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| Winter Games
Let's Play on the Ice!
|| December 22, 1999
| United States
|| November 23, 2004
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 毛利和昭 Kazuaki Mōri
| Assistant director
|| 吉田俊司 Shunji Yoshida
| Animation directors
|| 南伸一郎 Shin'ichirō Minami
| 松原徳弘 Tokuhiro Matsubara
| Additional credits
Winter Games (Japanese: こおりであそぼ！ Let's Play on the Ice!) is the third Pikachu's Winter Vacation episode. It was first released in Japan on December 22, 1999, and in the United States and United Kingdom on the Pikachu's Winter Vacation VHS and DVD.
It's a beautiful winter day in the Johto region, and Brock, Misty, and Ash are heading into town to pick up a few things for the cabin they're spending the day in. Once again, Pikachu is left in charge, and Togepi, Psyduck, and Vulpix run up to send them off, although Chikorita soon squeezes herself in to do the same. After admonitions from Misty to take care of Togepi, and Brock telling Vulpix to behave itself, the humans head on their way.
Pikachu, Togepi, and Vulpix make their way to the table next to a window to wave goodbye. Chikorita and Psyduck make their way over, Chikorita leaping up onto one of the chairs. The rest of the Pokémon - Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Poliwag, Heracross, and Geodude - come out of the back room. They quickly make their way to the table to say goodbye themselves, Bulbasaur smacking Chikorita off the chair and into the wall. Chikorita is not happy about this.
While the Pokémon say their goodbyes, Pikachu notices its breath forming a fog on the window. Squirtle and Bulbasaur also notice this, and blow fog clouds of their own. Squirtle then takes it one step further, pushing its face into the fog, leaving a perfect imprint in the cloud.
Togepi sees this, and practically begs Pikachu to do the same. Pikachu takes a deep breath, then blows onto the window, making a big cloud, which it proceeds to leave an imprint of its face in. Togepi steps up to the window and tries to do the same, but it can't quite manage to blow a cloud big enough or permanent enough. It just laughs it off, as do the other Pokémon.
Back on the floor, the still-upset Chikorita is sulking. Pikachu sees it and makes its way over, trying to cheer Chikorita up. But Chikorita's having none of it. Pikachu tries again, but Chikorita angrily waves its leaf, smacking a slipper on the floor up into the air, off the wall, and straight onto Togepi's head.
Togepi bursts into tears, and the Pokémon start getting worried. All of the other Pokémon (except Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Chikorita, and Vulpix) start making funny faces to try to get Togepi to stop crying, but without much success. Vulpix saves the day, however, by waving its tails in front of Togepi, which cheers Togepi up. Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Pikachu sigh in relief.
Pikachu turns on Chikorita, who, now more upset than ever, runs off. Surprised, Pikachu and the other Pokémon follow. Chikorita, looking back to see them chasing it, doesn't notice the large icicle hanging down in time to stop, and it rams into it. The other Pokémon see this and start laughing, which only angers Chikorita further.
Pikachu playfully knocks on one of the icicles, which chimes. Squirtle knocks on a different one with its head, which makes a different toned chime. Psyduck, Geodude, and Poliwag proceed to knock on icicles themselves, each making a different chime.
This gives Pikachu an idea. Heading over to Heracross, it points out a row of the icicles, then does a Heracross-horn impression with his ears. Getting the idea, Heracross hits the icicles in a row, producing a downward scale of chimes. The Pokémon, enjoying the tune, start hitting icicles in order to make a makeshift tune.
The still-upset Chikorita, however, breaks up the fun by launching a Razor Leaf at one of the icicles, causing it to almost fall on Squirtle, making it fall backwards. Chikorita giggles, then launches three more Razor Leaves, one almost hitting Heracross, one just missing Bulbasaur and Poliwag, and one crashing harmlessly against Geodude's head. Pleased with itself, Chikorita runs off again. Pikachu is in the middle of pulling Squirtle back up when it notices Chikorita running off and goes after it, causing Squirtle to fall back onto its shell again.
