Happy Tree Friends

American animated series

Happy Tree Friends is an American adult animated web series. It had achieved a cult following on YouTube.[1] Montijo, Navarro, Graff, Ankrum also serve as the as showrunners.

Happy Tree Friends
Black comedy
Comedy horror
Alternative grunge
Created by
Developed by
Directed by
Creative directorDavid Geffen
No. of seasons5 (total: 6)
No. of episodes144 (total: 151+) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • John Evershed
  • Deirdre O'Malley
  • Edward Noeltner
ProducerDavid Ichioka
Running time1–5 minutes
Production companyGeffen Records/Universal Music Group
Original release
ReleaseDecember 24, 1999 (1999-12-24) –
present [nb 1]

Despite the childlike art style of the series and having a colorful cast of characters, the show would often have the animals go through very violent situations, complete with detailed gore. These twists happen during each episode, which was met with surprised and positive reactions and reviews. The portrayal of death in Happy Tree Friends is usually very extreme and anatomically correct, the special effects are oftem more vivid and of exaggerated detail.

The official music videos are comparable to that of Nirvana (the short cartoon featured on their song "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam. The series is also referenced in the music video "Carpal Tunnel of Love" by rock band Fall Out Boy, in which the members are designed like the animal characters by the webseries' staff. The band members end up dying in the music video by a tow cable.

The program has little to no speech. When the characters do speak, their words are severely garbled. It is easy to tell what each character's reaction is, but their words are very hard to understand. According to its website, the idea for Happy Tree Friends was created by Rhode Montijo when he drew a yellow volkswagen rabbit, that may have evolved into the character of Cuddles, on a piece of paper and wrote "Resistance Is Futile" underneath it.

A Happy Tree Friends spin-off called Ka-Pow! premiered on September 2, 2008. One of the characters was also featured in a video titled "YouTube Copyright School", which curiously enough is not intended to be as twisted and gory.

  • Kenn Navarro as Cuddles, Lifty, Shifty
  • Dana Belben as Giggles, Petunia, Cub
  • Ellen Connell as Giggles, Petunia, Cub
  • Lori Jee as Giggles, Petunia, Cub
  • Rhode Montijo as Lumpy, Splendid
  • David Winn as Lumpy, Splendid
  • Warren Graff as Toothy, Handy
  • Michael "Lippy" Lipman as Nutty
  • Aubrey Ankrum as Pop
  • Kurt Cobain as Fliqpy
  • Nica Lorber as Flaky
  • Peter Herrman as Disco Bear
  • Sarah Castelblanco as Mime (audible noises)
  • Jeff Biancalana as Russell
  • Francis Carr as Russell
  • Mark Giambruno as Lifty, Shifty
  • Liz Stuart as Sniffles
  • Renée T. MacDonald as Lammy


  • Cuddles the Rabbit has lemon yellow fur, a light goldenrod yellow tail, light goldenrod yellow hair, light pink cheeks, light yellow ears, a light yellow belly marking, and light yellow soles. He wears pink bunny slippers.
  • Giggles the Chipmunk has salmon fur, taffy pink ears, a seashell belly marking, salmon soles, and a lavender blush head marking. She wears a red head bow.
  • Toothy the Beaver has light purple fur, a purple tail, purple pizzazz ears, a light purple belly marking, and light purple soles.
  • Lumpy the Moose has sky blue fur, canary antlers, and royal blue soles. He wears a light blue t-shirt and light blue pants.
  • Petunia the Skunk has navy blue fur, midnight blue ears, a light cyan belly marking, light periwinkle soles, a frosted mint head marking, and a medium blue and light periwinkle tail. She wears a pink flower accessory and a pine scent air freshener.
  • Handy the Beaver has orange fur, a pumpkin orange tail, bubble gum ears, a moccasin belly marking, and navajo white soles. He wears a yellow worker's helmet, a tool belt, and bandages.
  • Kurt Cobain was an American musician who was the lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter, and a founding member of the grunge band Nirvana. Through his angsty songwriting and anti-establishment persona, his compositions widened the thematic conventions of mainstream rock music. He was heralded as a spokesman of Generation X and is widely recognized as one of the most influential alternative rock musicians.
  1. While the latest official episode "In Over Your Hedge" was uploaded for purchase, it was not made available for free until December 24, 2018.


  1. "The 200 Greatest Singers of All Time". Rolling Stone. January 1, 2023. Retrieved January 12, 2023.