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Published at: Nov. 5, 2010, 2:39 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! “Tron Uprising” is the name of the new animated series from director Charlie Bean (“Samurai Jack”) headed to Disney XD in 2012. Its voice cast, according to Variety, includes Bruce Boxleitner, Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry and Lance Henriksen. Wood, who will star in FX’s doggie sitcom “Wilfred” as well, plays in “Uprising” a rebel leader inside The Grid. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.
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  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    fuck being first

    by GooBoy

    who the fuck gives a shit about Tron anyway?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Canceled in

    by m.dung

    5,4,3,2,1...

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I guess these people gotta eat?

    by zillabeast

    That's a hell of a cast for a weekly animated series. Guess that Babylon 5 money is finally running out for Brucie?

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    What the hell happened to Elijah Wood?

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    From LORD OF THE RINGS to SIN CITY to HAPPY FEET to... a cartoon and a sitcom about a guy in a dogsuit.<p>It's time for an intervention, Harry. Step in and save Elijah! It's time for Wood to rise!

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Will it be a prequel to Tron Legacy?

    by ShabbyBlue

    Because I'd definitely be interested in movie that bridges the gap between the two Tron movies and focuses more on Tron (Boxleitner) himself instead of Flynn.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    pee wee herman

    by edwardpenishands

    Im so there even though it will suck

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Seriously, tho?

    by Dharma4

    It better be good animation and none of that run-of-the-mil shit.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I hope..

    by adml_shake

    they don't set this up like that code lyoko crap.....

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Elijah Wood is the best friend AICN could ask for.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    He likes us. He's one of us. He's a geek with talent. He knows his geek shit and has good taste in movies and pop culture. I love having him hanging around the AICN universe. Go Elijah!

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    He is TRON.He fights for the users.

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Sequels, spinoffs, merchandising...

    by sonic3305

    Yeah Tron will be around for a while lol

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:05 p.m. CST

    REBOOT

    by Jiggah

    They had one. It was called Reboot.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Do cartoon shows get canceled?

    by andrew coleman

    The comment above seemed weird where the guy had a count down for it to be canceled. Why does everything get judged epically here? Cable networks don't have the type of pressure the major networks do. This cartoon show will simply help set up more movies. It makes sense. The can get lower ratings then major shows but it's a cartoon it doesn't matter. Idiots.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Leaving the word "animated" out of this headline...

    by kevred

    ...was what led me to click to read it. Upon seeing the words "animated" and "Uprising" in the first sentence, my interest evaporated.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Yes. Cartoon shows do get canceled.

    by matchesmalone2380

    The best examples I can think of is anything Batman related after a few seasons (Batman Beyond - 4, JLU - 4, The Batman - 4, and soon Brave and the bold)

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    and Wolverine and the X-men

    by matchesmalone2380

    That show was canceled after one season for financial reasons.

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Captain John J Sheridan

    by _Venkman

    NOW GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR GALAXY

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Love me

    by Generalcatburd

    some Lance Hendrickson

  • Nov. 4, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    they're going franchise with this bitch.

    by RedHorseVector

    judgement withheld until release of the movie.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Generalcatburd

    by catlettuce4

    If you love him so much, learn how to spell his name.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    So, a Tron series...

    by catlettuce4

    I guess this means the new movie ends with nothing really being resolved in the electronic world? There's going to be an uprising/rebellion going on for this series to deal with?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    TRON: From forgotten to oversaturated in 18 months.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Either they're confident -or-

    by ToMonicker

    desperate. <p> As well said upward, I'm waiting till we see what TRON: LEGACY is about first.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Elijah is pushing 30, yet he still looks 13

    by Larrylongballs

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Will this be CGI or a cartoon?

    by Larrylongballs

    I am hoping for Clone style CGI

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Spectacular Spider-Man only had 2 seasons

    by INWOsuxRED

    First season was very good. Still miss the good DC cartoons too.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Wow, what a cash-in

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Tron like this!

    by TRON

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 5:34 a.m. CST

    They are not GODS and they are NOT immortal!!

    by Briestro

    And I've killed many of them!!! :) Sheridan ftw.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Yeah, But What If It Bombs?

    by LaserPants

    Disney thine name is Hubris.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    CHILDS...I AGREE...THIS WILL BOMB

    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Boxleitner's John Sheridan was the fucking man

    by SpyGuy

    Never start a fight but always finish it.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Faith in Tron Legacy wavering...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I have been wondering how Tron Legacy will do. But I predict this: it will open big, not huge, but big enough since it will premiere a week before Christmas. Whether it has any legs will depend on the quality of the story. That's up in the air.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Will this still air after the movie bombs?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    just wondering if disney is investing a bit too much in what is already being called a likely dud

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Tron vs. Hassel

    by HasselFree

    when the fate of the world is at stake, who do you call? watch the hit internet film HASSEL UNLEASHED at http://www.thesmalls.com/Films.go

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Some animated shows aren't cancelled, but ended

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Most of them are meant to run for 5 seasons, or when they finish 65 episodes. The Batman, although not particularly liked by many (I liked it), ended its run after 65 episodes. Brave and the Bold is also set to end after 65 episodes. After it ends, the rebooted Justice League series, which features Batman, will take its place. This has actually been the plan.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    So if the upcoming 3D movie IS actually a hit...

