‘ReBoot’ Cartoon Series Being Rebooted [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 6th, 2013 at 8:47 am,

ReBoot Cartoon Series Gets Rebooted ReBoot Cartoon Series Being Rebooted [Updated]

[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.

Megabyte in ReBoot Reboot ReBoot Cartoon Series Being Rebooted [Updated]

Will Megabyte be back? (Maybe as Terabyte?)

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.

ReBoot Cartoon Series Rebooted ReBoot Cartoon Series Being Rebooted [Updated]

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…

ReBoot reboot 2014 Bob Guardian Character ReBoot Cartoon Series Being Rebooted [Updated]


We’ll keep you updated on the status of the new ReBoot as news develops

Source: Mainframe Entertainment (hat tip to HuffPo)

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  1. I do remember watching this as a kid. Amazed at what they will reboot these days.

  2. If done smartly I think it could do pretty well. While the old show’s CG doesn’t hold up, it’s actually still pretty entertaining to watch again.

    • And add to the fact CGI and mainframe have gotten better since 94, although as of now the late tony Jay will never be gigabyte again :C, I tihnk they can still do it greatly and these guys want to do this right. so, if there is a good story to tell,and take these characters on a fun new adventures, then i’m in.

  3. I’m shocked. Mainly because I’m sure a few of us commented on the possibility of this happening a few months back on this very site.

    I’ll tune in, as long as it isn’t ruined like the CGI reworkings of my other fave kids shows from the 80s and 90s (looking at you, Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine, there was no need to CGI them when the classic stop-motion technique worked just fine with them).

    Up next, the return of Freakazoid.

    • yeah wtf with the CGI thomas the tank engine?? that show had class back in the day with the stop motion it had more character.

      +1 for the freak-a-zoid reference :) love that show.

    • Well it was CGI to begin with so its hard to ruin it by making it CGI again, only improve seeing as how far our CGI has come.

  4. I’m excited about this….. This is gonna be one for the books.

  5. They were supposed to be doing a Film Trilogy of ReBoot, but it never gained any traction.

    • er, is “in development”

  6. Get Brendan McCarthy back on the designs and let him go all-out, full-on psychedelic batsh** crazy.

  7. And a “wooo” rang out from one anthony ocasio somewhere in the world.

  8. Rebooting a classic, brilliant idea guys.

  9. As much fun as this show was, you have got to be f&%$ing kidding me.

  10. I was just talking about this show to a friend a few months ago. While the early shows weren’t great and very family friendly, the last half of the series was extremely well done. A lot of dark content and a lot of grown up themes. I look forward to seeing what they come up with.

  11. Well, as far as the title goes, this seems appropriate.. Am I right?

  12. needs more darkies and mexi-dudes. maybe could use machete and danny glover. maybe pedro.

    • You sound like a m0r0n. Scratch that…you ARE one with comments like this.

      • i totally agree with the pedro thought. machete could be cool but danny trejo said hes how retired.

  13. If the studio is coming back, is there hope for a Beast Wars reboot? Possibly in the Prime universe?

  14. Can we get a M.A.S.K. reboot? Because that show was awesome!

  15. I just had a role as an extra in the streets of san francisco reboot starring bruce jenner and teri garr. its gonna be awesome.

  16. So here comes iNano and/or Nook :D

  17. stuff leboot up leass

  18. I need this desperately. I first watched the show when I was 10, then 16, now today at 26 and every time I love it more. Brilliant. As a 90′s kid, this underrated show was amongst the best.



    • Im 27 and going cray too! :D how awesome!

  19. Shame, I just want the cliffhanger vs Megabyte resolved, not a new story arc.

    R.I.P Tony Jay

  20. Looks too macho for bob. Actually looks more like a young Cobalt.

    • More like Bob’s boss Turbo.