Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and The Disney/ABC Television Group (NYSE:DIS) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for one of the most popular shows on Disney Junior, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates,’ as well as fan favorite Disney XD show ‘Tron: Uprising.’ In addition, ‘Handy Manny,’ ‘Special Agent Oso’ and ‘JoJo’s Circus’ will also be available for members in the U.S. to watch instantly later this month.
“Disney and Netflix have shared a long and mutually beneficial relationship and this deal expands on the incredible line-up of Disney content already available for our members,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “Families love Netflix and we know they especially love the imaginative and high-quality TV shows and movies from Disney. We’re excited to bring Jake and the Never Land Pirates, a terrific show for families with preschoolers, to our members.”
“We are delighted that Netflix’s members and their young children will be able to experience a selection of tremendously popular original series from Disney Junior and Disney XD,” said Janice Marinelli, President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. “Netflix is a highly valued partner and a terrific platform for families to enjoy these heartfelt characters and entertaining stories.”
Disney Junior’s Annie Award-winning series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, is a music-filled interactive treasure hunt that introduces a crew of kid pirates — leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby — and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, from Disney’s classic Peter Pan. Like all Disney Junior programming, Jake and the Never Land Pirates is guided by an established curriculum that nurtures multiple areas of child development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive; thinking and creative skills, as well as moral and ethical development.
Walt Disney Records has shared about a third of one of the tracks from its upcoming release of the soundtrack to ‘TRON: Uprising‘ which will be available to own on January 8, 2013.
The title of the track below is ‘Lightbike Battle (3OH!3 and JT Remix)’ which clocks in at 4:43 on the soundtrack. It is one of 20 tracks all featured on or inspired by the Disney XD animated series. With exception to ‘Rezolution’ by Cole Plante, all tracks are credited to the show’s composer, Joseph Trapanese (remixes by 3OH!3 & JT, David Hiller and Opiuo are also included).
Walt Disney Records has shared about half of one of the tracks from its upcoming release of the soundtrack to ‘TRON: Uprising‘ which will be available to own on January 8, 2013.
The title of the track below is ‘Beck’s Theme (Lightbike Battle)’ which clocks in at 3:57 on the soundtrack. It is one of 20 tracks all featured on or inspired by the Disney XD animated series. With exception to ‘Rezolution’ by Cole Plante, all tracks are credited to the show’s composer, Joseph Trapanese (remixes by 3OH!3 & JT, David Hiller and Opiuo are also included).
From the very onset of Disney XD’s ‘TRON: Uprising’ series, fans have been clamoring for an official soundtrack for the series consisting of the show’s music by composer Joseph Trapanese. As recently as just two days ago, Trapanese was respond to inquiries on Twitter regarding the potential of a soundtrack, replying that there was no announcement to speak of.
Fortunately, a lot can change in 48 hours and we are pleased to be one of the first to share the news that there will in fact be an official soundtrack to ‘TRON: Uprising,’ which will be available for digital download on January 8, 2013.
Amazon.com has begun listing the soundtrack for pre-order with a complete track list (see below) which consists of twenty tracks along with a digital booklet.
1) Beck’s Theme – Lightbike Battle (3:57)
2) Tesler Throwdown (4:13)
3) Paige’s Past (3:53)
4) Lux’s Sacrifice (4:51)
5) Price Of Power (5:01)
6) Rescuing The Rebellion (3:07)
7) Dyson Drops In (Scars Suite) (2:11)
8) Tron’s Promise (Scars Suite) (4:42)
9) Tron’s Turn (Scars Suite) (2:22)
10) Beck Betrayed (Scars Suite) (1:43)
11) Torture (Scars Suite) (3:33)
12) Revenge (Scars Suite) (2:41)
13) Redemption (Scars Suite) (3:29)
14) Goodbye Renegade (2:24)
15) Compressed Space (5:53)
16) Renegade’s Pledge – End Credits (1:52)
17) Lightbike Battle (3OH!3 and JT Remix) (4:43)
18) Inferno (Opiuo Remix) (5:07)
19) Dyson (David Hiller Remix) (5:00)
20) Rezolution Cole Plante (5:00)
‘Annie’ 2012 Noms: ‘Ralph,’ ‘Brave,’ ‘TRON: Uprising’ Amongst Forerunners; Mark Henn to be Recognized
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, today announced the nominees for its 40th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements.
Across the film and television categories Disney has a strong showing this year (full list of nominees and respective categories below), particularly with Pixar’s Brave, Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph and Disney Animation’s ‘TRON: Uprising.’ Disney Junior newcomers ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’ also managed to be recognized for their efforts.
Juried awards honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation will also be awarded. Disney animator Mark Henn will be one of three recognized with the Winsor McCay award, as selected by the ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors, for his career contributions to the art of animation. Additionally, Disney publicist and documentarian Howard Green will receive the June Foray Award for his significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.
Winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. For a complete list of Annie Award nominations, ticket and event information, visit www.annieawards.org.
- Best Animated Feature
- Animated Effects in an Animated Production (Bill Watral, Chris Chapman, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn, Michael K. O’Brien)
- Character Animation in a Feature Production (Dan Nguyen)
- Character Animation in a Feature Production (Jaime Landes)
- Character Animation in a Feature Production (Travis Hathaway)
- Music in an Animated Feature Production (Patrick Doyle, Mark Andrews, Alex Mandel)
- Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Steve Pilcher)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Kelly MacDonald)
- Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi)
- Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Nicholas A. Smith, ACE, Robert Graham Jones, ACE, David Suther)
Walt Disney Studios’ Frankenweenie
- Best Animated Feature
- Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Rick Heintzich)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Atticus Shaffer)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Catherine O’Hara)
- Writing in an Animated Feature Production (John August)
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-it Ralph
- Best Animated Feature
- Animated Effects in an Animated Production (Brett Albert)
- Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Bill Schwab, Lorelay Bove, Cory Loftis, Minkyu Lee)
- Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Rich Moore)
- Music in an Animated Feature Production (Henry Jackman)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Leo Matsuda)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production (Lissa Treiman)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Alan Tudyk)
- Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee)
- Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Tim Mertens)
DisneyToon’s Secret of the Wings
- Music in an Animated Feature Production (Joel McNeely, Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda)
- Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Mark Rosenbaum)
Walt Disney Studios Animation’s Paperman
- Best Animated Short
Marvel Studios’ The Avengers
- Animated Effects in a Live Action Production (Industrial Light & Magic: Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway)
- Character Animation in a Live Action Production (Industrial Light & Magic: Jakub Pistecky, Maia Kayser, Scott Benzu, Steve King, Kiran Bhat)
Walt Disney Studios’ John Carter
- Animated Effects in a Live Action Production (Cinesite: Sue Rowe, Simon Stanley-Clamp, Artemis Oikonomopoulou, Holger Voss, Nikki Makar, Catherine Elvidge)
- Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production (‘Beck’s Beginning’)
- Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Robert Valley; ‘The Renegade, Part I)
- Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Alberto Mielgo; ‘The Stranger’)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Robert Valley, Kalvin Lee; ‘The Reward)
- Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Ian Worrel; ‘Tourist Trapped’)
- Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Kristen Schaal)
- Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (‘C’ Raggio IV; ‘Petrified’)
‘Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja’
- Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Kevin Michael Richardson; ‘Gossip Boy’)
- Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children (‘The Right Stuff’)
- Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Andy Kelly; ‘Righty-On-Lefty’)
‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns’
- Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children
- Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Howie Parkins)
‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’
- Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Holly Forsyth)
- Editorial in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production (Peter Kaufman)
High-wattage star power and notable creative teams from Disney’s favorite series for kids and families are the centerpiece of Disney Channel and Disney XD’s fan meetings at the leading pop culture convention, Comic-Con International 2012, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 in San Diego.
Included in the stellar guest line-up are: Elijah Wood and Bruce Boxleitner with executive producer Charlie Bean and consulting producers Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz from “TRON: Uprising;” Jason Morgan Ritter, creator Alex Hirsch and creative director Michael Rianda from “Gravity Falls,” and “Fish Hooks” creator Noah Z. Jones, executive producer Maxwell Atoms, along with Justin Roiland and Kari Wahlgren. Also, Vincent Martella, Alyson Stoner, Dee Bradley Baker, and co-creators Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh from the Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” will screen a clip of the epic summer episode “Where’s Perry, Part 1;” noted creator and animation producer Craig McCracken will show a sneak peek of his upcoming comedy series for Disney Channel, “Wander Over Yonder.”
Disney XD will break out exclusive advance clips of new “Motorcity” episodes and the upcoming series “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.”
Disney Channel and Disney XD Panels at Comic-Con International 2012:
TRON UPRISING – FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (Room 6A)
Voice cast Elijah Wood (“Beck”) and Bruce Boxleitner (“Tron”) join executive producer/director Charlie Bean and consulting producers Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz. The panel will also feature never-before-seen clips of Disney XD’s turbo-charged original series “Motorcity” and a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.” The panel will be moderated by Daily Variety film editor Josh Dickey.
PHINEAS AND FERB – SATURDAY, JULY 14, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Room 6A)
Creators/executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh join cast members Vincent Martella (“Phineas”), Alyson Stoner (“Isabella”) and Dee Bradley Baker (“Perry”). The panel will also include an exclusive sneak peek of this summer’s epic two-part cliffhanger episode “Where’s Perry?” Special guest moderator to be announced at Comic-Con.
