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EP045 : The Song of Jigglypuff
Original series
EP047 : A Chansey Operation
Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon
ふっかつ!? かせきポケモン!
Resurrection?! Fossil Pokémon!
First broadcast
Japan May 28, 1998
United States February 27, 1999
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 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 井上修 Osamu Inoue
Assistant director 井上修 Osamu Inoue
Animation director 梶浦紳一郎 Shin'ichirō Kajiura
Additional credits

Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon (Japanese: ふっかつ!? かせきポケモン! Resurrection?! Fossil Pokémon!) is the 46th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 28, 1998, and in the United States on February 27, 1999.

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Ash and his friends are walking in an area called Grampa Canyon when they see a large group of people walking with picks and shovels. Gary appears and explains that he and the group are here for the Fossil Rush, because of a great 'Pokémon Discovery'. Ash resolves to join in, so as to embarrass Gary by finding a Fossil before he does. Jigglypuff also appears, ready to sing, but the group leave without noticing it.

Ash, Misty, and Brock soon find a large area of the canyon where many people, including Gary, are digging. However, they also stumble across Team Rocket, who reveal (accidentally) their plan to blow up the canyon and steal all the Fossils. As Meowth lights the fuse, Ash runs up to Team Rocket, and sends out Squirtle in an attempt to put the flame out. Squirtle, Pikachu and Ash chase the fuse, trying to put it out; Jessie, James, and Meowth (along with Arbok and Weezing) try to stop him. Team Rocket then fall and start rolling, resulting on a ball of people and Pokémon rolling into Ash, landing right beside the dynamite. As the fuse draws near to the dynamite, Pikachu panics and uses ThunderShock, causing the dynamite to detonate. Ash, Pikachu, Jessie, James, Meowth, Arbok, and Weezing are now trapped in an underground cave, and only Squirtle escapes from the rubble. Hearing the explosion, Misty and Brock run to the pile of rubble and start digging out rock and soil with Squirtle.

In the cave, Ash, Pikachu, Team Rocket, and their Pokémon begin arguing over whose fault it is that they're down there. The group is soon confronted by Fossil Pokémon that they do not recognize. Ash checks his Pokédex, and the Pokémon are revealed to be Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto and Kabutops. Jessie and James begin to speculate that the explosion must have awakened them from thousands of years of sleep. Regardless, Team Rocket begin to contemplate stealing the Pokémon for their boss, and attempt to catch them by throwing Poké Balls at the Fossil Pokémon. A Kabutops blocks the balls, and they are rebounded at Meowth. All of the Fossil Pokémon start approaching the group to attack, so Ash sends out his Charmeleon, but it refuses to help. A chase scene ensues, where the Fossil Pokémon are winning the chase. Then, all of a sudden, the Pokémon run away deeper into the cave. Originally confused, the group soon realize why the Pokémon ran off: an Aerodactyl swoops in, knocking over Charmeleon. Angry, Charmeleon tries to attack the Aerodactyl, but is knocked out before it gets a chance. Aerodactyl then grabs onto Ash with its claws, and begins to fly towards the surface. Before the flying Pokémon can get too far, Pikachu and Charmeleon jump on board.

Back above ground, Brock's Geodude had finally dug a hole through the rubble. The Aerodactyl flies out of the hole in the ground, dropping Pikachu and Charmeleon on its way out, and perches on a cliff with Ash still in hand. Charmeleon wants to battle the Aerodactyl as Aerodactyl had earlier annoyed him, but the Aerodactyl just taunts it. The anger this causes Charmeleon seems to make it evolve into Charizard. Ash is happy as he thinks that Charmeleon has evolved to rescue him, but then realizes he merely wants to battle Aerodactyl for his own pride and has no thought of rescuing Ash.

Meanwhile, Misty sees Jigglypuff and tells it to sing to make Aerodactyl fall asleep. Jigglypuff agrees and quite happily sings, of course sending everyone in the canyon to sleep. Aerodactyl, now asleep, falls into the rubble, dropping Ash before falling. However, Charizard manages to stay awake by covering its ears and catches the sleeping Ash before he hits the ground, but falls asleep anyway once landing on the ground. Jigglypuff, seeing everyone has fallen asleep, draws markings all over everyone's faces with its marker out of anger. After awakening, Officer Jenny announces that the whole thing was a dream caused by Jigglypuff's song, although Ash knows it wasn't.

As Ash and the gang leave, Ash reveals that he had found a Pokémon Egg at the site, causing the trio to fight playfully about who should get to raise and keep the Egg. Brock takes the Egg and runs away, promising to "take good care of it", with Ash and Misty in tow. Meanwhile, Team Rocket and their Pokémon are still trapped in the cave, with the sleeping Fossil Pokémon only feet away.

Major events

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?: Kabutops



  • When Gary comments on Ash being a "loser", his eyelid is colored white.
  • When the camera is panning over all of the Pokémon to show their red eyes, Kabuto is depicted with the colors of its claws and shell inverted.
  • Pikachu uses an Electric attack on Kabutops; however, the Kabutops is unaffected as if it were a Ground-type, despite Kabutops being a Rock/Water-type and weak to electric attacks. This is most likely because during the first season, it is often incorrectly stated that Rock Pokémon are immune to Electric attacks.
  • When Charizard fires his Flamethrower at Aerodactyl, the part of his wings that were previously colored blue are depicted in a yellow color.
  • When Ash rolls onto the Pokémon Egg, all of the patterns on it are colored red, instead of half-red and half-blue.

Dub edits

  • The sign at the beginning of the episode states the name of the canyon in the Japanese version. In the dub, the sign is a picture of a pick-axe and shovel.
  • The point where Meowth actually lights the fuse is cut in Kids' WB! version of the dub. Instead, the camera zooms in to Meowth's face so the lighter isn't seen. This scene aired uncut on the VHS and DVD versions.
  • When digging through the rocks, Misty says Ash had better not die on her. In the dub, she reminds him that he still owes her a bike.
  • The dub hints that Pokémon need to defecate upon mention of fossilized Pokémon manure. However, in the original version, the Fossil in question was just an ammonite Fossil.

In other languages

EP045 : The Song of Jigglypuff
Original series
EP047 : A Chansey Operation
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