Star. Because the end of the animation implies he knew EXACTLY what his female co-stars were saying.
- Unfortunate Name: A lesbian bar called "The Big Dyke". There's even a giant billboard right next to the building attempting to explain it:
Billboard: "Dyke", as in a natural or artificial embankment which regulates water levels. -The Management
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Before Chuck dies after getting impaled, he pukes out his insides.
- What Happened to the Mouse?/The Unreveal: Numerous viewers of The Justin Bieber Show want to know: who did Justin see at the mall?!
- What Kind of Lame Power is Bees Anyway?: Dr. Bees' only power seems to be(e) that he carries around a lot of bees. And no, he can't control them.
- When All You Have Is A Load Of Bees, a laaarge influx of BEES ought to put a stop to any given problem approached by Dr. Bees! Yes, that includes problems caused by an over-abundance of bees.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Siad the Snake-Wizard's power in Starbarians, though it's not clear if it isn't simply a euphemism for changing the print on the sides of dice since he never gets to try anything bigger before the Starbarians beat him into submission and promptly move on.
- X Meets Y: Watchmen meets Saturday Morning Cartoons, plus several delicious helpings of Irony.