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DVD Reviews: Happy Tree Friends Volume 1: First Blood                Genre: Animation

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: Sep 2004
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment





Holy Crap! I laughed all the way through this one and it was such a guilty pleasure that I kept looking about to make sure no one else so what I was watching! First things first, Happy Tree Friends is not what it appears to be by any stretch of the imagination! Uber Violent and certainly not one for the kiddies, HTF is plain and simple sick, and I LOVED it! There are 12 episodes on this DVD followed up by a great selection of extras.

Basically the entire premise of the Happy Tree Friends is that very bad things happen to very cute little animals. They all have their own little names however my favourite would have to be Handy, the no armed construction worker. If you don't have a bit of a dark side to you then some of this stuff will leave you feeling very cold and wondering who the hell could possibly think it was funny.

Deaths are gruesome and as the guys say during the audio commentary, they've tried during each episode to make each death more graphic than the last and for the most part fully succeeded. All of the episodes aside, as good as they are, this DVD is such a great overall package with an absolute swag of extras that will continue to entertain long after the shock of watching bunnies die horrible deaths has died off.

There is interactivity for those of you who just can't get enough of, well, interaction with 4 Smoochies to play with. A Smoochie is sort of like a Tamagotchi but one of the HTF's is on the screen and you can click on the menu to make certain events happen to the creatures. As you might have guessed, none of them turn out well!

In particular I enjoyed the audio commentary from the team. Asides from genuine insights into the process of making a Happy Tree Friend episode, there were a lot of jokes made that had me laughing along with the creators as the explained what the scenes were about and a particular fascination with Raiders of the Lost Ark (watch to find out what I am referring to). The extras are so packed in fact that you will find even more episodes in there for you to watch as well!

If you really want to spoil yourself with Happy Tree Friends, go deeper than the episodes and make sure you listen to all area that involve commentary. Another standout area is character designs and concept development where they basically spend the entire time laughing at their own lame drawings of enfeebled characters. I'm not sure if they just like the sound of their own voices but the end result is simply hilarious and quite frankly would amount to one of the most enjoyable audio commentaries that I have heard to date on ANY DVD, regardless of the genre.

This disc runs for about 140 minutes and seriously is so much fun that you won't notice that time pass at all. It's not for everyone and the humour is very off colour. If you don't take yourself too seriously and like a good old fashioned belly laugh, then take the time and do yourself and a loved one a favour and pick this DVD up from your local store. There are two others in the series and we look forward to bringing them to you as they are released!

Top Recommendation!

for more info go to: http://www.happytreefriends.com


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