kids don't make his job easy!
|Season:||Internet Season 2|
|Title Reference/Pun:||From A to Z|
|Aired:||October 16, 2005|
|Writers:|| Kenn Navarro|
|Previous Episode||Suck it Up|
|Next Episode||Read 'em and Weep|
From A to Zoo is the first double episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series, separated into two separate videos. This is also the twenty-seventh and final episode of season two, and fifty-fourth overall. Unlike the other short episodes, this long episode has over 38 storyboard artists and animators and was designed, animated and produced using Adobe Flash Professional & Toon Boom.
HTF Episode Description
This is our first "extra long" episode, coming in at 7 minutes. As we started thinking about how we'd produce shows for the upcoming television series, we had to take a shot at a more complete episode, showcasing more characters and delving into their personalities. We first screened this piece at Comic-Con 2005 to an overwhelming reception. the crowd went nuts! We think it's a great story and the team has had a lot of fun continuing the process for the upcoming series.
The episode begins with Lumpy, the school bus driver, parking his school bus outside a zoo. Taking attendance, he looks around to see Petunia, Cuddles, Toothy, Sniffles and Flaky, all excited for a day at the zoo (except Flaky, who is nervous as usual). The group enters the zoo, holding hands and singing the Happy Tree Friends tune, and walks up to a sign designating where everything is. While Lumpy ponders what they should look at first, the others scatter and run off to various parts of the zoo. Noticing the kids are gone, Lumpy runs after them.
Cuddles and Toothy are standing at the baboon cage, poking it with a stick and laughing. The two run off when Sniffles approaches, camera in hand. Lumpy catches up to Sniffles who asks Lumpy to take his photo with the baboon. Lumpy has Sniffles back all the way up to the cage, so that his body is pressed up against the bars. When Lumpy takes the photo, the flash from the bulb sparks something in the baboon, and as a result, the ferocious baboon begins attacking Sniffles.
Lumpy looks around and spots a blow dart gun and two tranquilizer darts in a glass case. Standing next to the case is Petunia, who eating an ice cream cone. Lumpy runs up to the case, grabs the little hammer hanging from the box, and gives it a hard swing. Unfortunately, the glass shards end up piercing Petunia all over her face. Realizing he has two problems to worry about now, he focuses his attention towards Sniffles when the baboon begins tearing him limb from limb. Lumpy quickly shoves a dart into the blow dart gun, and aims it at the baboon. He shoots the dart, but the baboon isn't stopping. It turns out he hit Petunia, who was stumbling in pain due to the glass shards piercing her face. Because of this, she ends up falling into a snake pit, where one advances on her, making Petunia scream in horror.
Lumpy tries once more to try to knock out the baboon, but because he isn't paying attention (due to panic), he unknowingly places the dart into the blow dart gun backwards. He takes a big breath, but the suction of his inhale causes the dart to fly right into his throat, making him choke and eventually faint.
Several hours later, Lumpy wakes up, yawning and scratching himself, (like he always would after every sleep) apparently the effects of the dart wearing off. Suddenly, Lumpy remembers that Petunia fell into the snake pit, and goes to check up. Unfortunately, the snake that advanced on Petunia has already eaten her, and is in mid-digestion. Lumpy jumps into the pit to save her, and after a brief struggle, Lumpy winds up getting eaten too. Fortunately, he is able to use his pen to cut the snake open and free himself. Unfortunately, the snake had already begun digesting Petunia, as she is smothered in stomach acid. Realizing there's nothing else he can do for her, Lumpy runs off to find the others.
Elsewhere, Toothy stands on all fours while Cuddles stands on his back and peers through a hole in a wooden fence. On the other side of the fence is a rhinoceros which Cuddles pokes with a stick through the hole in the fence. After getting no reaction, Cuddles sharpens the end of the stick and begins poking the rhinoceros again. Still getting no reaction, Cuddles sticks a branding iron through the fence and brands a circle on the rhinoceros' skin, finally getting the animal's attention.
