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Reboot To Get A Reboot

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the bits-and-bytes dept.

Television 115

superstick58 writes "Reboot, one of the first CG animated TV shows is returning as a trilogy of feature-length films. This was a great cartoon for me, perhaps it also helped stimulate other developing nerds to embrace the computers that are supposedly run by these enjoyable CG characters."

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first full length (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20019771)

It wasn't one of the first, it was THE first full length computer animated tv show. An awesome one to boot. I hope these films are as dark as it got in the 3rd season.

Re:first full length (2, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020275)

My nephews liked it - to quote them - "because of the big boobs with the great shading." No wonder the article says "perhaps it also helped stimulate other developing nerds to embrace the computers that are supposedly run by these enjoyable CG characters.".

ewww ...

Correction (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020905)

The Cyberiad was the first CG TV show, however, only the pilot episode was aired.

Based of course on the Lew stories (the book is amazing, highly recommend it.)

Re:Correction (1)

Donniedarkness (895066) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021421)

I've looked all over, but can't find any information on the show (I've read the book, though). Any links to any sort of info on the show would be greatly appreciated. On topic-- It's good to see that Reboot is still (sort of) kicking. From reading the wikipedia page on it, I guess it's a shame that I didn't stick with it past the first season.

Re:Correction (1)

ToriaUru (750485) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021825)

Here's a webring site that may have something useful for you http://d.webring.com/hub?ring=reboot&list [webring.com] Yes, it was a great show, all right. Loved it, esp. in the 3rd season. Glad to see it's coming back, and that the fans have a say.

Re:Correction (1)

Maserati (8679) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023201)

Ok, I'm distraught. There exists 12 minutes of The Cyberiad in animated format ! Nothing on the torrent trackers I use...

Damn. I have an itch I will never be able to scratch, that I didn't even know I had.

I'll second the book recommendation and add kudos for the translator.

Re:first full length (1)

Xanius (955737) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021569)

I loved this show and wish that I could find the DVDs easier and cheaper. $50 for one disc of one season is ridiculous.

3rd season and beyond = lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20021793)

On the contrary, I hope it will be like season 1 and 2. I hated every episode after that, the series weren't the same... Instead of short original stories spanning 1 or 2 episodes at most, it turned into some sort of epic saga into the "web", and way too many characters (boring ones) were added. It felt like a really bad sci-fi movie that never ends. You could argue that they could appeal to an older audience but even today I have the first 3 seasons on dvd and the first 2 are by far the best. Give me mainframe + the original characters + the user and his games =)

Is there anything thats not being remade (0)

filter_zero0 (934468) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019775)

I was kinda surprised when I read that. But then again they are remaking everything now. What's next Robotech?

Re:Is there anything thats not being remade (1)

sayfawa (1099071) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019825)

What's next Robotech?

Maybe. If the atheists are wrong.

Re:Is there anything thats not being remade (1)

filter_zero0 (934468) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019847)

Ok I'll start working on a movie script tomorrow.

Re:Is there anything thats not being remade (2, Informative)

xXenXx (973576) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020211)

Shadow Chronicles just came out.

Mind you it's not a remake, but it's kind of a continuation.

I come from the net (3, Informative)

Rosyna (80334) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019947)

If someone has missed ReBoot and has no idea what's going on, see this happy video [youtube.com] it is quite informative (or search the internets for "Daemon Rising", after all, daemon is the word...)

Re:I come from the net (1)

knightf0x (218696) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021201)

Ahhhh...the Season 3 recap! The first time I saw that on Cartoon Network I thought something was wrong that the credits were coming 5 min early. I could not stop laughing the first time I was watching it...thank god for Tivo.

Re:I come from the net (1)

Wandering Wombat (531833) | more than 7 years ago | (#20029649)

Ten kinds of awesome :) I saw every episode growing up, and now I have every episode.... *sigh* I look at it as two separate shows, with Season 3 being separate from 1 and 2.

Re:Is there anything thats not being remade (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020001)

But then again they are remaking everything now.


In triplicate, no less!

