Although it’s meant to make its online debut tomorrow, on the official Disney XD Facebook page, the 30+ minute prelude to the new ‘TRON: Uprising’ series, ‘Beck’s Beginning’ is now online for viewing on its YouTube channel. Having already seen the prelude twice, once as a screener a couple of days ago and once again today on Disney Channel on Demand, I don’t mind highly recommending viewing of the prelude by every one, even if they’ve never seen either film. It’s absolutely visually stunning and a great use of the medium for the series’ lore. I cannot wait for the series premiere on June 7.
Earlier this afternoon, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the screenwriters of TRON: Legacy sat down for a live Facebook interview moderated by IGN’s Eric Goldman, to talk about the upcoming animated series ‘TRON: Uprising,’ for which they serve as consulting producers. Throughout the half-hour talk, which featured a look at one of the ‘microsodes’ that compose the ‘Beck’s Beginning’ prelude, the team fielded questions from fans on Facebook. What follows is a bit of a recap from the event.
In anticipation of the exciting Season Finale of ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ and the series premiere of Disney XD’s upcoming animated series, ‘TRON: Uprising,’ master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the series creators/executive producers of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and the consulting producers of ‘TRON: Uprising,’ will answer fan questions about the shows, LIVE and on-camera on Facebook, Wednesday, May 9 from 3:00-4:00 p.m., ET/12 noon-1:00 p.m., PT. A pre-show featuring behind-the-scenes video from ‘Once Upon a Time’ will begin 30 minutes earlier, at 2:30 p.m., ET/11:30 a.m., PT.
Disney XD has released concept art for its upcoming series ‘TRON: Uprising’ via the official Tron Facebookpage. The artwork provides us with ‘attitude sheets’ of a few of the primary characters including Beck (voiced by Elijah Wood), Zed (voiced by Nate Corddry) and General Tesler (voiced by Lance Henriksen).
The images, available in the gallery below, complement the dozens of stills from the series’ debut special ‘Beck’s Beginning’ which we previously shared.
Via its official YouTube channel, Disney XD has released the following promo which highlights new and returning series in 2012. The new series being teased amongst the clips include ‘TRON Uprising,’ ‘Motorcity,’ ‘Lab Rats’ and ‘Ultimate Spider-Man.’
In ‘TRON Uprising’ — which takes place between both of the films, one young man named Beck (Elijah Wood) must join forces with the legendary hero Tron to free his home city when the computer world of The Grid is taken over by an evil tyrant. Under Tron’s tutelage, Beck will take on a secret identity to fight back, bringing a superhero sensibility to the world of Tron. Also starring in ‘TRON Uprising’ are the vocal talents of Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens and Bruce Boxleitner as Tron. According to the junior novelization description on Amazon.com, the animated film will premiere in spring, followed by the series in summer.
Powered by its biggest yearly ratings ever, Disney XD will premiere more original content with “Lab Rats,” a comedy series about a teenager and his newfound “siblings,” a trio of super-human teens, who together must navigate typical high school and — not so typical — bionic glitches. The series will join Disney XD’s popular “Monday Mayhem” comedy block — led by the channel’s #1 series “Kickin’ It” — with a special one-hour episode on Monday, February 27 at 8:30 pm ET/PT hosted by the cast.
We have learned that the widely anticipated animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, based on the Marvel comic title of the same name, will debut on Disney XD on April 1, 2012. The show will be the centerpiece of a programming block dedicated to Marvel properties.
The series follows Peter Parker (Drake Bell) one year after he became Spider-Man. Still learning how to make the most of his powers, he is approached by Nick Fury (Chi McBride) of S.H.I.E.L.D. who promises to help Peter, but first Peter must learn to work as a team with his fellow teenaged superheroes. Expected to appear in the series are Tony Stark/Iron Man (Adrian Pasdar), Norman Osborn (Steven Weber), J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), Agent/Principal Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Wasp, Captain America, Hulk and Thor.
Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior unwrap a joyful slate of new holiday specials for kids and families beginning Friday, December 2. The festive fare includes the premiere of Disney Channel Original Movie “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!,” worldwide music sensation Justin Bieber performing his new holiday hit “Mistletoe” on “So Random!,” Grammy-Award winner Kelly Clarkson guest starring in a seasonal special of “Phineas and Ferb” and more.
After delivering a year of best-ever ratings across each of its kid-driven, family inclusive platforms, and deepening its strong connection with kids and parents, especially moms, Disney showcased an unprecedented amount of new programming that’s to come — an expanded slate of 13 new original series (part of 435 total original episodes in 2011, a 30% increase from last year, not including acquisitions) and additional new titles in the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise at its annual presentation to advertisers today at New York’s Gotham Hall.
At the event, themed “Time to Shine,” Carolina Lightcap, President, Disney Channels Worldwide, highlighted the expanded programming slates, ratings momentum and unique emotional connection to kids and families that’s delivered by each brand in Disney’s portfolio – which includes Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney.
Disney’s new and returning programming was showcased by Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide; and Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
Rita Ferro, Executive Vice President, Disney Media Sales and Marketing, presented Disney’s powerful media sales enterprise, through which marketers can reach kids, tweens and moms across every engagement point where they are spending their time: TV, online, mobile and radio. Ferro also highlighted the strength of the flagship Disney Channel in bringing kids and families together — 2011 to date, it reaches more kids, tweens and Moms in primetime than any other cable network.
Hosted by Radio Disney’s Ernie D., the event included a performance by teen superstar Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), the performance debut of actress and newly signed Hollywood Records recording artist China Anne McClain (“ANT Farm”), a martial arts performance by actor Leo Howard (“Kickin’ It”), a boisterous song by Bones and Sharky of The Never Land Pirate Band (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”), an appearance by actress Debby Ryan (“Jessie,” “The Suite Life on Deck”) and a high energy dance number by the cast of “Shake It Up” — TV’s #1 series among Kids 6-14: Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Adam Irigoyen, Davis Cleveland, Kenton Duty, Roshon Fegan and Caroline Sunshine.
Highlights of new and returning programming are: