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Happy Tree Friends: Season One – Volume Two

 

Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C+

 

 

They’re here and they are at it again!  Happy Tree Friends: Season One – Volume Two slashes its way onto DVD to have a gut busting time.  The series once again follows the cute but deadly woodland creatures as they purposely and accidentally batter and gore themselves and others.  No one is safe in this series and for the most part each episode ends up like a Shakespearean Tragedy.  The show is pure nonsense and full of violence, two things this reviewer holds dear to his heart, but he could just not get into this one.  For two volumes this reviewer has attempted and waited for the series to evolve into an intelligent parody of some sort, but sadly the series is what it is and is nothing deeper.  Happy Tree Friends is a simple show with a simple premise, maybe some heavy drinking or a mob mentality would make the show funnier.  For more on this series read the Volume One review on this very same site.

 

Once again the technical features of the DVD release are nice, though the extras are quite boring.  The picture as before is presented in a 1.33 X 1 Full Screen format that is clean, crisp, and has well balanced colors.  The original picture being created in flash, the animation remains very fluid and clear.  The sound is adequate in its Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, though not much is said throughout the series except a few mumbles and screams.  As always the background music is well balanced and fits the chaotic atmospheres dreadfully well.  The extras are a random set of not very entertaining features.  Features include still storyboards, useless commentary, and a ‘Behind the Scenes’ featurette.  The one featurette that does exist centers on the creative process for the show, which is nothing more than the creators goofing off in an attempt to be humorous that falls short.  There are some additional ‘Easter egg’ type extras, but hardly worth mentioning.  Overall, the picture and sound are good for a show that is way too formulaic.

 

This DVD set is definitely for people who are already fans of the series.  New comers should stay away from this series for the most part until you have checked out a few episodes on the web (As remarked about in a previous review).  Happy Tree Friends: Season One - Volume Two is slightly better than Volume One, but only slightly.  This reviewer’s bleeding heart goes out to all those poor, poor animals.  Rest in Peace my fair, furred friends.

 

 

-   Michael P Dougherty II


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