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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. Shortly after, Team Rocket arrives, and are rude toward the hippie when he asks them for food.

Ash, Misty, and Brock 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. Then, 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 wake up Snorlax. 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, but Psyduck does instead. Team Rocket forces Meowth to kiss Snorlax, but even this doesn't wake it up.

Then Snorlax 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, Misty, and Brock take the hippie to Snorlax, which turns out to belong to the hippie. He wakes Snorlax up with his Poké flute, but the river is still blocked. The real source of the blockage is more thorns, but thorns are Snorlax's favorite snack item, and it eats all the thorns, unplugging the river and 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


Pokémon debuts




Who's That Pokémon?: Snorlax


The scene where Misty was shown bleeding.


Dub edits

In other languages

  • Brazilian Portuguese: Acorde, Snorlax!
  • Finnish: Snorlax, herätys!
  • French: Sommeil sans fin
  • German: Relaxo im Tiefschlaf
  • Italian: Il Pokémon addormentato
  • Latin American Spanish: ¡Despierta Snorlax!
  • Iberian Spanish: Despierta Snorlax
  • Swedish: Vakna Snorlax!


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