Cyberpunk Review » Reboot

February 16, 2006


Year: 1994

Directed by: Alan Best et al.

Written by: Martin M. Borycki et al.

Degree of Cyberpunk Visuals: High

Correlation to Cyberpunk Themes: Medium

Rating: 8 out of 10



Overview: This is one of those shows that TOTALLY addicted me to it when it came out. This was the first 3D animation I ever saw, and I must say, I completely fell in love with it. Reboot is a wonderfully intelligent kids show, that for techies, seemed to have all the inside-tech jokes just right. All the characters are inside a computer world - the mainframe, and the good guys are trying to stop the evil virus, Megabyte from infecting the rest of the mainframe.




The Bottom Line: Reboot provided us a terrific fantasy view inside a virtual computer. While the first two seasons were fun, season 3 was just terrific! After ABC dropped this Canadian production, they were able to go adult-like, with much darker themes and a really cool sword and sorcery bent. The follow-on movies captured the fun of the first two seasons while keeping the darkness of the third. And while the CG has definitely been surpassed, for some reason, the look still works.


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Tags: cyberpunk movie review Reboot anime

This post has been filed under Made for TV, 8 Star Movies, Animes, VR Movies, Cyberpunk movies from 1990 - 1999 by SFAM.


August 3, 2006

Hugo said:

I remember watching this as a kid, probably in 1996. It was an awesome TV show. I remember there being this announcement that would say, “WARNING: INCOMING GAME” and then this massive purple cube of electricity would descend and our little computer people (yes, I lack ‘the talk’ :P) would have to play against real players in the real world; I loved that bit.

SFAM said:

I agree - the playing against real players in the real world was pretty cool. Although, I loved season 3 more, where they grew up and got stuck in the fantasy world.

Mr. Roboto said:

Man, I hope Reboot comes out on DVD soon, if it’s not already out. It was the best cartoon at the time… actually EVER!… and I miss seeing it on ABC then Cartoon Network. Knowing that it was the first completly computer-generated animation makes me want to see it all again.

I have to have the Reboot collection!

August 4, 2006

SFAM said:

Hi Mr. Roboto, the movies are out at least. Not the series though.

September 30, 2006

Guardian zero said:

Hi! let me tell you I’m a fan since the begining, and watched the other series like War Planets and Beast machines. All the programs were amazing and still are.

It’s really hard to find the DVDs. I heard something about distributor’s problems, but I really don’t know.

I recently bought the fourth season (two 90 minutes movies) and the animations are better than ever. I really enjoyed them.

Of course the Third season was superb. It´s my favorite.

December 7, 2006

Anonymous said:

Yeah, it’s true that series 1&2 aren’t available for purchase, and S3 is very hard to find, but there is certainly hope to keep the series alive.,m=1165300884
If you’ve got the time and interest in showing your interest in any form of revival, give it a look-see :)

March 22, 2007

Jason Attarzadeh said:

I realy loved all of the seasons i just didnt like wenth Megabyte lauch Bob trou that web portal in “web world wars” or the part when Enzo lost the game in season 3 bute at list he grew to a big man and then it was Megabytes turn to go in that portal in “showdown” but did you saw season 4 it was a blast! Megabyte came back uglyer and the big battle him and Bob did WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! but Tony Jay is dead (the one who played Megabyte) and theres got to be a fifth season cause you saw how it wnded?

April 21, 2007

Megabyte-17 said:

I grew up with this show and it was the first cartoon I really HAD to watch. I think people would still enjoy it today since it was soo far ahead of its time back then.

May 1, 2007

Anonymous said:

Just to let you guys know, there is actually a revival of ReBoot going on right now. The voice actors and creators of the show have been contacted and are interested in making a fifth season to finish off where the season 4 cliffhanger stopped. All they need is a station that will fund the show and they’re back in business.

Go to and join the revival. You’ll learn more information there.

Plus, go to The Java Hut at It’s a ReBoot forum linked with the revival.

Help us bring back ReBoot. We need all the support we can get.

Anonymous said:

By the way, I forgot to mention that my name is Jester on the Java Hut forum. If you have any questions just message me on the site.

See you there, hopefully.

May 6, 2007

SFAM said:

Hi Jester, thanks for the link. I’ll definitely check it out, and certainly hope they go ahead and make another season.

July 19, 2007

Anonymous said:

Well it’s Jester again, just letting you guys know that we are now up to 1,066 member on the revival. That means that we will be sending letters to some different networks soon (I’m thinking maybe in August) so please join the revival and take part in trying to bring back such a great show.

You don’t have to pay or anything. Just type your email address were it says down the right hand side of the site’s home page. Plus, you don’t even have to write your own letter to mail in, seeing as how there is already one made up that will be sent to you via email once it’s time for the mass mailing. Though, I do encourage you to write your own to send in as well as the pre-made letter, just to show extra enthusiasm.

Every person can help to show these networks that we really do love this show and that it’s still popular. Please help the revival.

