Digimon Adventure , known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is a Japanese anime television series created by Akiyoshi Hongo, and produced by Toei Animation in cooperation with WiZ, Bandai and Fuji Television. It is the first anime installment in the Digimon media franchise, based on the virtual pet of the same name. The series aired in Japan from March 7, 1999 to March 26, 2000. It follows a group of children and their partners attempting to save both worlds from evil, after arriving in the "Digital World" for the first time.
Digimon: The Movie is a 2000 American film adaptation of the first three Japanese Digimon films distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film used footage from the films Digimon Adventure (デジモンアドベンチャー, Dejimon Adobenchā, 1999), Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! (デジモンアドベンチャー ぼくらのウォーゲーム!, Dejimon Adobenchā: Bokura no Wō Gēmu!, 2000), and Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!!/Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (デジモンアドベンチャー02 前編・デジモンハリケーン上陸!!／後編・超絶進化!!黄金のデジメンタル, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Zenpen: Dejimon Harikēn Jōriku!!/Kōhen: Chōzetsu Shinka!! Ōgon no Dejimentaru, 2000). In comparison to the original films, Digimon: The Movie had a significant degree of editing, with more than 40 minutes of scenes from the individual Japanese versions cut out to save time and several plot changes. The main theme song to the movie is the "Digi Rap", a remixed and re-working of the theme song from the TV series. The track is performed by M.C. Pea Pod and Paul Gordon.
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.
Digimon Frontier , known as Digimon: Digital Monsters in English-speaking territories, is the fourth anime television series of the Digimon franchise, produced by Toei Animation. Unlike the first three series, the main characters, the DigiDestined merge with ancient spirits known as "Legendary Warriors" to become Digimon themselves, instead of training. Like Digimon Tamers, the climax features any human fusing each partner as a Mega form. The series aired in Japan from April 7, 2002 to March 30, 2003, with an English-language version, produced by Sensation Animation, airing in North America from September 9, 2002 to July 14, 2003. It was the last season to use the Digital Monsters title as subsequent series, beginning with Digimon Data Squad and using unique localized titles.