Digimon Adventure 02
Digimon Adventure 02, known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It is the second series in the Digimon sequel to Digimon Adventure, it aired in Japan from April 2, 2000 to March 25, 2001. An English language dub, produced by Saban Entertainment, aired in North America from August 19, 2000 to May 19, 2001. In 2015, a six-part film series titled Digimon Adventure tri. began screening in theaters as a continuation to Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 for the series' 15th anniversary. Four years after the events of Digimon Adventure, the Digital World is invaded by the Digimon Emperor, enslaving Digimon with the Dark Rings while building Control Spires that negate Digivolution. To fight him, three new DigiDestined are recruited, each gaining an ancient Digimon for a partner; the three, along with T. K. and Kari, each possess a D-3, a new type of Digivice that allows them to open a gate to be transported to the Digital World through any computer.
They are given D-Terminals that hold Crest-themed Digi-Eggs that allow their Digimon partners to undergo Armor Digivolution to counter the presence of Control Spires. The Digimon Emperor, revealed to be boy genius Ken Ichijoji, flees to the Digital World. Assisted by Ken's partner, the DigiDestined defeat Ken and have him realize his mistakes. While the DigiDestined rebuild the Digital World, Davis and Cody unlock normal Digivolution. At the same, they ally themselves with a reformed Ken, who joins the team to fight Arukenimon, a Digimon who revives the Control Spires as other Digimon; when the Control Spire Digimon prove to be stronger than them, the DigiDestined learn DNA Digivolution, which enable two champion-level Digimon to merge into a stronger ultimate-level one. When Arukenimon creates BlackWarGreymon, he begins to destroy each Destiny Stones to validate his existence. However, Azulongmon appears. After BlackWarGreymon leaves the Digital World, Azulongmon warns the DigiDestined about an impending threat behind Arukenimon and Mummymon.
During Christmas, Control Spires appear across the human world. While the DigiDestined set off with Imperialdramon to destroy them with the help of the international DigiDestined and Mummymon begin kidnapping several children for Yukio Oikawa, a friend of Cody's father who dreams of entering the Digital World. Once the DigiDestined return to Japan, they fight the Daemon Corps while Oikawa uses the Dark Spore inside Ken to implant them into the children. BlackWarGreymon sacrifices himself to seal the portal to the Digital World at Highton View Terrace, before Oikawa and the children can transport there; the DigiDestined are transported to the Dream World with Oikawa and the children, where Myotismon splits from Oikawa and uses the energy from the children's Dark Spores to be reborn as MaloMyotismon. With help from the DigiDestined all over the world, the DigiDestined defeat MaloMyotismon and Oikawa sacrifices himself to rebuild the Digital World. Twenty five years humans and the Digimon live side by side.
Digimon Adventure 02 aired with fifty episodes on Fuji TV in Japan between April 2, 2000, March 25, 2001. The opening theme is "Target ~Akai Shōgeki~" by Kōji Wada, which peaked at #85 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart; the ending themes are performed by AiM, the first half of the show being "Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku" and the second half being "Itsumo Itsudemo". "Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku" peaked at #50 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, while "Itsumo Itsudemo" charted at #93. Insert songs featured in the show include "Break up!" by Ayumi Miyazaki as the Armor Digivolution theme and "Beat Hit!" by Miyazaki as the DNA Digivolution theme. The Japanese version was streamed with English subtitles on Crunchyroll in 2008, followed by Funimation Entertainment in April 2009. Saban Entertainment produced an English-language adaptation which aired on Fox Kids in the USA and YTV in Canada between August 19, 2000, May 19, 2001 as the second season to Digimon: Digital Monsters. Much like the English version of Digimon Adventure, dubbed as the first season of Digimon: Digital Monsters, the original soundtrack of the show was replaced by music composed by Udi Harpaz and Shuki Levy, the opening theme is "Digimon Theme" by Paul Gordon.
Other songs featured in the show include "Let's Kick it Up", "Change into Power", "Hey Digimon" by Gordon. Jasan Radford performed songs to the show, including "Run Around", "Going Digital", "Strange." The songs, including "Digimon Theme", were released on the original soundtrack of Digimon: The Movie. After the success of season 1 of Digimon: Digital Monsters, the producers requested the writers to add more North American jokes to the script, resulting in several revisions. Along with the result of Digimon: The Movie, this caused writers Jeff Nimoy and Bob Buchholz to leave the writing team near the end of the series' run. A DVD boxset of the English dub was released in North America by New Video Group on March 26, 2013 and in Australia by Madman Entertainment on July 23, 2014. Digimon Adventure 02 was added to the Netflix Instant Streaming service along with Digimon Adventure from August 3, 2013 to August 1, 2015 in separate English dubbed and Japanese subtitled versions. Crunchyroll acquired streaming rights to the English dubbed versions, while Funimation acquired rights to the English subtitled versions.
