Happy Tree Friends is an American series of web-based (and, at one point, televised) Flash animated shorts and one of Mondo Media's longest-running shows, premiering in 1999 and currently consisting of five seasons. The series stars a cast of colorful, adorable animals that live in a wonderful, bright and happy world...
Actually, it's a candy-colored Black Comedy where each and every character is a Chew Toy (sometimes a Cosmic Plaything) doomed to suffer a nightmarish, gruesome, and/or absolutely disgusting demise. Expect to see a violent death at least Once per Episode, more often than not rife with Body Horror and/or painful injuries galore. It is one of the most prominent and infamous among online series in wide circulation that Cross the Line Twice, since it's designed to horrify people to such extremes that we laugh. Subverted Kids' Show doesn't even begin to describe it.
After you pick up your jaw from the floor, you'll likely be laughing your guts out (not literally, though the show does do that a few times). It doesn't help that the Sickeningly Sweet characters and setting so perfectly emulate a number of children's shows (they even have Care Bears-esque hearts for noses) or that the poor critters are endlessly resurrected between episodes to die in new ways that even Kenny McCormick would wince at.
No new episodes were produced following the conclusion of the show's fifth season in 2016. Although the show wasn't officially declared ended or cancelled, no further updates on its status were made, leaving it in limbo until 2023, when Mondo Media's YouTube channel began posting messages and releasing videos teasing a return for the show. This led to announcements of both a crossover with The Crackpet Show in a DLC and the first new episode since 2016, both released on September 27, 2023.
Other works in the Happy Tree Friends franchise:
- HTF Comics #1 & #2
- Drop Me a Line
- The Choke's on YouNote
- Don't Worry, Bee Happy
- I Get a Kick Out of You
- Big Bubble
- Bank on It!
- Lost Claws
- Things That Go Bump in the Night!
- Puppy Love
- Bird Brained
- Pretty in Shrink
- Going Overboard
- Hot Potato
- Sugar HighNote
- Disco Inferno
- Fire Escape
- Socks to be You
- This Game Is All Flocked Up
- Hare Trigger
- Aim to Freeze
- On Thin Ice
- Candy Cave
- Stay on Target
- Aggravated AsphaltNote
- Milk Pong (can also be played on YouTube as an interactive video)
- Double Vision (YouTube only)
- Lumpy's Lame Card Trick (can also be played on YouTube as an interactive video)
- Spin Fun (Java mobile game)
- Homerun (Java mobile game)
- Flippy's Flying Frenzy (Java mobile game)
- Blood Money (Java mobile game)
- Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy (iOS)
- Happy Tree Friends: Deadeye Derby (iOS)
- Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm (Xbox, PC)
- Happy Tree Friends: Strandead (iOS, Android)
- Happy Tree Friends: Run and Bun (iOS, Android)
- W.A.R. Journal
- Buddhist Monkey
- Splendid's SSSSSuper Squad
Happy Tree Friends provides grisly examples of:
Tropes with their own pages