While we take it for granted today, itâ€™s hard to believe how far computer-generating (CG) animation has come in 25 years. We have made major leaps from the rather basic use of rudimentary shapes and flat textures of early CG to the organic facial capture and stunning imagery of modern CG. At the forefront of its acceptance into mainstream culture in the early to mid-90s was a television show from Canada known as ReBoot.
A year before Toy Story landed in theatres, ReBoot hit the airways in North America. Playing off the fact that itâ€™s the first-ever CG TV show, ReBoot is set inside a computer known as Mainframe. While the setting may look innocent on the surface, Mainframeâ€™s denizens â€” mainly the sprites of Bob, Dot, and Enzo â€” deals with a host of problems caused by the virus siblings of Megabyte and Hexadecimal, and the random Game Cubes which come from the enigmatic user.
While you may only know of the show thanks to the recent Netflix reboot (no pun intended) and its corresponding backlash, the original show has aged like a fine wine thanks to its impeccable writing, fleshed out characters, and simplistic yet crisp animation. For those interested in checking it out for themselves or want to take a trip down memory lane, all 47 episodes across four seasons of ReBoot are available to watch for free on Shout Factoryâ€™s website.