The English dubbed version of Adventure 02 returned to Netflix while the English subtitled version is now exclusive to Funimation. Several short films were screened in Japanese theaters
Action Man (2000 TV series)
Action Man is a Canadian CGI animated TV series based on the toy line of the same name. The show is unrelated to the 1995 show. In this series, Alex Mann is an extreme sports athlete known as "Action Man" and is a member of Team Xtreme. A video game named Action Man: Search for Base X was released based on the 2000 series; the show's theme song "Amp it up Action Man" was written and performed by Saban Entertainment's Paul Gordon. Alex Mann, Action Man's civilian identity, is an extreme sports athlete of Team Xtreme, taking part in the Mastervision Network's Acceleration Games, a series of unconventional televised sporting activities all over the world. Danger and adrenaline trigger hidden mental powers called AMP Factor, a result of secret experiments by his former high school coach Simon Grey. With it, Alex is able to calculate all future possibilities. Alex "Action" Mann, Desmond "Grinder" Sinclair, Agnes "Fidget" Wilson, Ricky Singh-Baines must stop arch-enemy Doctor X, a brilliant geneticist and bio-engineer, who'll stop at nothing to duplicate Alex's AMP Factor to rebuild Earth with the genetically enhanced neo-humanity.
Mark Hildreth - Alex "Action Man" Mann Michael Dobson - Desmond "Grinder" Sinclair Tabitha St. Germain - Agnes "Fidget" Wilson Peter Kelamis - Ricky Singh-Baines Christopher Judge - Coach Simon Gray Tyler Labine - Brandon Caine Michael Kopsa - Dr. X Campbell Lane - Doctor X Andrew Francis - Templeton "Tempest" Storm Janyse Jaud - Asazi Garry Chalk - Dr. Wolfgang "Gangrene" Greenholtz Mackenzie Gray - Nick Masters Venus Terzo - Agent Diana Zurvis Michael Donovan Kirby Morrow - Jimmy Woo Ian James Corlett Brian Drummond - Craig Dr. X captured and physically tested Alex Mann as well as his best friend Brandon Caine. Dr. X added nanotech enhancements to Brandon, making him superior to Alex in battle and in athletics; the culmination of the experiments was to mind transfer Dr. X into Brandon's body to become a nanotech cyborg, able to change his appearance and infect others. Following the ninth episode the series becomes more simplified. Dr. X founded the Council of Doom with his evil cohorts: Asazi, Tempest and Quake.
Dr. X's nanotech trilobites appeared to gain collective rebel against him. In 2004, Maximum Entertainment released the 2000 series on Region 2 DVD in the UK. Several volumes of the show were released on VHS with three episodes on each tape. In 2001, the show won a Golden Camera Award at the U. S. and International Film and Video Festival for'Best Animation' in the episode "The Swarm: Part 2". Action Man on IMDb IMDB: Episode list for "Action Man" TV.com: Action Man Episode Guide
A soundtrack written sound track, can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, television program, or video game. In movie industry terminology usage, a sound track is an audio recording created or used in film production or post-production; the dialogue, sound effects, music in a film each has its own separate track, these are mixed together to make what is called the composite track, heard in the film. A dubbing track is later created when films are dubbed into another language; this is known as a M & E track containing all sound elements minus dialogue, supplied by the foreign distributor in the native language of its territory. The contraction soundtrack came into public consciousness with the advent of so-called "soundtrack albums" in the late 1940s. First conceived by movie companies as a promotional gimmick for new films, these commercially available recordings were labeled and advertised as "music from the original motion picture soundtrack", or "music from and inspired by the motion picture."
These phrases were soon shortened to just "original motion picture soundtrack." More such recordings are made from a film's music track, because they consist of the isolated music from a film, not the composite track with dialogue and sound effects. The abbreviation OST is used to describe the musical soundtrack on a recorded medium, such as CD, it stands for Original Soundtrack. Types of soundtrack recordings include: Musical film soundtracks are for the film versions of musical theatre; the soundtrack to the 1937 Walt Disney animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first commercially issued film soundtrack. It was released by RCA Victor Records on multiple 78 RPM discs in January 1938 as Songs from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and has since seen numerous expansions and reissues; the first live-action musical film to have a commercially issued soundtrack album was MGM’s 1946 film biography of Show Boat composer Jerome Kern, Till the Clouds Roll By. The album was issued as a set of four 10-inch 78-rpm records.
