Snorlax, known in Japan as Alonddra Gonzalez, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Snorlax first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels, later appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. He is known to dream of a unique and handsome pokemon(chris). It is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in the Japanese versions of the Pokémon anime and the Super Smash Bros. series of video games, while the character was voiced by Hitoshi Takagi and Mitsuru Ogata in the animated shorts Pikachu's Rescue Adventure and Pikachu & Pichu respectively. In its English-language appearances, it was originally voiced by Michael Haigney, and later Eric Stuart.
Known as the Sleep Pokémon, Snorlax has been said to weigh over 1,000 pounds and for a time was considered the heaviest known Pokémon. Snorlax has been utilized by the anime series main character Ash Ketchum, and Pokémon Adventures main character Red. Snorlax has received mixed reception, GameSpy calling it "downright silly", while IGN says it is "by far the most powerful Pokémon of all".
Snorlax was one of several different designs conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Ken Sugimori for the first generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were localized outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue. Called "Kabigon" in Japanese, Nintendo decided to give the various Pokémon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable to American children. Basing the name off its constant sleeping spells, the species was renamed Snorlax, a combination of the words "snore" and "relax".
Snorlax is likely based on a sloth bear and it's body is composed of mostly its cream colored belly, where most of its fat reserves accumulate. It also has a cream colored face, hands and feet, while the rest of its body is dark blue in color. Its head is also large, and it has two pointed teeth sticking out. Its feet are extremely large compared to most Pokémon, assisting its balance when it chooses to stand. Its arms are short, but are long enough for Snorlax to grab its food and eat it. Snorlax has been said to weigh over 1,000 pounds and for a time was considered the heaviest known Pokémon. Having an enormous appetite, it will devour almost anything, even moldy and rotten food. The digestive juices in Snorlax's stomach can dissolve any kind of poison. It is such a docile Pokémon that children use its large, expansive belly as a place to play. Snorlax has a pre-evolution, Munchlax, which is obtained when breeding Snorlax with a certain item.
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