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Welcome to Mainframe. Home to Guardian Bob, formatted to mend and defend. Join the fast-paced action and adventure as Bob and his friends Dot, her brother Enzo and his trusty dog Frisket fend off attacks from the superviruses known as Megabyte and Hexadecimal in their relentless pursuit of chaos and the destruction of Mainframe.
Known as the very first completely computer-animated half-hour TV series, ReBoot debuted in the United States on ABCs Saturday-morning block in 1994 and has captured the hearts and imaginations of kids and gamers ever since!
Though the animation was and remains clunky, ReBoot could boast smart and exciting story lines, especially in its second season, that were filled with fan-pleasing references to all manner of science fiction, from Star Trek and THX-1138 to Forbidden Planet and The X-Files (Gillian Anderson even voices a CGI version of Agent Scully). The show truly found its footing once it left its network parent and moved into syndication; there, it took on a darker and more mature tone and even more complex story lines. Here, the episodes are playful and kid-friendly, which should please nostalgic viewers, though modern young audiences may find the technology off-putting when compared to the sleekness of Pixar and others. Extras are limited to commentary from production team members like producer Christopher Brough and animator Zeke Norton on select episodes. --Paul Gaita
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The only ReBoot! shows that have ever come out until now were a few random episodes on VHS, and four DVD releases covering Season three, which was all one story arc (unlike the first two seasons) Reboot - Season III, Vol. 1ReBoot - Season III, Vol. 2 - The NetReboot - Season III, Vol. 3: The WebReboot - Season III, Vol. 4: The Viral Wars. Freed of the necessity of pretending to meet the ABC Standards and Practices requirements, the third season ventured out like the last hurrah it was, enabling ReBoot! to go out, not with a whimper, but a bang. Season four was not a season at all, but two longer movie-ish ReBoot stories (one quite bad) ...Read more ›
(Disc 1 Episode Menu, second screen is titled Season Four instead of Season One).
I still have VHS tapes of original ABC broadcasts, and also when Cartoon Network aired Reboot. We've heard the Reboot soundtrack hundreds of times. We immediately picked up on what sounds like a warble, or rhythmic glitching sound when the main song plays on the menu screens, and also during the episodes. The dialogue is fine, it's just the background music that has this anomaly. Yes, it's minor, but the point is it shouldn't have a problem at all.
The second and far more serious problem is with the Commentary track on Disc one. The commentary track plays for the duration of the first three episodes on Disc one. At the end of the first episode, the commentary abruptly stops, then picks up again when the second episode starts. Having a five second gap in the middle of a sentence isn't exactly the best presentation. It gets worse. After the intro is done on episode 2, it skips the entire first chapter! The previous sentence is cut off and never finished. But wait, there's more! The transition between episode 2 and 3 has the same commentary gap as between episodes 1 and 2. Then the Intro....and again the entire first chapter of episode 3 is skipped. And the final blow is....the commentary is GONE and never comes back. The episode continues to play, it's "real" soundtrack rises in volume and the previous commentary sentence is cut off and that's that.Read more ›
I know that seems like a lot to ask of a show but this was back before ABC was owned and ruined by Disney only broadcasting their product. It was a time when Saturday morning cartoons attracted huge audience of all ages.
The writing is better than you are likely to see in television anywhere. the humor was geared to multiple levels, young, teens, twenties, thirties; noir, scifi, fantasy, drama, thriller, pop music, science. it hit everything in way that allowed everyone watching to enjoy it on some level.
The animation may seem midland today but at the time it was beyond what was in most movies in fact not until Pixar was it equaled (some of the same people.)
That's "ReBoot: Seasons One & Two," a clever little series based around the people who live and work in the cybercity of Mainframe. The plots are sometimes a little weak (it is a kid's show, after all), but the quirky, surreal animation, oddball characters and nerd in-jokes are hugely entertaining.
Bob is the Guardian of Mainframe, meaning that he's supposed to eliminate threats to the people of the city. When he isn't dealing with crises, he hangs out with his friends, including the feisty businesswoman Dot Matrix, her troublemaking little brother Enzo, and the elderly, sorta-robotesque system administrator Phong.
At least once an episode, the godlike User downloads games into Mainframe, meaning that Bob and his friends must successfully play against him -- or be turned into sluglike Nulls. Additionally, there are a couple of powerful viruses who are always trying to take down all of Mainframe and/or bend it to their wills -- the Machievellian Megabyte, and the chaotic mask-wearing Hexadecimal. Both constantly try to destroy each other, as well as all of Mainframe.
Every episode has a crisis of some kind -- Codemasters, the Medusa bug, a plague of stupidity, a gateway into the Supercomputer, brain invasion, software pirates, abductions, a "Nullzilla," magnets, and a mysterious power that threatens Mainframe with the most devastating virus ever made...
"Reboot" was made in the 1990s, so obviously it looks kind of crude by modern standards. But what it lacks in polish it more than makes up for with creativity -- bright colors, delightfully kooky designs, and a streak of surrealism a mile wide.Read more ›
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The main fun of the series in one sentence there.
Reboot is one of the first early CGI Animated series released for a television... Read more
This was a gift and the person was very happy with the product - thank you!Published 21 months ago by jocelyn
Reboot is a Canadian CGI animated series from 1994. It was the very first half hour CGI cartoon show.
This is a brilliant show in so many ways. Read more
I grew up watching this show before going to school :D The episodes are only on average about 25 min. long. So I got this for my 10 year old nephew to watch. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Nicole Bryerton
This cartoon is the best computer animated one I have seen in a long while, its not just fun it actually teaches you about parts in the computer without you knowing. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by shell