Dunce Upon a Time is episode number 6.2 of the Happy Tree Friends television series.
HTF Episode Description
The jolly, giant needs the bones to make his bread! (Part 1)
Fee Fie Fo Fum! The Giant spills the blood of the HTF gang! (Part 2)
Giggles climbs a beanstalk and encounters a giant Lumpy. (DVD)
Giggles and Nutty, who are poor and starving, sadly sit outside their small home. When Giggles' tummy rumbles, Nutty goes to their scrawny cow to milk her. When nothing but milk powder comes out of the cow's udders, Nutty decides to take the cow into town to sell her. Along the way, he is stopped by Lifty and Shifty who offer to trade Nutty some magic jelly beans for the cow. Enticed by the thought of getting a sugary treat, Nutty happily makes the trade and returns home.
Giggles, who is expecting Nutty to bring home some money, is confused when she is presented with the jelly beans. She takes one while Nutty eats the rest, laughing wildly, annoying Giggles. Later that night, Giggles goes to bed hungry while Nutty falls asleep with an aching stomach. He quickly cheers up in his sleep when he dreams that he's eating a large candy cane, but he is soon roused from his sleep when he realizes a giant beanstalk is growing out of his mouth, which causes Nutty's eyes to pop out, hanging from two stalks. The beanstalk quickly grows up to the sky, taking the house with it.
The next morning, Giggles wakes up to the sound of chirping birds to find a castle in the clouds outside her window. Inside the castle, a giant Lumpy cuts up vegetables for a meal. He hears a knock at the door and answers it to find a tiny Giggles standing at his feet. He screams and tries to stomp on Giggles, who runs into a nearby mouse hole in the castle. Lumpy places a mousetrap outside the mouse hole and returns to his cooking.
He looks through his cookbook and then turns to a group of jars on a shelf, containing Cuddles, Handy, Sniffles, Mime, Flaky, and Toothy in addition to a skeleton and some other items. He takes Toothy down from the shelf, removes him from his jar, and cracks his head open on a cauldron, pouring his brain out like an egg yolk, scaring Giggles. He then takes Handy from the shelf and despite his efforts to stay in the jar, Handy is removed and held over the cauldron. Lumpy attempts to break Handy's head open several times, but Handy's hard hat saves his life. Annoyed, Lumpy ignores Handy's pleas for mercy and uses a nutcracker to break Handy's head open, causing blood to fly into Lumpy's eyes, and nearly makes Giggles vomit.
While Lumpy goes to wash his face, Giggles attempts to call out to the others, but Mime simply waves to her in response. She then throws Toothy's dead body on the mousetrap to launch herself towards the jars. She ends up flying too fast and she hits the shelf, knocking all the jars to the floor where they shatter. Lumpy hears the commotion and reenters the kitchen, grabbing a broom, where he accidentally steps on Mime, who remains in his broken jar to perform the invisible wall routine. While Lumpy is distracted by the blood on the bottom of his foot, the others run and hide, dodging Lumpy as he tries to hit them with the broom. Lumpy attempts to scrape the blood and guts off his foot, but seeing it spread, Lumpy becomes grossed out.
Lumpy notices a piece of bread wiggling in the toaster, which he jams a fork into. Despite getting shocked pretty badly, he does this twice more with a similar result. Giving up, he walks away, leaving the fork in the toaster. Seconds later, the piece of toast pops up and falls over, revealing that he did kill someone: Flaky, who is stabbed by the fork through the mouth.
Next, Lumpy spots Sniffles hiding under one of three identical cups. He lifts one up, but Sniffles hides on the inside of the cup. Lumpy, getting an idea, begins shuffling the cups around in a type of magic trick. He then lifts the cups up, revealing various pieces of Sniffles lying under each cup. Then Lumpy gives himself a triumphant "ta-da!" Lumpy then hears someone sneezing and walks over to his spice cabinet. Inside a pepper grinder, Cuddles is shown hiding inside, and whenever he sneezes, the pepper grinder suddenly jumps. Lumpy grabs the pepper grinder, and starts twisting the top, which begins grinding the pepper inside, as well as Cuddles' body, leaving the rabbit to die in an agonizing death.
Lumpy now sees Giggles running up a staircase and he gives chase, letting out a booming, "Fee fi fo fum!" as he goes. Giggles opens a door and runs into another mouse hole, where a long haired Petunia spins straw into gold at a spinning wheel. As Lumpy reaches into the hole to grab Giggles, Giggles ties Petunia's golden hair around her waist and jumps out of a nearby window. When she reaches the end of Petunia's hair, Petunia's neck snaps, as her leg is chained to the wall. Giggles pulls on Petunia's hair to reach the nearby ground, tearing off Petunia's scalp.
Lumpy stands at the top of the beanstalk and shouts at Giggles before climbing down. Giggles, panicking, grabs an axe, and unable to differentiate the beanstalk from Nutty's stomach (because the beanstalk and Nutty are both green), begins chopping the still alive Nutty with the axe. This destabilizes the beanstalk, causing Lumpy to fall and chunks of his castle to break off.
Nearby, Lifty and Shifty stand by the edge of a cliff with their cow, arguing about what to do to cross over the cliff. Lumpy falls down over the cliff and another nearby cliff, acting as a bridge. Lifty and Shifty try to pull the cow with them but when chunks of the castle fall down, they abandon the cow and run across Lumpy. As they stand on his torso, a piece of castle hits them and cuts through Lumpy's body.
