[Update: Scroll down for a look at a possible design for the new Reboot guardian character.]
It’s like the universe aligned perfectly just so we could write that headline. On the heels of some pretty heated debated within our Screen Rant Underground podcast comes the news that Mainframe Entertainment will be rebooting the cartoon series ReBoot, which first hit airwaves in 1994. (20th anniversaries are always good for milking an old cash cow, apparently.)
The series imagined the interior of a computer as a world known as “Mainframe,” where various programs and/or viruses served as the primary characters. The twist was that whenever a user played a video game, a section of Mainframe would be sectioned-off in a forcefield and the inhabitants had to play the user and win, or suffer deletion. For a kids show, it was pretty dark stuff, when you think about it.
No word on details of the new show yet – but one imagines that the creators will have to update things to reflect the technological realities of the modern digital age; characters like “Dot Matrix” or the “Command.com” just don’t seem to cut it anymore. Of course, the challenge of updating the show is something that will either be handled smartly, or leave us with pun-heavy characters that are obvious (obnoxious?) winks at modern tech. If there is a supporting character or A.I. named “Siri,” I just might shoot myself.
Check out some of the press release from Mainframe Entertainment:
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.
Fans of Laurence Yep’s Tiger’s Apprentice novel series – be sure to note that Mainframe will be brining that property to your TV screens, as well.
UPDATE: Is this our new Guardian Bob for the rebooted series? Reboot Revival seems to think so…
We’ll keep you updated on the status of the new ReBoot as news develops
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