D23 Invites Members to Meet and Greet with ‘TRON: Legacy’ Writers December 3

On December 3, D23 members and their guests will be able to join TRON: Legacy writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis for a panel hosted by D23 celeb Jeffrey Epstein at the TRON: Legacy Pop-Up Shop in Culver City, CA.

Horowitz and Kitsis will also hold a signing for The Art of TRON: Legacy which will be available for purchase at the event. As a special bonus that night, D23 members will receive a free limited-edition Premiere Film Cell from TRON: Legacy (no minimum purchase required).

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Disney Consumer Products Announces One-Of-A-Kind ‘TRON: Legacy’ Pop-Up Shop/Cafe in Culver City, CA

TRON Pop-Up Shop At Royal/T In Los Angeles (Concept Art)Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is giving fans the ultimate TRON experience by hosting the official, one and only TRON: Legacy Pop-Up Shop with displays and merchandise inspired by the high-tech 3D adventure, TRON: Legacy, releasing in U.S. theaters Dec. 17, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, this six week-long retail destination for men and women of all ages will offer one-of-a-kind, limited-edition TRON merchandise at the café, retail concept shop, and art exhibition space Royal/T in Culver City, CA — November 19 through December 23, 2010 from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Wednesdays to 10 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

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New ‘TRON: Legacy’ Clip – Sam Reunited with Kevin Flynn

In this clip recently released by Walt Disney Studios, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is reunited with his father, decades after Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has disappeared. Also shown during ‘TRON Night,’ it takes place shortly after Quorra delivers Sam from the game grid. Although there is quite a bit of footage between the two clips, this one jumps to the point where the two actually connect after being apart for so many years which have taken their toll hard on Kevin.

TRON: Legacy will debut in theaters nationwide in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D on December 17. For more news and information on the film, follow this live bookmark.

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Walt Disney Studios Pre-Releases Music from ‘Tangled,’ ‘TRON: Legacy’ and More

On its official site to garner Oscar attention, Walt Disney Studios has recently begun to promote several of its films from 2010 including Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3 / Day & Night, Secretariat, Tangled and TRON: Legacy. Filled with behind-the-scenes photos, videos and more, there are also a few gems that have yet to have been formally introduced to the public at large which includes Daft’s Punk original score for TRON: Legacy, ‘I See The Light‘ performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi from Disney’s Tangled and even the screenplay to Toy Story 3.

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Vinylmation Previews Last of Disney Store NYC Exclusives, TRON Figures Plus Holiday Release Dates

Disney Store Times Square Exclusive 'Graffiti' Vinylmation by Gerald MendezMany announcements on upcoming Vinylmation releases came via the official blog today with the first being what was promised yesterday: a look at the last of the four initial Vinylmation figures to be exclusive to the Disney Store Times Square in New York City when it opens on November 9.

The 9″ ‘Graffiti’ by artist Gerald Mendez will be a limited edition of 1540 pieces (1540 because that’s the street number of the store on Broadway) and will even be individually numbered. It will retail for $49.95 and have a purchase limit of two per guest per day (assuming it even makes it to day two).

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Man is in the Grid with New TRON-Bambi Mash-up Adult Toy Collectible from MINDstyle

TRON Bambi from MINDstyleMickey Mouse isn’t the only Disney friend to enter the TRON grid anymore thanks to this first look at the sculpt of an upcoming MINDstyle adult toy collectible (ATC). Unfortunately the vinyl figure will be exclusive to the Man Is In The Forest concept store in Shanghai. The shop actually got its name from the film Bambi, although it’s said that the line itself was also used by Disney animators to spread word that Walt Disney was present at the Studios.

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‘TRON: Legacy’ Clip: Lightcar (a.k.a. Sam Meets Quorra)

Walt Disney Studios Sweden has just released this clip from the upcoming studio release TRON: Legacy. Without giving too much away right now (I may provide more background details after tonight’s TRON Night promotion in which I suspect this footage will be included), this is the scene in which Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is formally introduced to Quorra (Olivia Wilde) as she carries him away from the game grid in the lightcar, one of several new vehicles seen in the film.

