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.
In the special, premiering May 18 on Disney Channel, 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.
Disney XD has provided us with dozens of stills from the upcoming special ‘TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning,’ premiering May 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. The uninterrupted 30-minute special will then re-air on Disney XD on May 21, to be followed by the ‘TRON: Uprising’ series launch on June 7 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Disney XD. Viewers will have the opportunity to enter the grid well before the premiere date, however, as the episode will become available on Disney Channel on Demand on May 11, Disney XD’s Facebook page on May 13 and as a free download on iTunes on May 14. Additionally, DisneyXD.com will launch a new side-scrolling adventure-puzzle game, ‘Escape from Argon City,’ in which players help Beck master his light disc throwing skills to defeat General Tesler’s army on May 15.
Directly following the premiere, DisneyXD.com will launch a new interactive video and gaming activity that invites users to immerse themselves in the world of TRON; the special will be split down into 10 micro-episodes in which users take on the role of Beck and help him fight to become the next hero of The Grid.
‘TRON: Uprising, Beck’s Beginning’ introduces Beck, 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.
Then on June 7, the ‘TRON: Uprising’ series debuts with ‘The Renegade Part 1.’ In the series premiere, Beck’s training with Tron is interrupted when he’s captured by a Recognizer patrol and sent to the Coliseum to fight in the games. There Beck meets a fellow prisoner Cutler, a fierce warrior program who has been inspired by The Renegade’s actions. Recharged by their shared passion for freedom, Beck and Cutler fight their way out of the deadly disc games. Meanwhile, Zed and Mara head out for night on the town, but run into trouble when an enchanted Zed is lured away by Perl (voiced by Kate Mara), a program from the wrong side of the tracks.
Directly following the on-air premiere, ‘The Renegade Part 2′ will be available on DisneyXD.com, along with a new game titled ‘Renegade Strike,’ in which users take on the identity of The Renegade and defend The Grid from Clu and General Tesler.
‘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 Grid.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is executive-produced and directed by Charlie Bean (‘Robotboy,’ ‘Samurai Jack’ and ‘Powerpuff Girls’) with Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters of TRON: Legacy / executive producers of ABC’s ‘Lost’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’) and Justin Springer (co-producer of TRON: Legacy) as consulting producers. The music is composed by Joseph Trapanese (TRON: Legacy).
All images © and courtesy Disney XD. All rights reserved.
At the 109th Annual International Toy Fair in New York City, Tonner Doll Company debuted all new dolls for 2012 including these prototypes for TRON Legacy and Avatar. Tonner had previously released a Kevin Flynn figure based on the original TRON from 1982 and now they take on the sequel. Included in the collection are Quorra (Olivia Wilde), Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) and Gem (Beau Garrett).
Although it’s only loosely connected to Disney by way of the upcoming Avatarland at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, also on display were prototypes were dolls of Jake and Neytiri from James Cameron’s Avatar. The dolls measure approximately an impressive 22″ in height and feature all new sculpts created specifically for these dolls which are expected to be produced at a very low number.
Please note that all of the dolls pictured above are in pre-production and are still awaiting final approval. The designs may in fact change by the time the dolls are produced.
Finally, you may have noticed a blurry, partial Captain Jack Sparrow in some of the images. Tonner is producing an Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides which, along with several Marvel characters, are already available for pre-order on their official website.
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.
In ‘Motorcity,’ teenager Mike Chilton leads a group of rebels called The Burners in a futuristic Detroit in which personal freedoms including cars have been banned by billionaire and city-owner Abraham Kane. The Burners have retreated to an underground city where they maintain and customize their fleet of hotrods and pursue their quest to stop Kane from taking over the world. The series features the voice talent of Reid Scott as Mike Chilton, Nate Torrence as Chuck, Katie Micucci as Julie, Kel Mitchell as Luv, Jess Harnell as Texas, Brian Doyle Murray as Jacob, Jim Breuer as Tooley and Mark Hamill as Abraham Kane.
‘Lab Rats’ will be the first of the new series to premiere, on February 27, while ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ will make its Disney XD debut on April 1, 2012.
Disney XD has released the video montage previewed for attendees at its San Diego Comic-Con panel. The video features quite a bit of concept art, models, test animation and what appears to be actual animation from the upcoming midquel, which takes place between TRON and TRON: Legacy.
Set to debut in summer 2012, the series centers around Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu 2 and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron – the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.
According to multiple reports, it was mentioned that the series itself with be preceded by a series of 10 shorts, each 3 minutes in length. No mention of the Disney Channel Original Movie that we are anticipating was mentioned, but it could be that there either is no movie to speak of, or there is even more information on TRON: Uprising waiting to be officially released, which one could reasonably expect to occur during Disney’s own D23 Expo, taking place August 19-21 in Anaheim, CA.
Voice talents attached to the series include Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance Henriksen and Bruce Boxleitner as TRON. The series is anticipated to air on Disney XD beginning summer 2012.