Only eight selections from the film were included in this first edition of the album. In order to fit the songs onto the record sides the musical material needed editing and manipulation; this was before tape existed, so the record producer needed to copy segments from the playback discs used on set copy and re-copy them from one disc to another adding transitions and cross-fades until the final master was created. Needless to say, it was several generations removed from the original and the sound quality suffered for it; the playback recordings were purposely recorded "dry". This made these albums boxy. MGM Records called these "original cast albums" in the style of Decca Broadway show cast albums because the material on the discs would not lock to picture, thereby creating the largest distinction between `Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' which, in its strictest sense would contain music that would lock to picture if the home user would play one alongside the other and `Original Cast Soundtrack' which in its strictest sense would refer to studio recordings of film music by the original film cast, but, edited or rearranged for time and content and would not lock to picture.
In reality, soundtrack producers remain ambiguous about this distinction, titles in which the music on the album does lock to picture may be labeled as OCS and music from an album that does not lock to picture may be referred to as OMPS. The phrase "recorded directly from the soundtrack" was used for a while in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to differentiate material that would lock to picture from that which would not, but again, in part because many'film takes' consisted of several different attempts at the song and edited together to form the master, that term as well became nebulous and vague over time when, in cases where the master take used in the film could not be found in its isolated form, the aforementioned alternate masters and alternate vocal and solo performances which could be located were included in their place; as a result of all this nebulo
Digimon Tamers, known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is the third anime television series of the Digimon franchise, produced by Toei Animation. The series takes place in a setting separated from the preceding series, Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, where the characters utilize cards from the collectible card games. Tamers aired in Japan from April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002; the English-language version by Saban Entertainment aired in North America from September 1, 2001 to June 8, 2002. A manga adaptation by Yuen Wong Yu ran from April to October 2004. Takato Matsuki, a fan of the Digimon card game, finds a Blue Card, which transfroms his card reader into a D-Power, his original Digimon creation, materializes into real life when his D-Power scans his drawings. Takato meets Henry Wong and Rika Nonaka, two other children who are partnered with Terriermon and Renamon, as well as Calumon and Impmon; as wild Digimon began roaming Shinjuku, the Tamers defend the city.
Using their D-Powers, the Tamers can help them Digivolve. After each Digimon is defeated, their Digimon obtains their data. Hypnos leader Mitsuo Yamaki attempts to send Digimon back to the Digital World; the Tamers began working together with Hypnos. Calumon is captured, the Tamers enter the Digital World to save him; when Impmon betrays the Tamers and kills Leomon, Jeri Kato falls into depression. After resolving conflicts with the Digimon Sovereigns, the Tamers learn that the Digimon are protecting themselves from humans and the Real World after the Digital World is invaded by the D-Reaper, a rogue clean-up program; as the Tamers return to the Real World, the D-Reaper kidnaps Jeri and trapping her inside the body. When the D-Reaper begins to materialize in the Real World, the Tamers defeat it, using the program and saving Jeri. With both worlds restored, the children are forced to say goodbye to their Digimon partners, when they end up returning to the Digital World by the effects of the program.
The series ends with Takato discovering the portal in the tunnel under his hiding place. After the success of Digimon Adventure 02, Hiroyuki Kakudo and the other staff did not figure what the series was finished; the team was satisfied with the release of Digimon Tamers, as Kakudo believed the setting could have been applied in the previous anime. Chiaki J. Konaka was concerned that the portrayal of the Digimon as "kind-hearted creatures" in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 might affect the "monster-like spirit" of Digimon." As a result, Konaka wanted to explore the primitive nature of Digimon, where they instintively harm other creatures to become stronger and would learn morals from their partners. This aspect would be explored through Guilmon. Konaka was worried about Digivolutions losing impact due to their repetitiveness. In order to solve this, the D-Power was designed as the new Digivice so that it could be used alongside cards and give the characters another "ace up sleeve."