Re:Is there anything thats not being remade (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020213)

What's next Robotech?

One can only hope. An update without an awful plotline involving infatuation with a ridiculous pop-star would be quite welcome.

Is there anything thats not being remade-B&W (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20020261)

"I was kinda surprised when I read that. But then again they are remaking everything now. What's next Robotech?"

They're remaking Lassie. Lassie leaves Timmy stranded out in the middle of nowhere. "Lassie: let's see you find your way home without me, bub"

Re:Is there anything thats not being remade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20020387)

Robotech [wikipedia.org] is actually a Frankenstein-esque mishmash of three unrelated anime series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. Look into the various Macross sequels [wikipedia.org] if you're interested.

No, worse. (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020515)

Next is Alvin and the Chipmunks -- in CG, by the director of the second, suckier Garfield movie. At the rate we're going we can soon expect a movie remake of Sonic the Hedgehog the TV show ("SatAM" to furries). Thrill to ubernerd furry lust for an all-CG Princess Sally.

Re:No, worse. (1)

IAMTHEMEDIA (869196) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020765)

I am a total fan of early 90s and 80s cartoons, that show was actually pretty badass for its time, like ReBoot some storylines definately did not patronize its viewers intelligence like they did later on after Disney took over ABC. Anything where a main character is shredding a guitar and makes a veiled Eddy Van Halen reference is cool in my book.

Re:Is there anything thats not being remade (1)

Anthony Baby (1015379) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020819)

Hmmm. I always wondered what a live action Robotech would be like. The child Robotech fan in me still thinks it wouldn't suck. I just saw Robotech: Shadow Chronicles. It is CG animated, and it looks pretty good, although the mecha looks a little too CG for my tastes. It's a good sign for future Robotech projects. Maybe they'll revive Robotech II: The Sentinels. I bet there won't be remakes though, partly because of the origins of the original show, and partly cause Harmony Gold can still make a lot of money reselling me new DVD versions of the same fscking original series!

Re:Is there anything thats not being remade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20021543)

They're doing a theatrical sequel to Shadow Chronicles (that's about all the info that's been announced), so I guess it sold decently. Although that's what they said about Shadow Chronicles, so who knows whether or not it'll go direct to DVD. Personally, I think it'd be better if they just planned to go to DVD from the outset, but whatever. :)

I didn't think Shadow Chronicles was great, but it was decent. It seemed maybe even a little too fast-paced for me. A decent beginning for maybe an OAV-style revival of RT.

Conclusion to Megabyte? (0)

SilverBlade2k (1005695) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019781)

I hope they continue where the original story left off, with Megabyte in the Principal office. We still have yet to see a conclusion to that!

Re:Conclusion to Megabyte? (2, Interesting)

Atriqus (826899) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019923)

What I want to know is who's voicing Megabyte?.. Tony Jay died about a year ago.

Voice of Megabyte? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20022643)

Who else... James Earl Jones!

Re:Conclusion to Megabyte? (3, Informative)

The Rizz (1319) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019967)

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it. This quote from the story makes it sound like they're going to start the plot over from scratch: "The idea is to relaunch the brand in a new way." Personally, I wish they'd finish out the original series, especially since they already had the ending written.
 
Oh well, here's hoping that the new movies kick as much ass as season 3 did, although the lack of all the original writers makes me worried...

Wow. (2, Interesting)

msauve (701917) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019815)

Max Headroom [maxheadroom.com] would be proud.

Re:Wow. (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020877)

Max Headroom would be proud.

But what would his brother [typepad.com] say?

Same characters? (0)

farbles (672915) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019859)

Anyone else have the hots for Dot Matrix? She needs some bikini time in this.

Re:Same characters? (3, Interesting)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019905)

How about a gold bikini? [alswaiter.net]

Re:Same characters? ST Crossover (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023603)

Makes her look like an Orion Slave Girl. And we know what trouble they can be.

Re:Same characters? (2, Funny)

the_tsi (19767) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020071)

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Rul e+34 [urbandictionary.com]

Confucius say: Be careful what you wish for on the internet.

