Can you believe it? 20 years have passed since ReBoot premiered back on September 10th, 1994. I vividly recall my 8yr old self sitting down that Saturday morning to see this brand new cartoon that took place inside a computer. It was love at first sight. The characters, this crazy CGI animation, the colors, computer lingo here n’ there…. it had me hooked. Bob instantly became my favorite, with his heroic actions and cool-guy demeanor. I’d continue to tune-in every weekend until ABC was bought up by Disney and ReBoot (among other non-Disney programing) was canceled. Man… that season 2 cliffhanger… I was gutted… what would happen to Bob?! Of course we all know the answer to that one now, but it would be a couple of years before Season 3 would premiere on Cartoon Network here in the States, but everything looked even more amazing by that point. I was older, the show was more mature… rekindled that love-affair I had with it in no time. Matrix became my second favorite character, his tough no-nonsense attitude appealed to my teenage self (…though I was very happy to see Bob later on!) With the end to Season 3 being pretty up-beat (dealing with the threat of Daemon aside), it seemed as if ReBoot’s story was all done. However, after a few more years progressed… Season 4 premiered and it was great to see everyone again. Thrust into the midst of the war against Daemon, it was a strong first half. I still miss Hex, and hope she’ll return one day. I know that we’re all familiar with how the second half of Season 4 went…. and that’s why this site has existed for the past 7+ years (a little more than 8 if you factor in when I began the idea to revive the series). Hopefully all the talk about the 20th anniversary being an important milestone won’t wind up as more disappointment from Rainmaker.
ReBoot was, and still is a show unique unto itself. It captured the hearts, minds, and imaginations of children, teens, and adults around the world. The fact that so many still recall their very first episode, just goes to show how fondly it still lives on within our hearts 20 years later.
To celebrate this special event, here in full are the very first, and presently last episodes of ReBoot!
I can’t believe it’s been 20 years – I feel so old!!! I’m immensely proud of what we (emphasis on the ‘we’!) did, and I’m glad we found such a passionate audience. Without you we are nothing. Thank you.
I’m also very proud of the fact that the show had such a positive effect on so many people. I never get tired – and I never will – of people telling me how the show influenced their life for the better. That’s a rare and precious thing.
Stay Frosty, my friends. Stay Frosty. ~Gavin Blair
(I apologize for the brief advertisements in the beginning, there is nothing I can do. Both videos have been flagged by a “Base79″ company, which claims copyright and I believe is inserting them to make a profit. They, of course do not own anything within either video and have apparently flagged completely original content, a growing problem on YouTube)
ReBoot’s 20th Anniversary is coming up soon! Please go to http://strawpoll.me/2512335 (or select from the embedded poll below) and select whether or not you’d support a ReBoot soundtrack (which might be a physical CD, or digital download).
This would be like nothing you’ve ever seen (or rather heard) before! Straight from ReBoot’s musical composer, Bob Buckley! No amaturely filtered bits of music with dialog still faintly in the background, this is straight-up recordings from the man himself!
It’s very important to see just how many folks would support this. Nothing is currently in place, this is all preliminary work. Limited editions/1st press bonus tracks could be a possibility, it all depends on if we can get the “OK” from Rainmaker AND how many of you cast your vote. The overall purpose of this poll is to gather as many votes as possible, so that I can show Rainmaker (specifically Michael Hefferon, the current President, as I’ve direct contact with him) that they should give the “OK” to the project and allow Buckley to compose it for release! I can tell Rainmaker it’ll sell many copies and is a worthwhile investment until I’m as blue in the face as Bob, but actual numbers tend to help such things succeed!
Thank you and stay frosty,
This post will be continuously updated with any/all news available.
A later tweet noted there would be limited swag at the event as well:
What does all this mean for ReBoot? Will we finally have an update on the status of the series? No one knows for sure… but I certainly hope so!
Don’t forget, you can also follow me/the ReBoot Revival on Twitter too!
Bellow, we have an exclusive look at the set of 4 post cards for the 20th Anniversary of ReBoot, designed by Jim Su! Those fortunate enough to attend this year’s show will have the chance to pick these up at the Rainmaker booth! I absolutely love them!
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!