HAPPY TREE FRIENDS THIRD STRIKE
Created by Rhode Montijo & Aubrey Ankrum
Cast: Cuddles, Flakey, Disco Bear, Nutty, Petunia, Giggles, Handy, Shifty, Cub, Pop, Flippy, The Mole, Lifty, Toothy, Lumpy, Sniffles & Splendid
2004/Various running time/Color/LPCM
1.33:1/English/US/NTSC Region 1
Review from the StudioWorks DVD
The Internet best cartoon is back on DVD with 16 episodes! They say "third time is a charm", StudioWorks and Mondo Media have release another great edition of the fun loving, gory killing, brain stomping, gunt munching, head exploding, unexpected tales of horror of the HAPPY TREE FRIENDS.
First of all we get fourteen episodes that were at one time available online, including Class Act, Better off Bread, Shard ar Work, Keeping it Reel, Let it Slide, Icy You and more. There's also two never before seen episodes, Dino-Sore Days featuring the Prehistoric HTR Cro-Marmot in a nicely done 1920's like black & white episode. The second one is called Book of Fury and features the karate fighting Buddhist Monkey. We can watch all episodes back to back with the "Play All" feature or select them one by one.
Like the previous two editions, the image looks great with beautiful and rich saturated colors. There is absolutely no signs of compression, artifacts, grain or anything wrong making it a stunning transfer! The audio track is loud and aggressive, making the experience all the more enjoyable and in your face. Once again, we get a commentary track with the creators and various people who worked on the episodes featured on the disc. They have a blast recalling all the little details behind every episodes. At the same time the episode is playing we get the storyboard comparison.
This time we get some HAPPY TREE FRIENDS commercials, we see how the various sound fx were created, in "Vison-O-Rama" you select one of five little critters to see how it sees the 'Spin Fun' episode... a rather stupid gimmick I know but its worth checking out once... at least with Mole! There's a Fan art gallery which features some very cool ones and others... let just say rather unique. Just like on THE MATRIX DVD, there's an optional Follow The Rabbit features which shows us rather useless pieces of infos about the short whenever the rabbit appears onscreen and we select it. There's also a "See and Scream" featurette which is exactly like a toy my younger brother used to have as a kid, and finally there's four comic strips. The DVD comes in a nice transparent keep case with infos on the back cover but there's no booklet or inlay card. I love the new artwork for this third edition, especially the back cover but the menus are a little disapointing this time.
Keep them coming!
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2004. ©
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