Nasrudin say: Be more precise in what you wish for on the internet.

Good News or Bad News? (3, Funny)

Comsn (686413) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019877)

one of the press releases said they were getting fan submissions for storylines...

do you really want REBOOT FANFICTION?

Re:Good News or Bad News? (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020177)

What, you thought it didn't [fanfiction.net] exist [adultfanfiction.net] ?

Re:Good News or Bad News? (1)

WeblionX (675030) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020223)

I was hoping everyone left it in their head like I do. Then again, I tend to fall asleep before I finish any plot lines...

Re:Good News or Bad News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20022529)

I think he knows it exists, and was worried about seeing Bob/Megabyte Yaoi.

Re:Good News or Bad News? (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020437)

do you really want REBOOT FANFICTION?

Well, at least Roger Avary isn't writing the script [imdb.com] !

Re:Good News or Bad News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20020475)

do you really want REBOOT FANFICTION?
Go find out. Here's the five storyline pitches. [zeros2heroes.com]

They range from halfway-decent (Arrival) to embarrassing (Regenerated) to godawful (The Last Guardian).

Re:Good News or Bad News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20024511)

OMG yeah! The one were Mosaic is tentacle raped by Explorer would make a great feature!!!!

apropriation R us (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20019881)

What he said: 'Zeros 2 Heroes president Matt Toner sees the Internet as a democratizing medium. "It takes away gatekeepers," he said. "We want to connect the fans with the producers ... and let them determine what the next hits will be. When it comes to long-standing genre entertainment properties, the fans are the real experts."'

What he meant: 'We want to monetize this stagnant property, and we think we can do it by promoting the illusion of choice.'

Wankers.

Go Canada! (4, Interesting)

kypper (446750) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019901)

It's nice to see a canadian show [wikipedia.org] getting its due.

It was far more entertaining by the third season when Enzo grew up and got really pissed off... it was a nice dark twist.

Re:Go Canada! (1)

davmoo (63521) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020787)

And AndrAIa turned in to quite the little hottie...for a CGI character, anyway...

Re:Go Canada! (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021967)

Take off, you n00b.

Canada's TV is pathetic (2, Insightful)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023289)

Now if only Canada wouldn't just be mimicing USA whenever it makes new shows. USA has tons of CSI drama? Let's make our own! USA is making tons of reality shows? Let's have our own! USA has tabloid-formatted "entertainment news" shows? Now Canada does too!

It's funny, in Canada we used to think ourselves pretty smart for what we did in our own right, but now all we seem to do is copy USA. Sure, you can cite some other stale CBC Canada-only shows that aren't really entertaining at all... and I won't care.

Before the CRTC (Canada's FCC) started mandating Canadian content, we used to get a mix of the best of USA, Europe, Japan, and other countries' TV shows, and then throw in whatever content we produced that would be worthy of sitting alongside other countries' best offerings. We used to cooperate a lot with american shows and they'd have canadian guest stars and our shows would have american guest stars (still do, but not as much). Now that Canadian content has come out in full force, turns out that really it's nothing more than repackaged american crap.

I like South Park, but making our own lame forgery and putting that on the air is pretty pathetic. Why couldn't we just air Reboot, or something just as original and creative? Why afraid of competing with the best of other countries' television? If we put our own industries first by default, then they will stagnate and we will never be able to export quality stuff. We instead just end up making poor copies, because they'll be preferred by broadcasters by default. We're shooting ourselves in the foot.

As stated by many on Slashdot before, culture is a living breathing thing, and the world is getting closer together. By trying to craft its own 'identity', Canada is really ignoring what its citizens would naturally adopt and instead creating some artifical culture that we're all supposed to know and follow. It doesn't really work that way. Instead we may just end up getting stupider because of it. We'll be too busy with our eyes on our own plate to see what anyone else is trying.

Re:Canada's TV is pathetic (1)

deragon (112986) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023609)

What do you mean that Canada is always copying from the US? What about "un gars, une fille", exported around the world? http://www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/publications/culture_que bec_eng.pdf [gouv.qc.ca]

Or about Just for Laughs Gags, also exported around the world? http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-47978 72_ITM [ecnext.com]

There are many more I could list if I wasn't too lazy to check for references on the web. "Le temps d'une paix", "Les filles de Caleb", etc...

