|Season:||Internet Season 2|
|Title Reference/Pun:||Keeping it real|
|Aired:||June 8, 2003|
|Writers:|| Kenn Navarro|
Buddhist Monkey (cameo)
Generic Tree Ninjas (cameo)
|Previous Episode||Out on a Limb|
|Next Episode||A Hard Act to Swallow|
Keepin' it Reel is an episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series, the seventeenth of the second season, and forty-fourth overall.
HTF Episode Description
Do you want butter with that popcorn? No cell phone or screaming babies in the theater please, we've got a Happy Tree Friends feature to watch!!
A happy Flippy settles into a seat in a movie theater, popcorn in hand. In front of him, Mime mimics eating popcorn, but does so quite loudly. As Flippy calmly beckons Mime to be more quiet, Lumpy enters the theater, arms full of snacks and drinks. He accidentally bumps into the projector, which causes it to start flashing white. This causes Flippy to start having war flashbacks, resulting in an emergence of Evil Flippy.
Immediately, Flippy goes over to Mime, who is now pretending to drink soda from a straw. He laughs mischievously, then Mime is raised up slightly and then pulled down into the seat. He flails silently as Flippy comes up and pulls down on the seat, tearing Mime apart. Next, as Petunia stands by the popcorn machine, Flippy laughs evilly and grabs her head and smashes it through the glass of the machine. Petunia screams as Flippy holds her head above the flame. Popping sounds are heard as her head begins expanding, until finally, popcorn-sized pieces of her brain pop out of her head.
We now cut to the middle of the theater (between the seats and the screen) as the theater is constantly plunged into darkness and then relit briefly by the flashing projector. We first see Flippy chasing Flaky before it goes dark. When it does, we hear Flaky's scream. Then we see Flippy strangling Flaky as Cuddles watches on in horror. Then we see Flippy clubbing Cuddles in the face, using Flaky's body and quills as a mace. Finally, we see a lifeless and bloody Cuddles and a decapitated Flaky lying on the ground.
By the projector, Toothy backs up and looks around, whimpering in fear. Flippy pops up from behind the projector, breathing heavily, and shoves it forward. The lens of the projector pierces Toothy's skull and forces his eye out of its socket. On the screen, Toothy's bloodshot eye is displayed. Toothy's pupil moves around the screen as Toothy screams in pain. His screams die out as his eye is burnt and the screen returns to white.
Suddenly, popcorn flies at the screen and we hear booing. Unaware of all that has gone on around him, Lumpy sits in his seat, angrily throwing popcorn and booing at the screen. Flippy emerges in the row of seats behind Lumpy. As the episode irises out, we hear a crunching/squishing noise, indicating that Lumpy didn't fare any better than his fellow moviegoers.
"A picture is worth a thousand words!"
A Blurb version of this episode was released on November 25, 2014 on the Mondo official site, and was also released on January 20, 2015 on YouTube. It contained these annotations:
- An episode about going to the movies
- Boring! What could happen at the movies?
- Oh, Flippy is there? Everybody is going to die.
- Mimes cost the theater companies millions of dollars in lost revenue due to sneaking in snacks.
- They're impossible to stop.
- Yes, they are watching the Buddhist Monkey Classic; "Enter the Garden"
- Strobe lights set off Flippy.
- That's why you don't ever invite him to a Rave
- For the record, Mime bought this soda at the concession stand
- Theater seat accidents like this happen everyday. This is why I bring my own seat
- Fun Fact: A skunk's brain wouldn't actually pop like popcorn
- It would be more like Kettle Korn. Sweet and salty!
- Side note: The IMAX screens in the Happy Tree Friends world are totally a rip off
- Theater Fact: No theater keeps the projector in between the seats of a theater
- This is the reason why
- If his eye were digital, it wouldn't burn like film
- I think Lumpy is perfectly justified in his "booing"
- He paid good money for the movie.
- I hope he gets a refund
- Ok, he probably didn't get that refund
- Mime is torn to pieces by Flippy, using Mime's theater seat.
