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Happy Tree Friends

Gory, ultra-violent, cynical, black-humored site.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dangerously violent.

Violence

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

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

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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 every single episode. There is no attempt at humor, story, or anything else, for that matter. Every single episode consists of cartoon animal gore and nothing else. Why? Well... because it CAN. That's pretty much the only reason this animated abortion exists. Because it can. And the fact that this is one of the most successful flash animations ever created - even inspiring a TV series - is nothing short of saddening. Avoid this mind-bogglingly awful trash. There is absolutely nothing redeeming whatsoever about this crime against flash animation.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
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 violence - sort of a disaffected punk mentality - And parents need to be on notice if their kids are spending any significant amount of time on this site. The message Boards reveal how young many of the users are, and the incessant advertisements make it clear that there are a number of media companies who are happy to make a buck off this stuff. As for the creators, it's a shame that Mondo Media and Atom Films have stooped to this level and invested so much in producing and distributing this garbage. This site is not funny...Indeed, it is quite scary on many levels...It's the type of site that a Dylan Klebold or an Eric Harris would have thought was funny. Buyers and Parents Beware.
Parent of a 17 year old Written byhorror-lover-bl... April 5, 2011

Sick and dark humored website not okay for ANYONE!

HATE IT, SICKEST WEBSITE ON THE WEB! Not appropriate for any age! Cute little animals get there guts pulled out, gore is everywhere, very graphicly shown!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
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