"The All Nighter Before Christmas" is a special half-hour Christmas episode of the DreamWorks Animation television series The Penguins of Madagascar, aired on Nickelodeon as the seventeenth episode of the show's second season (though it was the fourteenth episode produced for the season). It is the third Christmas production spun off from the Madagascar franchise.
When the zoo closes for the Christmas holiday, the animals gather to begin work on Kidsmas, their annual holiday festivities mainly designed to delight the younger animals. Each animal is assigned a Kidsmas preparation task to perform, but Julien, desiring a different one, rearranges each animals' task. Said shuffling results in the lemurs being tasked with obtaining a Christmas tree, while Skipper has to take on the role of Santa. In hopes of being able to find "Santa's magic," Skipper and Private set out to locate the jolly old man, only to encounter multiple bell-ringing Santas and such look-a-likes. Meanwhile, as the lemurs hunt for a tree before ultimately stealing one akin to the one in Rockefeller Center, chaos ensues at the zoo between different groups of animals over whether decorations should be rock and roll-themed or Dickensian. With such disarray, Skipper believes he has failed when the younger animals arrive for Kidsmas, but his spirits are lifted when the real Santa stops by to reassure him. All then embrace the spirit, singing "It ain't perfect, but it's Christmas."
|James Patrick Stuart||Private|
|Danny Jacobs||King Julien|
Street corner Santa #2
|Kevin Michael Richardson||Maurice|
|Tara Strong||Mother duck|
|Grey DeLisle||Possum kid|
Street corner Santa #3
|Fred Tatasciore||Toy Christmas tree|
Street corner Santa #1
|Carl Reiner||Santa Claus|
A DVD of the special was released on August 11, 2011. The DVD also contained the episodes "The Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel", "The Hoboken Surprise", "Miracle on Ice", "Wishful Thinking", and "Operation: Good Deed".
The episode was made available again on The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Special Delivery DVD, released November 4, 2014. This DVD also included the episodes "Antics on Ice", "Hello, Dollface", "A Visit from Uncle Nigel", "Snowmageddon", "Mr. Tux", "Hot Ice", "Mask of the Raccoon", and "The Big Move".
- Madagascar Wiki: The All Nighter Before Christmas
- "The All Nighter Before Christmas" at the Internet Movie Database
- "The All Nighter Before Christmas" at TV.com
- "The All Nighter Before Christmas" at the Big Cartoon DataBase