Oh... You are talking about ENGLISH Canadian productions. You seams to put all Canadians on the same boat. To be fair, English Canada does produces "Little Mosque on the prairie", also original and IIRC, exported.

Granted, for some reason, it is very hard to convince English Canadians to watch Canadian made shows and even more, Canadian movies. However, in French Canada, in most recent years localy produced movies beat the American movies at the box office, like "Bon cop, bad cop" and "Nitro":

http://lcn.canoe.com/lcn/artsetspectacles/cinema/a rchives/2006/09/20060925-195421.html [canoe.com]
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM .20070716.wxnitro16/BNStory/Entertainment [theglobeandmail.com]

Please, when it comes to Canadian culture, be specific about which language you are talking about. Slashdot is read internationally and we should not generalize about Canadian cultures when there are three main ones (English, French and Aboriginal).

Re:Canada's TV is pathetic (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 7 years ago | (#20025725)

You're right, I don't know everything about French Canadian programming, most stuff I've watched in the French language is from France, or has been in the theatres. On TV, I don't really watch french/quebec programming. Then again, on TV, I don't watch a lot of english/Canadian programming. Most of what I'm talking about can be narrowed down to prime time popular culture, because this is what is reaching the youths. I'm not talking about adults with experienced perspectives who know better from watching and learning about Canada over the last century and beginning of this one. What I'm talking about is the culture that we're choosing to aim at our young bright next leaders. That is what's so troubling about it. Yes, many people watch French programming, but undoubtedly more watch English programming, because it is translated into French and also because the amount of French programming is not as much as the amount of English + English translated programming. If you're watching everything altogether, it wouldn't be distributed evenly.

Re:Canada's TV is pathetic (1)

pathological liar (659969) | more than 7 years ago | (#20025023)

Uhh, what?

CSI debuted in 2000. Da Vinci's Inquest [wikipedia.org] debuted in 1998 and ran for 7 seasons. It's not exactly an original idea so I'm not accusing anyone of copying anyone, but let's be realistic here.

There are lots of quality (or at least popular) Canadian shows. Some are original, some aren't. The Kids in the Hall [wikipedia.org] , SCTV [wikipedia.org] , OWL/TV [wikipedia.org] , The Degrassi series [wikipedia.org] , etc... and hey, if you're a Canadian kid who never watched The Hilarious House of Frightenstein [wikipedia.org] , you really missed out.

Toss North of 60 [wikipedia.org] in there, if you're into that sort of thing.

Most of those shows have been exported to other countries, so I guess we're doing something right. We're no better and no worse than the Americans. We both put out a lot of crap and a few gems.

Re:Canada's TV is pathetic (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 7 years ago | (#20025739)

Yeah but Canada really started churning them out when CSI + clones started hitting TV. I like the other series you're talking about too, but this is where we've BEEN. I'm talking about where we're headed. Canada is becoming more and more americanized.

Cast: (1)

morefiend (913964) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019935)

It won't be the same without the original voice actors. And the post-season 1 (or was it 2?) voice for Bob just never sat right with me.

Re:Cast: (1)

kypper (446750) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019963)

The voice only changed for season 3... seasons 1, 2 and 4 were voiced by Michael Benyaer [imdb.com] .

Re:Cast: (1)

Shivani1141 (996696) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020755)

Not Quite True. Seasons 1 and 2 'bob' were voiced by Michael Benyaer. After season two we had "Web Bob" introduced, who has a Different VA than 'Guardian Bob'; Ian James Corlett. When 'Web Bob' is reborn into 'Guardian bob' by the return of Glitch, Michael Benyaer resumes VA'ing him.

Re:Cast: (1)

Shivani1141 (996696) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020769)

And Sadly, one of the most important VAs for this project, Tony Jay (voice of megabyte), Has died. Hearing his voice as a child watching reboot growing up, when it appeared later in my life, I had always recognized it as the voice of megabyte.

