On tonight’s episode of Robot Chicken (Season 7, episode 11 titled “Super Guitario Center”) there was a skit about ReBoot. Unfortunately none of the voice actors were used, despite the fact that Michael Benyaer (Bob) has done voice work on the show before. The skit deals with Mainframe’s spam filter being disabled, and Bob dealing with the incoming spam.
If you missed it, you can check it out bellow (has adult-themes, of course… it is Robot Chicken after all):
I’ve personally been waiting for the show to do a sketch for ReBoot, and I have to say this was somewhat disappointing (Bob doesn’t use Glitch?!). However it does at the very least jog people’s memories about ReBoot (I hope!), so that’s a positive. If you’d like to discuss the skit please leave a comment, or join us over on the ReBoot Revival facebook group.
Calling all Sprites, Binomes, Guardians, and Viruses. Join us for an evening celebration that promises to be alpha-numeric! Bring your best cosplays, grab an energy shake, and prepare to defend the sector against the user’s onslaught of advanced 1980′s video games.
Trivia, Prizes, Guests, and Nostalgia, all taking place in convenient pub, for only 99.99.99! (or free with your NWFF pass).
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Trivia and Games: 8:00pm
Carpe Noctem Dance Rave: 10:00pm
You can find more information at the event page on facebook.
Here’s the Anime North 2014 ReBoot panel, attended by Michael Benyaer and Scott McNeil. Thanks to aSnowyEvening for recording it, this past May.
We asked, you answered and we listened.
The overwhelming response to the question of bringing back the ReBoot T-Shirts was “YES” so we decided to go one better.
This year is the 20th anniversary of ReBoot and to celebrate we have opened the ReBoot 20th Anniversary Store.
Teaming up with Spreadshirt means we can bring you the original #BringBackReBoot shirts along with an even bigger choice of clothing and designs.
To help kick things off Spreadshirt is joining in the celebrations by providing a FREE Shipping code for the first week (valid until 7th March)
Place your order and then enter the code REBOOT20 at the check out page. This will give you free standard shipping, if you upgrade your shipping you just pay the difference.
The stores address is here: http://reboot.spreadshirt.com
I personally will be ordering a couple of the Glitch Bob shirts, along with a bunch of Guardian and Viral sweatshirts!
So you may have read this interview, or the press release by Rainmaker on their site. However, many points were taken out of context and I spoke to Michael Hefferon for about an hour afterwards to hopefully better understand what was to take place:
The ReBoot we all know and love WON’T be tossed aside!
Major characters from “classic ReBoot” will have a presence in the new series, it won’t be just a brief cameo as the article suggested (some of the minor characters might be just cameos to deal with older tech-jargon).
He’s been re-watching the series trying to see just what works, and what they can adapt, along what wouldn’t work in today’s world.
The new series will be more in the format that Seasons 1 & 2 were, as they need to keep it in a certain demographic, and that’s more due to broadcasters looking for something that appeals to kids, rather than adults (basically you make a kid show, that has to be exclusive for kids, and and adult show is only geared toward adults). Plus apparently when the series shifted between Season 2 to 3, various broadcasters weren’t pleased with the change to more darker tones (we as fans, some of which were growing up just as the show was, may have enjoyed it, but network executives didn’t like a “kids show” going into darker territory).
The 20th anniversary is an important landmark (10 15, 20yr marks tend to help generate buzz), it will serve as both a launching point to new, as well as a gateway to try and resolve season 4′s cliffhanger in some form (which if made will be a separate entity from the new series, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be a one-off thing… IF it does well enough, “classic ReBoot” may continue through the way they plan to present it).
He DOES read what we have to say, and notes that negativity and demands really aren’t conductive… but positive, engaging comments are.
It’s a fine balance between appeasing fans of old, getting networks to agree to at minimum one season but then to keep it going, and basically keeping everyone more or less happy while continuing to produce a series that they’ll get more and more orders for.
He really wants to make the new show very interactive, kids with smartphones and tablets can perhaps help the Guardians out and get points, etc… Wants to create a strong merchandise market.
Hopes to create something that the older fans with children will enjoy watching so it’ll be a family experience as has become with those fans watching re-runs with family.
During the process of creating the new series, he wants to engage old and new fans, have them input their say about what they’d like to see, and will have a dedicated site/forum for just that.
So since the last update regarding the shirt campaign (which I hope you all ordered as many as possible! The goal was reached and then surpassed!), there’s been some HUGE news! A press-release regarding the future of ReBoot was put out by Rainmaker, and here it is:
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.
Mainframe has also partnered with Jane Startz, the multi- Emmy, Golden Globe and ACE Award-winning producer of Ella Enchanted, The Indian In The Cupboard, Tuck Everlasting and the acclaimed The Magic School Bus.Tiger’s Apprentice, a coming of age story centered around 12-year-old Tom Lee and the Guardians of the Phoenix. Set in San Francisco, this modern-day fantasy is filled with classic Chinese lore, magic, comedy and action as Tom and the Guardians fight to protect the human race from ancient evil forces intent on its destruction. Mainframe has optioned the animation rights to Tiger’s Apprentice as part of its commitment towards bringing popular book-based children’s properties to television.
Rainmaker Entertainment ReBoots Mainframe
“We are excited to focus our television production activities under the Mainframe brand with an all-new version of ReBoot as well as 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,” said Michael Hefferon, President and Executive Producer of Mainframe parent Rainmaker Entertainment.
Acquired from Starz Media in 2006 by then newly-established Rainmaker Entertainment, Mainframe Entertainment was responsible for an impressive production slate throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s, including several seasons of ReBoot, as well as the critically-acclaimed ‘Transformers’ spin-off Beast Wars. Mainframe credits also include Weird-Oh’s, Spider-Man, Action Man, Heavy Gear, Max Steel, Scary Godmother and Barbie.
About Rainmaker Entertainment
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. is a multifaceted animation studio and one of Canada’s largest producers of CG animation. On February 15, 2013, Rainmaker’s first feature film, Escape From Planet Earth (distributed by The Weinstein Company), opened on 3200 screens across North America. Currently the studio is working on its second feature, Ratchet and Clank. Based on the popular Sony PlayStation game, this film is slated for release in 2015. For more information, visit www.rainmaker.com.
Now, I’m aware that the “all-new” wording in the press release has a good number of us concerned we won’t see the long awaited (nearly 12 years!) conclusion to Season 4 aka “The Hunt”. To that end I think it’d be wise to utilize the comment section of bringbackreboot.com to voice your opinions on the matter. Please give constructive and positive comments. Pretty much everyone involved with ReBoot’s production wants to resume! Some of those names being: Gavin Blair (co-creator), Michael Benyaer (voice of Bob), Paul Dobson (voice of Matrix), Scott McNeil (voice of every…I mean Hack & Specky), Michael Donovan (voice of Phong and Mike the TV), Shirley Millner (voice of Hexadecimal), Garry Chalk (voice of Slash and Turbo), Sharon Alexander (voice of adult AndrAIa). These fine folk make up the primary driving force behind what made ReBoot what we all loved to watch, and I’m sure even Ian Pearson (co-creator) might join in. I can’t speak for Kathleen Barr or Stevie Vallance, as neither have been to a convention I’ve attended, but I’d hope they’d reprise their respective roles as Dot and Mouse.
I’m also fully aware we’ve had similar news in previous years… the web-comic, the DVDs (one of the better things to come out of all the hyping!), the supposed trilogy of films… yes previous incarnations of Rainmaker have hyped up and promised the world to us, and we’ve been left high and dry. However, Michael Hefferon, Rainmaker’s newest President, appears to be far, far more willing to hear fans out and use social media to interact with us. Perhaps that old saying “third time’s the charm” (Paul Gertz > Cathrine Winder > Michael Hefferon) will apply here.
Also here’s a video shot by Michael Benyaer at the Edmonton Expo last week:
Great to see a jammed-packed room full of fans who can easily recite the intro!
Rainmaker has launched a new website that may lead to our beloved series being revived! They hope to sell enough shirts (currently taking orders, then once that goal is reached the shirts will be produced… if the goal is not met you’re not charged!) via something of a “kickstarter”.
You can visit the store here. As of this post there are about 5 full days left!
I know many of us have strong doubts about this, but there’s a new team running Rainmaker now, and they’ve been far, far more open to speaking to fans and utilizing social media to gauge interest. I for one, am willing to give them my support (I’ve reserved 4 shirts!).
Will 2014, ReBoot’s 20th Anniversary be it’s comeback? No one knows for sure… But I intend to find out!
Have a listen to Michael Benyaer, voice of “Bob” (seasons 1, 2, and 4) of ReBoot, talk about his plethora of voice over roles.
Beach Creative Studios are publishing a second ReBoot Artbook following their The Art of ReBoot in 2007.
ReBoot: Forever features:
- An original brand new cover by designer Brendan McCarthy
- More Fantastic concept artwork not seen in The Art of ReBoot
- An expanded Web World (Season 3) section
- Commentary from co-creators Gavin Blair and Ian Pearson
- A 5 page storyboard sequence from Brendan Mc Carthy
- An expanded ReBoot tribute gallery
Here’s the first look at ReBoot co-creator Brendon McCarthy’s cover:
Jim Su’s newest ReBoot Poster:
The book will debut at Fan Expo Canada in August, will reach stores in November but can be ordered online next month.
If you’re a facebook user, you can “like” the page for the ReBoot: Forever book, and you’ll be able to see sneak-peeks of various artwork!. ReBoot Revival also has it’s own facebook group, and while we’re talking social networking don’t forget to follow the Revival’s Twitter, for all of you who use Twitter.
After releasing a complete ReBoot DVD set, Shout! Factory has another Mainframe Ent. series set for release! Many fans of ReBoot knew of, or were also huge fans of Mainframe Entertainment’s other well-known series: Beast Wars. Transformers – Beast Wars: Complete Series is now available for Advanced Order! (Note that Shout! only has USA rights to this product, not Canadian rights or anywhere else, so this product cannot be shipped outside of the United States)
From the Shout! Factory Store:
The complete Emmy® Award–winning epic of the Maximals and the Predacons in one DVD set featuring all 3 seasons!
When the descendants of the treacherous Decepticons — now known as Predacons — land on a mysterious planet in search of the powerful crystal fuel Energon, it’s up to Optimus Primal and the heroic Maximals to stop them before they conquer the universe!
- Retrospective featurettes
- Art galleries
- New interviews
- 12-pg book
Bonus! The Transformers – Beast Wars: Complete Series set includes a 24-page comic book Transformers Timelines “Dawn of Future’s Past.”
Originally published by Fun Publications for BotCon in 2006, this is the official prequel story leading right up to the start of Beast Wars and offers valuable insight into all of the events that led to Optimus Primal’s crew chasing after Megatron and his Predacons! Fans will enjoy this pre- Beast Wars story as well as several other Transformers extras! The story is written by Forest Lee and Pete Sinclair with Beast Wars story editor Bob Forward and Benson Yee serving as story consultants.
(Click on the above image to set your Advanced Order!)
Here’s a look at the cover art for seasons 1-3: