Happy Tree Friends

Website review by
Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
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Gory, ultra-violent, cynical, black-humored site.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 107 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 408 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Dangerously violent.

Violence

Gory, ultra-violent, blood, guts, grossout decapitations and disembowelments.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Embedded ads, rotating ads, you have to sit through a ton of ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a violent, mean-spirited site aimed right at your tweens and teens (as ads for iPods amply prove). It masquerades as cute, but characters are routinely gutted, blood spurts everywhere, rats gnaw at bodies. Parents, don't be fooled by the fact that the DVDs are sold at tween stores like Hot Topic. There is also no warning on this site. Ask your kids if they have seen the site. Then examine what they think is so funny about this violence.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySFDad April 9, 2008

This site is Disgusting...and Sucker Punches Unsuspecting parents

Happy Tree Friends sounds so benign...so fun and innocent. Well it's not. The Common Sense review is completely accurate...this is dark and gory cartoon vi... Continue reading
Adult Written byBlue-Bunny November 20, 2011

Horrible, unfunny, and overrated...

This is considered humor nowadays? What has this world come to? I don't see anything, but a bunch of cute little animals killing and slaughtering each othe... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMetropolisforever December 11, 2009

Epic Failure

Basically, every episode of "Happy Tree Friends" consists of cute, cuddly cartoon animals being torn to bits. And... that's it. That's eve... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDivine_Munchie_99 June 27, 2010

Extreme gross-out shorts=HILARIOUS!

HTF is pretty violent, but if your kids watched the "Dark Harvest" episode of Invader Zim without cringing than this site is nothing to worry about, a... Continue reading

What's it about?

A rotating group of cartoon stories show cute little characters who end up tortured, maimed or dead. Kids can watch short films then join part of a cyber chat world posting comments, showcasing artwork, etc.

Is it any good?

This site, in spite of its cheery name, is not for kids. Frankly, it's not for anyone. It is nightmare-inducing stuff. Characters lose their guts, brains, and eyeballs. It's as intentionally gross as it can be. There is nothing redeeming about this site. It is overwhelmingly commercial as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in cartoons. How do you feel about seeing cartoon characters maimed, tortured, or killed? Do you think if animated characters are the object of violent acts, it's more acceptable than in live-action movies or shows?

Website details

  • Genre: Fan Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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