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This photo should not be confused with "Happy Tree Friends," an American adult flash cartoon series created and developed in 1999 for Mondo Media, founded in 1988 in San Francisco, California, to produce ad-supported, internet-based animated segments called Mondo Mini Shows. Each episode of "Happy Tree Friends" revolved around the characters, portrayed as cute forest animals, enduring bloodshed, pain, dismemberment, evisceration, and/or death. After its internet debut the series got over 15 million hits per month, was shown at film festivals, and beame the basis of a 2008 video game developed by Stainless Games and Sega for Xbox Live Arcade. The TV series premiered at the multi-genre entertainment and comic convention known as San Diego Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) in 2006 before its broadcst debut at midnight 25 September 2006 on G4, a digital cable and satellite television channel in Los Angeles that was originally geared for young male adult video gamers and was later carried in Canada, the UK, Europe, Latin America, and South Africa. Mondo Media also announced plans to produce a feature film based on the series. It was primaily the brainchild of Rhode Montijo, who recieved a degree in Illustration from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1996 and then attracted attention with his graphic novel series ("Pablo's Inferno") about a young boy who died and traveled the underworld in search of answers. He would go on to create "Cloud Boy," a children's picture book about a young cloud who shapes clouds into familiar-looking objects. At Mondo he worked on projects like "Thugs on Film" and Aubrey Ankrum's "The God & Devil Show" before he teamed up with Ankrum and Kenn Navarro to do an animated short, "Banjo Frenzy," which featured prototypes of four of the "Happy Tree Friends" characters. Montijo created, wrote, directed, and acted as art director for "Happy Tree Friends." Kenn Navaro later directed the 2007 Fall Out Boy music video for "The Carpal Tunnel of Love," in which the band members die the same type of graphic, bloody deaths that are featured in the cartoon series.
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