Giggles sadly holds her hands to her stomach, still just as hungry as she was since the beginning. Her cow approaches her, however, and she brightens up. She feeds the cow the remaining magic jelly bean, and a leaf begins growing out of the cow's udder.
"The sky's the limit when your heart's in it!"
- A Generic Tree Friend has died in one of Lumpy's jars, leaving a skeleton behind. (Death not seen)
- Toothy's head is cracked like an egg.
- Handy's head is crushed by a giant nutcracker after Lumpy is unable to make him meet the same fate as Toothy.
- Mime is stepped on by Lumpy.
- Flaky is burnt inside a toaster, and impaled by a giant fork.
- Sniffles is cut to pieces when Lumpy performs a magic trick on him.
- Cuddles is ground to death in a pepper mill.
- Petunia's neck is broken and her scalp is torn off when Giggles uses her hair as a bungee cord.
- Nutty's stomach is hacked by Giggles with an axe.
- Lifty and Shifty are crushed by a piece of Lumpy's castle.
- Lumpy's torso is destroyed when a piece of his castle falls on him.
- The beanstalk growing inside the cow would've crushed her organs. (Debatable)
- A beanstalk grows out of Nutty's stomach.
- Toothy lands on his head when he's pushed out of his jar.
- Handy's head is repeatedly hit against Lumpy's cauldron.
- Cuddles, Giggles, Sniffles, and Flaky are hurt after being knocked off of a shelf.
- Lumpy impales his foot with glass from Mime's jar (He is strangely unaffected by this).
- Lumpy is electrocuted by his toaster three times.
- Cuddles sneezes when he is exposed to too much pepper.
- Lumpy falls from his beanstalk and is knocked out on landing.
- Amount of surviving main characters: 1
- Amount of dead main characters: 11
- Total rate: 8.3%
- Giggles' knocks down Lumpy's jar rack.
- The jars holding the character shatter after hitting the ground.
- Cuddles' slippers are grinded in a pepper grinder.
- Giggles' actions of hitting the beanstalk with an axe causes Lumpy's castle to slowly break down.
- Shifty's hat probably breaks when he is crushed by the piece of Lumpy's castle.
- Lumpy had more of a starring role in this episode than a featuring role. Nutty also has more of a co-starring role, considering how much screen time he has in the beginning of the episode.
- Though the story is assumed to be set in Medieval times, Nutty, Shifty, Cuddles, Handy and Sniffles are all wearing modern day clothes. Also, Lumpy has a toaster, a sink, a metal nutcracker, and a metal knife, although this may have been thrown in for comedic effect.
- Nutty's lazy eye change places numerous times.
- The candy on Nutty's body changes places and directions several times. Even in continuous shots.
- The patch on Giggles' bow changes place numerous times.
- When Lifty and Shifty first approach Nutty, an additional lollipop appears on Nutty's chest.
- When Lifty and Shifty presented the jellybeans to Nutty, the jellybean's colors were blue, yellow, orange, red, magenta, and purple. But when Nutty show the jellybeans to Giggles, the yellow bean is missing, but a green bean is shown..
- Giggles grabs one jelly beans, and five remain on Nutty's hand. On the next scene, just before Nutty eats them, there are six again.
- Nutty audibly chews the beans when he eats them. However, they are later intact enough to grow inside his stomach.
- The floor moves up with the rest of the house, even though Nutty was previously above the floor.
- Nutty's bed disappears after the beanstalk begins growing out of his mouth.
- When the beanstalk grows out of Nutty, he is clearly in his bed, but when the house shoots into the sky, he is lying on the grass.
- Giggles should have felt some vibration when her house was being lifted in the air, but she didn't seem to notice.
- The directions of Lumpy's antlers change numerous times, sometimes during continuous shots.
- When Handy's head explodes, his pupils are black dots.
- It isn't possible for the skull of the skeleton (that is trapped in one of the jars) to float. But this might be done out of comedic effect.
- Before Giggles crashes into the shelf to save her friends, the characters have their Season 2 designs. This might have been intentional, seeing as how the TV show was cancelled due to low budgets, and the animators decided to recycle animation to save money.
- When Giant Lumpy picks of the bowl Sniffles was under, he briefly has no pupils.
- When Lumpy figures out that Sniffles is hiding under a bowl, Sniffles' pupils become inverted.
- When Cuddles is being ground to death, he is in his Season 2 design and his pupils are facing away from each other when he dies.
- Petunia lacks a tail in this episode.
- Before Giggles jumped out of the castle Petunia's hair was not connected but when Giggles jump out of the castle Petunia's hair was connected. Although it is possible that the animators did this because they didn't want to show the revelation until after Giggles jumped out the window.
- In the scene where Giggles was bungee jumping off the castle, as Petunia's head was being pulled, her neck was broken and a chain that was holding her leg near the wall was pulling her back, but as her scalp was being torn off, neither of her feet were shown in the chain and were nowhere near the wall.
- When Giggles was using Petunia's hair as a bungee cord, she tore off Petunia's entire scalp, but when Giggles fell to the ground, her torn scalp isn't on the end of the line. Also, judging by how long the hair was, the hair should have been a lot longer when Giggles fell to the ground.
- Nutty somehow survived the beanstalk growing inside of him and reaching the height of the clouds. This isn't possible, his organs and bones would surely be crushed.
- When Lumpy fell to the ground, he is missing his left antler.
- The falling piece of castle seems to be much smaller than Lumpy, even though he lived inside it.