South Park

Season 8 Episode 14

Woodland Critter Christmas

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 15, 2004 on Comedy Central
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It's Christmas in South Park once again. This year Stan, the boy with the red poof-ball hat, finds himself helping out a group of adorable critters that live in the forest. They ask him to help protect their pregnant friend, who will give birth to their Lord's son. Everything is going well until Stan learns who these critters worship.moreless

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  • Black Christmas

    10
    This is not just one of my favorate episodes of South Park but one of my favorate Christmas specials in general. I've seen a lot of really twisted Christmas horror films like "Black Christmas and "Silent Night Deadly Night, this special I put as part of that line up.



    For those that didn't see this special don't read this. I really how this film sets you up, at first it seems like just another harmless Christmas romp as we see some innocent mystical animals need the help of Stan and the others to protect their child from a mountain lion that comes and destroys it. It's an obvious echo to the Naitivity story as we assume this child will be the savor. Of course the good natured person Stan is he decides to help them and trick the lion into leaping off a cliff.



    Then of course the whole special pulls a complete 180 on us, when we discover these mystical animals are satanic worshipers and we see them engage in a blood orgy as well as put up their decorations of evil. It was both blackly funny and a bit shocking because it really blew your assumptions away due to act of innocence these animals were putting on; probably should've asked what religon they were affliated with.



    And of course afterward everything is just crazy from there on. The highlight for me was near the last half when we then see Santa come in and then just go all Rambo on the woodland critters which just made me laugh my head off, it was comic gold.



    So happy holidays everyone.moreless
  • perfect

    10
    I knew of this episode's infamy before watching. A lot of people said how strange and disturbing this episode was, and so I was weary going into it. But I ended up liking it a lot. It didn't have a whole lot of laughs from me, Cartman and the ending were funny, and I guess the idea of evil woodland critters is funny in itself. Such a strange episode. A lot of episodes from South Park are strange but this is probably the strangest. It's still a really good episode though, one all fans should see. A+ episode. Perfect. See itmoreless
  • Definately my favourite episode yet.

    10
    My favourite bits would have to be Santa blowing the critters heads off with a shotgun. The mountain lion cubs giving abortions and sacraficing Rabity. Who would have thought that such cute critters could worship Satan. It also shows how crazy the imagionation of Cartman is and shows just how bad his realationship with Kyle is. One small bad point, where's Kenny
  • Woah

    10
    In this episode, Stan is spending christmas time, in the forest when he comes across some woodland critters, who are trying to have a fun christmas. They ask him to build them a manger, and he does. Later that night they come to him in the night to tell them that one of them is pregnant with the son of their lord. They then take him to celebrate with them, but their fun is soon ruined by the evil old mountain loin, who's done this before. They ask Stan to stop them and accepts. I won't say anymore, but it's not even close to what you expect, total 180 on all christmas stories. Definite favorite of mine, must watch episode even if not a fan. 10/10 A+moreless
  • Oceanic6 - y thought this was terrific

    9.0
    It's Christmas in South Park and Stan helps some adorable woodland critters build a manger for a virgin mother who is pregnant with their leader, little does he know that they're psychotic satanists who used Stanley so it's his (very reluctant) duty to save Christmas and the world.



    After watching, all is could say was Wow, i've never been so disgusted yet amused in half an hour ever. This starts out as the cheesy snuff Christmas specials we've come to know and hate and totally flips it on its head.



    The writing is just magic; a constant barrage of jokes that makes every Christmas cliche bearable, from the names of the critters to the pushy narrator who forces Stan to be the hero of the story.



    Woodland Critters Christmas is also recommended to someone who has a thicker skin when it comes to comedy; not only does this episode put - down Jews, AIDS, abortions and animal cruelty in one blow of hatred but the gruesome depicitons of bodies being torn apart and unborn babies being extracted are either going to appeal to you or not, for me and i'm sure most people it was the former.



    Once again, the animation is great and one must appreciate the effort to animate animals moving seperately but realistically. Although the improved animation is a blessing and a curse when it comes to the gross sequences where the stop motion would've been preferred.



    As this episode relies heavily on technology to alter the sounds of the voices, it's difficult to commend the individual voice actors but Trey Parker whose distinct vocals are heard on the narrator is by - far the MVP of this episode.



