"Stantler's Little Helpers" (クリスマスの夜 Christmas Night?) is a Pikachu's Winter Vacation short film released on December 22, 1999 and the third Christmas production, based on Nintendo's Pokémon video game franchise.
The episode opens with a starry night. The camera then turns to a house with a decorated Christmas Tree. Ash's voice is heard saying they should go sooner to bed because Santa is coming. At the same time Pikachu entertains Togepi making funny faces. Next Ash is hanging a stocking then lying in the bed telling Pikachu to go to sleep. Misty is heard telling the same thing to Togepi. They both go to their Trainer's bed and cover with the blanket. Brock wishes good night to Misty and Ash and then the camera turns to the outside then reverts to the inside where the fireplace can be seen.
Next to the fireplace where Ash's bag is, Chikorita comes out of it, sees Pikachu lying next to Ash then uses her vines to take him out of the bed. Then she jumps in the bed and covers with the blanket. Togepi awakens and Bulbasaur, Heracross, Vulpix, Poliwag, Psyduck and Squirtle come out of their balls. At their sound, Pikachu awakens, Togepi and Chikorita jump out of the bed and run towards them. Next, all Pokémon are looking through the window and see the decorated Christmas Tree. Chikorita looks up the sky and sees a laser-like red light. The window accidentally opens and they fall down in the snow.
Next they are seen heading towards the place where the red light has been going over a forest trail. They arrive at a place where they see Santa Claus and his Stantler. He tells them that Stantler has fever and only a certain Berry can cure it. All Pokémon volunteer to search for the Berry. They start searching when snow falls onto Pikachu's head and he gets an idea. He proceeds to explain it to the rest while the scene moves forward to the Christmas Tree. Chikorita uses Razor Leaf to bring down the star on top of the tree which falls on Pikachu's head. He uses electricity to power it up.
They proceed to search again having the star's light to help them see in the dark. Next they gather together with no results in finding the Berry. Vulpix comes and points to the top of the mountain meaning the Berry is there. Pikachu starts climbing up and a powerful wind blows the star from his head. He resists the wind and continues climbing until he finally manages to get there. He takes some Berries then the small snow covered rock under him breaks, making him fall. Bulbasaur and Chikorita use their vines to stop him from falling and bring him back to safe ground. They hurry back to Santa Claus and give Stantler the Berries. Stantler cures and Santa thanks them. Then Stantler perks up and proceeds off into the sky as the Pokémon are watching them.
In the morning Ash, Misty, Brock and the Pokémon are seen enjoying the presents. The scene cuts to the Christmas Tree having the same star on the top.
|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"|
|Bandai Namco||Christmas Comes to Pac-Land • "Happy Holiday and a Merry Berry Day" • "Santa Pac"|
|Other video games||"Just Like Old Times" • Sonic Christmas Blast • "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls"|