Lumpy runs up to the mischievous duo and Cuddles runs off, giving a mocking laugh. As Lumpy watches Cuddles leave, Toothy asks Lumpy to lift him up so he can see the rhinoceros through the fence. Sighing, Lumpy agrees, much to Toothy's delight. While running, Cuddles comes upon a helium tank used for inflating balloons and decides to have some fun. He inhales the helium, begins singing in a high-pitched voice and laughs off about it.
Meanwhile, Lumpy hears Flaky shriek in the distance. While he turns his attention away, he doesn't notice the sound of approaching footsteps or Toothy's head being impaled by the rhinoceros' horn through the fence. Determined to see what the problem is, Lumpy places a crate under Toothy's feet and runs off, still not aware that Toothy's head has been stabbed. The rhinoceros removes its horn from the fence and Toothy falls down, dead.
Flaky is now seen bellowing in terror as a cute little baby chick cheeps and hops over to her, trying to get some love. Lumpy runs over to tell her everything is okay, but he accidentally and unknowingly steps on the chick. This causes Flaky to start yelling even more. Lumpy picks her up and runs off, stepping on and killing multiple chicks as he runs. At one point he slips, crushing numerous chicks and covering both himself and Flaky with blood and the remains of dead chicks.
Cuddles has finally had enough fun playing with the helium and starts to walk off. He stops when he sees the baboon, who has escaped from his cage and now plays with Sniffles' camera. He looks over at Cuddles and gets angry, wanting revenge for the humiliation he suffered earlier. Cuddles turns to run away, but he slams his eye into the nozzle of the helium tank. He is unable to get his eye free as helium flows from the tank to his head. His head slowly expands as his screams get higher and higher pitched until they stop altogether. Now dead, one of Cuddles' eyes begins to float up as though it were a long balloon.
The baboon runs off as Lumpy approaches, still carrying a traumatized Flaky. He sees the balloons and decides to get one for Flaky, Unknowingly, he grabs Cuddles' inflated eye, mistakes it for a balloon, and makes a balloon animal out of it. He hands it to Flaky who stops crying and slowly smiles. He picks her up and carries her off. Unfortunately, Flaky realizes that the "balloon" she's holding is the nerve of Cuddles' eye, and because of this, she gives one last scream just before passing out.
Back on the bus, an exhausted Lumpy plops down in the driver's seat and looks around, taking attendance again. He's surprised to see a Petunia, Cuddles, and Toothy laying dead, a traumatized Flaky, and the baboon holding Sniffles' camera. Lumpy acts all suspicious at the baboon until it places Sniffles' glasses on. Lumpy shrugs and drives off. From outside, we see a silhouette of the bus. Seconds later, a bright light flashes from the camera through the bus's windows and the baboon begins screeching. As the iris closes in completely, we hear the bus crash.
"Don't bite the hand that feeds you!"
- The baboon rips out Sniffles' organs.
- Petunia gets digested by a snake, and the stomach acid deteriorates her body.
- After getting eaten by the same snake that ate Petunia, Lumpy uses a pen to free himself, which rips apart the snakes body.
- Toothy's head is impaled by a rhinoceros' horn.
- Numerous baby chicks are stepped on and crushed by Lumpy. Some are impaled on Flaky's quills.
- Cuddles' head fills up with helium, supposedly inflating his brain, or possibly Helium poisoning. (debatable)
- Flaky, Lumpy, Cuddles (debatably) and the baboon may have died after their bus crashed. If they survived the crash, it's possible that the baboon killed them afterward. (debatable and not shown)
- The directions of Lumpy's antlers change multiple times throughout the episode.
- The cage of the baboon was floating when Sniffles stands next to it.
- When Lumpy asks Sniffles to move toward the baboon cage, Lumpy has three fingers and a thumb. When he's doing the 'OK' signal, he has four fingers and a thumb. From that point onward, Lumpy only has three fingers and a thumb.
- When Lumpy breaks the glass you can see that none of the shards hit Petunia, yet in the next shot chucks of glass appear on Petunia.
- When Petunia falls into the snake pit, a thud can be heard before she hits the ground.
- When Lumpy grabs his throat you can see three hands. The third one isn't connected to an arm.
- When Lumpy falls down the background gets slightly darker.
