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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 first aired in Japan on April 23, 1998 and in the United States on October 28, 1998. It was initially intended to air in Japan on January 20, 1998, but was rescheduled following the EP038 incident.

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The further you journey, the hungrier you get. On empty stomachs, our heroes' search for food brings them to a small village, but find there is no food at the bakery nor at the grocery store; even the town restaurant is out of food. Just as our hungry heroes lose the energy even to move, the town elder arrives and offers to feed them. He explains to them that a drought has made it impossible to gather a harvest in the village, but cannot explain why they suffer from drought even though it rains often. In return for the meal, our heroes follow the dry riverbed upstream, investigating the cause of the drought.


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

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
  • After the hiatus caused by EP038, the show moved from Tuesday to Thursday. The original schedule was as follows:
Code English title Japanese title Planned broadcast Actual broadcast
* Holiday Hi-Jynx ルージュラのクリスマス December 23, 1997 October 5, 1998
* Snow Way Out! イワークでビバーク January 6, 1998 October 5, 1998
EP040 The Battling Eevee Brothers イーブイ4きょうだい January 13, 1998 April 16, 1998
EP041 Wake Up, Snorlax! おきろ!カビゴン! January 20, 1998 April 23, 1998
EP042 Showdown at Dark City たいけつ!ポケモンジム! January 27, 1998 April 30, 1998
EP043 March of the Exeggutor Squad ナッシーぐんだんだいこうしん! February 3, 1998 May 7, 1998
EP044 The Problem with Paras パラスとパラセクト February 10, 1998 May 14, 1998
EP052 Princess vs. Princess げきとう!ポケモンひなまつり March 3, 1998 July 9, 1998
EP053 The Purr-fect Hero こどものひだよ!ぜんいんしゅうごう! May 5, 1998 July 9, 1998
  • This episode has the first occurrence that a main character, in this case Misty, was seen bleeding.
  • When Jessie explains the story of Sleeping Beauty, an image of Sleeping Beauty is shown that closely resembles Princess Peach in appearance (pink dress with short puffed sleeves, a frilled collar, a gold-trimmed brooch, crown, earrings, and blonde hair).
  • This is the first episode where two Pokémon are shown to be kissing each other: both Psyduck and Meowth kissed Snorlax directly on its mouth, but this was done to reference Sleeping Beauty and Snow White being awakened by their prince's kisses.


  • When Psyduck is sent out, its left foot is colored the same as its body.
  • Ash's mouth can only be seen faintly when the Snorlax first wakes up and walks away.
  • The Pokédex says that Snorlax is a Sleepy Pokémon, not a Sleeping Pokémon.
  • When the Hippie is seen playing the flute, Ash's and Misty's shoes are completely white.
  • The tune that the Hippie is playing doesn't sync up with his fingerings.
  • When the Hippie sees Snorlax for the first time, the cream colored part of Snorlax's body changes tone as it breathes.

Dub edits

  • PokéRap: Day 1 (Version 2)
  • 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."
  • In the Russian dub by Pilot Studio, the amount of food that Snorlax eats in one day is said to be 900 kg, instead of 400 kg (900 lbs). This error was repeated in Snack Attack. Unit conversions were correct elsewhere, as in Dig Those Diglett! where 186,282 miles was correctly redubbed back to nearly 300,000 km.

In other languages

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