TRON: Uprising (2012–2013)
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The rest of the franchise has been hit or miss - mostly "miss". TRON 2.0 was a good game, although it was underrated and mostly ignored. TRON: Evolution was a mediocre game with a weak storyline. But TRON: Legacy was the worst of them all - millions of dollars spent on a completely forgettable story with some of the best FX ever made. It was a major disappointment.
Enter TRON: Uprising. I was very intrigued when I saw the teaser trailer on the "Legacy" Blu-Ray - and I was absolutely blown away when I saw the first episodes. This is TRON done right. The animation is nothing short of astonishing - the artistic direction, fluid movements, and incredible set design beat anything that came before on the franchise, and it's quite frankly, the most gorgeous cartoon made for TV I've ever seen. I'd probably not be disappointed if I saw a movie with this kind of quality.
The storyline actually makes sense. What took Disney 1.15 hours to tell during "Legacy", this show tells us in 20 seconds (no exaggeration) - Flynn is nowhere to be found, Clu rules, TRON is missing. That's the way it should have been done in the movies. Each episode is interesting and fills in the details of what happened to the TRON universe during all those years.
Each new episode brings a new surprise - be it story arcs, animation, special effects, music - it's just mind-blowing.
Disney finally did TRON right. It only took them 30 years!
This version of Tron takes the best parts of the Tron movies, combines stylized CGI graphics that capture the heart of Tron perfectly, mixed up with a wonderful collection of sounds that would make DaftPunk proud, and balances the delivery with a sensation cast of voices.
Give this series a chance, easily one of best American made Sci-Fi series of 2012.
I've watched three episodes of Uprising so far and I can safely say that they did not take the kiddie route. Actually, it's the total opposite. The show is kind of "dark". It's definitely geared towards teens and adults. The stories are engaging, with just a touch of humor.
Light Cycle battles, Disc wars, Recognizers and everything in between..the action is amazing.
The animation looks incredible, silky smooth, with plenty of detail in the environments. That attention to detail helps to bring this new animated Tron world to life beautifully. I found myself captivated and totally drawn into each episode until the credits rolled.
The sound, wow. Crystal clear audio and sub-woofer-worthy bass that will rumble your walls. If you have a stereo hooked up to your TV, turn it up.
Lastly, the voice talent- All excellent, but especially Elijah Wood. He nails his role, bringing forth a strong, likable main character. And Bruce Boxleitner...need I say more!?
Can't wait for next episode. The anime plus cg works well. Lets hope this series continues for more than one season, the story lines always get better as a series goes on so if you are not sure yet keep watching. Hats off to the creator an A+ job once again great to hear the soundtrack as it suits tron well.
Looking forward for new episodes as they are made.
Although the story line has been well done in forming the characters up to this point, I think it is time to start blowing open the plot and increasing more battles with General Tesler as it does add more of a reason for him to get "The Renegade".
Beck's growth in the Tron role, by Tron himself, and understanding what Tron has gone through seems to make Beck stronger as time goes on. Beck increasingly understands that the lessons he learns from Tron is not just how to fight, but that every program in The Grid is not perfect...including Tron himself.
To sum it up? What makes Tron is legend and great warrior of the grid isn't just how many programs he defeats, but his actions in what he does for the programs of The Grid as well.
Looking forward to the second season.
I do have an issue with comments made by an previous user... firstly of course the series is going to be aimed at young adults... as this is the major audience for the Tron movies thus far it would make sense as they will be the main ones interested in watching the series (der!), and yes being animated it appears aimed at children as they are seeking to gain a new generation's approval in the movies and overall concept... plus it is cheaper than CGI animation. I think this all makes very good sense. Additionally, I didn't even realize that the bad guys are supposedly 'Asian'... what the??? Tesler is a bald white guy who is voiced by Lance Henriksen. The other characters do not seem to be portrayed as typical Asians either, particularly as the characters are voiced by actors such as Emmanuelle Chriquia and Paul Reubens!!! Once again I don't understand where this view has come from?
Away from these comments... it is an excellent series which has very little faults (none that I can see anyway). If anyone doesn't like it then they need I encourage them to make their own version and see if they could do better. I doubt they could... no... I know they couldn't!
Awesome job, can't wait to see more episodes.
I did not know what to expect but now that I have watched the entire season over 2 days I must say I am completely blown away.
This is the first review I have ever written for any film site, and I felt compelled to say a few words given the high quality of this product.
Tron Uprising is probably one of the best animated adult themed shows ever created. It takes the best from anime, and feature films and adult TV shows and removes all the silliness, cheese, stupidity, shortcuts, and crap that cheap animation aimed at children is riddled with. It transcends the genre by actually being on the level of a feature film or big budget TV series. Everything is presented with respect to the source material and the viewer which is so rare these days.
