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ReBoot Rebooted!
Classic cartoon to become film trilogy

24 July 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: Rainmaker Animation

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It's a great day for anyone who watched TV cartoons in the mid- to late-1990s. ReBoot, the world's first CGI animated series and one of the most barmily inventive shows ever to call itself kid's entertainment, is being set up for not one film, but an entire trilogy.

The plot of the series was set in a city called Mainframe, where binomes and sprites go about their business and live their digital lives. The chief dangers came from the gigantic game cubes (not to be confused with GameCubes) which would descend on a section of the city. At that point, sprite guardian Bob and others would battle to beat the User, lest the User win and that entire neighbourhood be destroyed as a result. Further threats came from the evil Web, and dangerous enemies like Hexadecimal, Megabyte and (later) Gigabyte.

The series started off quite bright and cheery, with lots of pop culture references and kid-friendly characters, but got much, much darker in its third series and finally went off the air. The plans to reboot the series and take it to the big screen are complex - Rainmaker is teaming up with a comic site called Zeros To Heroes and asking five undiscovered writers to work up story ideas, which fans will then have the chance to comment on and get involved in proving. In August, fans will choose the winning pitch and a web comic will come out, based on that idea, later this year, with a film following after that.

It's a complex plan, but one that could fit in well with ReBoot's still-loyal fan base. And after the CG bubble has well and truly burst, it might be just the time to go back to basics and build a new mainframe.

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Ok i am one of the most loyal fans out there so woo for me and many others. I actually knew about this some months ago, people should visit the website, they have storyboards there and any fan can sign up and contribute their thoughts to what is good and bad and what can be changed. Trust me the writers do listen and they have already made changes. These will be our movies, so go and help out!!!!!! More

Posted by darkraven at 15:48 on 01 September 2007 | Report This Post

I used to love that show but come on, can you really see this happening? Also can anyone explain to me why The Wrong Trousers' Feather McGraw had a Hitcock-esq cameo in every episode? More

Posted by cranialblowout at 01:25 on 30 July 2007 | Report This Post

I've been waiting for years to see it resurface, especially after the cliffhanger that was never resolved. I can't wait to see the stories they'll come up with. More

Posted by erebus2218 at 15:17 on 26 July 2007 | Report This Post

i remember i used to watch this all the time when i was young but since im only 15 now i cant really remember it much. well if i liked it it must be good! More

Posted by murder_minty at 19:25 on 25 July 2007 | Report This Post

If they could capture the darkness and sense of doom from the last series they could make a great 12A teenage film. It was a good cartoon back in the day. More

Posted by ukedge87 at 10:16 on 25 July 2007 | Report This Post

I remember this one
Megabyte was that guy with the massive jaw if i'm not mistaken! Can't say I'm too enthusiastic about a film though... More

Posted by mjscarface at 02:05 on 25 July 2007 | Report This Post

I loved this when I was younger - will be interesting to see what they do with it. I'm sure if I saw it again now the animation would look a bit outdated, but it's a great concept, so it might work. Like someone else has suggested - perhaps some direct to DVD films might work better though More

Posted by dctuck at 17:03 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

The people who made this...
..made Beast Wars Transformers ... now that I'd like to see on the big screen. More

Posted by papalazarou at 12:45 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

I remember it fondly...
...but a film? DVD release it with tons of extras. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 11:32 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

So that would be a straight-to-DVD trilogy then. More

Posted by The_Hat at 11:00 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

L: MaxiHogea i dont like the idea of peoples' comments influencing the script... that went wrong in snakes on a plane did it not?... p; I agree, I'm old-fashioned and like my films and music to be made by professionals.  More

Posted by mattchoman at 10:51 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

I loved this when I was younger. Is it just my hazy memory or did it start to get increasingly odd after the first series? Did that main character Bob die at the end of he first series, I remember being shocked that the bad guys had won. More

Posted by mattchoman at 10:50 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Oh good grief! I remember this and actually was thinking about it yesterday as I was talking about some older cartoons and what people can remember. This was decent viewing and like britesparc, I was probably too old to really be watching it, but it was a break from revision! Warning, incoming game!! :o) More

Posted by Cat5 at 10:49 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

I loved reboot and was a bit sad that it had finished without finding out the ending when they made another reboot where Enzo and the girl he was with in the first series had grown and were traveling through the net. More

Posted by anakin solo at 10:49 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

i dont like the idea of peoples' comments influencing the script... that went wrong in snakes on a plane did it not?... More

Posted by MaxiHogea at 10:37 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

old too.....I remember watching this like it was yesterday. How the times have changed More

Posted by lbiu at 10:31 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

This is a classic cartoon? Man do I feel old!  More

Posted by Rumbaabaa at 10:25 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Never heard of it More

Posted by alimac at 10:19 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE: ReBoot Rebooted!
Just watched it on you tube. So mad it actually might be good (for the kids if course) More

Posted by shool at 10:04 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Classic Cartoon
Am i really that old that this now now concidered a "90's Classic?" More

Posted by Tim_Bisley at 09:59 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

this is excellent news! do you lot remember the epsiode where Mainframe was infected by a virius? it was brilliant. More

Posted by Hughezy at 09:54 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE: ReBoot Rebooted!; for anyone that wants to understand what it is... More

Posted by boove at 09:49 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

RE: ReBoot Rebooted!
HA!  wicked.  i used to make my mum record this for me so i never missed it.  this could be a completely crazy little trilogy!  keep an eye on this one.  think i even have a little MEGABYTE toy somewhere...     More

Posted by boove at 09:42 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

Nice one
This show was totally off its tits, but I enjoyed it, briefly, despite probably being too old for it. My chief memory is an X-Files spoof featuring a character called Fax Modem. More

Posted by britesparc at 09:35 on 24 July 2007 | Report This Post

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