TRON: Legacy will debut in theaters nationwide in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D on December 17.

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Report: ‘TRON: Legacy’ and Disney Imagineering at USA Science and Engineering Festival

SHIVA Laser at 'TRON: Legacy' exhibit

This past weekend, tens of thousands of families partook in the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC as well as satellite events throughout the country. The two-day free festival was created in order to inspire the nation’s youth to pursue careers in maths and sciences by offering various hands-on activities. One of many participants, The Walt Disney Company presented a booth and multiple presentations in conjunction with the National Academy of Engineering featuring TRON: Legacy as well as Walt Disney Imagineer Lanny Smoot.

The concept behind the booth was  ’14 Grand Challenges,’ created by the NAE, which is essentially a list of tasks that the NAE believes will need to be addressed in this and future generations. Inside the booth were a few exhibits that demonstrated some of the challenges in practice as well as items from the Disney film. On display from TRON: Legacy was the life-size demonstration model of the lightcycle as well as the SHIVA laser invented by Kevin Flynn which was actually used during the movie’s production.

Relating to the sci-fi SHIVA laser scanner (which the original TRON featured back in 1982) was an exhibit on 3D scanning which helps scientists understand objects better. By using a scanning in a physical object, the computer can generate a point cloud which then translates into a mesh model and finally a digital representation of the object, which can then be explored further in digital space, modified and even re-printed as a physical object.

The next demonstration made every one into a virtual brain surgeon, even if — especially in my case — they aren’t one. Using the the NeuroTouch VR brain surgery simulator developed by the National Research Council in Canada. The NeuroTouch takes MRI data and generates a virtual copy of the patients’ brain and allows the surgeon to visualize and even practice operating on the brain, even providing physical feedback in the virtual 3D space. The exhibit offered visitors the opportunity to remove a brain tumor while controlling any bleeding that was occurring as a result and scored the visitor’s performance. As I mentioned earlier, I’m no brain surgeon, so we’ll just leave it at that.

The final demonstration in the booth was created by Walt Disney Imagineering specifically as an offering for the festival as well as the film’s premiere and uses a new innovention called ‘light painting.’ A two-step process, the visitor first finds him/herself alone in a room with what essentially amounts to a sawhorse. Reclining on the sawhorse as if one were riding a lightcycle, the system uses stereoscopic imagery to take a 3D photo of the visitor. Following the photo, the visitor is handed a wand whose tip is tracked by the cameras placed all around. This allows the visitor to virtually paint their missing lightcycle in the virtual 3D space. Imagineer Lanny Smoot, who talked about the exhibit during his presentation which I’ll cover next, compared it to using a digital camera at home and leaving the shutter open so that the camera constantly captures every movement, but here it’s in a literal 3D space, not just the 2D space a single camera could capture.

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First Look: Daft Punk ‘Derezzed’ Music Video for ‘TRON: Legacy’

Daft Punk in 'TRON: Legacy' © Disney EnterprisesAs most likely part of ‘TRON Tuesday,’ Walt Disney Studios has begun releasing this video montage featuring ‘Derezzed’ from the TRON: Legacy motion picture soundtrack by electronic music duo Daft Punk. The abbreviated sample video is basically comprised of all footage from the film which includes Daft Punk’s cameo appearance. This video has so far been released by Walt Disney Studios Italy and Walt Disney Studios Norway, which is who we’ve been able to obtain it from.

TRON: Legacy debuts in theaters nationwide on December 17.

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First Look: ‘TRON: Legacy’ Vinylmation Collectibles by Noah

Disney Fine Artist Noah brings us this first look at his limited edition Disney Vinylmation inspired by Disney’s TRON: Legacy. The figures will be released at D Street on November 21 in the Downtown Disney Districts of both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort. There will be 24 figures available for purchase at Disneyland, where Noah will be making a personal appearance and signing, and 12 at Walt Disney World. Each is custom painted and comes complete with a 22″ tall display case. Each figure will retail for $595. Other TRON-inspired merchandise by Noah such as tees and art will also be available to collect.

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