    Woodland Critters Christmas is the perfect Christmas present for any South Park fans and is proof that the show doesn't need a talking crap to have a great Christmas episode.moreless
Trey Parker

Trey Parker

Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Mona Marshall

Mona Marshall

Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others

Gracie Lazar

Gracie Lazar

Voice of Liane Cartman; Wendy Testaburger; Shelly Marsh; Sharon Marsh; Various Others

Dante Alexander

Dante Alexander

Voice of Beary Bear

Guest Star

Adrien Beard

Adrien Beard

Voice of the Token Williams/ Squirly Squirrel

Guest Star

Dakota Sky

Dakota Sky

Voice of Unknown

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Spoiler alert!:
      The narrating closing quote is just like the one from the episode "Pip": "...And they all lived happily ever after, except for Pocket who died of Hepatitis B".

    • The narrator says it is Christmas Eve, but later when Stan takes the mountain lions to learn abortions, the doctor says its three days before Christmas. This proves that Cartman did not proofread his paper.

    • Cartman was wearing the same winter sweater he wore in the episode "Red Sleigh Down".

    • The idea of Immaculate Conception has been confused with that of virgin birth. Immaculate Conception is the idea that Mary was born without sin. This life without sin is what allows her to birth Jesus. I suppose you could just chalk this up to Cartman's an idiot, although it is a common error.

    • Towards the end of the episode when Squirrelly announces the birth of the Anti-Christ you can clearly see Rabbity standing next to him in the close up shot, despite the fact that he was sacrificed and fed upon by the other animals earlier.

    • When the narrator is giving the names of all the animals, he says the beaver's name is beavery, but later on, when Stan puts the star on the tree, he calls him beavy.

    • During the naming of the animals, the narrator forgets to mention Raccoony the Raccoon, even though you can clearly see him in the far left side helping out Foxy the Fox.

    • Spoiler alert!:
      When the anti-christ is born, they say there will be 1,000 years of darkness, but a few seconds later Stan says "What? You mean I did all that and there's still going to be 10,000 years of darkness?!".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Narrator: And on that magical day, stumbling upon all of that. Was a surprised little boy, in a red poof ball hat.
      Stan: What the hell?

    • Woodland Critters: It's almost time of the time of year. The time that comes just once a year. We can hardly wait 'cause it's so near. It's a woodland critter Christmas!

    • Beary: Gee wiz Santa, you're not gonna kill me are y…
      (Santa blows his brains out)

    • Santa: Alright, what the hell is going on?! Why is there a red star glowing in the sky?!
      Squirrely: We finally did it Santa! We brought forth the Anti-Christ with help from our good friend Stanley!
      Mousey: Death and pain await all living things!
      Santa (stares angrily at Stan): Little boy you should be ashamed!
      Stan: Yea but I didn't mean to help them, I tried to stop them!
      Santa: Well good going stupid! There's only one way to stop devil-worshipping critters.
      (Pulls out a shotgun, cocks it, and blows Squirrely's head off)

    • Squirrely: Hey look it's Santa Claus!
      Woodland Critters: Yay!!
      Racoony: Let's eat his flesh!

    • Mousey: Stanny you're alive!
      Beary: But does that mean you killed the mountain lion?
      Stan: It's dead.
      Deery: For real and for true?
      Squirrely: Are you sure?
      Stan: I'm sure; it won't be hurting you anymore.
      Squirrely: He did it! Now our Critter Christmas can finally happen! Hail Satan!
      Woodland Critters: (in unison) Hail Satan!
      Stan: Wait what WHAT!

    • Stan: There's gotta be a way for you to kill the porcupine's baby.
      Lion Cubs: What, you mean like an abortion? But we don't know how to give abortions. Do you know some place we could learn mister?
      Narrator: Where can they learn that, the boy said with a frown. I know the abortion clinic right outside of town.
      Stan: What?!
      Narrator: So he picked up the cubs and down the mountain he stormed and took them to where abortions are performed.
      Stan: No he didn't.
      Narrator: Yes he did.
      Stan: No he didn't!
      Narrator: Yes he did.
      Stan: No he didn't!!
      Narrator: Yes…he…DID!
      (Stan suddenly appears at the abortion clinic holding the lion cubs.)
      Stan: AWW GODDAMMIT!!

    • Kyle: WHAT IS THIS?!
      Stan: It's Critter Christmas, dude. It sucks ass!