What the creative team at Disney has accomplished with this project is short of a miracle. They should pat themselves on the back for a job well done and be really proud of this achievement for creating one of the highest quality animated shows in existence.
Tron Uprising was a tour de-force (and no I am not a movie shill paid to say this)for me with every episode. It oozes quality out of every pore. The animation is top notch and something only seen in feature animated films in the past. Its actually better then most feature films and TV shows that I have seen in the last few years as far as story, character development, action, and special effects are concerned.
It has a very distinctive look that really fits the narrative. The attention to detail is astounding. The show never fails to deliver. It just keeps on giving one awesome scene after another, one twist after another one crazy set piece after another. This is one of few shows I have seen that just keeps on getting better and better with every episode.
The voice acting is top notch especially Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore who plays Paige, and Bruce B. Even supporting cast - characters such as Cyrus are exceptionally voiced. The soundtrack takes the best ideas from Daft Punk's album and expands on them giving us a truly epic and intricate film score. Sound design is excellent and adds to the atmosphere.
I cannot say enough about how much of a love letter this show is to the Tron universe and how much of a blueprint this has laid for what could be the beginning of a great universe for Disney if they choose to expand on it.
Every piece of tech from the light cycles, to even how transport trains or characters move and behave has been considered. The villains are believable and intricate, the writing is fresh and dark with a major focus on being an adult experience which is very refreshing and the main reason you get sucked into watching the series. This show does not insult you like the recent Star Trek Into Darkness did. It does not make you feel dumber and it does not settle for the lowest common denominator. It respects the audience and presents a world that is believable and mature. None of the characters act stupid or cliché. Silliness and kiddie crap are none existent. Humor is minimal and the show has a very dark and sci-fi tone to it which as I said before is very welcome. This is the direction where I wanted animated TV shows to go for years now. I hope Disney realizes that there is a huge audience that enjoys mature animated shows and a darker more complex story and tone that does not insult them.
You can tell that no shortcuts of any kind have been taken. From slow motion scenes and really complex angles, to wide panning shots and special effects nothing has been rushed, no frames cut and enough time is given to each set piece to animate. You won't find any rushed scenes as in Saturday morning cartoons or cheap tricks. This has big budget, feature quality written all over it.
It really shows how much the creators cared to capture not just the look but the feel of the Tron universe. While watching this I kept thinking how awesome this would have been in the theaters or how cool this universe might be as an MMORPG game or if everything from this show was expanded into other areas.
The show is great and it deserves your viewing if you enjoy a mature story that does not insult your intelligence, and if you want to see one of the highest quality animated TV shows in history. Its a total package and this has now become one of my all time favorite shows on Netflix and in general.
To add some context..I am in my 30s and have seen a ton of films and movies over my lifetime, Not a geek or hard core fan or collector. Just enjoy good films.
This show deserves a second season and in time it will become a classic for its mature story and respect for the Tron Universe. If you are paying attention Disney...keep this show going and market the hell out of it for adults and teens not for just kids! Pay attention how much its liked on Netflix. Partner with Lego as you did for Lone Ranger/Starwars and make some bricks. This has the potential to be huge! Don't throw away the foundation that has been laid by this amazing show.
favorite episode: The stranger #13
Absolutely brilliant show Disney c: Pleeeease make more!!
Also you have to love this show just for the fact that Disney has done their best to push this into the deepest, darkest corner possible to kill it off (its on at 12am on a Monday... is there a worse possible timeslot they had open?)and it just gets better and better. So yea, I'm telling you this show is the Rudy of animation right now.
Taking place between the original Tron and the 2010 Legacy film, Uprising connects the dots between the two films with the pace of a well-crafted cyber thriller. In addition, all of the punches you'd expect to be pulled back by Disney are in fact shown with great result. It's as though someone just said, "let's roll with this one" and let the Uprising team just do their thing. Let's hope there's more like it in the future.
The animations are very authentic to the ones that are on the movie, in a way, so is the story line. some how this Disney production have adapted the Manga type action scenes in a more impressive manner.. which is one of the biggest touch point..
the other is the Music.. they are sticking to the Original sound track.. which many will love.. but it could be much more impressive if the Daft Punk will release some new tracks for the series alone.. still the music is alluring..
the characters seem to promise a complicated storyline.. and they certainly better add more characters up as they go..
One day we bought a new LED TV and were looking for things to watch that we though might be visually appealing. One of those things was Tron: Uprising. I've been close to obsessed every since.
This show is the complete package - stunning visuals, compelling story line and characters, gorgeous soundtrack. The pacing of each episode is perfect, the voice acting impeccable and the story-telling, through the combination of the visuals and script is thrilling and the attention to detail is just amazing. There are moments in the show that just couldn't be more perfectly crafted.