Im Psyched by this (4, Interesting)

Venrix_Ckalzar (977644) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019939)

I for one am very happy to see this happen. Granted with the concern about `bad` fan fiction entering and spoiling it for all the rest of us reboot fans, im gonna go out on a limb here and have some faith in the site they are setting up to allow discussion on content. I have personally not heard of anything like this before (feel free to correct me on that though, im curious now) but if it works then maybe we will see more of this, else if it fails and crash `n` burns horribly then we will all learn from the failures and perhaps try again some day.

Re:Im Psyched by this (1)

doombringerltx (1109389) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020591)

Snakes on a plane borrowed a lot from ideas they got on the internet. The "I'm tired of all these mother fucker snakes on this mother fucking plane line" was straight from the internet. I'm sure they will follow the same strategy they did. Look at what's out there, see if any of the ideas are good, take those a build on them and ignore all the rest. But how many active Reboot fanfic groups are there out there? Actually never mind, don't answer that. I said the same thing about the esurance girl... God, I hate the internet...

Re:Im Psyched by this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20028493)

> But how many active Reboot fanfic groups are there out there? Actually never mind, don't answer that. I said the same thing about the esurance girl... God, I hate the internet...


Rule 34's already been cited. And yet I still looked.


Some days it's "Damn you, Internets." Other days it's "I'll be in my bunk."


The thing I hate most about the Internets is when something's so far wrong that I have to say "both".

Re:Im Psyched by this (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023195)

Star Trek is (was) about the only TV show that uses user-submitted content. I'm sure most production companies are too afraid of the legal repercussions of using unsolicited material.

- RG>

Alphanumeric! (5, Informative)

unsigned integer (721338) | more than 7 years ago | (#20019979)

Don't forget the awesome summary of season 3. (For those who never watched it).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ColRwxkC1FY [youtube.com]

I crack up every time I watch it.

I hope they manage to tie up the few loose threads left in S4.

Shift-Ctrl-Alphanumeric! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20020209)

At least some of you had a chance to see it. Be glad for that much.

BTW some of you have always wish your latest video card could do CG. Well reboot would be perfect for that proof.

Yes! (4, Informative)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020017)

Alpha Numeric!

Subliminal Messaging (2, Funny)

ShawnCplus (1083617) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020053)

I completely forgot the show until I read the article then everything just snapped into place like a keyword programmed into my head to kill the Malaysian Prime Minister. The show definitely had a subliminal effect on my interest in the field of technology and it would be great to see it again.

Tron (1)

Kyrubas (991784) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020067)

I wish they would remake Tron, the movie the quiet possibly inspired reboot...the "Tron 2.0" game ploy wasn't half bad, but alas it would seem Disney scrapped the project.

Tron 3.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20020493)

There's nothing stopping anyone from creating a sequel on the Lithtech engine.*

*Except copyright AND talent.

it has potential (2, Interesting)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020245)

Overall I'm mixed, but honestly this could be somewhat entertaining, I'm curious to if they'll keep the original style or "improve". It was like futurama gone cgi with some creative ideas in it. Plus wasn't this like somewhat breakthrough animation back in the early cgi days of Reboot, Beast Wars, all that stuff?

Fun Yahoo Fact (1)

yahooligan (1133991) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020377)

Yahoo's Mission College campus in Santa Clara, CA has a Dot's Cafe [flickr.com]

I'm so Happy... (1)

PipOC (886408) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020393)

...That they're finally going to resolve the cliffhanger ending of the series. A great show that really deserved a comeback.

To Mend and Defend (3, Interesting)

Ka D'Argo (857749) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020401)

Reboot was by far one of the best series of the 90's. For a kid's cartoon it's storylines and such even appealed to teenagers and adults (come on, how cool was Enzo grown up as Matrix?). To date the episode where Megabyte and Bob have a guitar battle is one of the coolest things in animation I've ever seen.

Re:To Mend and Defend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20023129)

Reboot is teh stupidest. My god, people, do you ever get any education or culture not from TV?

