'''Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc.''' (formerly Mainframe Entertainment) is a UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}-based computer animation studio, specifying mostly in animated TV shows and DirectToVideo movies.

Established by Gavin Blair and Ian Pearson, both English born, the company was founded with the intent of creating the first [[AllCGICartoon computer animated]] show, ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. Prior to that, the two were known mostly for providing the computer animation for the rock band Music/DireStraits 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.

When ''[=ReBoot=]'' became a hit, Mainframe became a hot item to produce MerchandiseDriven series, most notably reviving the struggling Franchise/{{Transformers}} brand with ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. ''Beast Wars'' was an even bigger hit because it came with a 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 Creator/{{Pixar}}'s groundbreaking work for ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' at the same time. But it should be considered that they were still the first people to get it [[UrExample out in the open]].

''[=ReBoot=]'' remained their favorite baby and they rejoiced when they were able to [[UnCanceled 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 MerchandiseDriven shows fell into less competent hands and were not nearly as popular as ''Beast Wars''. 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 LiveActionTV... Until being bought by Creator/CompositeImageSystems and later Creator/MethodStudios, that is.

!!Projects from Mainframe include:

* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HotWheelsWorldRace Hot Wheels: World Race]]''
** ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsAcceleracers''
* ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders / WarPlanets''
* ''WesternAnimation/WeirdOhs''
* ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan''
* ''WesternAnimation/MaxSteel'' (Third season only)
* ''TabletopGames/HeavyGear: The Animated Series''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries''
* [[/index]]The "Franchise/{{Barbie}} and the..." [=DTVs=][[index]]
* ''Film/StuartLittle 3''

!!Projects from Rainmaker include:

* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe''
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''
* ''Film/JackFrost1998'' (the Family film, not the killer snowman film)
* ''WesternAnimation/MrMagoo'' (LiveActionAdaptation)
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}''
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995''
* ''Film/{{Supernova}}''
* ''Series/DarkAngel''
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
* ''Film/ThreeThousandMilesToGraceland''
* ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever''
* ''Film/IRobot''
* ''Series/KingdomHospital''
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' (uncredited, last project under Rainmaker banner)
* ''Film/FredClaus''
* ''WesternAnimation/EscapeFromPlanetEarth''
* ''WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank''
* ''WesternAnimation/SlyCooper''

!!Post Production work (through Rainmaker) includes:

* ''Manga/DragonBall'' (1995 dub)
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}''
* ''Series/SoWeird''
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}''
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995''
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis''
* ''Film/MissionToMars''
* ''Film/FinalDestination''
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' (Movies only, dub)
* ''Series/DaVincisInquest''
* ''Film/BallisticEcksVsSever''
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe''
* ''Series/TruCalling''
* ''Series/ColdSquad'' (Several episodes)
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror''

!! Tropes:

* AllCGICartoon -- Their specialty after all.
* ArtEvolution -- Reflected in all of their shows whenever they improved their hardware.
* ConspicuousCG -- An odd example in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''; despite it being a fully CG cartoon.
* DoingItForTheArt -- Early on, even the MerchandiseDriven shows like ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' and ''WarPlanets'' were well plotted and well received. ''ActionMan'' ended up becoming an adversion, although the recent Reboot revival shows promise.
* HeyItsThatVoice -- Creator/TheOceanGroup worked on many of their series (ex: Matrix from ''ReBoot'' and Graveheart from ''WarPlanets'' were both voiced by Creator/PaulDobson).
* NoFlowInCGI
* SpiritualSuccessor -- ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' isn't produced by Mainframe, but has some of the same talent working on it.
* TalkingToHimself -- Most shows. Creator/ScottMcNeil voiced no less then four characters alone on ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars.''