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ReBoot
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Genre Science fiction
Action-adventure
Created by Gavin Blair
Ian Pearson
Phil Mitchell
John Grace
Developed by Lane Raichert (season 1)
Martin Borycki (season 2)
Dan DiDio (season 3)
Ian Pearson, Gavin Blair, and Phil Mitchell (season 4)
Directed by
  • Dick Zondag
  • Steve Ball
  • George Samilski
Voices of
  • Sharon Alexander
  • Kathleen Barr
  • Michael Benyaer
  • Garry Chalk
  • Paul Dobson
  • Phil Hayes
  • Tony Jay
  • Shirley Millner
Composer(s) Bob Buckley
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 48 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Christopher Brough
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Mainframe Entertainment
  • BLT Productions
  • Alliance Communications (seasons 1–3)
  • Shaw Communications (season 3)
  • Alliance Atlantis (season 4)
Distributor
  • HIT Entertainment (Europe, Season 1)
  • Claster Television
Release
Original network YTV
Picture format PAL video (printed film)
Original release September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07) – November 30, 2001 (2001-11-30)

ReBoot is a Canadian computer-animated TV series that originally aired on YTV from 1994 to 2001. It was produced by Vancouver-based Mainframe Entertainment, Alliance Communications and BLT Productions. The animated series was created by Gavin Blair, Ian Pearson, Phil Mitchell, and John Grace, with the visuals designed by Brendan McCarthy after an initial attempt by Ian Gibson. It was one of the world's first CGI television series.

The series follows the adventures of a Guardian named Bob and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix as they work to keep the computer system of Mainframe safe from the viruses and other threats.

A reimagined, live-action/CGI-animated series, ReBoot: The Guardian Code, was announced in 2015, and the first ten episodes debuted on Netflix worldwide (excluding Canada) on March 30, 2018. YTV aired all twenty episodes from June 4 to July 5, 2018.

Plot

The series follows the adventures of a Guardian named Bob and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix as they work to keep the computer system of Mainframe safe from the viruses known as Megabyte and Hexadecimal. The setting is in the inner world of a computer system known by its inhabitants as Mainframe. It was deliberately chosen due to technological constraints at the time, as the fictional computer world allowed for blocky looking models and mechanical animation.

A recurring plot thread is when the User loads a game, a purple cube lowers onto part of the city. Anyone trapped inside becomes NPCs and have the chance to stop the User. If the User wins, the area is destroyed and the residents reduced to slime creatures called Nulls.

Cast and characters

The main characters included:

  • Bob – Guardian No. 452. He acts as the Guardian of Mainframe.
  • Phong – The original COMMAND.COM of Mainframe. Phong serves as a mentor and adviser to its inhabitants and works with Bob in defense of the system.
  • Dot Matrix – Originally owns a local diner and many other "businesses" (as seen at the end of the third episode of the first season). She takes over as COMMAND.COM in the third season.
  • Enzo Matrix – Dot's younger brother who idolized Bob as a hero. Enzo later grows up to become the renegade simply known as Matrix. Enzo's name is not a reference to computer terminology but instead the real world Italian name "Enzo", as suggested to the co-creators by Chris Brough.
  • Frisket – A red and yellow dog. He is feral, and only listens to Enzo.
  • AndrAIa – A game sprite and friend (and later girlfriend) of Enzo introduced in season two. The "AI" in her name refers to artificial intelligence.
  • Megabyte (Gigabyte) – A "command and conquer, and infectious" computer virus, and the series' main villain. Megabyte is an "Order Virus". He came from the virus known as Kilobyte and when merged with his sister Hexadecimal, they form an even more powerful virus called Gigabyte.
  • Hexadecimal – Megabyte's sister is a "chaotic" computer virus whose face is represented by a series of masks, each portraying a different emotion.
  • Mouse – A freelance hacker who is mentioned briefly before her first appearance. Mouse works for Megabyte in a one-shot early in the season, but switches sides to join Dot and Enzo. Together they defend Mainframe when Bob is trapped in "The Web".
  • Hack & Slash – Comic-relief bumblers, they are two most commonly seen henchmen in Megabyte's employ. During the third season they switch sides and join the COMMAND.COM side of Mainframe.
  • Ray Tracer – A web surfer that helps Matrix and Bob return to Mainframe, and becomes romantically linked to Mouse.
  • Mike the TV – A walking TV that aids and hinders the heroes. Mike the TV is shown speaking in a commercial narration-like voice.

Voice cast

  • Bob (seasons one, two and four and Second Bob in season four) – Michael Benyaer
  • Bob (seasons three), Glitch Bob – Ian James Corlett
  • Dot Matrix, Princess Bula, System Voice – Kathleen Barr
  • Enzo Matrix (young) – Jesse Moss (season one), Matthew Sinclair (seasons one and two), Christopher Gray (season three), Danny McKinnon (season four (flashback))
  • Welman Matrix – Dale Wilson
  • Matrix (adult Enzo Matrix) – Paul Dobson
  • Enzo Matrix (copy) – Christopher Gray (season three), Giacomo Baessato (season four)
  • Megabyte – Tony Jay
  • Hexadecimal – Shirley Millner
  • AndrAIa (young) – Andrea Libman
  • AndrAIa (adult) – Sharon Alexander
  • Phong, Mike the TV, Cecil, Al – Michael Donovan
  • Mouse, Rocky the Raccoon – Stevie Vallance
  • Ray Tracer – Donal Gibson
  • Captain Capacitor, Old Man Pearson – Long John Baldry
  • Slash, Turbo, Mr. Mitchell, Herr Doktor, Cyrus, Al's Waiter (front counter) – Garry Chalk
  • Hack (seasons 1 to 2) – Phil Hayes
  • Hack (seasons 2 to 4), Specky, Praying Mantis Virus – Scott McNeil
  • Daemon – Colombe Demers
  • Daecon – Richard Newman
  • Killabyte, Gigabyte – Blu Mankuma
  • Gigagirl, Copygirl – Venus Terzo
  • Spectral Leader – David Kaye
  • Hue Branch – Christopher Gaze
  • Lens – Don Brown
  • Maxine – Janyse Jaud
  • Various – Brad Bent

Awards

ReBoot has been the recipient of several awards. The show received Gemini Awards for Best Animated Program Series for three straight years between 1995 and 1997, as well as a 1996 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. Other honors include the 1995 Award of Excellence and Best Animated Program from the Alliance for Children and Television and a Prix Aurora Award in 1996.

Other Gemini Award nominations include "Best Children's or Youth Program or Series" in 1998, and "Best Sound – Comedy, Variety, or Performing Arts Program or Series" for My Two Bobs and "Best Sound – Dramatic Program" for Daemon Rising, both in 2002.

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