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| Freeze Frame
Freezer VS Purin! In the Middle of a Snowstorm!!
|| March 15, 2001
| United States
|| February 9, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
| Assistant director
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Freeze Frame (Japanese: フリーザーＶＳプリン！ふぶきのなかで！！ Freezer VS Purin! In the Middle of a Snowstorm!!) is the 189th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on March 15, 2001 and in the United States on February 9, 2002.
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On their quest to capture Articuno on film, Todd and our heroes run into a frozen Jigglypuff! Ash uses his Cyndaquil to defrost the melodious Pokémon. When Todd asks Jigglypuff if it has seen Articuno, Jigglypuff nods towards Snow Top Mountain. Undeterred by the incredible height and icy conditions, the gang heads up the mountain where they run into a Pokémon Center. Both Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy explain the legend of Articuno; Centuries ago, a group of travelers were lost on the mountain. Certain they would perish, they almost gave up hope but an Articuno appeared and guided the group to safety. As a tribute, they created a statue of Articuno that still stands today. Some say that anyone traversing Snow Top Mountain is protected by Articuno.
After hearing the story, Todd is convinced there are Articuno on the mountain and continues his vertical journey. With Ash and friends in tow, a blizzard kicks up and temporarily blinds the group. Brock and Misty want to stay put and let the blizzard pass, but Todd and Ash are determined to continue. Little do they know, directly ahead of them is a cliff edge and a deadly drop. Will Articuno come to their rescue? Is this legendary Pokémon really the guardian of the mountain, or is it merely a legend?...
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Charizard (U.S. and international), Articuno (Japan)
- When this episode aired on Kids' WB!, the first episode would follow it. The reason for this is unknown. It's possible that they may have lost the rights to air the last 20 episodes, much like they lost the rights to air the first 145+ episodes.
- This episode's dub title is both a reference to the photography term, freeze frame, and a pun on Articuno's species (Freeze Pokémon). It could also be a reference to the song of the same name by The J. Geils Band.
- This episode is featured on the Volume 5: Ice copy of Pokémon Elements.
- After Team Rocket blasts off and the sun comes out there is a shot of Ash wearing all white shoes instead of his black and white ones.
In other languages