Disney Parks has posted notices for auditions for a couple of new upcoming productions at the domestic Disney theme parks in the wake of the recent announcement of the Disney Channel Rocks! show.
Passer-bys of the UD Replicas booth at the 2010 San Diego Comic-con can’t help but stop to admire some of the most meticulously detailed superhero costumes on display at the convention. So much so that the live model sporting the Batman Dark Knight suit is virtually a tourist trap in itself. Only they’re not actually costumes in the traditional sense (but just try explaining that to their newly found fans); they are fully functional leather motorcycle suits designed to be worn while riding.
First, I’ll be upfront and honest here. I do not know much and there’s little doubt that many of you know more than I on the matter, but for all intents and purposes, there are spoilers in this article. If you can deal with that, then read on. Otherwise, immediately close this window, go scrub yourself clean in the shower and forget you ever clicked on this link.
It was the TRON panel at D23 Expo where I was first introduced to the concept. From 1982 to 2010 is a long time and given the advances in technology both on and off-screen, it would be simple enough to just jump from one lightcycle to the next and noone would suspect a thing. But the panel, which included TRON: Legacy director Joe Kosinksi, producer Sean Bailey and TRON director, writer and creator Steven Lisberger, detailed the process: there are not two lightcycles, but several generations of them, as would be expected to happen over 28 years in the ‘real world.’ Even though we may not be exposed to all of what occurs between 1982 and 2010, the TRON: Legacy team meticulously planned the evolution — from the technology to the programs that use it.
One of the highlights of last year’s San Diego Comic-con was the introduction of Flynn’s Arcade. Attendees who successfully negotiated a scavenger hunt were treated to a visit to an off-site location where Flynn’s from the original TRON film had been faithfully re-created, fully stocked with arcade games from the period. After a short period of time, the TRON arcade game, front-and-center along the back wall, would move and reveal a secret backroom where they would find the now famous TRON Legacy Lightcycle in all its glory.
In short, it was one of the key reasons why I decided to embark on a journey to this year’s San Diego Comic-con, my first. Although I wouldn’t know about the return of the Arcade until much later after I had made my travel arrangements, I also heard that the Lightcycle this year would be replaced with something even more amazing. Missing this experience was just not an option.
UDReplicas, a subsidiary of Universal Design, made a name for itself when it debuted its officially licensed Dark Knight motorcycle and gear last year. This year, they return to San Diego Comic-con and will offer up three new suits inspired by Disney’s TRON and Marvel’s X-Men and Iron Man.
The TRON suit which features light-up elements will be on display at the Disney booth (3712) but for those unable to attend the event or unable to wait, here’s a sneak peek (make sure you watch it all the way through, or at least jump ahead to :45 or so:
Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders for the TRON Legacy soundtrack which was scored by electronic music pioneers Daft Punk. According to the site, the album will be released on November 23, 2010 but it does not have any additional information listed at this time.
Imagine owning your very own TRON Legacy lightcycle. That’s what Parker Brothers Choppers in Melbourne, FL is trying to sell you at a measly $35,000 (starting at that is). According to the eBay ad that’s recently been making headlines, the custom motorcycle brothers will be constructing a fully functional custom bike based on the non-functioning model that Walt Disney Studios debuted at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con and has been toting around to D23, E3 and a whole bunch of other alphanumeric acronyms.
We realize virtually every outlet (including us) has reported on the onslaught of new tech toys inspired by TRON and TRON Legacy coming your way this holiday season, but despite all of the individual coverage, there has been very little revelation about the finer details of the gear behind the blue LEDs.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Chris Heatherly, Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Disney Consumer Products, and got to experience many of the new toys first-hand and learned some additional juicy bits of information about many of them that we have yet to read anywhere else, so here we go:
Disney Consumer Products is collaborating with adidas, Burton, Oakley and Hurley to launch a new performance fashion line for men inspired by the high-tech 3D adventure, TRON: Legacy. Designed for the active male, the new TRON: Legacy product line features dark finishes, holographic treatments and stylish color blocking that complement the film’s cyber aesthetic. From surfing, running, hitting the beach to snowboarding, the active male will be covered through these special collaborations. The line marks DCP’s first broad fashion line for men in the performance category. The line marks DCP’s first broad fashion line for men in the performance category.
D-BOX Technologies Inc. (DBO.A on the TSX Venture Exchange), a leader in innovative motion technology for the entertainment industry, has announced The Walt Disney Studios’ new 3D action adventure film TRON: Legacy will feature D-BOX Motion Code(TM) when the movie opens in theatres December 17, 2010.
Consistently providing moviegoers with new content, this is the 18th movie to be announced since D-BOX unveiled its revolutionary technology in April 2009 and its second movie title with The Walt Disney Studios.