The writers wanted to limit the use of cards to one at a time. The main characters being more responsible of the evolutions and their adventures was another of Konaka's priorities as a message to children from modern society. For the last episodes of the series, Konaka believed. While making the series, Konaka had conceptualized the idea of the Tamers combining with their Digimon to reach the highest level of evolution, Mega. Shinji Aramaki joined the design team in the CGI animation. Unlike the previous series, Konaka did not introduce the idea of Digimon being reborn after death, as he believed death should be portrayed realistically in a show for kids since the main characters were risking their lives; as a result, the staff decided to portray death as a shocking event by using Leomon like in Digimon Adventure though Konaka had doubts about it. While the series was presented as dark and Calumon balanced out the tone of the series; the characters were designed by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru and was based on the concept of "a normal elementary school student has a great adventure over the span of a year."
Producer Hiromi Seki had wanted the three main characters to be of mixed genders and consist of an immigrant or someone not raised in Japan. Rika was designed with a "strong" image and character in an attempt to boost sales for products based on female characters, which traditionally did not perform well in the market. Henry became the basis of the proposed non-Japanese or emigrant character, Konaka decided to make him half-Chinese and half-Japanese based on the statistics of non-Japanese students in elementary schools; the main cast from Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 was set to appear as mentors. The idea was scrapped and only Ryo Akiyama from the WonderSwan games was used; the series aired 51 episodes on Fuji TV in Japan from April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002. The opening theme is "The Biggest Dreamer" by Kōji Wada, which peaked at #59 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart; the ending themes are performed by AiM, the first half of the show being "My Tomorrow" and the second half being "Days: Aijō to Nichijō".
"My Tomorrow" peaked at #70 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, while "Days: Aijō to Nichijō" charted at #68. Insert songs featured in the show include "Slash" by Michihiko Ohta as the Digi-modify theme, "EVO" by Wild Child Bound as the Digivolution and Matrix Digivolution themes, "One Vision" by Takayoshi Tanimoto as the Biomerge Digivolution theme; the English-language version produced by Saban Entertainment aired on Fox Kids in the United States from September 1, 2001 to June 8, 2002 as
Haim Saban is an Israeli-American media proprietor, investor and producer of records and television. A businessman with interests in financial services and media, an estimated net worth of $3 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 232nd richest person in America. Saban is the founder of Saban Entertainment and distributor of children's television programs in the US such as Power Rangers, he headed up consortiums which purchased the broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 Media and Univision Communications. He is a major donor to the US Democratic Party and active in pro-Israel political efforts in the US. In March 2017, Saban was honored with the 2,605th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in television. Saban was born in 1944 in Egypt, to an Egyptian Jewish family. In 1956, the Saban family immigrated to Israel, along with most of the Egyptian Jewish community. Saban was sent to a Youth Aliyah boarding school. Expelled for being a troublemaker, he enrolled in a night school where the principal told him: "You're not cut out for academic studies.
Saban is married to Cheryl Lynn Saban. He has two stepchildren and Heidi Lenhart, an actress, he resides in California. Saban started his career in 1966 as a bass player and manager with the rock band The Lions of Judah, named after the Lion of Judah in Jewish Scripture. In 1969, Dave Watts from the British band The Tornados joined The Lions; that year, the band traveled to England, performed in night clubs in London and was signed up by Polydor Records. In July 1969, the band appeared on the BBC TV programme Colour Me Pop; the Lions recorded a single, "Our Love's A Growing Thing", but it was not released in the UK due to financial difficulties. The band returned to Israel and Saban focused on being a music promoter. In the early 1970s, Saban moved to France, his clients included Mike Brant and Shuki & Aviva. He launched a record company with Shuki Levy. In 1978 and 1982, Saban used the pseudonym Kussa for music/lyrics writing credits on four records for which he served as producer using his real name.
Since he has used the name Kussa Mahchi for his composing credits on Saban Entertainment productions, including the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie theme song. In the United States, he became a television producer, founding Saban Entertainment in 1988. During that time, Haim Saban and partner Shuki Levy became known for soundtrack compositions for children's television programs of the 1980s. Although Levy and Saban composed for their own properties, they scored for other production companies as well. In 1998, The Hollywood Reporter reported that he did not compose all the music he is credited for. In the 1990s, Saban's company became known for the production of Power Rangers, Masked Rider, VR Troopers and Big Bad Beetleborgs, which were Western adaptations of Japanese tokusatsu shows. In 1996, News Corporation's Fox Children's Productions and Haim Saban's Saban Entertainment merged to form Fox Kids Worldwide. In that year, the joint venture purchased the C&D library from Jean Chalopin.
