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D23 & Tron: Uprising, First Look

The D23 Expo is in Anaheim, California, this weekend. The show is a Disney fan’s dream. This year Disney is pulling out all the stops for Disney collectors, mouse fiends and, this year, Marvel Comics fans (Disney recently acquired Marvel). D23 Expo is like Disney Comic-Con.

Tron: Uprising takes place between the original Tron and the recent Tron: Legacy. The animation has a heavy anime influence.

No surprise then Disney is quietly showing here (and on its DisneyXD YouTube Channel) its much-anticipated 2012 animated series, Tron:Uprising. The animated show was also previewed recently at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego. The trailer features Beck, a new character in the Tron universe, while Daft Punk provides the soundtrack.

Although what we’ve seen is mostly concept art, an extended classic-Tron chase scene gives viewers an idea what the show will look like…and that’s nothing short of amazing.

The Return of Tron
The story that takes place between the original 1982 Tron movie and the recent 3D blockbuster, Tron: Legacy. Beck (voiced by Elijah Wood) is a young program that is trained by Tron and becomes the arch-enemy of General Tesler (Lance Henriksen). The cast is rounded out with Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Nate Cordry, Paul (“Pee Wee Herman”) Reubens and Bruce Boxleitner – who will reprise his role in both Tron films.

It’s no surprise that Disney is making a 3D animated series about Tron. Disney is finally getting behind the Tron franchise (which makes perfect sense in the digital age) and the XD sci-fi series looks very promising.

The world of Tron plays a big part in the animated series on Disney XD. 

Tron’s New Horizons
While plans for a Tron ride at Disneyland have been rumored around Imagineering for years, they have remained just that: rumors. However, Disney may have more recently tested the waters for an in-park Tron attraction; management turned an entire section of the Hollywood Studios Backlot at California Adventure Park in Anaheim into a Tron nightclub - including an End of Line club.

Are you looking forward to Tron: Uprising? It brings together art and digital technology like 3D animation using Maya to create a state-of-the-art animated experience.


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