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EP040 : The Battling Eevee Brothers
Original series
EP042 : Showdown at Dark City
Wake Up Snorlax!
Wake Up! Kabigon!
First broadcast
Japan April 23, 1998
United States October 28, 1998
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending ポケットにファンタジー
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Assistant director 小川浩司 Kōji Ogawa
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Wake Up Snorlax! (Japanese: おきろ!カビゴン! Wake Up! Kabigon!) is the 41st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 23, 1998 and in the United States on October 28, 1998.

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Ash, Misty, and Brock are heading for another town, with Pikachu fast asleep. They run into a hippie, who plays a song on his Poké Flute (which wakes up Pikachu). He then asks them for food, but they don't have any, so they continue on their way. Then the hippie says, "Oh, well. Another free concert." Shortly after, Team Rocket arrives, and are rude toward the hippie when he plays them a song and asks them for food. After they walk away, he mentions that they should learn to respect their elders.

Ash and company reach the town, only to find that there is no food, as there are no ingredients for cooking any food. The mayor of the town gives them food and tells them that the village is unable to get any food because the river has dried up, killing all the produce. So, Ash and his friends head upstream to check it out. They run into thorns, and Misty gets cut by one of them. With the help of Ash's Bulbasaur and its Razor Leaf, they get through the thorns to find that the flow of the river is being blocked by a Snorlax, which is very big and weighs close to 1000 pounds.

Ash, Misty, and Brock try to wake Snorlax up. Ash even attempts to capture the Pokémon, but the Poké Ball just bounces right off of Snorlax's belly. Soon after, Team Rocket arrives. Team Rocket tries to steal Snorlax, which Ash and his friends try to help them with, as it will unblock the flow of the river. However, their attempt to steal Snorlax by attaching cables to their hot-air balloon doesn't work, so they decide to try to wake up Snorlax once again. After an alarm clock and a bucket of water prove unsuccessful, they decide to try the Sleeping Beauty approach, and get a Pokémon to kiss Snorlax. Misty tries to have Horsea kiss Snorlax (because it is the "most noble" of all their Pokémon), but Psyduck releases itself from its Poké Ball and kisses it instead. Team Rocket forces Meowth to kiss Snorlax, but even this doesn't wake it up, even though Snorlax seemed to flinch when this happened.

Snorlax then rolls over, revealing a card that tells them that only the beautiful music from a Poké Flute will awaken a Snorlax. They remember the hippie had a Pokémon flute, and run over to him to ask him to wake up Snorlax. However, Ash, Misty, and Brock get into an argument with Team Rocket, and eventually Jessie tries to attack with Arbok, but a Gust attack from Pidgeotto sends them "blasting off again".

Ash and his friends take the hippie to the Snorlax. As it turns out, the hippie owns the Snorlax. He wakes Snorlax up with his Poké Flute, but the river is still blocked. The real source of the blockage is more thorns, but the thorns turn out to be Snorlax's favorite snack item. The hungry Pokémon eats all of the thorns, successfully unplugging the river and ultimately saving the town.

After eating enough food, Snorlax goes back to sleep again. Team Rocket soon realizes that they won't be able to steal Snorlax, and then Snorlax rolls over on top of them.

Major events

  • Ash fails to catch a Snorlax.
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Snorlax


The scene where Misty was shown bleeding.


  • Ash appears not to have a mouth when the Snorlax first wakes up and walks away.
  • The Pokédex says that Snorlax is a Sleepy Pokémon, not a Sleeping Pokémon.

Dub edits

  • When Misty was shocked that there wasn't any bread left in the town, there was originally Japanese text behind her. This background was replaced in the dub.
  • The town was actually a village in the Japanese version.
  • The messages on Snorlax's card originally said "Do not wake up." and "If you need me, please wake me up with a Poké Flute."
  • The amount of food that Snorlax eats in one day was originally 400 kg, which rounds up to about 882 lbs, instead of 900 lbs like in the dub.

In other languages

EP040 : The Battling Eevee Brothers
Original series
EP042 : Showdown at Dark City
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