Re:To Mend and Defend - 11! (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023557)

To date the episode where Megabyte and Bob have a guitar battle is one of the coolest things in animation I've ever seen.

You should have just titled your post: 11.

Re:To Mend and Defend (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#20029143)

Reboot was by far one of the best series of the 90's. For a kid's cartoon it's storylines and such even appealed to teenagers and adults (come on, how cool was Enzo grown up as Matrix?). To date the episode where Megabyte and Bob have a guitar battle is one of the coolest things in animation I've ever seen.
Shit, I'm remembering that episode now that you mention it. They were having a talent show and the guys from Money for Nothing showed up. Yup, it's on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8xVOR2BTO0 [youtube.com]

That guitar battle is cooler than I remembered. They turned it up to 11, heh. "Glitch, BFG." Big fucking guitar. How'd that make it past the kid's tv censors? There's a line I remember from Animaniacs that couldn't possibly have aired. Yakko said something about looking for fingerprints and Dot holds up TFKAP. "Finger Prince? Speeeeew!" Anyone else remember that one?

Obligatory Title Misinterpretation (2, Interesting)

BrianRagle (1016523) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020457)

How many read the title of the post to mean something involving a new Vista error producing endless reboots following an update?

Re:Obligatory Title Misinterpretation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20021425)

Yes, also my first thought. After reading the positive comments on the show, my second thought was the realization, that I now belong to the older segment of /. readers (bound to happen some day).

Re:Obligatory Title Misinterpretation (2, Insightful)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023491)

Just you. And I'm guessing probably not you either. You probably just looked at the title of the post, then spent a few moments thinking, "what hilarious thing can I mis-interpret this as to get a +5 funny? I know! Windows Vista sucks, let's use that!" Then posted this.

The joke is old. Get over it.

Re:Obligatory Title Misinterpretation (1)

BrianRagle (1016523) | more than 7 years ago | (#20026105)

Let me guess. Having Vista problems and feeling a bit touchy?

Sweeet... (2, Insightful)

Cervantes (612861) | more than 7 years ago | (#20020583)

Seasons 1-2 were fairly good for what they were, decent kid/teen animated series. Some of them stood out, most didn't, but almost all were entertaining.
But Season 3 was da bomb. Dark, desperate storylines. Excellent writing. Character development for almost everyone, every episode. Storylines popping up, fading away, and coming back again. Characters that you worried about because they really felt disposable, that they could die any episode. I was supremely disappointed to see it end after that season. It was better written and more interesting than most series on TV. The only good thing was that it spawned Shadow Raiders, which was also an excellent series, though short-lived.
I kinda liked (Season 4)/(The mini-movie), but I've always been hooked on the elements of Season 3. Although I can see why they'd like to restart the series, in a way I wish they'd just continue with the storyline in a way that new viewers could pick up on. Either way, I'll be a definite viewer.

Matrix should be one of the top 100 heroes of all time. Mostly because he's a compilation of all of them. :)

the show sucked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20020609)

I'm young enough to remember it being on in the afternoon, but old enough that I could tell the show had hollow plot and was just a lame excuse to have a CG tv show. watching it made me feel dirty. lame, lame, lame.

Re:the show sucked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20020727)

That's okay, for you we have some nice soothing Pokemon Saturday morning cartoons. Feeling better now?

Re:the show sucked (1)

Cheesey (70139) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021377)

Yeah, I hated it. I saw the first few episodes and I think that "Lame lame lame" is a good description. I can't remember exactly why I hated it so much. Perhaps it was the incorporation of computer terminology and ideas into stories and characters without any consideration for correctness? Or perhaps it was what would later become known as the "Jar-jar" effect, when something that could have been good was ruined by including elements that would only appeal to very young children. As a comparison, Tron handled some similar ideas in a much more abstract way and without any Jar-jar-style characters, and was therefore better. That's my perception of it at least.

Others are saying that it improved in a later series, but I don't regret not sticking with it. TV shows usually get worse over time.

