Chronicles Episode 004
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Pikachu's Winter Vacation 03: "Pichu's and Pikachu's Winter Vacation 2001 [Delibird's Present] & [White Story]"
Pokémon Chronicles Episode 04: "Pikachu's Winter Vacation [Delibird Dilemma] [Snorlax Snowman]"
Japanese Air Date: December 22nd, 2000
American Air Date: June 17th, 2006
The third set of Christmas-themed episodes has arrived! In "Delibird's Present," a Delibird loses its presents as it's delivering them to Santa. Our heroes' pokemon decide to help it out, so they search all over the snow-covered area to retrieve them. Waninoko gets one that landed on top of a boat, and Yorunozuku is able to find one hidden in a tree. A third present is discovered by a wild Aipom who decides to make things difficult by forcing the pokemon to chase after it! After the final present is retrieved from the top of a tree, Delibird is able to return the gifts to Santa Claus. In "White Story," the same group of pokemon make a Kabigon snowman one day. Much to their surprise, the snowman comes alive and takes them on an adventure! The gang slides around, gets trapped in a whirlpool, see lots of water pokemon, and create a boat made of ice, all before the snowman Kabigon returns to its friends.
reference, this OVA was released between episodes 180, "Popokko! The Grass Pokemon Battle
Tournament" ("The Grass Stop") and 181, "Pichu and Pikachu" ("The Apple
The dub version seems like it was returned to the crew that works on the regular TV series because the quality improves dramatically. We get to keep some of the Japanese music, there aren't any major cuts, and the pokemon all sound like the versions from the TV show. Could the crappiness of "The Legend of Thunder" be a one-time occurrence?In the Japanese version, Howaito Dansu is used as the opening theme and Mou Sugu Santa ga Yatte Kuru! is used as the ending theme to this OVA. The American version uses the typical Pokémon Chronicles stuff.
Pikachu, Togepi, Yorunozuku, Airmd, and Aipom keep their Japanese voices.
So the special starts, and...4KIDS LEFT IT IN WIDESCREEN!!!!!!! WHOOOO!!!!!!
Though it is weird that 4Kids will leave the most inane, pointless animated shorts in widescreen while the theatrical features get cropped for American audiences. Oh well, I'll take what I can get.
Also, Santa Claus
as a narrator is way
more talkative than the lady in the Japanese version. And did you
hear the way he butchers the pronunciation of Bulbasaur's name? I
mean, what the hell's a "Balbasaur?"
music...4Kids only used two of the original pieces of background music
for the dub, but the two they used were pretty awesome. The first
one was an old Kanto piece that we haven't
heard them use since Johto, and the second one, the one that ends the
episode, is one that I don't think we've EVER heard in the dub
It really seems
like they're trying to make up for "The Legend of Thunder," doesn't it?
Also, in contrast
to the previous short, the narrator of the dubbed version of this one
doesn't talk much at all. I think Mr. Pollock is given all of two
lines at the beginning of the short and then doesn't say anything for
the rest of the episode. Strange.
Snorlax sort of snores the
first syllable of its name in the dub. I'm not all that bothered
about it since you can argue that this Snorlax isn't real and is
therefore allowed to have a different voice, but it's still odd
happen in the Japanese version since it was
released straight to video and therefore didn't have any commercial
vocal is added in the dub when there was only instrumental music in the
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