ReBoot Gets a Reboot – Rainmaker to Re-launch Mainframe


Are you ready to feel old? Well, don’t say you weren’t warned.

rebootIt just so happens that next year marks the 20th anniversary of awesome, 1990s, internet-themed TV series ReBoot. You remember – the one that was fully computer animated before anyone really did that sort of thing? Yeah, you do.

Amazingly, in honour of the occasion, the series’ Vancouver-based animation company Rainmaker has announced that it will be – aptly enough – rebooting its Mainframe division, with two television projects already lined up: Tiger’s Apprentice, an adaptation of Laurence Yep‘s young adult novel series, and – you’ve guessed it – a remake of ReBoot

11-MegabyteOh okay, for those of you still pretending to be too young to remember, The Mary Sue has this to say to you:

“For all the youngsters who are now Googling “reboot,” realizing that’s useless, and then instead Googling “reboot cartoon,” and then laughing at the image search results, your elders would like to explain to you a thing. Once upon a time, back in 1994 when the internet as we know it was still kind of a mystical thing that only scientists and weirdos used, and the ideas of “realistic” and “video game graphics” were only just starting to go together (I mean, the first Tomb Raider was still two years away), Saturday morning television had it’s very first half hour long entirely computer animated series about anthropomorphized computer components.”

However hilarious it might look today, the show was pretty groundbreaking and futuristic at the time. Each episode saw main characters Bob and siblings Enzo hex_conand Dot Matrix battling against computer viruses like Hexadecimal and Megabyte, and fighting video games uploaded by the User. Much to the dismay of faithful fans, the series finally ended in 2001 with a cliffhanger that saw Megabyte take control of the series’ internet world, Mainframe.

For a time, the characters’ adventures were continued online in webcomic form, but since 2009, even the ReBoot website has stayed pretty quiet. The fact that the world of Mainframe seemed to have died a final death some time ago makes this news unexpected and all the more exciting. Michael Hefferon, President of Rainmaker, said this about the re-launch:

“We are excited to focus our television production activities under the Mainframe brand with an all-new version of ReBoot as well as to engage with celebrated children’s programming producer Jane Startz on Tiger’s Apprentice.  ReBoot is certain to be embraced by a new generation of fans while Tiger’s Apprentice will provide a bold and unique television experience for kids everywhere.”

 Time to refresh your memories:

Sources: The Mary Sue | Geekosystem

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