Re:the show sucked (1)

Damocles the Elder (1133333) | more than 7 years ago | (#20024057)

They stopped catering to 7-year olds. That makes just about anything more palatable.

That last episode of Season Three (1)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021003)

I have to say, I really didn't know if they were going to live or die.

Seriously, Season 3 was so dark that killing off everyone was a distinct possibility.

When I saw the "reboot" and "restore" on the screen, I was cheering!

And for a 40 something guy to be so caught up in a "children's" tv series, well, either I'm more of a geek than I thought, or it was such a well done series.

Take your pick.

I felt the same way about Futurama. To this day, I will not watch "Jurassic Bark" when it comes up in the [adult swim] rotation. The wait for Futurama to hit the Comedy Central schedule will be awful.

I hope that the rebooted ReBoot will be as good as the original.

Re:That last episode of Season Three (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20021259)

> either I'm more of a geek than I thought,
> or it was such a well done series.
>
> Take your pick.

Wild guess... Both?

Yes! (1)

FoXDie (853291) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021183)

Yes! I'm so excited that ReBoot is returning. However the fans need to go to the Zeros2Heroes site so that we can help shape the new ReBoot how it is supposed to be!

But no Tony Jay as Megabyte:( (2, Informative)

sabernet (751826) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021221)

I hope they don't try to use some hack's voice for him(though he is a shapeshifter now so they could loophole it that way).

Re:But no Tony Jay as Megabyte:( (2, Insightful)

Repossessed (1117929) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021533)

/me wikis Tony Jay to find out what happened to keep him from the show.

If you'll excuse me, I need to go cry now.

Dot Matrix? (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021327)

So okay, when they had Dot in the first few seasons, she had the famous "Monoboob". Then when they resurrected Reboot, they finally gave her two. So now with the movies, will they give her three breasts? That's udderly ridiculous. Hope for the breast, expect the wurst.

Re:Dot Matrix? (1)

Eddi3 (1046882) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021383)

No, That's utterly ridiculous. Although, I don't know; Having three boobs might be udderly ridiculous, as well!

Re:Dot Matrix? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20021723)

You lose the internet.

Re:Dot Matrix? (1)

SnowNinja (1051628) | more than 7 years ago | (#20022969)

They only gave her the monoboob for the first 2 seasons because ABC wouldn't let them add detail to them. This also vastly limited their ability to add violence and put main characters at risk. You can see the real difference after they ended their contract with ABC in the first episode of Season 3 where they oversexualize Dot as Elvira, add violence to the show and of course, put characters in mortal danger almost every episode. The movies, aka Season 4 really left me disappointed that it had been cancelled. Just when you thought they had resolved everything, you get hit in the face with Megabyte.

Invasion of the Replicators (1)

vorlich (972710) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021617)

It is a fundamental principle of Post-Modernism that all art is replicated. Selling us the same thing over and over again is much more cost-effective than making anything new.
We have already had the remake of Andy Pandy. How long before Muffin the Mule makes a CG comeback? Replicated tasteless remarks may follow.
What if we have exhausted the planet's Narativium supply? Global Boredom will be a frightening reality. Damn you Hollywood. Damn you all to hell! (to be really dadaist I guess I should cut and paste all of that twice - but you get the picture, television is meant to be repetitive.)

That Wikipedia article (1)

ta bu shi da yu (687699) | more than 7 years ago | (#20021711)

It has a trivia section. Sloppy work!

More nerds... (0, Troll)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 7 years ago | (#20022005)

So, making some more inane tripe will mean there will be more nerds, huh? Good. The current Jock Generation is running out of nerds to beat up and, given the far more violent nature of modern nerd-beatings, that's a good thing.

Old school nerd-beatings involved an optimal infliction of bodily harm followed by gross humiliation: we would grab the nerd by his scrawny neck and bash his head against a locker, then shove it down an unflushed toilet, then beat him up hard. We would then piss on him and/or shit on his face. This resulted in moderate physical damage and lasting psychological injuries, which would haunt the nerd to the end (usually by suicide) of his pathetic, lonely life.

