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PK26 : Pikachu, What's This Key?
Pikachu short


Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad
Pikachu and the Pokémon Band
First broadcast
Japan July 18, 2015
United States December 21, 2015
English themes
Opening None
Ending Join the Band
Japanese themes
Opening None
Ending ガオガオ・オールスター
Animation Team Kamei
Screenplay 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
Storyboard 三浦陽 Yo Miura
Assistant director 三浦陽 Yo Miura
Animation directors 田島端穂 Mizuho Tajima
竹内杏子 Takeuchi Kyoko
吉野真一 Shinichi Yoshino
尾鷲英俊 Hidetoshi Otaka
No additional credits are available at this time.

Pokémon: Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad (Japanese: ピカチュウとポケモンおんがくたい Pikachu and the Pokémon Band) is the 27th Pikachu short of the Pokémon anime. It debuted alongside the eighteenth movie. It became available to watch through Pokémon TV on December 21, 2015.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


Pikachu and all its Pokémon friends are working on a musical performance, but their rehearsal keeps getting interrupted! Will they be ready to sing for the Berry Jubilee?


The narration starts off with various scenes of Pokémon living in a forest. While Pikachu and friends are singing together, Meowth and Chespin are sneakily climbing a tree to pick some Pecha Berries. However, just as Meowth is about to grab a berry, a Torchic intervenes and tackles him. Trevenant, Florges, Sudowoodo and Aromatisse notice the commotion, and Florges uses Psychic to levitate Meowth and Chespin off the tree. The narrator states that no one would be able to eat berries until the song is over, and Trevenant nods in agreement. Florges stops using Psychic, causing Meowth and Chespin to suddenly fall. Jessie's Gourgeist and James's Inkay attempt to catch Meowth, but Meowth bumps off Gourgeist's head and falls on Pikachu. Pikachu becomes angry and fires a Thunderbolt on all the Pokémon present. However, Dedenne quickly calms Pikachu down.

Pikachu then declares everyone to sing, and all heartily agree. But before they do, Pancham and Chespin both try to attract Smoochum's attention, but their argument is swiftly ended by Braixen. As Pikachu starts singing, many Pokémon join. But before the song finishes, Hawlucha stops the song by yelling and placing its hands over its ears, and then runs away looking worried. Pikachu and friends run off after Hawlucha. When they find Hawlucha, Meowth asks Hawlucha what was wrong. Hawlucha responds despondently, with Meowth interpreting that Hawlucha was not good at singing. However, Meowth upsets Hawlucha further by telling him to start singing anyway because then they won't be able to eat any berries. At that moment, Luxray begins to sing and the other Pokémon join as well. The narrator encourages Hawlucha that singing is fun and that it could enjoy singing even though it couldn't sing. Pikachu then throws a branch of wood at Hawlucha, which it breaks in two. With enough encouragement, Hawlucha tentatively begins to sing. With Hawlucha now enjoying itself, all the Pokémon sing and dance.

However, Chespin and Pancham begin to run around with their heads butting each other. As they begin to run faster and faster, the pace of the song becomes too fast. Eventually, the two run off into the forest until they slam into a Snorlax. This causes Snorlax to start tumbling down the hill, and Chespin and Pancham desperately try running on top of Snorlax to avoid falling off. Those who had followed the two see the rolling Snorlax and run away, excluding Pikachu. But soon Pikachu runs off too, seeing that it was futile to stop the rolling Snorlax by himself. Eventually, Snorlax catches up to Meowth, squashing him. As Snorlax reaches the end of the hill, with the aid of more Pokémon, they stop the descent of the Snorlax.

Soon, all the Pokémon start to sing and dance again. This time, all the Pokémon walk around the forest as they sing. At one point, Trevenant uses Psychic on all the trees in the forest, causing them to dance along with them. Just as they reach the Berry tree, Snorlax wakes and jumps, crashing onto the ground. Soon, many Pecha Berries drop from the tree, and all the Pokémon feast joyfully on the berries.

Major events


Pokémon debuts





Poster for the short


Dub edits

  • The version of the Pikachu short used in Camp Pokémon cuts approximately a minute of footage: from where Torchic tackles Meowth to when Pikachu uses Thunderbolt (except for the narration while Florges uses Psychic) and an additional portion of the argument between Pancham and Chespin. This is likely due to the fighting in the cut footage being considered inappropriate for the app's intended audience.

In other languages

External links

PK26 : Pikachu, What's This Key?
Pikachu short


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