A lot has happened with “Tron” over the years, from its release in 1982 and its use of revolutionary technology — at the time — to a subculture of fans believing in the story and film that it amassed enough attention to garner a sequel.
Disney came out strong with “Tron: Legacy” in late 2010 and still fans have been waiting to see more. Although the next sequel in the “Tron” universe has not been officially green lit yet, there is a script being penned now.
So what are fans supposed to do in the meantime? Disney XD has solved that problem with an all new animated adventure called “Tron: Uprising.”
“Tron: Uprising” takes us back to the grid and fills in the events that transpired between the films “Tron” and “Tron: Legacy.” The series is produced using CGI, but it then is blended with traditional 2D animation to make it have a really unique look. Starring in the show are the voices of Elijah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, Mandy Moore, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen, Paul Ruebens and Tricia Helfer.
The show, which doesn’t premiere on the Disney XD channel until June 7, has released a full prologue episode entitled “Beck’s Beginnings.” We meet Beck (Elijah Wood), a young mechanic living in Argon City, a place far off the main grid which is eventually overrun by General Tesler (Lance Henricksen) — a henchman of Clu. When the new regime takes the life of one of his best friends, Beck sets out on a journey to wreak havoc and bring the tyranny of Clu (Fred Tatasciore) to an end.
Taking on the symbol of Tron – a great warrior that is supposedly dead — Beck begins to strategically attack the dark forces and in doing so catches the eyes of many people, even Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) himself who is looking to train a replacement, someone who will stand up to evil no matter what. Labeled with the moniker of a renegade, Beck sparks a revolution to fight for the freedom of the grid.
I watched the episode and not only does it show promise to those hardcore fans out there, but it fills in the gaps of the Tron legend and there is nearly unlimited potential in all the different ways the story can go because there were literally decades between the first and second film. I think the look of the cartoon is quite unique and I like the style in which they chose to go. It appears to be a show for the kids, but could still be a great event to get the whole family in on as a weekly ritual to sit down and enjoy together.
This episode will also air on the Disney XD channel May 18 with the show launching on June 7. But why wait, watch the entire episode right here and right now!
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