If you recognize the above reference then you had to have been a fan of the first all CG-animated TV series “Reboot”. Following the adventures of Bob, the Guardian of Mainframe, Dot, the owner of a local diner and a few other businesses around Mainframe, Dot’s younger brother Enzo and his dog Frisket. They fought against the viruses Megabyte and Hexadecimal.
It was a fun and innocent cartoon that played from 1994-2001 including 2 seasons and 2 movies (a third was in the works but never materialized).
But it seems now that the beloved series is getting a “Reboot”. (No pun intended).
“We are delighted to receive the greenlight from Corus Entertainment to move forward with the production of Reboot: The Guardian Code,” commented Michael Hefferon, President and Chief Creative Officer, Rainmaker Entertainment. “Technology is ever-changing and Reboot: The Guardian Code will utilize the very technology inherent in the concept of the show—and prevalent in kids’ everyday lives—to drive a new type of relationship across multiple platforms. Reboot: The Guardian Code and associated brand extensions will deliver mass appeal with a technology focus, empowering kids with the tools and confidence to chart their own course in a world that is increasingly dependent on and powered by technological knowledge.”
Corus Entertainment has ordered 26 half hour episodes of “ReBoot: The Guardian Code,” described as “a hybrid live-action/CG-animated series” and “a reimagined version of the classic,” to be produced by Rainmaker Entertainment’s Mainframe subsidiary.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Mainframe to bring back an exciting new, reimagined version of this classic animated series to Corus Entertainment,” said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content, Corus Kids. “The new Reboot will feature the same action and comedy that viewers loved in the original series, but with an updated technological universe that will fascinate a new generation of kids.”
The new series will be quite a bit different from the original, with 4 teenagers from the real world taking center stage over the inhabitants of Mainframe. Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamara discover that they are the next generation Guardians with a mission to defend CyberSpace. They are helped by VERA, the last surviving cyber being from the original Guardian Program.
In cyberspace they use their code-based powers to battle viruses unleashed by the Sourcerer, with Megabyte returning with a major upgrade.
This sounds a little like the show Superhuman Samurai Syber (yes spelled Syber not Cyber) Squad that played for one season around the same time as the original “Reboot”. It also was about a group of teens that ended up in cyber space battling viruses. Although this show, imported from Japan, was a live action in the vein of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with a group that joined together to create one big battle machine.
from the official Reboot: The Guardian Code synopsis:
When Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra are not trying to stop viruses from overloading a nuclear power station, or remotely opening a dam to flood a city, or playing Criss Cross Crash Hour with a city’s transportation grid, our heroes are being typical teens: arguing with their parents over curfews; dealing with crushes; or trying to avoid getting suspended for skipping class when they’re really on a cyber mission to save the world!