and it all starts in this little room.
|Season:||Internet Season 3|
|Title Reference/Pun:||See you later, alligator|
|Aired:||September 20, 2010|
|Writers:|| Ken Pontac|
|Previous Episode||A Bit of a Pickle|
|Next Episode||Clause For Concern|
See You Later, Elevator is an episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series, the fourteenth of season three, and sixty-eighth overall. It was the final episode to be released before a year-and-a-half-long hiatus of new episodes, and numerous HTF Break shorts indicating that the series was "dead".
Mime, Giggles, Cuddles, and Sniffles are in an elevator waiting to descend when Handy comes running to join them. Because he has no hands, however, he cannot stop the lift from closing in time and growls in anger. A few floors below, Pop presses the elevator call button as he and Cub wait. Pop then lights his pipe with a match and carelessly throws the still lit match out the window. The wind blows the match one floor below, where an exhausted Toothy is finishing papers with a typewriter. The match lands on the papers, causing Toothy and the whole room to go up in flames.
As the fire alarm rings, the elevator abruptly stops, panicking the four passengers. A fire engine bell rings and Lumpy the fireman rushes in to save those trapped in the elevator. He presses the call button and waits while the flames in the elevator shaft short out the electrical wires controlling the lift, sending it spiraling downwards causing the four passengers to slam into the ceiling. Lumpy, still waiting for the elevator, gives up and goes to the stairs. However, Lumpy has to climb many flights of stairs in order to get to those trapped in the lift.
Suddenly, the elevator stops on a floor and the doors open. Sniffles happily proceeds out, but is cut in half when the doors close on him, horrifying Mime, Giggles, and Cuddles. The elevator then spirals downwards again. Meanwhile, we see a panting and sweaty Lumpy think he's gotten to the top of the stairs, only to see he has not even climbed up three steps. The lazy Lumpy sees this himself and sighs at how far he has to go.
The elevator stops just below another floor and the doors open up again. This time Cuddles tries to climb up and out of the elevator to safety. Halfway out, the doors close again and the lift proceeds down, slicing Cuddles in half with his intestines the only thing keeping the two halves of his body together. Finally, the panting Lumpy makes it up several floors only to vomit on the floor from the strenuous activity. He soon hears Mime pounding on the door of the elevator which has stopped on that level. Lumpy raises his axe to chop the doors down, but they open up and Lumpy accidentally chops Mime's head in half. Lumpy screams in horror and pulls his axe out as the doors close again and the elevator descends downwards again.
Lumpy opens up the doors, grabs Cuddles intestines, and slides down them onto the top of the elevator, opening up the top. Inside, Giggles is crying in fear (or possibly grief at seeing Cuddles and Mime get killed) only to look up and notice Lumpy. Later, as the building burns down even more, Lumpy carries Giggles outside to a stretcher, charred, but alive. He leaves her and goes back in to rescue more people.
Suddenly, the building explodes, causing the burned and blackened bodies of Handy and Pop to land near Giggles. She gasps at the sight, only to be crushed by the falling elevator. The doors open and Lumpy rushes out carrying the lower body of Cuddles. Lumpy tries in vain to revive the lower half by blowing air into the intestines, causing Cuddles' lower body to fill up with air, eventually exploding.
"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."
The Blurb video was released on September 10, 2014. And it contains these annotations:
- This episode was originally called "See You Later, Lift" for our British fans
- But it didn't have the same ring to it.
- Fun Fact: This sandwich looks disgusting
- HTF Hypothesis: When there are 5 characters crammed into a title screen, I bet all 5 die.
- Let's find out.
- Second largest building in the HTF town
- The largest is the Empire State Building
- Handy wasn't in the opening credits,
- So he'll be fine.
- They were all in the opening credits
- I don't like their chances
- Pop and Cub.
- not in the opening
- looks like they survive
- Some winds can blow a match around
- but not out
- Bob Dylan wrote that
- Toothy was in the credits
- 1 for 1
- Fire Safety Tip#1
- The safest place to be during a fire is in an elevator
- in another building
- Animal Fact: Moose are nature's firemen
- We filmed this scene using NASA's McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II
- better know as a vomit comet
- Kenn animated pretty well in zero gravity
- Animal Fact #2: Moose see things crooked
- with explains a lot about Lumpy.
- 'They've been falling in a long time '
- 'Elevator doors kill people more than escalator doors'
- escalator doors save lives!
- Stairs are death traps
- Wow, who do these elevator doors think they are
- Animal Fact #3: Moose are out of shape
- Seriously out of shape
- Lumpy is so heroic!
- Well, it's the thought that counts
- This was inspired by the movie Die Hard
- The part of Die Hard where Bruce Willis slid down the entrails of the terrorists
- it's a "blink and you miss it" scene
- I forgot about the "Opening Credits Hypothesis."
- Toothy, Sniffles, Cuddles and Mime are all dead.
- One more to go!
- Argh! The one time Lumpy saves somebody.
- Oh well, looks like I was wrong.
- I mean.. for science
- Fun Fact: Chickens can stay alive without their heads for a period of time
- Cuddles is not a chicken.
- Medical Term: Blowing into a person's large intestine to try and revive them is referred to as performing "The Lumpy Maneuver."
- It's considered 100% ineffective
- and 100% fatal
- Sniffles is split in half vertically by the closing elevator doors.
- Mime's head is chopped in half by Lumpy's axe.
