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"The Night Before Cave Christmas" is the Christmas-themed episode of the video game-based cartoon Super Mario World, and notably also the last episode of the series in production order. The title is a reference to the classic poem The Night Before Christmas.

Synopsis

While on a picnic with his friends, Mario takes notice of Yoshi and Oogtar fighting over a barbecued mammoth rib, and after an attempt to stop it results in the two tearing it in half and splattering some barbecue sauce on his face, he complains that all Oogtar ever does is squabble with Yoshi. Luigi and Princess Peach then note to him that the other cave-people have also been acting rather grouchy to each other recently. Mario decides that they should introduce the cave-people to the concept of Christmas in order to get them be nicer to each other, despite Luigi pointing out that it's the middle of August. He then proceeds to explain Christmas to Yoshi and Oogtar, with Oogtar taking particular interest in Santa Claus and the presents he delivers, but not being keen on the fact that he only brings them to good children.

Peach decorating a tree

Princess Peach tries to decorate a tree with candy canes, but Yoshi keeps eating them.

Soon, Mario begins decorating Dome City and wishing a merry Cave Christmas to the cave-people watching him. He then gets the others to cut down some Christmas trees and decorate them. During all this, Bowser spies on them and ponders what his nemesis is up to. After he and his son Roy Koopa spy on the good guys some more and overhear the details about Christmas, Bowser comes up with a plan.

The Mario Bros. and the Princess begin to make presents for the cave-kids, during which Oogtar sneaks into their workshop, eyeing everything greedily until Luigi finds him and throws him out. Later, after they finish making all the toys, Mario goes to try on his Santa Claus outfit. During this, Oogtar sneaks into the workshop again, intending to get the best toys for himself. Just as he's rummaging through the bag though, he sees Bowser approaching and hides in the toy sack. Bowser, intending to steal all the toys and give them to his Koopa Kids, snatches the bag, taking Oogtar with him. When Mario comes back, he finds the toys are gone, and Peach figures out that Bowser is the thief because he dropped one of his scales. Angered by this, Mario vows to go to Bowser's Neon Castle and reclaim the toys, and with that, sets off in a sleigh with Yoshi, who has a pair of Magic Wings on, as his reindeer.

Over at his castle, Bowser opens the bag of toys and finds Oogtar. Demanding to know what Oogtar was doing in there, he gets in an argument over who the toys belong to, which results in Oogtar opening a present Bowser intended to give Roy. When he sees the present is a Bob-omb, Oogtar throws it to Bowser, and it explodes in the Koopa King's face. Furious, Bowser grabs Oogtar and ties him up over a pit with a hungry dinosaur and leaves a candle to burn the rope Oogtar is tied to.

Santa Mario outside Bowser's castle

Mario and Yoshi arrive at Bowser's Castle.

Mario scolding Oogtar

Mario scolds Oogtar after rescuing him.

When Mario and Yoshi arrive at the Neon Castle, they hear Oogtar's cries for help and break through a window to go rescue him. Along the way, they are chased by Mecha-Koopas, Thwomps, Dry Bones, and Chargin' Chucks before reaching the room where Oogtar is being held. Using the cape-flying ability he gained by picking up a Cape Feather during the chase, Mario flies in and rescues the caveboy. Upon being ordered to, Oogtar, who thinks he's addressing the real Santa, confesses to his attempt to steal the presents earlier and promises to be good. With that, Mario gathers the stolen presents and loads them onto his sleigh, and he, Oogtar, and Yoshi manage to escape just as Bowser and his kids find that the stolen presents are missing.

Upon returning to Dome City, Mario drops Oogtar off at his house and puts him to bed, but not before Oogtar reveals he has had an epiphany and figures that being rescued from the dinosaur was enough of a present. When Oogtar falls asleep, Mario leaves him a present before heading off to deliver the presents to the rest of the cave-kids. Later in the morning, Oogtar, having learned the spirit of giving, visits Mario while he's resting to give him a present.

Songs

Trivia

  • A few clips from this episode were used in Nintendo commercials aired in Spain during the Christmas season in 1992.

Availability

Prior to 2007, "The Night Before Cave Christmas" was notably the only episode of Super Mario World to be commercially released on video in the United States; it was available on the 1996 VHS release Super Mario Bros. Super Christmas Adventures!, which also included the Christmas-themed episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Eventually, this episode and all the other Super Mario World episodes were made available on Shout! Factory's Captain N and The New Super Mario World: The Complete Series DVD set, released on November 13, 2007. "The Night Before Cave Christmas" can also be found on the single-disc DVD Super Mario World: Yoshi the Superstar!, released by NCircle Entertainment in 2009. It was then included on NCircle's Super Mario World: The Complete Series DVD set, released on October 8, 2013.

Cast

Voice actor Character
Walker Boone Mario
Tony Rosato Luigi
Tracey Moore Princess Peach
Andrew Sabiston Yoshi
John Stocker Oogtar
Harvey Atkin Bowser Koopa
Gordon Masten Roy Koopa

Note: The other six Koopalings (Larry Koopa, Morton Koopa Jr., Wendy O. Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Lemmy Koopa, and Ludwig Von Koopa) make a cameo, but do not have speaking parts.

External links

Video Game Cartoons
Nintendo "A Christmas Story" • "Koopa Klaus" • "Santa Claus Is Coming to Flatbush" • "The Night Before Cave Christmas" • "Holiday Hi-Jynx" • "Christmas Night" • "Stantler's Little Helpers" • "The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights" • "Delibird's Dilemma"
Other video games Christmas Comes to Pac-Land • "Just Like Old Times" • Sonic Christmas Blast • "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" • "Happy Holidays and a Merry Berry Day"
DHX Media
Studio B Productions "Jungle Bells" / "Goat of Christmas Presents" • "Kid vs. Kat vs. Christmas" • "Fangs for the Memories" • "Hearth's Warming Eve" • "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Day" • "Christmas Evil" • "Hearthbreakers" • "A Hearth's Warming Tail"
CINAR / Cookie Jar Entertainment "Madeline's Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Present Ever" • "Abe and Babe's Christmas Lesson" • "Sally Cat's Christmas Dream" • "The Big Apple Christmas Caper" • "Santa Needs Help" • "Christmas Star" • Arthur's Perfect Christmas • "Caillou's Christmas" • Caillou's Holiday Movie • "A Holly Johnny Christmas" • "That's Swellaphant!"
DIC Entertainment "Christmas Memories" • "North Pole Cat" • "Xmas Marks the Spot" • "Koopa Klaus" • "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush" • "Christmas in July" • "The Night Before Cave Christmas" • "Merry Christmas, Super Dave!" • Inspector Gadget Saves ChristmasA Hollywood Hounds Christmas • "Do Not Reboot 'Til Christmas" • "Kilo Is Coming to Town" • "It's a Gorganus Life" • "Madeline at the North Pole" • "Just Like Old Times" • Twas the Night Before BumpyJingle Bell RockSonic Christmas BlastA Christmas Carol • "A Gadget Boy Christmas All Around the World" • "Witchmas Carole" • "The Christmas Phantom" • "Santa Claw"

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