This weekend has given us fans of Tron a lot to get excited over. First we have this new 2:00 minute preview for the upcoming Tron: Uprising series on Disney XD.
Then thanks to our friends over at Tron-Sector we now have more information on not only the storyline of the television series but it’s airing dates and times! Be warned, if you read this press release you are stepping into (SPOILER) territory.
From Disney XD: “Disney X D delves inside the computer world of The Grid and the people who live there with “TRON: Uprising,” a visually striking new animated television series that follows the heroic journey of a new character, a young program named Beck, who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution. The series, produced in CG animation with a 2D aesthetic, is set in the era of “TRON” between the stories in the 1982 feature film and Walt Disney Studios’ “TRON: Legacy.” Disney Channel will present “TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning,” a 30-minute uninterrupted prelude to the series on FRIDAY, MAY 18 (9:30– 10:00 p.m., ET/PT). The special will encore uninterrupted on Disney X D on MONDAY, MAY 21(7:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the series launch on THURSDAY, JUNE 7 (9:00 p.m.) on Disney X D.
“TRON: Uprising” stars Elijah Wood as Beck, Bruce Boxleitner as Tron, Mandy Moore as Mara, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Paige, Nate Corddry as Zed, Lance Henriksen as General Tesler, Reginald VelJohnson as Able, Paul Reubens as Pavel and Tricia Helfer as The Grid.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is executive-produced and directed by Charlie Bean (“Robotboy,” “Samurai Jack” and “Powerpuff Girls”) with Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters of “TRON: Legacy” / executive producers of ABC’s “Lost” and “Once Upon a Time”) and Justin Springer (co-producer of “TRON: Legacy”) as consulting producers. The music is composed by Joseph Trapanese (“TRON: Legacy”).
“TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning” introduces Beck, a young mechanic living in Argon City, a growing metropolis in a far off corner of The Grid that has just been occupied by General Tesler, a henchman of the notorious Clu. After his best friend Bodhi is ruthlessly derezzed by Clu’s army, Beck seeks justice for his lost friend and launches a crusade against the regime. His rebellion captures the attention of Tron, the greatest warrior The Grid has ever known, who sees the potential in Beck and trains him to be his successor. Labeled with the moniker of The Renegade, Beck sparks a revolution to fight for the freedom of The Grid.
Friday, May 11
“TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning” will be released on Disney Channel and Disney X D On Demand.
Sunday, May 13
“TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning” will be available on YouTube via Disney X D’s Facebook Page.
Monday, May 14
“TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning” will be available on iTunes as a free download.
Tuesday, May 15
Disney X D.com launches a new side-scrolling adventure-puzzle game, “Escape from Argon City,” in which players help Beck master his light disc throwing skills to defeat General Tesler’s army.
Friday, May 18
(9:30 p.m., ET/PT) – “TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning” airs uninterrupted on Disney Channel.
Directly following the linear premiere, Disney X D.com will launch a new interactive video and gaming activity that invites users to immerse themselves in the world of TRON; the special will be split down into 10 micro-episodes in which users take on the role of Beck and help him fight to become the next hero of The Grid.
Monday, May 21
(7:00 p.m., ET/PT) “TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning” airs uninterrupted on Disney X D.
Thursday, June 7
(9:00 p.m., ET/PT) – “TRON: Uprising” Series Premiere on Disney X D
In the premiere episode, “The Renegade Part 1,” Beck’s training with Tron is interrupted when he’s captured by a Recognizer patrol and sent to the Coliseum to fight in the games. There Beck meets a fellow prisoner Cutler, a fierce warrior program who has been inspired by The Renegade’s actions. Recharged by their shared passion for freedom, Beck and Cutler fight their way out of the deadly disc games. Meanwhile, Zed and Mara head out for night on the town, but run into trouble when an enchanted Zed is lured away by Perl (voiced by Kate Mara), a program from the wrong side of the tracks.
Directly following the premiere on air, “The Renegade Part 2” will be available on Disney X D.com, along with a new game, “Renegade Strike,” where users take on the identity of The Renegade and defend The Grid from Clu and General Tesler.
Friday, June 8
Following the premiere, “TRON: Uprising” will be showcased via Disney X D on Demand, Disney X D.com, Disney X D Mobile, Sony Playstation, Xbox Live and iTunes.”
Retroist Regular, Atari Adventure Square was kind enough to send this project he was working on last week, made a very nice Holiday gift if I do say so myself. With Tron: Uprising set to hit the airwaves in a couple of months, perhaps if we pester Disney enough they’ll finally allow Encom to release the Vic Sage arcade game to my neck of the woods!
Speaking of Tron: Uprising, check out these brief new clips from a recent Disney XD commercial.
I really like Bruce Boxleitner’s dialogue in that clip, I expect this series to fill in some blanks between the original Tron and Tron: Legacy, I’ve learned a little bit about the series but I won’t post anything so I can avoid possible spoilers. I also really, really hope they have some toys coming out for it.
A huge thanks to Atari Adventure Square for the wonderful art and to PCzuelo180 for posting this commercial over on YouTube!
If you are a fan of Bruce Boxleitner, and the re-release of Tron and the release of Tron: Legacy cannot satiate your hunger for Bruce, you are in luck. Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete Second Season is available on DVD. Not familiar with the show? You are in for a real treat the 1980s show is hybrid action/spy/comedy that had some of the qualities of the the movie True Lies, before the movie True Lies came out. The movie is about spy Lee Stetson and his house wife partner Amanda King. Its high quality TV with great talent and wonderful locales and was must watch TV in my family’s house when I was growing up.
Here is the official description of the show:
American spy Lee Stetson and his housewife sidekick Mrs. Amanda King are really going places in Season Two, fighting the Cold War in London, Munich, Salzburg and the Caribbean! Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner again play the mismatched operatives, mixing laughs, intrigue and battle-of-the-sexes verbal jabs in this collection of 23 Episodes on 5 DVDs. Amanda is targeted by a white-slavery ring. Lee and his mentor, dithery Lady Emily Farnsworth, hunt for stolen plans for a top-secret plane. Amanda is the other woman in a headline-grabbing sex scandal. And Mrs. King becomes Mrs. Scarecrow on a romantic wedding cruise, complete with veil, vows and smooch at the altar – all in the line of duty, of course!