- Toothy is set aflame by Pop's match, and either dies from the burn or the building explosion. (death not seen)
- Cuddles either dies from blood loss after being cut in half by the elevator, or dies in the explosion. (death not seen)
- Pop and Handy are either burned to death in the fire or killed in the explosion, as their bodies can be seen when they land.
- Cub's dead body isn't seen, but assuming he was with Pop he also died from the explosion. (death not seen)
- Giggles is crushed by the elevator.
- Other Generic Tree Friends possibly dies from the explosion. (deaths not seen)
- Toothy gets set on fire after the lit match Pop throws out the window gets blown into the room Toothy's in and sets him ablaze.
- Cuddles gets cut in half when he attempts to escape from the malfunctioning elevator.
- Giggles gets charred (off-screen) when Lumpy brings her out of the burning building.
- Lumpy ends up vomiting after climbing many stairs, gets charred (off-screen) after getting Giggles out of the fire.
- Cuddles stomach inflates (like in a cartoon) but pops.
- Lumpy's antlers change directions sometimes.
- It's unknown why the match caused an explosion when it should just have burnt the stack of paper.
- Sniffles remains seems to disappear from the elevator and reappear before Giggles is "rescued".
- There is no blood on Lumpy's axe after he accidentally chops Mime's head in half.
- When Pop throws the match out of the window it can clearly be seen that the match flies into the window below, but when we see Toothy the match is nowhere to be found.
- Considering how this is a modern building, It's strange that there aren't any proper fire alarms or sprinklers (this may be the result of poor planning).
- Technically, the elevator shouldn't have closed while Sniffles and Cuddles were coming out of it, as in reality, elevators stay open as long as people are coming in or out of it. This may be explained with the elevator malfunctioning through the episode.
- The wrong font is used for Lumpy's starring role page.
- Elevator doors are not quick and sharp to the point of killing Sniffles the way they did.
- In a related note, the elevator doors cut Sniffles completely, but when it was Cuddles turn, they left his intestine intact.
- Why did nobody use the elevator's emergency stop button? Likely because it didn't have one.
- Since the elevator's wires were cut or malfunctioning, it should have fell into free fall with no possible ways of stop it.
- Handy is clearly visible attempting to take the elevator, but why did nobody helped him doing so? They probably did this to do his signature frustrated look or comedic effect.
- It's likely Mime has no reflexes, as Lumpy was carrying the axe to chop down the door, and the elevator door was open for two seconds, which is enough for him to dodge of Giggles warn Lumpy, considering she was paying attention. In fact, when he sees Lumpy, he smiles.
- Considering the speed in which the elevator was falling, and the speed of Lumpy taking the stairs, they could have met in the second or third floor, being at the ground floor when Lumpy saved Giggles. But how was the elevator flung out of the building if the fire and the explosion were at the top and the elevator was stopped at the bottom?
- After Sniffles died, the elevator did not continue to fall, but in next shot, the elevator continued to fall again. (this may have occurred off-screen)
- After their deaths, Mime and Sniffles' brains both appear to be hollow unlike real brains or any other sliced brain we've seen in other episodes.
- Following this episode, the show was put on a year-long hiatus. Several shorts which had the message "Happy Tree Friends is dead " started rumors for fans that the series was ended. This was later revealed to be a joke and, after the end of the hiatus, a HTF short (Tunnel Vision) confirmed the making of a new full-length episode, later revealed to be Clause For Concern.
- Also, the theme for the episode is similar to that of the film Devil, which was released at a similar time this episode was aired.
- Truffles makes a cameo appearance behind a tree when Handy and Pop's bodies fall from the sky and Giggles is crushed by the elevator, and Lumpy gets Cuddles' body.
- Pop is the other character who falls with Handy, if one looks close while he can see the burnt hat Pop wears.
- When the building explodes while The Cursed Idol appears for a split second, similar to a first appearance in Swelter Skelter.
- For a joke in the credits, the animation was made by Binky Chuckles and Wiggles.
- The clothes that Lumpy is wearing is similar to his clothing in the box cover for the False Alarm video game.
- Cuddles' injury is similar to his injury in the episode I Get a Trick Out of You. Also, Lumpy used Cuddles' organs as a rope in both episodes.
- On Happy Tree Friends Social, Kenn Navarro revealed screenshots from this episode which apparently had clown noses in it while the clown nose was later revealed to be a regular as the trailer by the episode itself had the Happy Tree Friends with normal noses.
- Since Pop started the fire, he is indirectly responsible for every death in this episode.
- This is one of very few instances in the series where a character dies in a cartoonish fashion. (Sniffles still smiles after his death)
- It could be implied that the elevator in the building is likely to be an older model elevator. The way it displays floors is either on a light or a dial modern elevator which uses a dot-matrix display or LCD screen to tell which floor it is currently on.
- Sniffles' death is similar to Handy's death in "The Wrong Side of the Tracks".
- When Cuddles' head gets stuck in the elevator doors, his injury is similar to the death of Nora Carpenter, which may be a reference to Final Destination 2.
- After this episode, Pop wouldn't have a regular episode death until three years later (in A Vicious Cycle).
- The YouTube thumbnails for both the original and the Blurb spoil Cuddles' injury of getting sliced in half.
- We learn that Lumpy isn't very athletic, as seen when he vomits after climbing all the stairs.
- Mime and Sniffles broke the fourth wall by looking at the screen in shock when the elevator started malfunctioning.