March 24, 2004  
Volume 97, Issue 91  

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Website of the Week

Happy Tree Friends

Where can you find a couple beavers and a dandruff-laden porcupine?

On a website that thrives on cartoon violence.

Cartoon violence? Yes. Reminiscent of Itchy and Scratchy, these cartoon animals embark on perfectly normal adventures — from riding a school bus to licking a lollipop — that end horribly, horribly wrong. The cute characters are simply strolling along, speaking incomprehensible languages (think Pingu) when — BAM — they die graphic, untimely deaths.

The Happy Tree Friends are a group of cuddly cartoon characters such as Cuddles the Rabbit, Lumpy the Moose and Toothy the Beaver. However, these seemingly cute creatures become angrier and angrier, incorporating random acts of violence into their daily routines.

As these short films may be unsettling and offensive to some, the site includes a Cartoon Violence Warning: this site is not recommended for small children or big babies. Be warned that the longer you watch these episodes, the more normal they seem to become.

If you can’t seem to get enough of the Happy Tree Friends, the site offers a new episode each month and allows you to download ring tones, desktops and the ultra-catchy theme song. If you’re anything like The Gazette’s Editor-in-Chief, you won’t be able to get the tune out of your head.

—Lori Mastronardi



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