- When Petunia is shown having started to be digested, she has her flower on her head while it fell off her when she fell into the snake pit and wasn't there when the snake first appeared although it could have fallen on her before the snake started eating her.
- The rhinoceros' horn is too big to go through the hole, without taking a chunk out of the fence.
- Moreover, the rhinoceros' horn should have pierced Toothy's right eye, but instead, it pierced his forehead.
- When Lumpy is taking Flaky back to the bus, both his antlers are turned upwards. They should be pointing in opposite directions.
- Sniffles' glasses are broken when he is attacked by the baboon, but the baboon is later seen wearing them (intact) while on the bus.
- In the bus, Lumpy has chicken blood on his chest, but it disappears when he slouches and then reappears when he sits up straight again.
- When the baboon puts on Sniffles' glasses his hand becomes blue (like Sniffles' color), but changes back to original color when the baboon holds the arm.
- The dart in Petunia's eye disappears when Lumpy kills the snake, but it can be seen again when her body is on the bus at the end.
- The tape on Sniffles' glasses is missing when the baboon is holding them; it appears on his nose. (Adding to this is the fact that the glasses go behind the tape when the baboon puts the glasses on, but the tape is too small, the frame is seen around the tape.)
- When Cuddles is standing on Toothy's back, Toothy's tail is tinier.
- When Lumpy appears, Cuddles runs away and his branding iron falls right before Toothy, but in the next scene, the branding iron is gone
- Unless Lumpy was careful (which is far from plausible), he should have gotten pierced by Flaky's quills.
- At the very end, the baboon's nose quickly goes over the camera it was holding then quickly goes behind.
- It is highly illogical for the bodies of Petunia and Toothy to appear in the bus near the end of the episode (although the baboon could be the one responsible for the act).
- At the end when Lumpy takes attendance, as he clicks his pen, it abruptly disappears.
- As Lumpy leans back in his seat, the blood around his waist disappears, but when he takes attendance, all of the blood reappears on his body.
- When Toothy is impaled by the horn of the rhinoceros, the horn doesn't have any blood on it. But when the rhino takes it out, blood abruptly appears.
- When the baboon runs away after killing Cuddles, the camera disappears, but later, it reappears during the bus scene at the end.
- One of the dead chicks on Flaky's quills has their head and body detached to each other when she takes the balloon animal from Lumpy.
- When Flaky screams, her right arm is detached.
- The title of this episode is a pun of the phrase "from A to Z," which means from start to finish.
- Here's a riddle: If the alphabet goes from A to Z, what goes from Z to A?.....A zebra!
- This is the last time we see the characters with this design. Every episode afterwards, there's a new, improved design that matches the TV series. (Except in the "Happy New Year" Break episode, when the characters had the same design, but only in that episode)
- This is the second episode in which Lumpy is a bus driver. The first is Happy Trails pt. 1. Coincidentally, both episodes are season finales.
- In the beginning of the episode, all the kids except Flaky sing the HTF Theme song when entering the Zoo. The other times the characters sung the theme were Cuddles, Flaky, and Giggles in This is your Knife, and most of the cast in Happy Trails Parts 1 and 2
- Lumpy would later go camping with the same group (in addition to Nutty) in Take a Hike.
- The animal Lumpy makes out of Cuddles' eye is a rabbit, just like Cuddles.
- Cuddles is indirectly responsible for Toothy's death since he got the rhino angry in the first place.
- This episode and A Sucker for Love are the only internet episodes that are as long as the TV episodes.
- Lumpy was showed left-handed during all of episode.
- Despite Ellen Connell replacing her, this episode was the final time Dana Belben was credited. Her voice could have been sampled though.
- Lumpy and/or Flaky are (debatably) the last characters to die in the second internet season. If both did indeed, survive the crash and not get killed by the baboon, then Cuddles would be the last character to die in the second internet season.
- This is the second time that Flaky cries. The first was in Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya.
- This is the last episode where Sniffles has a long snout. In all future appearances, Sniffles' snout will be shorter (first shown in the previous episode).
- The picture Lumpy took of Sniffles shows him with his short snout, which would later come in the TV series.