September 23, 2015 : Solid (And Lengthy) Genndy Interview

Cartoon Brew interviewed the force that is Genndy Tartakovsky. It’s pretty long, which in this example is great. He talks about plenty – including Samurai Jack and Sym-Bionic Titan (sniff, sniff). You can read it here.

It’s interesting to hear his usual optimism interwoven with subtle frustration. Personally, I appreciate both his passion and his humility. However, I’ll still continue to hold my breath about any reboot/ revival of Samurai Jack, but you never know. After all, Reboot is making a comeback (sorta).

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June 24, 2015 : ReBoot: The Guardian Code Greenlit For Production

This fall will mark the 21st anniversary of the premiere of ReBoot (seriously?!), and all that ‘ReBoot is getting a reboot’ talk the last few years has finally come to fruition… sorta. The news series, called Reboot: The Guardian Code, has received the greenlight for a 26 episode order by Corus Entertainment. In case you’re curious, here’s the press release.

If you didn’t feel like reading the press release, get ready for some disappointment – or at least, realize this will be a very different form of ReBoot compared to the original. First off, it will be a ‘hybrid live action/ CG-animated series’. Secondly, the original main protagonists will not be headlining the show. Instead, it will be about four teens who must defend cyberspace. On the flip side, the main villain will be Megabyte.

Frankly, I understand the creators’ desire to tweak the underlying premise of the show. One of the inherent draws for me to the show was not just that it was at the forefront of computer animation but it also incorporated modern technology into its storylines. The original show is now old enough to drink, and a lot has happened with respect to the advancement of the technology used in the plot (how new of a concept was the internet back then?).

As such, a re-imagining of ReBoot was probably a must; and while I am a little bummed that we won’t get to see Bob, Matrix, and company, I understand the reasoning. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t miss them. If anything, I am more concerned about this live action part. ReBoot is computer animation – throwing in a live action aspect doesn’t seem right. I am worried it will be an overused device within the story that will turn me off from the series (I am sure it will also be used to keep costs down).

We’ll see what shakes out, but for now, it seems like ReBoot is finally getting made (for real this time). Whether or not it will be as enjoyable as the original, we’ll just have to wait and see. For fans who have been hearing of the show’s revival for years now, waiting is par for the course.

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December 3, 2014 : The Yearly New-Reboot-Getting-Made Article

It seems every year, there’s an article about a new Reboot product in the works. Then…  nothing happens. As such, I remain skeptical about the latest one. This time around, it won’t be a movie (or a trilogy of movies) but instead a series. Also, this article says it’s for realsies… again.

We’ll see whether or not the new series happens. However, the article did elaborate on the hypothetical series. First off, it won’t be a reboot of the 90’s show, which I think is good. The less good news is that the series will be geared toward a younger audience – that of the first two seasons of the original as opposed to the third season. I wouldn’t call this bad news since it’s understandable why they would do this from a profitability standpoint, but I would definitely prefer the darker storylines the latter episodes brought.

Still, at this point, I will take whatever Reboot I can get – as long as it’s not anything like ‘My Two Bobs’. I just won’t get my hopes up until production actually gets underway. Of course, if it doesn’t, I’ll just have to look forward to next year’s article.

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May 1, 2012 : Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising Trailer

A full trailer for Disney XD’s new series, Tron: Uprising, has just been released. The series is set to premiere June 7th, and based on the video below, it looks promising.

Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the two movies. I thought they were alright but always felt that the complex world created within the films were better suited for a TV series. It’s more open to multiple long-term storylines that can span for an entire season (or more). Of course I might just be nostalgic for Reboot, however I do like the look of this series; and if there is any show that lends itself to a mix of 2D and 3D animation, it’s this one.

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October 22, 2009 : Reboot: In Development Hell?

It is unclear exactly how many hurdles Rainmaker Entertainment (formally Mainframe Entertainment) has run into while producing the Reboot Trilogy – although the original writer did drop out last year. The release of new Reboots has been talked about for a while and were even mentioned on this blogtwice. Despite all this time, there has been little to nothing leaked to its fans: no footage, screen grabs, general storylines, pre-vis work… nothing.


At least until now. A few weeks ago, Rainmaker released a teaser trailer – and the emphasis is on teaser.

It’s cool to finally see something, and it certainly brings back memories of the series. However, the clip is a mere 15 seconds long and has zero characters in it. Has anything of significance really been developed for the movie? It is slated for a 2010 debut, but who knows how definite that is.

Sigh… Apparently, it’s back to the waiting game. Wait, Astroboy is coming out soon? Okay, never mind.

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