- Petunia's brain is popped like popcorn when Flippy holds her head over a flame.
- Cuddles is killed when Flippy whacks him over the head, using Flaky's quills as a mace. (Debatable)
- Flaky is decapitated by Flippy.
- Toothy's skull is impaled by a movie projector and it's likely that his brain was burnt by the extreme heat the projector gave off.
- At the end of the episode, Flippy sneaks up on Lumpy, and there is a cracking sound off screen. It can be assumed that Lumpy got his neck snapped, then died. (death not shown)
- At the beginning of the episode, Lumpy's right antler points up and his left antler points down. This is reversed at the end of the episode.
- Mime's ears disappear after he is killed.
- Similarly, after Mime is killed, his nose goes from being its normal heart shape to being the red rubber nose he had in Out of Sight, Out of Mime. This may be because they used the same head.
- Right before Petunia's head smashed through the glass of the popcorn machine, Flippy has four arms.
- When Flippy shoves Petunia into the popcorn machine, his mouth is upside-down. The same happened when he's killing Mime.
- When Toothy began screaming after Flippy rams the projector through his head, his gaped buckteeth become regular buckteeth like most other characters.
- If one were to look closely, you can see some of Flaky's quills on Cuddles when he's clubbed by Flippy. But when he was laying dead, those quills are gone.
- Mime having his limbs being torn off from getting crushed by his seat can't be that possible. Based on the cracking sounds, it made it sound like he broke his back.
- If one looks closely when Flippy was chasing Flaky, it looks like they were both running on the wall in the edge of the screen.
- When Flippy put Petunia's head over the fire, the bottom of Petunia's face was turning black because of the fire. But when her head bursted, the burnt area vanished and turned back to blue.
- When we first see Petunia, the flower on her head has a jagged outline (making it look First Season), but when Flippy grabs her head, the lines become bold like its more modern.
- Toothy and Petunia had more of featuring roles.
Quick Shot Moment
When we first see Petunia (when she's marveling at the popcorn machine), there's a brief shot of Toothy with the projector rammed through his head. (This quick shot moment spoils Toothy's death.)
Note: This was fixed in the Blurb version.
- The movie the Happy Tree Friends are seeing is the Buddhist Monkey episode Enter the Garden. This was mentioned in the Blurb.
- This episode marks the first time where Flippy has killed Lumpy. He attempted to do so on several more separate occasions, but failed. However, he kills Lumpy once again in A Vicious Cycle, nearly ten years; But in the form of a tricycle instead of his usual self.
- This is one of the few occasions where Mime makes an audible sound. The other three are Happy Trails pt. 1, Out of Sight, Out of Mime and Something Fishy.
- This is the second time Lumpy's death was off-screen. The first was in Treasure Those Idol Moments. Coincidentally Lumpy was the last to die in both episodes.
- When Mime is ripped apart he makes a sound similar to the one he made in Out of Sight, Out of Mime, making this episode yet another example that he isn't mute.
- The moral of this episode is the same as the one from See What Develops.
- This episode marks Fliqpy's first debatable kill (Cuddles).
- Petunia screams exactly the same as Giggles in Stayin' Alive.
- This used to be the most recent occasion of Fliqpy killing (or attempting to harm) Flaky. This won't happen again until By The Seat Of Your Pants (again, this happens like ten years after this episode was released).
- Nutty was originally supposed to appear in this episode drinking from a slushy in the background, which is said during the commentary in the Third Strike Happy Tree Friends DVD. Nutty's role in the episode was instead cut out, which led to the creation of the episode "Icy You".
- This is the last time Fliqpy has crooked teeth. He has rather sharp teeth in future episodes.
- The YouTube thumbnail for the original video spoils Petunia's death.
- This is the only episode where Warren Graff didn't provide Toothy's voice. Because of this, Kenn Navarro took his place as Toothy. Interestingly, this also happened with Handy, the other beaver character, in the TV Episode A Hole Lotta Love; where Warren Graff didn't play his respective character and, once again, Kenn took his place instead.
- This is one of the many episodes to be remastered for the Blurb version.