DISNEY CHANNEL TELEVISION ANIMATION – SATURDAY, JULY 14, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Room: 5AB)
Disney Channel Television Animation: Fans can see exclusive footage and clips from upcoming episodes of Disney Channel’s BAFTA award-winning series “Fish Hooks” and its newest mystery adventure series “Gravity Falls,” plus a first look at the upcoming series “Wander Over Yonder.” Panelists include: “Fish Hooks” creator/executive producer Noah Z. Jones and executive producer Maxwell Atoms and voice talent Justin Roiland (“Oscar”) and Kari Wahlgren (“Shellsea”); “Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsch and creative director Michael Rianda and voice talent Jason Morgan Ritter (“Dipper”), and “Wander Over Yonder” creator Craig McCracken and co-producer Lauren Faust. The panel will be moderated by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
Although it should be no surprise that Disney XD’s popular series ‘Phineas and Ferb’ will be returning to San Diego Comic-Con in 2012 as it has had a presence ever since before the show began, Variety is also reporting that new-comer ‘TRON: Uprising’ will have a featured panel along with a preview of ‘Wander Over Yonder’ from the prolific and successful husband-wife team of Craig McCracken and Lauren Faust.
According to the article, the ‘TRON: Uprising’ panel will consist of lead vocal talent Elijah Wood and co-star Bruce Boxleitner as well as executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.
Thanks to @rwmead for the heads up.
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.
Beck is 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.
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Note that the prelude is actually a string of all ten ‘microsodes’ that were meant to air individually, this is why it seems to go to a ‘commercial break’ every few minutes or so.
For those that don’t wish to watch it online, it is also available on iTunes (TRON: Uprising, Vol. 1 – TRON: Uprising) as a free download on Monday, May 14th and will premiere on television on Disney Channel on May 18 (with a re-air on Disney XD on May 21).
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 terms of timeline, the series takes place between Clu’s overthrowing of Kevin Flynn and the appearance of Sam Flynn onto the Grid. It is essentially the story of how programs are coping with the transition between the freedom they had enjoyed under Kevin Flynn’s guidance and the oppression brought on by Clu. Although the Isomorphic Algorithms’ (ISOs) race has been effectively destroyed by the time the series starts, their story will be visited throughout the season.
The inspiration for the series came from the pair’s work on TRON: Legacy in which they felt the two hour or so limit of film wasn’t enough and they were curious about exploring other sectors on the Grid and to bring new worlds to life. When asked how the animation process varied from live-action in representing the TRON Universe, Kitsis explained that animation left them free to do things that they wouldn’t be able to do in the real world because they wouldn’t be financially or technologically possible.
The series focuses on the protagonist Beck (voiced by Elijah Wood), who is described as a mechanic program living in a coastal city on the Grid. Beck soon realizes that he’s outgrowing his programming and that there’s something special about him and is taken under the wing of Tron (voiced by Bruce Boxleitner) to train to fight Clu’s regime. Although Clu will be in the prelude and occasionally show up throughout the series, he will be taking a backseat to the series’ other villains such as General Tesler (voiced by Lance Henriksen) and his henchman Pavel (voiced by Paul Reuvens). In addition to the general cast, there will also be guest appearances such as by ‘Breaking Bad”s Aaron Paul.
The series will also have its share of new games, new vehicles and new worlds to show off, all carefully plotted along the TRON Universe timeline to fit in seamlessly. Vehicles mentioned include the Light Train — described as a subway train that can travel upside-down, the Light Snowmobile and others based on vehicles such as helicopters and ships.
‘TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning’ will premiere on Disney Channel on May 18, followed by a rebroadcast on Disney XD on May 21. It will be available to Disney Channel On Demand subscribers beginning May 11. For more information, see our in-depth articles and sneak peeks here.
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.
The chat will be moderated by Eric Goldman, Executive Editor, IGN TV at IGN.com, who will cull questions from Facebook to pose to Eddy and Adam. To view and join in the conversation, simply sign in at facebook.com/OnceABC, facebook.com/Tron or facebook.com/DisneyXD.
The first half of the chat (3:00-3:30 p.m., ET/12 noon-12:30 p.m., PT) will be devoted to ‘Once Upon a Time’ questions. Then, at 3:30 p.m., ET/12:30 p.m., PT, Kitsis and Horowitz will present an exclusive, three-minute sneak peek to the prelude, ‘TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning,’ followed by a half-hour ‘TRON: Uprising’ Q&A.
‘Once Upon a Time,” a modern fairytale with thrilling twists and hints of darkness, presents its season finale on Sunday, May 13 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. “Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Eion Bailey as August, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.
‘TRON: Uprising’ follows the heroic journey of a new character, a young program named Beck, who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. 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 at 9:30 pm ET/PT. The special will encore uninterrupted on Disney XD on Monday, May 21 at 9 pm ET/PT, followed by the series launch on Thursday, June 7 at 9 pm ET/PT on Disney XD.
‘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 voice of The Grid.
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