With the growing shift in children's television from over-the-air programming blocks to cable channels such as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, the two companies sought to launch a competitor that would carry programming from the popular Fox Kids lineup. Eying The Family Channel, News Corp. made an offer to purchase IFE through the joint venture in 1997. On July 23, 2001, Saban announced that he and News Corporation would sell Fox Family Worldwide Inc for $5.3 billion to The Walt Disney Company. And on October 24, 2001, the sale was completed and the network was renamed ABC Family. Saban profited about $1.6 billion from this sale. In August 2003, Saban led a consortium, which acquired a controlling stake in the straggling ProSiebenSat.1 Media group from the Kirch Media Group, the then-bankrupt German media conglomerate. ProSiebenSat.1, is Germany's largest commercial television broadcasting company, which owns five German TV channels, including ProSieben and SAT.1, two of the top three stations in Germany.
Collectively, ProSiebenSat.1's channels represented 45% of the German TV advertising market at the time. Saban's ProSiebenSat.1 acquisition was the first time a foreigner took control of a significant German Media company. Saban oversaw a successful business turnaround of ProSiebenSat.1, recruiting former business rivals, ex-BSkyB chief executive Tony Ball and former BBC Director General Greg Dyke to the board of the company. In March 2007, Saban Capital Group and the consortium sold its controlling interest in ProSiebenSat.1 to KKR and Permira, for 22.40 euros a share after paying 7.5 euros per share in 2003. On June 27, 2006, Saban Capital Group led a group of investors bidding for Univision Communications, the largest Spanish-language media company in the United States. Other investors in the Saban-led group were Texas Pacific Group of Fort Worth and Thomas H. Lee Partners; the group was successful in acquiring Univision with a bid valued at $13.7 billion. Saban says. At a conference in Israel, Saban described his formula.
His three ways to influence American politics were: make donations to political parties, establish think tanks
Dragon Quest (TV series)
Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel is a 1989 Japanese anime television series based on the video game series of the same name. The series was released on DVD in Japan on October 2006, with its nine volumes selling about 90,000 units and averaging 10,000 sales each by February 2007. A box-set with the complete series was released on March 2008 in Japan. Thirteen episodes were dubbed in English by Saban Entertainment, under the title of Dragon Warrior, aired in the United States; the story is about a teenage boy and his best friend, Tiala. On her 15th birthday, Tiala receives a red jewel; the Dragon can grant eternal life to the one. Baramos, a demon from the kingdom of Estark, desires to find the gain immortality. Baramos sets off to find the dragon's location. A village elder gives Abel a blue stone; the elder imparts some advice to Abel before passing away, Abel begins his adventure to save Tiala and defeat Baramos. Abel and Moco travel to Ariahan Castle to get help from the King. During an ensuing monster invasion, the King helps them escape via a teleportation pool.
Daisy is hunting monsters in Ariahan for the gems. When Abel and Moco arrive at the other end of the teleporter, they meet Yanack, who joins their party. Tiala flies onboard Gaim, a living, flying airship used by Baramos, befriends Dodonga; the party travels all over the world seeking out Tiala. Daisy joins the party, the four continue the quest to find a way to resurrect the Dragon of Legend so that it can defeat Baramos. Abel Voiced by: Tōru Furuya, Chie Satō, Duff McDonald Tiala Voiced by: Masako Katsuki. Dragon Quest was directed by Katsuhisa Yamada; the animation was faithful to Akira Toriyama's artwork and the scripts were supervised by Takashi Yamada. Shuki Levy is the composer for the Saban English-dubbed edition. In addition to adapting music from Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest III, Shuki Levy reused several music cues from the 80's DIC Entertainment Cartoon Starcom: The U. S. Space Force in addition to recycling some of the music from Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors which those tracks would be reused for the Saban/Fox Kids English Dub of Digimon Adventure Season 1 Openings"Aiming the Future" January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991 Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya Episodes: 33-43Endings"Believe in Dreams" December 2, 1989 - August 4, 1990 Lyricist: Hitoshi Shinohara / Composer: Hideaki Tokunaga / Arranger: Ichizo Seo / Singers: Hideaki Tokunaga Episodes: 1-26 "Rainbow Capital" August 11, 1990 - September 22, 1990 Lyricist: Ichiban Arimura / Composer: Hidemaro Aoki / Arranger: Kabuki Rocks & Nobuhiko Sato / Singers: Kabuki Rocks Episodes: 27-32 "Rainbow BRAND NEW DAY" January 11, 1991 - April 5, 1991 Lyricist: Shigeru Amano / Composer: Toshiaki Matsumoto / Arranger: Akira Mitake / Singers: Tōru Furuya Episodes: 33-43 The first thirty-two episodes were aired on Fuji TV from December 2, 1989, to September 22, 1990.