    • Deer-ey: Well think about it, did you honestly think God would have sex with a porcupine?
      Chicadee-ey: No only Satan, Prince of Darkness would do that!

    • Foxy: This is cause for celebration! Let's sacrifice Rabbitty and eat his flesh!
      Rabbitty: Yay! Sacrifice me to the devil!
      Critters: Yay! Yeah!
      (Beary gets a cement cart with inscriptions and a red star. Rabbitty hops on it. Beary takes a knife and inserts it into Rabbitty's chest, making a long incision down his stomach. Everyone grabs a part of him.)
      Chickadee-ee: Drink his blood! Drink his blood!
      (Everyone has a part of the rabbit to eat. Stan looks mortified.)
      Squirrelly: (Dancing in blood) Yay! Blood orgy!
      Critters: Blood orgy, yay!
      (Everyone starts screwing, some of them in the ear. Evil, satanic music is heard. So is a disgusting, gooey squishy sound.)
      Critters: What a special time and a special day, a Woodland Critter Christmas!
      Squirrelly: Hail Satan!

    • Narrator:"The lion cubs!" the little boy quickly begun…
      Stan: I took them to see how abortions are done!
      Now cubs do as they showed you, hurry up fast!
      Get the Anti-Christ out of my friend Kyle's ass!

    • Cartman (reading): Oh dear! My best friend is possessed, how 'bout that!
      Narrator: Said the little boy in the red poof ball hat.

    • Mr. Garrison: Sorry Eric but if Kyle feels discriminated against you'll have to stop or else I'll get a call from his mother.

    • Critters:(singing) It's almost time when the time is here,
      The time that's only once a year.
      We can hardly wait cause it's so near,
      A Woodland Critter Christmas!

    • Squirrelie: Hail Satan!

    • Narrator: And everyone lived happily ever after...except for Kyle who died of AIDS two weeks later.
      Kyle: God dammit Cartman!!!

    • Deery: We need a manger for you Savior. Won't you help us by building one?

    • Narrator: And then Stan's conscience got the best of him and he said, 'I must stop the Woodland Critters' Christmas!'
      (Stan ignores the Narrator, sits down, picks up the remote, and turns on The Jeffersons. Theme music plays.)
      Narrator: I said and then Stan's conscience got the best of him and he said, 'I must stop the Woodland Critters' Christmas!"
      Stan: (after turning volume up) No it didn't.
      Narrator: Yes it did.
      Stan: (he turns volume up even louder) Oh no it didn't.
      Narrator: (as Stan covers his ears) Yes it did.
      Stan: (Screaming Frustratedly) Alright! I'll do it! God!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • When Stan refuses be a part of the narrative anymore, he sits and watches T.V., and we hear the song "Movin' on Up" by Ja'net DuBois, which means he was watching The Jeffersons.

    • Welcome to Hell:

      The pentagram on the sacrificial altar they sacrifice Rabitty on is the same as on the cover of Welcome to Hell by the band Venom, with the goat's head in the middle and the symbols surrounding it being the same (except its all red instead of yellow).

    • Hail Hitler:

      When they say hail Satan they are saying it frighteningly close to the way that the German's said 'Heil Hitler'. It becomes an old commentary that equates Hitler to Satan.

    • The Jungle Book:

      The lion cubs call Stan "man-boy."

      This is similar to The Jungle Book, where Balloo called Mowgli "man-cub".

    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas:

      The way this episode is narrated is similar to the style used in the 1966 television special Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

    • Mousey Mouse:

      The Mousey Mouse character is a direct reference to the 1974 cartoon, "Twas the Night Before Christmas.

    • Retarded Animal Babies:

      It is also like the online cartoon, "Retarded Animal Babies," which is sort of similar to "Happy Tree Friends."

    • Happy Tree Friends:

      The use of cute and cuddly creatures that are actually extremely blood thirsty is similar to the online animated cartoon "Happy Tree Friends" where the animals always die in horrible ways and are often evil in nature.

    • Rosemary's Baby:

      The main plot of this episode is very similar the 1968 film Rosemary's Baby.

    • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town:

      One of the songs that the woodland critters sing is very similar to the one of the classic songs from the 1970 Christmas special "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."

    • The Lion King:

      When the mountian lion falls off the mountain, she falls the exact same way Mufasa falls in the 1994 film The Lion King.

      Also, what the cubs say when they discover their dead mother are very similar to what Simba says when he finds his dad.

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