Those days are gone: modern nerd-beating involves infliction of massive, long-term physical damage including crippling, disfigurement, mutilation and life-shortening injuries. Today's jocks feel more liberal about the use of blunt instruments, cutting tools and other tools, and as a consequence nerds face more than humiliation. Torture, excruciating pain and eventually death is to be considered the norm. More often than not, the nerd is either too severly wounded to return to school or is simply gone. Torching of nerds is not uncommon. A nerd's eventual death is not brought about by suicide due to being inept at life, but as a direct consequence of a single beating.

So, although we would all welcome a World Without Nerds, a World For Real People only, we understand that the current Jock Generation and eventually the next and more vicious one will need a number of nerds to beat up. We expect the next one to be fully willing and able to slaughter entire groups of nerds in one go, probably even coming up with an industrial solution to render the beatings more efficient in their savagery.

As long as we get one thing straight... (1)

Umuri (897961) | more than 7 years ago | (#20022017)

Reboot should remain reboot.
That means the following should NOT happen:

Excessive character re-design/"Updating for new technology"
No, the binomes should stay binomes. Sprites should stay sprites.

Keep in the old feel
That means utterly horridly corny computer jokes.

Do NOT try to bring back old characters in a "new" reincarnation that makes them nothing like their old selves.
Either take the old chars and leave em like that, or design new ones. Don't keep the old character but make them look/act like someone new.

Btw, anyone else see hack/slash and keep thinking they should be working for doctor robotnik?

Awesome!! (1)

fireheadca (853580) | more than 7 years ago | (#20022337)

Nothing witty to say, just AWESOME!!!!!

"supposedly run"? (1)

echo4charlie (1134075) | more than 7 years ago | (#20022941)

Excuse me? I've yet to see proof that this isn't how computers are ran.

Continuing ReBoot and Voice Actors (2, Insightful)

Steve001 (955086) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023363)

One of the thing I hope they do is resolve the final cliffhanger before moving on to a new story. To me, that alone would be enough to support a movie on its own.

Concerning voice actors, I hope that they are able to get most of original the voice actors to return to the series, although it is not possible in some cases (in the recent Neon Genesis Evangelion movie they had to recast the voice actors for some characters because they couldn't find some of the originals). If it can't be done, I hope they voice actors that sound similar to the originals.

I'd rather not have the drastic change like they did when they changed the dubbing company for Dragonball Z. In at least one case (Krillin), the new voice actor was such a change from the original that it was jarring. In the same way, In Ranma 1/2, when they changed the voice actor for the male Ranma, the new one sounds quite different (the same individual now provides the voice for Inuyasha in the series of the same name).

But for me, this is good news. Although I enjoyed the first two seasons, beginning with the second season episode "AndrAIa" is when the series became outstanding. The new movies are going to have high standard to meet.

Re:Continuing ReBoot and Voice Actors (1)

Ticklemonster (736987) | more than 7 years ago | (#20028069)

Bah, we all know that the user does a system upgrade to a new motherboard, et al, then ghosts his system over, and installs AVG and Megabyte bites the dust.

Okay, just kidding. I agree, they should pick up where it left off. Tradition and all that. I'm a 49 year old Reboot fan, and it really eats me up to see that this will never happen.

I've got a bad feeling about this (1)

Zapharan (1126407) | more than 7 years ago | (#20023683)

As much as I love ReBoot and want more to be made, I'm definitely worried about what they're going to make. After looking at Zeros 2 Heroes where they talk about ReBoot [zeros2heroes.com] it seems like they're contradicting themselves. They talk about how reinventing a series can ruin it (which is certainly true) but then go on to say how Rainmaker went out and found five "undiscovered" writers so they could come up with "five completely new takes on the ReBoot world."

Apparently they are going to let the fans decide what the new ReBoot will be like... by allowing them to vote between five existing pitches, which are radically different from the original series. So instead of just revamping the series, the fans will decide which revamp idea they dislike the least. Brilliant!

I can't speak for all the fans, but I don't want a new ReBoot, I want more of the ReBoot that I love so much. Is that too much to ask?

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