Before it finds life as an animated series on Disney XD in 2012, TRON: Uprising, the sequel prequel, will make its debut as a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) according to the publisher’s description of the junior novel of the same name.
Slated to be released on January 3, 2012, which is historically early relative for a movie it promises in the spring, the book’s description reads as follows:
When the computer world of The Grid is taken over by an evil tyrant, one young man named Beck must join forces with the legendary hero Tron to free his home city. Under Tron’s tutelage, Beck will take on a secret identity to fight back, bringing a superhero sensibility to the world of Tron. Featuring brand new settings, characters, and vehicles, TRON: Uprising will bring a unique style and classic storytelling to the Disney Channel and Disney XD!
The animated original movie, hitting TV screens in spring 2012, will kick-off a brand new series in summer 2012. Kids who can’t get enough of superheroes, action-adventure stories, and the sleek and unique look of TRON are sure to love this retelling of the TRON: Uprising original movie.
The novelization will be a retelling of the events of the movie, and will include a full-color eight page insert with frames from the stunning animated feature!
Voice talents attached to the movie and series include Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance Henriksen and Bruce Boxleitner as TRON. The series is anticipated to air on Disney XD beginning summer 2012.
Expect more details on both the series and information to be revealed in the coming weeks during both San Diego Comic-Con 2011, where the show will be previewed to attendees, as well as Disney D23 Expo.
Celebrity management company Coolwaters Productions LLC is bringing a cavalcade of talent to the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, August 19 – 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Each day at the Coolwaters booth, located in the Collectors Forum, fans will enjoy celebrity meet and greets and autograph signings, including rare photographs and limited-edition Tron pin sets created by D23 especially for this event.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19: MARVEL DAY
- Doug Jones: Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (also starred as Billy Butcherson in Disney’s Hocus Pocus and will be signing images from both films)
- Matthew Wolf: Voice of Thor in the animated film Thor: Tales of Asgard
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20: TRON DAY
- Bruce Boxleitner: Alan Bradley/Tron in Tron, TRON: Legacy, the videogame ‘TRON: Evolution’ and the upcoming animated series ‘TRON: Uprising’
- Cindy Morgan: Lora/Yori in Tron and the videogame ‘TRON 2.0′
- Jackson Bostwick: Sark’s Head Guard in Tron
- Anis Cheurfa: Rinzler, Clu’s right hand man in TRON: Legacy
- Rob Daly: Clu’s Lead Sentry in TRON: Legacy
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN DAY
- Isaac C. Singleton: Bo’sun in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Greg Ellis: Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves in three of the installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean films
- Treva Etienne: Koehler in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Vince Lozano: Jacoby in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Tyler Tuione: Boiler Room Attendant in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
With the recent opening of ‘Star Tours — The Adventures Continue’ at the Disney Parks, D23 Expo 2011 is honored to welcome Hollywood icon and Star Wars luminary Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian). Williams, an award-winning artist, has created an exclusive piece of artwork featuring Disney characters which will be available to attendees as a limited edition poster only at the Expo.
All celebrity appearances are subject to change at any time. There will be a charge for each signature signed during the event from the celebrities listed in this press release. Autograph tickets will be available for purchase during all Expo hours at the Coolwaters Productions LLC booth at the Collectors Forum and are on a first-come, first served basis.
Courtesy of our friends at Walt Disney Studios, this must-have edition of the popular franchise will be awarded to one Stitch Kingdom reader chosen at random.
In addition, the chosen winner will also receive a copy of the Jeff Bridges photo book, Making TRON: Legacy. This special soft-cover book was printed in Hong Kong and limited to an edition size of just 1,000 copies. It was never made available for retail sale, so this is a rare opportunity to win a copy of this exclusive book.
In an email last night to mailing list subscribers, eFX provided this first look at the replica of the original TRON helmet they’re currently developing. The included image, pictured here, compares the the helmet as seen in the film to the replica being created from eFX.
In related news, eFX has announced that their 4′ replica of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been approved by Disney and will begin shipping in summer. The production is limited to 500 pieces worldwide and is currently being accepted for pre-order ($500 deposit required) up until April 30. The total price for the Nautilus is $1799 (or $1699 for Disney D23 members). For photos and additional information, see the order page.
Actor Jeff Bridges will have his original painting inspired by the world of TRON auctioned off in order to benefit Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.
The painting, which is acrylic on Plexiglas, measures 46.5″ x 70.5″ and will be available for bidding beginning April 20 from Disney Fine Art. In addition to the auction, a limited edition serigraph, hand numbered and signed by Bridges, will be available for sale in order to benefit the charity, which is receiving 100% of the proceeds from the auction.
As a dedicated artist across various mediums, Bridges has been praised for his eclectic work of fine art, photography and music in addition to his acclaimed film career.
‘As the national spokesperson for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Jeff Bridges’ commitment to others is exemplary,’ said Bill Shore, founder and executive director of the hunger non-profit. ‘This donation is another example of how important the work of ending childhood hunger is to Jeff and one of the many reasons we feel honored to be working with him.’