Chikorita runs into what looks like a park, with Pikachu and the other Pokémon following, Togepi hitching a ride on Vulpix's back, and Psyduck bringing up the rear. Chikorita turns on the speed, races down a stairway, and suddenly goes into an out-of-control slide on an ice rink. Pikachu stops at the top of the stairs and realizes what Chikorita is doing looks like fun.
Suddenly, the other Pokémon end up crashing into Pikachu, sending all of them tumbling down the stairs. The rest stop short, but Pikachu ends up face-sliding on the ice. With no way of stopping itself, Pikachu ends up colliding right into Chikorita. They both go sliding across the ice, Chikorita eventually digging its leaf into the ice to stop them.
Pikachu and Chikorita gradually separate themselves. Pikachu laughs embarrassed, but Chikorita just walks off the ice. It stops only long enough to turn back and stick its tongue out at Pikachu. This leaves Pikachu sad and disappointed.
Back at the other end, Poliwag is skating across the ice, and Psyduck is face-sliding. Bulbasaur and Squirtle make their way out to Pikachu, Togepi riding on Bulbasaur's back. Togepi asks Pikachu for a push, to which Pikachu happily obliges. Togepi slides across the ice.
Squirtle, seeing that, wants to do it to, and lays on its shell, withdraws into it, and Bulbasaur gives it a push; it goes sliding, plowing through Poliwag and Psyduck, bouncing off the fence, tripping up Heracross, and crashing through Vulpix. Its ride, however, slams to a halt as it slams into Geodude, causing it to become dizzy and fall over.
Chikorita, watching this, realizes they're having fun, when suddenly Meowth's voice is heard. It says they're having fun, but they'll get hurt if they keeping slipping around like banana peels. Meowth makes its way down to show them how it's done, while Togepi's ride bumps it into Pikachu, knocking it down.
Meowth makes his way onto the ice, but suddenly panics as he loses his traction, but manages to catch himself on his claws. However, he suddenly starts accelerating, and realizes Poliwag is sweeping the ice in front of Meowth like an Olympic Curler. Chikorita soon slides out to assist, and Meowth is sent into a speedy slide that results in it shooting off the ice and into a tree. This results in a pile of snow falling on it, much to the laughter of the other Pokémon.
Meowth fails to see the humor, but soon finds his chance for revenge when he sees Vulpix curling for Bulbasaur. Meowth makes his way out and starts sweeping too, and soon, Bulbasaur is sent on a similar ride as Meowth, with similar results. He too, crashes into a tree and gets buried in snow.
Meowth gloats, but the angry Bulbasaur bursts out of the snow and wraps Meowth up with a Vine Whip. Bulbasaur then sends Meowth into a wild spin on the ice. Vulpix, Poliwag, and Chikorita start sweeping, making Meowth go even faster. Squirtle panics and withdraws, getting sent skidding by the spinning Meowth. Meowth ends up sending Pikachu and Togepi into spins, and gets pinged off Geodude like a Pinball hitting a bumper.
Squirtle and Meowth are now heading right for each other, and they soon collide, sending Meowth flying. Meowth takes a moment to mention, "Even without Team Rocket, I'm blasting off anyway!" as he launched away with the Team Rocket "Ding".
The Pokémon are having another laugh at Meowth's expense while Squirtle pops out of its shell, wondering what happened. Chikorita suddenly pops in next to Pikachu again. They soon share another laugh.
As sunset comes, the Pokémon are still happily sliding away on the ice. Then Ash, Misty, and Brock are heard calling, so everyone makes their way off the ice, Psyduck taking a spill in the process. Pikachu and Chikorita both leap as the scene whites out. The episode ends with one last look over the rink, panning up to the sky.
- This episode was one of four Pikachu's Winter Vacations featured on the UK promotional VHS.
- An instrumental version of A New Friend is played at the end of this short.
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