Season 3 Episode 5

Living with Leopards!/ A Happy Chinese New Year

Aired Daily 6:00 AM Jan 19, 2004 on Disney Channel
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Living with Leopards!/ A Happy Chinese New Year
Living with Leopards: When Stanley accidentally drops The Great Big Book of Everything in his rush to get to dinner, a snow leopard hops out of the book and starts prowling his house. Stanley and his pets work together to find the leopard. They then turn their attention to why the leopard left the book in the first place. They learn that while Stanley's home is not a good habitat for a leopard, there's problems with the leopard's current habitat as well. A Happy Chinese New Year: Jane is excited about visiting her Grandpa in China for Chinese New Year, but disappointed when the trip is canceled because her Mom has extra work due to her job promotion. Stanley, Mimi, Marcy and Lester all want to do something to cheer Jane up. They decide to learn more about Chinese New Year, since they know very little about it. They find out many interesting things and get an idea for how to cheer up their friend.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • George Takei, known for his roles as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek and more recently as Kaito Nakamura on Heroes guests as the voice of Jane's Grandpa in "A Happy Chinese New Year."

    • Stanley and his friends learn many facts about Chinese New Year in "A Happy Chinese New Year." The celebration is also called the Spring Festival and lasts for two weeks. It's been celebrated for over 4,000 years. Some of the ways Chinese celebrate it are by cleaning out their homes and decorating things in red. They also shoot of fireworks, and have a lion dance for good luck. The way to say "Happy Chinese New Year" in Chinese is "Kung Hei Fat Choy."

      Stanley and his friends were all born in the Year of the Tiger.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Stanley: Dennis?
      Dennis: Yes, Stanley?
      Stanley: There should be a Year of the Fish, because fish are smart and kind and (yawns)
      Dennis: And very (yawns) very sleepy.
      Stanley: Kung Hei Fat Choy, Dennis.
      Dennis: Happy Chinese New Year to you too, Stanley.

    • Stanley: Boy, that was fun. Who knew the ancient Chinese people were as into animals as I am?

    • Stanley: Hey, Lionel... lion, yeah! Lionel, you want to be the head of our lion?
      Lionel: Me? Cool, I'd be way into that.

    • Dennis: And whatever year a person is born in, they're said to possess the best qualities of the animal of that year -- be it real or mythical -- at least that's what the ancient Chinese believe.
      Marci: Rats and snakes have best qualities?
      Mimi: Ew.
      Dennis: Oh, yes. The Chinese believe that a rat works hard to achieve its goal and that a snake says little, but has great wisdom.

    • Stanley: You really think it'll be in there?
      Dennis: Well, it's not called The Great Big Book of Almost Everything. It's the-- it's the--
      Harry and Elsie: (dressed in traditional Chinese outfits, singing) Great Big of Everything, with everything inside / See the world around us / This book's the perfect guide!
      Dennis: There's a shocker.
      Harry and Elsie: If Chinese New Year's what you want / Open up and start the hunt!

    • Stanley: Lester, are you okay?
      Lester: Yeah, but the kite's not. Whoa. I thought maybe I was gonna fly to China for the Chinese New Year.

    • Mimi: I think Jane was really sad about not getting to go to China for the Chinese New Year.

    • Lester: The New Year? But everyone knows that already happened way back in... uh...
      Stanley: January?
      Lester: Yeah, January.
      Jane: Not that New Year. Chinese New Year. You see, in China, they use a different calendar. New Year's is a big holiday that lasts for two weeks, and also -- you'll like this, Stanley -- they name the years after animals.
      Stanley: After animals? That is cool!

    • Mr. Griff: Concerned people like us can send the snow leopard people a gift. That'll help them help the snow leopards.

    • Mr. Griff: I think I found a way. Here's a website all about people who help out snow leopards with their "Endangered Species Adoption Plan." We can adopt a snow leopard!

    • Dennis: They're building houses for people to live in, Stanley.
      Stanley: But this is where Patch lives.
      Dennis: Yes, and at one time, many snow leopards lived in these mountains.

    • Elsie: This is a big house, but that's a very big cat. Patch should go back in the book, Stanley.

    • Stanley: Maybe if we purr, the snow leopard will hear and come to say hello.

    • Stanley: Are you thinking what I"m thinking?
      Harry: Uh, are you thinking about pizza?
      Stanley: No, I'm thinking there's a snow leopard in the house.

    • Harry and Elsie: (singing) Our home has a mystery / What animal could it be?
      Harry: Uh, dudes, where's the book?
      Stanley: There it is. (gasps) And it's open!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Harry: I'm balding dudes, I'm balding! I'm losing my fur! I guess it had to happen. I think my granddaddy went bald. Maybe I'll look cool with no fur.
      Dennis: Slow down, Harry. It isn't your fur.

      Another Wizard of Oz reference. In this film, The Wicked Witch of the West famously shouted, "I'm melting! I'm melting!" after the character Dorothy throws water on her.

    • Stanley: Mom says we're gonna get a foot of snow tonight. I can't wait to make snow animals tomorrow. Yeah, lions and tigers and bears.
      Mrs. Griff: Stanley! Dinner!
      Dennis: Oh my. I guess it's time for you to eat as well.

      A reference to a phrase from the famous film The Wizard of Oz -- "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"