I haven't been so excited about something on TV since....well, I can't remember enjoying a show this much before. It seems that the show has likely run its course and isn't being developed anymore and thats a huge shame. I'm sure the incredible talent behind this show could have taken this story all the way to, and beyond, the Tron: Legacy story arc. I seriously hope Disney re-considers and considers more seasons.
This show managed to delve deeper into life and culture of The Grid, as the films used it as a side-story, just a world for the movie to exist. Elijah Wood did a great job of portraying Beck, and it was awesome how to guy who played Tron in the original film provided the voice in this show. Isure can't wait for season 2 and hope this show goes down as one of the greatest Disney shows ever created.
this TV show is awesome the first TV show that i really love it! 1.this show has most dramatic times i ever saw in my all life and real dramatic not like the others TV shows. 2.this show shows you the real relationship between friend even if you lied to your best friends that you are not who they think you are or who you are really is, this show shows you sad times, happy times, scary times, dramatic times, adult times (i mean adult times like someone died with a lot of cube blood or something like that and it's really awesome!), cool times (the technology of the cars, people and every thing in there) and a lot of other amazing times. to make it all in few words THIS TV SHOW IS AMAZING! KEEP THAT WAY!
The show has good action for a Disney Channel show. Great cast of some really top shelf voice talents. Never would have thought that Frodo Baggins would be in a TV series. Plus, ever since the first Terminator movie, I've liked Lance Henriksen in most roles he's played; I'm glad he's playing Tesler, he has that dark voice about him. I wish they could pull Keith David(known for many roles both voice and big movies(voice of Goliath(Gargoyles) and voice of Spawn(HBO Series))) or Peter Cullen(Optimus Prime, original series and all 4 movies.) in as well.
I'm sure Disney may even have a game title in the works for this show, although I hope it abandons the Mirror's Edge style game-play and goes back to first person(Tron 2.0 PC game, circa 2005) or third person(similar to Tomb Raider).
The show is dark, not just in environment, but in the storyline as well, as characters actually die... derez, but same thing as the character or back ground character is no more. Very odd for a Disney Channel show; killing off characters instead of writing them out. And I love it. And yes, it keeps the dark environment with neon highlights. I just hope they never use pastel neon, then it will feel like a grid done during the 80's influenced by Miami Vice.
The music is straight out of the movie and sometimes it seems it is placed better in the show than it was in Legacy. Also, the music track isn't overwhelming in volume as it was in the movie either. I realize that having Daft Punk do the music was a big deal, but sometimes it seemed like the music was a main character instead of just background. Which is where it stays in the show.
Prior to this show, I only watched 2 other shows and no other TV; Big Bang Theory and Hell's Kitchen. But I'm more than willing to break my no-TV embargo for this show. I'm glad to see that Disney is keeping the Tron universe alive this time.
I just wish they could have gotten Jeff Bridges to do some voice work for Clu when he occasionally appears.
The Uprising didn't change my mind . but it doesn't change how much I enjoyed this show . it looks visually great , very detailed and while I hate the character designs I can't say that it's not unique and highly styled . plus , while the animation isn't the smoothest thing I've seen . all the action sequences were AMAZING .
But the true reason why this show is so great it's because of the revolution themed story , the great voice acting , and how you can see the artistic vision the creators had in every shot .
I will be watching this :) and the only thing missing right now in Tron is - a sequel to the movie
I found the show out by babysitting for my little cousin as he likes to watch Disney channel often, and when it quickly took my interest by the characters and how they would develop. It's a great show for both young & old; while still being flashy & action packed for kids shows an almost more mature theme that teens and older can pick up quite well. Overall the story, characters, voice acting, theme are all fantastic and deserve praise for such a great show. I can honestly tell you by the end of season one it will literally have you at the edge of your seat wanting more.
I sincerely hope to see more of this show, it was a pity that it was moved to Disney XD after awhile, I was not able to watch it with my cousin since he only has basic cable. But I highly recommend seeing this on Netflix; whether you're young, old, or love the Tron series. You really will not regret it.
Now along came this cartoon, I will say the writing in this is far superior to the films, problem is tho, this show really should have been a movie, or maybe a few 1hr episodes. Many are complaining it was cancelled but I'm not one of them, the episodes were getting repetitive and suffering the fate of most shows.
How many times are the bad guys going to bounce back and forth "I've got a plan" "You failed, now listen to me boss, I've got a plan" "The Renegade won't escape - oh, whoops, he did, but uh, he won't next time....but he does".
The villains lost their menace about 6 episodes in and just became a joke. Not to mention the "secret identity" was starting to run in to the inevitable corn ball situations ("Why is so n so never around when the hero is here?").
Finally - the good guys won't de-res anyone? How are you going to win a revolution without killing any of your enemies? Sorry to say, but if this continued on it would have really been run into the ground.