The Summit Media Group
The Summit Media Group Inc. (not to be confused with Summit Entertainment) was a subsidiary set up by Leisure Concepts, Inc. in 1992 as a television distribution arm of 4Kids Productions. In 2000, Leisure Concepts merged 4Kids Productions and The Summit Media Group into "4Kids Entertainment".
1st Logo (September 18, 1993-December 30, 1995)
Logo: On a beige background, we see the stacked black text "The Summit Media Group". Then a green, curved zig-zag line representing a mountain draws to the left of the text.
Technique: Simple computer animation.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show. The American Mega Man cartoon oddly used a snippet of the end theme to Pick Your Brain.
Availability: Very rare. Was seen on Pick Your Brain, WMAC Masters, and the American adaptations of Mega Man and Darkstalkers. Can be seen on VHS and DVD releases of the latter three.
2nd Logo (1996-June 7, 1999)
Logo: We see some mountains which are below the sky and above the trees. A star "draws" a green, curved, zig-zag line (which is supposed to represent mountains) as "The Summit Media Group Inc." in black appears next to the line. The whole thing slowly zooms in as the background changes to rippling water with two rectangles at the top and bottom of the screen, colored blue and green, sliding in from the right.
Variant: On English-dubbed episodes of Pokémon, it cuts to the show's logo before the background changes.
Technique: CGI animation.
Music/Sounds: Either the closing theme of the show or silence.
- On RoboCop: Alpha Commando, the 1996 Orion Pictures logo theme plays over this.
- On season 2 of WMAC Masters, the alternate theme on the preceding 4Kids logo carries onto here, ending with a "whoosh" and a synth note.
Availability: Common. Seen on Viz Video's VHS and DVD releases of early season 1 episodes of Pokémon, as well as all that episodes of the show from the time on Disney XD on Demand. Was also seen on RoboCop: Alpha Commando, Van-Pires, the US dub of Mr. Men and Little Miss, and season 2 of WMAC Masters.
Legacy: A well-remembered logo by those who grew up with Pokémon.