July 23, 2007

MAQ said:

What a great Show!

I am now going to join the to help its comeback :)

If someone is interested in a Forum of ReBoot:



July 24, 2007

Anonymous said:

ReBoot is coming back

Early CG TV show gets “ReBoot”

Mon Jul 23, 2:52 AM ET

“ReBoot,” one of the earliest computer-animated episodic TV series, will be redeveloped as a trilogy of feature-length films by Rainmaker Animation.

Originally produced in 1994, the series centered on life within a computer, where good forces fought invading viruses and videogames were viewed from within.

“ReBoot” was created by MainFrame Entertainment, which was acquired by and renamed Rainmaker in 2006. The show aired for several seasons on ABC, YTV and Cartoon Network.

“The idea is to relaunch the brand in a new way,” said Rainmaker Animation executive vice president Paul Gertz, who will oversee the project.

To do this, Rainmaker has entered into a strategic alliance with Zeros 2 Heroes, a Web site set to launch Monday (July 23) to provide a social network for comic book fans.

Five undiscovered writers chosen by Rainmaker were selected to work with the animation studio’s production teams to prepare a pitch for the new “ReBoot” story line. These will be posted on the Zeros 2 Heroes site Thursday (July 26), the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con International. Those who visit the site will be able to work with each production team to help refine the ideas for “ReBoot” and later vote and select a favorite pitch. The brainstorming environment is what the site calls “Think Ups.”

A Web-based comic, based on the selected story, will be published this year. Production on the features will commence at that time.

“‘ReBoot’s’ legions of fans have been incredibly loyal and continue to keep the property alive on dozens of fan sites,” Gertz said. “We’re very enthusiastic about how we’re reconceiving this classic series by creating an innovative way for those fans — who were kids when the series started — to use new technology to help guide us.”

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.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Anonymous said:

this is jester btw again

Anonymous said:

jester here with more info… again haha

well starting on july 26, fans can put in their own input as to what they want to see and where the reboot series should go. if enough fans ask for the same thing: aka - closure to the series (not a new story), original cast (not new voices), original characters (new characters might be alright but they can’t take over the movie from the original characters), same looking animation (it’s fine, or even better, if they were to increase the detail and just make everything look sharper and more interesting… but they have to keep the same looking animation from the series that we all grew up loving), and finally they need to bring back at least gavin or ian or both (they had the original ideas for the show, they knew where the direction where they wanted the show to go, and they should be back to make sure everything turns out to be like “ReBoot”).

go to this site and start talking on july 26 to get what you want.

July 27, 2007

venus said:


Chris said:

im a nerd i love reboot … i love green ppl

marvin said:


Klaw said:

I always thought Cortana from Halo was a rip off of the green chick in Reboot.

August 6, 2007

Jester said:

Vote: Arrival for the winning pitch.

August 27, 2007

anonymous 2 said:

Well now… Who would have thought. This was pretty good back in the day… 90’s anyway. I only remember some big battle where flying things got blown up, and the main characters were funky coloured characters (of which one died in the battle.. or at least i think), but I’m just glad to see it wasn’t just my imagination. Maybe I’ll see it repeated some day.

Anonymous said:

Wow, this was my favorite show when I was a kid. I remember watching it on Toonami everyday. I know part of it is that the shows are for kids, but I really think the shows on CN have gotten a lot worse than what I had.

January 22, 2008

DragonMunky said:

I like the whole idea the show came up with. I mean according to reboot we (the users) are the bad guys and every time we win a game we destroy part of there civilization. But then there is the part where we can save there civilization from total destruction as if it were no problem. To make things better it makes it seemes as if this world full of A.I. is invisable to us (the user)

April 8, 2008

Mr. No 1 said:

July 14, 2008

0utsource said:

We would like to welcome all ReBoot fans to our NEW community at for an ongoing discussion on the shows past, present and future.

October 4, 2008

Anonimus said:

ReBoot sucks…
Better Animes:
3-One Piece
4-Full Metal Alchemist
6-School Days
7-Shaman King
8-Samurai X
9-Dragon Ball
Reason ReBoot sucks:
*You´ll find thousands!

Diego (no anonimus) said:

I posted why ReBoot sucks!
Reply me if you feel this is no right…

April 2, 2009

anonymous said:

were can i buy the serious??????????????

October 27, 2009

TheNode said:

I used to watch this, always wondered what happened to it, its one weird show!

This is not Anime…Christ almighty slay him now.

December 18, 2010

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February 11, 2011

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June 5, 2011

Anonymous said:

Reboot Seasons 1 and 2 (single collection) is available for purchase at WalMart (and probably other locations)

February 13, 2012

Sicks said:

This show is the staple of my childhood. WAAAAY Ahead of its time. My friends and I recently downloaded all 4 seasons and marathoned them, and we were shocked at how dark the show gets in the later seasons… seriously apocalyptic.

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