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"Banjo Frenzy" is the pilot episode of Happy Tree Friends #2, created in 1999. The animation and writing are fairly primitive compared to what the series would later become Happy Tree Friends.
Before there was Cuddles, Giggles, Toothy, and Lumpy, three cute creatures sat around a camp fire with a banjo playing dinosaur that don't take well to criticism. Watch Banjo Frenzy, the seed that blossomed into the bloody good time weve all come to love!
Lumpy (a dinosaur) is playing a banjo at a camp fire with Giggles, Cuddles and Toothy. As he plays, one of the strings on the banjo breaks, and Giggles, Cuddles, and Toothy laugh, in which makes Lumpy want to kill them. After smashing everyone, Lumpy laughs maniacally, and Toothy head, somehow still alive, bites Lumpy's foot. The episode ends with a screaming Lumpy.
- Giggles head is beheaded and burned
- Cuddles is sliced in half
- Toothy is beheaded, but his head is still alive
- Lumpy's foot is bitten by Toothy's head
- Lumpy's nose disappears when he slices Cuddles body in half, before cutting Giggles' head off, after cutting Toothy's head and also when he cuts Toothy's right arm.
- Cuddles' left half fell behind Toothy but not above him.
- Cuddles' right half fell in front of Giggles corpse but not above her.
- Lumpy's green oval on his stomach disappears when he smashes Toothy's corpse. It's also absent when he laughs maniacally.
- When Lumpy decapitates Toothy, his head flies behind Lumpy. When Lumpy laughs, Toothy's head is fallen in front of him.
- When Lumpy smashes Toothy's corpse, both of his legs fly behind him, but when Toothy's head is bitting Lumpy's leg the camera shows one of Toothy's legs being behind the log he was sitting on.
- When Lumpy is still smashing Toothy's corpse, his brain and both of his eyes fly behind him, although Toothy's head is seen with both eyes in and his brain inside it when he attacks Lumpy.
- The title card says "The Happy Tree Friends Bonanza".
- This makes Giggles the first character to die in the entire series.
- The dinosaur represents an early concept of both Lumpy (appearance) and Flippy (personality).
- Cub wears a mask resembling Lumpy's original concept in Wrath of Con.
- It is notible to say that Giggles looked extremely different in future episodes. In this one, She is a light blue skunk.
- When Lumpy kills everyone, a can with the visible label "soup" can be seen flying into the air.
- Giggles' eyes are larger than the other characters.
- Cuddles' death is similar to his death in Aw Shucks! and Mime's one in Something Fishy.
- The same characters of this episode appear on Spin Fun Knowin' Ya!.
- As shown from early concept arts of this episode, the dinosaur was originally a bear, the bear also has a flipped out form, meaning that possibly the bear was an early Flippy.
- The tune that Lumpy plays on his banjo before the string breaks as well as what continues as he enters his rage is the famous "Duel Tune" from the well known 1972 film Deliverence which can be heard Here.