Greetings programs! Disney has released the first episode of their new animated series Tron: Uprising online and it is a sight to be seen.
Now, I love me some Tron and Tron: Legacy but I’ll be the first person to admit that they are flawed movies and far from perfect. You know what though? I’m okay with that. I love them for what they each represent. The first was groundbreaking for its use of computer animation and was one of the coolest looking things I’d ever seen as a child. The second played on my childhood nostalgia and looked amazing with its updated version of The Grid and was backed by the great Daft Punk soundtrack. Yeah, sure, the stories weren’t the best and the pacing lags in both but it’s better than a lot of the other crap that gets released.
Disney first announced their intentions for this prequel-series to Tron: Legacy back in December of 2010 and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it ever since. Disney then released a teaser trailer for the series when Legacy was released on DVD/Blu-ray. And now at long last it is here…
The series takes place in-between events shown in Tron: Legacy, and follows a young program named Beck (voiced by Elijah Wood), as he assumes the identity of Tron and attempts to start a revolution against the villainous Clu. The voice-cast is quite impressive, featuring Lance Henriksen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, and Bruce Boxleitner as Tron. The animation, a blend of 2D animation and CGI, is also quite impressive. It keeps the up-dated character, vehicle and landscape designs of the movie while setting out to tell a completely new story. The Tron-universe is an untapped gold-mine of stories to tell. If the rest of the series is anything like it’s premiere episode than I think fans have quite the ride in store for them. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourselves and let me know that you think.
Tron: Uprising premieres on Disney XD on June 7.