Eleven more episodes aired from January 11, 1991, to April 5, 1991. Saban Entertainment licensed the series, under the title of Dragon Warrior, for syndication in North America; the English dub was never released on home video. Episodes Dragon Quest on the list of Studio Comet's works Dragon Quest at Anime News Network's encyclopedia Dragon Quest on IMDb Dragon Quest at TV.com
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company known as Walt Disney or Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It is the world's largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, ahead of NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia. Disney was founded on October 16, 1923 by brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio; the company established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production and theme parks. Since the 1980s, Disney has created and acquired corporate divisions in order to market more mature content than is associated with its flagship family-oriented brands; the company is known for its film studio division, Walt Disney Studios, which includes Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Blue Sky Studios. Disney's other main divisions are Disney Parks and Products, Disney Media Networks, Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.
Disney owns and operates the ABC broadcast network. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1991. Cartoon character Mickey Mouse, created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, is one of the world's most recognizable characters, serves as the company's official mascot. In early 1923, Kansas City, animator Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice's Wonderland, which featured child actress Virginia Davis interacting with animated characters. After the bankruptcy in 1923 of his previous firm, Laugh-O-Gram Studio, Disney moved to Hollywood to join his brother, Roy O. Disney. Film distributor Margaret J. Winkler of M. J. Winkler Productions contacted Disney with plans to distribute a whole series of Alice Comedies purchased for $1,500 per reel with Disney as a production partner. Walt and Roy Disney formed Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio that same year. More animated films followed after Alice. In January 1926, with the completion of the Disney studio on Hyperion Street, the Disney Brothers Studio's name was changed to the Walt Disney Studio.
After the demise of the Alice comedies, Disney developed an all-cartoon series starring his first original character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, distributed by Winkler Pictures through Universal Pictures. The distributor owned Oswald, so Disney only made a few hundred dollars. Disney completed 26 Oswald shorts before losing the contract in February 1928, due to a legal loophole, when Winkler's husband Charles Mintz took over their distribution company. After failing to take over the Disney Studio, Mintz hired away four of Disney's primary animators to start his own animation studio, Snappy Comedies. In 1928, to recover from the loss of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Disney came up with the idea of a mouse character named Mortimer while on a train headed to California, drawing up a few simple drawings; the mouse was renamed Mickey Mouse and starred in several Disney produced films. Ub Iwerks refined Disney's initial design of Mickey Mouse. Disney's first sound film Steamboat Willie, a cartoon starring Mickey, was released on November 18, 1928 through Pat Powers' distribution company.
It was the first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon released, but the third to be created, behind Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho. Steamboat Willie was an immediate smash hit, its initial success was attributed not just to Mickey's appeal as a character, but to the fact that it was the first cartoon to feature synchronized sound. Disney used Pat Powers' Cinephone system, created by Powers using Lee de Forest's Phonofilm system. Steamboat Willie premiered at B. S. Moss's Colony Theater in New York City, now The Broadway Theatre. Disney's Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho were retrofitted with synchronized sound tracks and re-released in 1929. Disney continued to produce cartoons with Mickey Mouse and other characters, began the Silly Symphony series with Columbia Pictures signing on as Symphonies distributor in August 1929. In September 1929, theater manager Harry Woodin requested permission to start a Mickey Mouse Club which Walt approved. In November, test comics strips were sent to King Features, who requested additional samples to show to the publisher, William Randolph Hearst.
On December 16, the Walt Disney Studios partnership was reorganized as a corporation with the name of Walt Disney Productions, Limited with a merchandising division, Walt Disney Enterprises, two subsidiaries, Disney Film Recording Company and Liled Realty and Investment Company for real estate holdings. Walt and his wife held Roy owned 40 % of WD Productions. On December 30, King Features signed its first newspaper, New York Mirror, to publish the Mickey Mouse comic strip with Walt's permission. In 1932, Disney signed an exclusive contract with Technicolor to produce cartoons in color, beginning with Flowers and Trees. Disney released cartoons through Powers' Celebrity Pictures, Columbia Pictures, United Artists; the popularity of the Mickey Mouse series allowed Disney to plan for his first feature-length animation. The feature film Walt