Creator: Rainmaker Entertainment
Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc.
(formerly Mainframe Entertainment) is a Vancouver-based
computer animation studio, specifying mostly in animated TV shows and Direct-to-Video
Established by Gavin Blair and Ian Pearson, both English born, the company was founded with the intent of creating the first computer animated
. Prior to that, the two were known mostly for providing the computer animation for the rock band Dire Straits
music video "Money For Nothing." (If you look closely, one of the fictional videos is credited to the "Ian Pearson Band".)
The production of ReBoot
was troublesome because the amount of money going into a project like this required an entire animation studio to be built. This meant that they needed to start with a full season or nothing. Unlike other animated shows where they produce a concept pilot to try and sell the series, the money for equipment and business space was much higher.
became a hit, Mainframe became a hot item to produce Merchandise-Driven
series, most notably reviving the struggling Transformers
brand with Beast Wars
was an even bigger hit because it came with built-in fanbase. The story quality, voice acting, and CGI were all top notch.
The animation of their early seasons appear to be primitive, especially considering Pixar
's groundbreaking work for Toy Story
at the same time. But it should be considered that they were still the first people to get it out in the open
remained their favorite baby and they rejoiced when they were able to continue
the series in 2001. When the show ended again, this time it seemed for good because Gavin Blair and Ian Pearson left the company to pursue other projects.
Unfortunately, this was also one of the turning points when the company began to fall into trouble. The Merchandise-Driven
shows fell into less competent hands and were not nearly as popular as BeastWars
. They barely managed to stay afloat with Direct-To-Video franchises like the Barbie series, but it fell apart and in 2007, the company was bought out by Rainmaker Entertainment. They plan on keeping the Mainframe studio to use for entirely animated productions, including a highly possible revival of ReBoot
, while Rainmaker itself is known for doing special effects for Live-Action TV
... Until being bought by Composite Image Systems
and later Method Studios
Projects from Mainframe include:
Projects from Rainmaker include:
Post Production work (through Rainmaker) includes: