"Snowball Park - Super Mario 3D World" is a high quality rip of "Snowball Park" from Super Mario 3D World.

Jokes

The rip begins normally, but starting at 0:03, it becomes an unsynced mashup involving the advertised track (which continues playing unchanged) and the memetic[1] "Thirstiest Time of the Year | Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry" commercial by Sprite featuring a song sung by DRAM[2] (with a single line from LeBron James, though he is prominently featured in the commercial's video) which is itself a parody of the 1963 Christmas classic "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Edward Pola, George Wyle, and Andy Williams. Throughout the rip, snippets of the first three lines of "Thirstiest Time of the Year | Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry" are repeated over the advertised track arbitrarily and irrespective of any melody, rhythm, or consecutiveness, resulting in an off-beat and partially off-key mashup that mostly does not account for the two tracks' different tempi, keys, or time signatures.

The first edit, at 0:03, plays the majority of the first two lines of the verse in "Thirstiest Time of the Year | Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry", however it is left in D major, creating a dissonance with "Snowball Park", which is in C major. The third line (an interjection from LeBron James) is replaced with a repetition of the end of the first line, creating the following illogical lyrics:

It's the thirst, thirstiest time, of the year
I have just one query of the year

This is then followed by the following: two insertions of the clip of LeBron James' line, "Wanna Sprite Cranberry?", at rising pitches; another repetition of DRAM's "of the year" that is left in D major despite being played over an E major chord from "Snowball Park"; another two insertions of LeBron James' line in a higher pitch; and finally, three more insertions of the same clip in an even higher pitch, but with the word "Wanna" cropped out poorly, resulting in LeBron James saying "Prite Cranberry?". After this, the illogical verse edit that opened this sequence is repeated once more, acting as the end of the sequence; the repetition correctly transposes "Thirstiest Time of the Year | Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry" to C major. However, instead of being transposed down two semitones like one may expect, it is transposed up ten semitones, making the lyrics sound very distorted and particularly leading to some squeaky sounding "hey"s. The distortion also heavily affects the instrumental of "Thirstiest Time of the Year | Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry" by increasing the pitch of the bass to create an abrasive sound not normally heard in any electronic music. The initial sequence lasts until 0:48, which is around the point at which the advertised track begins looping, and after this point the same lyrical sequence is repeated twice, the first time from 0:53 to 1:29 and the second time from 1:43 to 2:27, though in these repetitions the initial use of the illogical verse edit is again transposed ten semitones up to C major. Finally, at 2:29, the rip's audio abruptly becomes very quiet to the point of inaudibility unless one raises their volume, leaving the viewer to contemplate their decision to watch the entirety of the rip. This lasts until the end of the rip at 2:34.

The rip's background image.

Additionally, the image featured in the video, which was previously used for all Super Mario 3D World rips up until August 2016[3] (and was most likely taken from the now-defunct video game soundtrack channel BrawlBRSTMs3 X[4]), shows the Super Mario 3D World logo over a white background. This does not match the image used in the video's thumbnail, which shows the logo slightly smaller and in front of the background from a promotional webpage for the album Super Mario 3D World Original Soundtrack (which, as the name suggests, contains the Super Mario 3D World soundtrack) with the positions of the Boo, the Parabones, and Kamek shifted so as to not be covered up by the game logo[5], and was taken from the actual GilvaSunner channel[6] as per the SiIvaGunner channel's usual goal of matching GilvaSunner's metadata exactly whenever applicable (aside from the "Please read the channel description." line placed at the bottom of the SiIvaGunner channel's video descriptions). However, it is not clear whether this thumbnail inconsistency was an intentional part of the rip's joke (as either the inconsistency itself or the simpler nature of the white background could tie in with the low-effort edits done in the rip's audio) or an actual oversight from the backroom member who uploaded and scheduled the video.

Lyrics

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[DRAM]
It's the thirst, thirstiest time, of the year (Ayy)
I have just one query (What's that?) of the year (Ayy, yeah)

[LeBron James]
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?

[DRAM]
Of the year (Ayy)

[LeBron James]
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?

Prite Cranberry?
Prite Cranberry?
Prite Cranberry?

[DRAM]
It's the thirst, thirstiest time, of the year (Ayy)
I have just one query (What's that?) of the year (Ayy, yeah)

It's the thirst, thirstiest time, of the year (Ayy)
I have just one query (What's that?) of the year (Ayy, yeah)

[LeBron James]
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?

[DRAM]
Of the year (Ayy)

[LeBron James]
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?

Prite Cranberry?
Prite Cranberry?
Prite Cranberry?

[DRAM]
It's the thirst, thirstiest time, of the year (Ayy)
I have just one query (What's that?) of the year (Ayy, yeah)

It's the thirst, thirstiest time, of the year (Ayy)
I have just one query (What's that?) of the year (Ayy, yeah)

[LeBron James]
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?

[DRAM]
Of the year (Ayy)

[LeBron James]
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?
Wanna Sprite Cranberry?

Prite Cranberry?
Prite Cranberry?
Prite Cranberry?

[DRAM]
It's the thirst, thirstiest time, of the year (Ayy)
I have just one query (What's that?) of the year (Ayy, yeah)

Trivia

  • This was uploaded during Season 4.
  • This is the 12th rip of a track from Super Mario 3D World, and the 8th one to not have a mix name.
  • This rip is referenced in the track title for the album release of the later rip "Snow (Edit) (Super Mario 3D World) - Super Mario Maker 2" by Ethan64Music,[8] a rip of an arrangement of the advertised track used in Super Mario Maker 2 which features a melody change to "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", which is what the joke in this rip, "Thirstiest Time of the Year | Sprite Winter Spiced Cranberry", is a parody of. The title ironically[citation needed] refers to "Snow (Edit) (Super Mario 3D World) - Super Mario Maker 2" as being an inferior version of this rip, despite the fact that in comparison to this rip, "Snow (Edit) (Super Mario 3D World) - Super Mario Maker 2" contains less traits usually considered negative; the reason for this is likely because Ethan64Music considers this rip to be funny, a trait that does not frequently apply to rips that are merely competently created, like "Snow (Edit) (Super Mario 3D World) - Super Mario Maker 2".
  • According to OnBP, the rip was accepted because it's "fucking hilarious".[9]

References

  1. "Wanna Sprite Cranberry?" on Know Your Meme, December 19th, 2017.
  2. "That's DRAM with the #refreshing vocals! #WannaSprite", Tweet by @Sprite. December 1st, 2017.
  3. "A Boss Approaches - Super Mario 3D World", published on August 1st, 2016, is the earliest Super Mario 3D World rip that features the correct image in both its thumbnail and video.
  4. "Snowball Park - Super Mario 3D World Music Extended", BrawlBRSTMs3 X's upload of the unedited advertised track, which features the image used in the video, archived via the WayBack Machine on June 4th, 2015.
  5. スーパーマリオ 3Dワールド:スーパーマリオ 3Dワールド オリジナル サウンドトラック, the webpage where the graphic originated, archived via the WayBack Machine on November 14th, 2013.
  6. "Snowball Park - Super Mario 3D World", GilvaSunner's upload of the unedited advertised track, which features the image used as the thumbnail, uploaded on January 26th, 2014.
  7. List of March 2019 uploads. Season 4 begins with the rip "Welcome - Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center".
  8. "an inferior version of the snowball park sprite cranberry rip", track on the album Dr. Pavel's How the Grinch Took Over SiIvaGunner.
  9. "because its fucking hilarious", Tweet by @AwnBeePee. December 5, 2020.
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