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Friday, 1 February 2013

A Killer Friday Time Waster

Killer Friday Time Waster

Happy Tree Friends Logo
Mondo Mini Shows is a production company that does not rely on traditional TV channels to spread their content, but rather they rely on the Internet for exposure and revenue.
They have been doing this for a long time and it seems the main stream is catching up. The likes of Apple TV and the new YouTube channels now also follow a new mind set – you watch what you want, when you want.
DSTV with their Box Office and PVR have also fallen in line. Could the death knell for normal TV be ringing?
Perhaps. But enough preaching from my Dorito stained pulpit, let’s get down to some murder, shall we?
In 1999 graphic artist Rhode Montijo, while working for Mondo Mini Shows, drew a picture of a rabbit with the caption – “Resistance is futile”.
From this one picture ideas grew and finally Mondo gave the go ahead to three artists, Rhode Montijo,Aubrey Ankrum and Kenn Navarro to produce a short cartoon based on the picture.
The cartoon called Banjo Frenzy was a big success and spawned an entire series called Happy Tree Friends.
Happy Tree Friends follows the (mis)adventures of a group of forest animals happily going about their daily business. It is sugary sweet in a Care Bears kind of way. Except that Care Bears have happy endings… 

 The carnage continues in Swelter Skelter: 
 Ready for one more? Here is I Nub You:
 There is an Xbox game based on the Happy Tree Friends, but is unfortunately a critical failure.  The game was developed by Stainless Games, and judging from their list of games, they mostly produce shitty games.
Hopefully, if they every make another game based on the Happy Tree Friends, they will produce a game that is every bit as good as the show is.
If you want more, the Happy Tree Friends website is rich with content. The website not only contains all the Happy Tree Friend episodes, they have also created video games based on the cartoon.
You can follow Happy Tree Friends on Twitter. You can also follow me on Twitter.
My Twitter feed is not as popular, but does not contain nearly as much murder. So there is that.
You can follow me on Twitter: @riiaan79

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