If you are a 90s kid, a real 90s kid who was actually a kid in the 90s, then you probably remember ReBoot, the CGI cartoon series that ran from 1994 to 2001. It was a big deal at the time because while today basically everything animated is animated with computers in some way, ReBook was the first fully CGI series on TV. Plus, it was produced in Vancouver, our home city.
And now it’s being rebooted. That’s right people! Bob, Dot Matrix, Envo, Mouse, Megabyte and Hexidecimal are all on their way back to screens!
VANCOUVER, BC (September 30, 2013) – A renowned global animation brand is about to be re-booted. Reflecting the company’s commitment to the production of animated programming for television, Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. has named its television division Mainframe Entertainment.
In conjunction with the re-birth of Mainframe Entertainment, a name celebrated for its pioneering achievements in computer-animated television, the company has unveiled the first two series in development: an all-new version of the popular ReBoot franchise and Tiger’s Apprentice, a CGI animated series based on the trilogy of young adult novels written by award-winning author Laurence Yep.
The reimagining of the venerable ReBoot series comes just in time for its 20th anniversary. Making its debut on television screens in 1994, ReBoot was centered on the world of Mainframe, where a guardian program sprite and his friends defended the system from superviruses bent on creating havoc and destruction. Mainframe Entertainment will team with leading computer industry manufacturers to update the ReBoot universe and create a ground-breaking viewing experience for fans.
The original ReBook series is one of those sweet moments in the early days of pop culture when computers and the internet were just becoming a household thing, kind of like Tron, and people imagined what might go on inside them. The world was called Mainframe, Bob was the protector of Mainframe and he fought against the twin viruses Hexidecimal and Megabyte as well as The User, who played games which threatened to disrupt the entire world.
Yeah, it was kind of ridiculous and the animation was clunky, but it was a kids show and was a lot of fun. My only point of concern is that I’d kind of rather they sequelize it rather than just reboot it, but hey, I’ll take what I can get. Assuming of course it gets picked up, which it hasn’t yet.
Either way, Google is about to be very confused as people star searching for “reboot reboot”.