Such a dramatic title, like The End of the Creator-Drive Era in TV Animation that accidentally spawned…a culture. But over the past decade we have witness the nostalgia train roll into various stations. Just like Hollywood is a skipping and broken record of mediocrity, this has gone with the world of animation. Let us start with Teen Titans Go, the show Cartoon Network likes to ram down everybody’s throats all day, every day, until the end of days.
While I am an animation fan, like many other things, I don’t get that deep, but do come to an understanding. I understand Teen Titan Go, its always had the Japanese flare and ‘Go’ is something I have seen done in the world of anime a few times. Much like my knowledge, I am not overly a big anime viewer, and in fact barely watch television in general. My wife on the other hand floats in an ocean of it. So I’ve witness several cutesy version of otherwise serious shows, like Attack on Titan: The Junior High years, which my wife only watched a few episodes, promptly when I told her my conclusion that it was the AoT version of TTG.
Powerpuff Girls. Honestly beyond the initial hype up and several weeks afterwards I heard very little about the show, but during that time I heard and saw all sorts of crap about it. No offense to the people behind the show, but the general vibe I got from it all was trying to be ‘too fresh, too hip’ with its meme faces and other over the top facial expressions to please the younger generation, while the older nostalgia folks wanted a faithful reboot. Maybe if they had waited another decade, the gap between those two groups could have saved the show.
And now we’ve come to the reboot, of ReBoot, the cgi animated series that ran four seasons from 1994 to 2001. Granted we should not judge a book by its cover, or a show by its trailer, and even more so my opinion is meaningless as the original show is one of those on my bucket list to watch front to back, but during its airing and somewhere in the mid-2000 I did catch a fair share of the show, especially the last season and what I remember was an epic finale.
On March 30th 2018 a “reimagined” version of ReBoot (The Guardian Code) will hit Netflix. And from what I’ve seen, if you had fond memories of the original, abandon all hope before clicking on it. If we were a real animation site, we’d probably have at this point a hookup with Netflix to see this stuff earlier, but as the underground hide of the crossed eyed gray mare, that would be a major nope. So I’ve only seen the trailer which currently has 345,000 views, 3,424 comments, 1,000 thumbs up and what might as well be a middle finger, 12,000 thumbs down.
I had hoped they wouldn’t screw this one up. Its actually part of the reason this site branched out beyond just colorful equine (and other fun shows like Gravity Falls, Star Vs, Wander), thus I was planning to poorly cover it like we do with the rest, but no.
The general comment echo is “Did these people even watch the f**king show?”.
As said above and ripped from Wikipedia, its a reimagined show that is mixing live action (real world) elements in a cgi world. The preview shows the angsty teenage High Schoolers get roped in to being ‘Guardians’ for this world, against what looks like is Big Government folks after “The Guardian Code” who are using a hacker to reawaken Megabyte (the villain of the original series) in an epic computer world battle.
The other comment echo is comparing it with various live actions shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Tokusatsu, Code Lyoko, and other various shows of the complete and utter opposite of what the original ReBoot was. Like someone took their childhood and held it head under the water for a little too long.
Will I give it a chance? Hell no, I barely have time to watch anything let alone something that will probably waste time I’ll never recover. No offense to the people behind it, either you knew nothing of the show or more likely the suits upstairs dictated to go in this direction, but its like how hard is it to hit the mark. Just from the YouTube comments and 1k + vs 12k – we all know what its going to be…a pile. I’m sure someone out there will find it entertaining, and it will be watched, but you could have also hit the bulls eye dead on and at least generated some money from this, even the suits should be aware of the nostalgia factor with people now a days and how they can now cash in on those once young who wanna relive happier times, before this wretched mud ball of planet turned into some timeline crossing dystonia (looking at you hadron collider).
But thems the apples. Another missed mark, another butt load of money wasted. Happy Sailing ReBoot: The Guardian Code, them seas look quite (12,000) angry.
If you want to watch something fun and interesting, especially if you have never bothered to watch it. Go find yourself a copy of the original ReBoot series. Again, its been eons since I have watched it, but I know it was good enough to go revisit someday, and actually with the reboot of ReBoot coming this way, I’ll probably do just that. The original series is completely immersive as it takes place inside a computer, features a Guardian named Bob with a pair of companions, and they protect the ‘City of’ Mainframe from viruses such as Megabyte and Hexadecimal. And much like the Wikipedia article I’m reading from, it was also the world’s first ever half hour, completely CGI animated TV series, which is pretty much the norm now for, well everything animated.
We give it no muffins out of ten delicious muffins.