Trivia / ReBoot

  • Author Existence Failure: Tony Jay's death means they'll have to recast Megabyte for the new show.
  • Casting Gag: Michael Donovan voice the Barbarian User in the episode titled Icons. Appropriate since he voiced Conan in Conan the Adventurer.
  • The Danza: A unique example; the City of Adventure itself is named after the animation studio that created the show. In a more straightforward example, AndrAIa's original voice actress was Andrea Libman — different spelling, but pronounced the same way.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted. Young Enzo was played by a real kid and the production replaced the voice actor with another kid as their voice changed. One voice actor returned several years later to portray a different character.
  • Development Gag: In "The Medusa Bug" Phong explains that extended period being Taken for Granite by the Medusa Bug will eventually decompile low energy programs and up to high energy programs, showing an evolutionary chart of sorts displaying the hierarchy (street lamps - binomes - sprites). On the chart is a step between humanoid sprites and binomes of more blocky-looking humanoid form, which was the intended appearance of the main characters before they had the graphical power at what the show was eventually produced at.
  • Development Hell: The revival movie was announced on June 1st, 2008. As of April 2013, all that's come of that has been a teaser trailer and a single concept image, both released in 2009.
  • Doing It for the Art: Preceeding the Pixar revolution, the series was created as part of an untested medium. There were no animation or special FX studios at the time that could handle the rigors of a completely CGI series. Mainframe Entertainment was created for ReBoot, there was no Pilot Episode because the cost of equipment and other things required either a full season or nothing.
  • Executive Meddling: Many aspects of the show had to be changed due to censorship issues from the Broadcast Standards and Practices department at ABC. The creators understood at least some of the changes, even if they did not agree with themnote . However, some of the requirements were downright ridiculous. When celebrating Enzo's birthday, Dot (his sister) was not allowed to kiss him on the cheek since it was thought to be too incestuous. Ian Pearson, one of the creators, stated that he found the reasoning behind that decision "...one of the sickest things I've heard."
    • The show frequently lampshaded and lampooned the ABC censors and their decisions, with explicit references to the BS&P. There was even a song about it, set to the tune of YMCA by The Village People with lyrics that represented the writers' rants about Executive Meddling.
    • Also lampshaded in the note above. Instead of trying to figure out how to get Bob through the sheet glass, they teleport him through it by having Bob say "Glitch, BS&P."
  • Fake Nationality: Cécil's voice actor isn't French.
  • Name's the Same: Dot Matrix isn't the same Dot Matrix from Spaceballs, though they are both named after the dot matrix printers of old.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Michael Benyaer voiced Bob in the first two seasons before Ian James Corlett took over in Season 3. In Season 4, this change in voice actors actually got worked into the plot: Corlett voices Bob as he appears in Season 3, and Benyaer voices Bob as he appeared before then.
    • As a child, Enzo has been voiced by no less than five different actors. This was done because the creators wanted to have a child voice Enzo, so he had to keep getting re-cast. The fifth voice actor was used exclusively for the very young Enzo seen in flashbacks during season four.
    • Phillip Hayes voiced Hack in Season 1 and for most of Season 2. Scott McNeil took over from there and for the rest of the series.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Screwed by the Network: Once Disney bought ABC, this show and Sonic SatAM were kicked out- and they soon underwent a transition to One Saturday Morning.
    • Got this big time from ITV in the UK, with episodes being pulled due to complaints from viewers about content during a children's TV slot, and the series finally getting dropped completely (it's never aired on British TV since then).
  • Un-Canceled: After the Grand Finale at the end of season three the show was on hiatus for three years, when it was suddenly brought back for season four.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here.
  • What Could Have Been: The show went threw a lot of changes in development because of technology limitations as you can see in this pitch pilot and promo video.
    • In vary early development the show was more of a Wacky Comedy then a Dramatic Comedy.
      • Originally Bob's name was Chip in early development.
      • At this point Mainframe was a generic mother board.
      • Megabyte had a Chicago style voice before Tony Jay was cast.
      • Viruses were only referred to as Bad Data.
      • Megabyte had a partner named Hacker who looked like a Frankenstein Monster, He was eventualy changed into Hack and Slash.
    • In the pitch pilot the show was going to have more of a comic book art style and was going to have more slapstick humor.
      • The sprites looked more human in appearance with human skin colors which was changed to keep the show more racially neutral for audiences aswell as to not confuse things.
      • Dot was originally going to be a "ditsy waitress," but that idea was soon scrapped.
      • Originally the sprites was helping the player beat the game instead of going against the player.
      • Bits and Bytes was referred to as 1's and 0's and were more seen as construction workers.
      • Games were not seen as fatal to there world if the player wins.
    • There was an making of episode that never aired but you can find it online.
    • There was going to be a plan Pre-School Spin-Off series based around the Binomes but the idea was ultimately scrapped.
  • Word of God: While not explained in the show until the fourth season, it was revealed by Gavin Blair after the second season episode "Gigabyte" that Megabyte and Hexadecimal were originally one supremely powerful virus, split into two more manageable forms. It makes the events of that episode a little more understandable.
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