Rainmaker revives Mainframe brand, announces new ReBoot TV series
A classic of Canadian animation ReBoot originally took to the tube on YTV back in 1994 and instantly became a fixture on the network for years to come. The first fully computer animated television series took place in the world of Mainframe, where a Guardian sprite named Bob battled against the evil virus Megabyte. Produced by the Vancouver based Mainframe Entertainment the series ran for forty-four episodes over seven years, and ultimately concluded with a gut wrenching cliffhanger as the show was canceled in 2001. Shortly after Mainframe went through a series of ownership changes, and in 2006 the animation studio took the name of its latest owner, Rainmaker. With many of the creative forces behind the show jumping ship ReBoot kind of died out with a webcomic, and a failed attempt at launching a movie franchise being the only new content for the series. Rainmaker hopes to change that as the company has announced a revival of the Mainframe brand for their television production unit with one of the cornerstones of that division being a new ReBoot show. Unfortunately details are kind of non-existent, which given this franchise’s history does not inspire confidence. Rainmaker set up the Bring Back ReBoot campaign to build hype for this new series, alongside other related products.
Mainframe Entertainment had more to share about Tiger’s Apprentice, a CGI animated series based on the trilogy of young adult novels written by Laurence Yep. The company hopes to successfully pitch fifty-two 11 minute episodes to broadcasters, and other financiers around the world at this week’s MIPCOM trade show. Here’s what the company has to say about the show:
Mainframe has also partnered with Jane Startz, the multi- Emmy, Golden Globe and ACE Award-winning producer of Ella Enchanted, The Indian In The Cupboard, Tuck Everlasting and the acclaimed The Magic School Bus. Tiger’s Apprentice, a coming of age story centered around 12-year-old Tom Lee and the Guardians of the Phoenix. Set in San Francisco, this modern-day fantasy is filled with classic Chinese lore, magic, comedy and action as Tom and the Guardians fight to protect the human race from ancient evil forces intent on its destruction. Mainframe has optioned the animation rights to Tiger’s Apprentice as part of its commitment towards bringing popular book-based children’s properties to television.
Will this new Reboot series end up like Binomes, and the film trilogy? Only time will tell.