    by Cervantes

    ...then it looks like they're already cheapening things already with this proposed animated hi-jinks. Which won't have the impact of 3D of course.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    I loved The Batman

    by Redhead_Redemption

    took about 4 or 5 episode to get used to the fact that it wasn't bruce timm's dark knight, but after you acept the series as a new take, it's actually a pretty sweet batman show. I grew tired of Brave and the bold, I wanted to like it, but in the end i just never got anything out of it and haven't watched it in months

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    No more prequels.

    by jimbojones123

    Advance the story, don't tell me the unimportant way they got from A to B but didn't feel it was important enough to cover before.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Brave and the Bold can be good

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I recommend that people watch it as a good way to become familiar with the overall cast of characters in the DC universe, their history, and the sillier characters, and think of its depiction of Batman as a spiritual successor to the Adam West series, who serves as the viewer's host to the DC universe. I know I've become much more acquainted with the major players of the DCU through watching B&B.<p><p>And there have been a number of decent episodes. The musical one, the two with Batmite, and most of the ones with the Joker (the first Joker appearance episode was quite good).<p><p>As for The Batman, it was burdened by the legacy of BTAS, but I think managed to eventually find its own worthy take on Batman. Unfortunately, toward the end of its run, there were more episodes featuring other DCU heroes, which diverted things away from Batman. B&B pretty much fulfills where Warner Animation wanted to take The Batman toward the end of its run anyway.<p><p>One of the things I really liked about The Batman was its version of Batgirl. I would say this show's version of Batgirl was the best -- yes, better than the BTAS version of her. And Poison Ivy was also better in The Batman, I would argue.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    I predict that Man will conquer space.

    by Robber_Button

    And in the future there will be robots. And fuck Sesame Street fucking oversaturated bullshit. They should go with rod puppets cause string fucking SUCKS! They need Kevon Conroy as Elmo and NO Fucking Cookie Monster! <br></br> <br></br> Wait a minute... This is a kids show... <br></br> <br></br> What am I thinking?

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    does anyone know if any of those Batman

    by rben

    novels and story collections are any good? (not graphic novels, actual print.)

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    ELIJAH'S WOOD RISES

    by BlaGyver

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    DC can put out whatever they want on TV, regardless of quality

    by BlaGyver

    as long as they keep putting out their original animated movies. Those suckers are good stuff.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Automan

    by treatment

    i'd rather have an Automan 2010 direct to home video release.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    3D animation?

    by jimmy_009

    I have no desire to see a Tron show in 2D. It pretty much goes against what Tron is.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Rebooting the series?

    by vaterite

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Shit I thought it would be live-action

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    But I guess an animated series could be cool too. They'd better keep the tone serious. It could be Disney's The Clone Wars if they do it right.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Keith Olberman is suspended indefintely

    by WickedJacob

    supposedly over donations to democrats, but something tells me MSNBC is questioning their whole "lean forward" strategy.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Screw an Animated series... bring on the REAL DEAL!

    by chadiwack

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    sneaky not titling this article "Greenlights ANIMATED series"

    by chadiwack

    Because you know if that was the title most people wouldn't even click on the link.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    WickedJacob

    by jimmy_009

    I can certainly see how that relates to Tron. Thanks for thinking anyone else would think that was important.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Cool.... Next up the blackhole cartoon

    by krod

    .

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Tron won't tank.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Saw the preview; it's magnificent eye candy, which will draw the crowds even if the story is mediocre.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Tron will tank.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Eye candy alone doesn't sell anything. Tron Legacy will bring out a core audience of nerds, and that's about it, resulting in box office the size of SCOTT PILGRIM or GRINDHOUSE. Or, for that matter, the original TRON.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Like Troy on Community with a big cookie

    by MJDeViant

    Too much of a good thing can ruin it. I'm not huge into Tron but I am looking forward to the film. My worry is like so many other things that this will be milked to death. Over-saturating people with Tron until they either don't care or it just isn't exciting. Like Star Wars. You might think you want it but after so much you will regret it. Everything in moderation folks, in moderation (except sex and beer).

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it feels like we've already seen Tron Legacy

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Tron and True Grit (both, incidentally, Jeff Bridges movies) are the only two movies I'm interested in paying to watch and sit in the theater, but it does feel like we've already seen Tron Legacy. Because now the plot seems predictable:<p><p>Sam has daddy angst. Sam enters the Grid. Sam battles and manages to survive because he is a User, but also Quorra saves his ass. Quorra takes him to daddy Kevin. Sam and Kevin reunite, hug. Sam fights Clu and Rinzler. Kevin sacrifices himself in order for a rebellion among the programs to happen. Who is Rinzler? Is he Tron or Sam's Program alter ego? Sam gets zapped back into the real world (perhaps dad's sacrifice saved him). Sam sad. Sam meets Quorra's User/human alter ego, who happens to have been cyberstalking him (in a nice way) for years now. And she may have the means to help Sam return to the Grid -- for the sequel. The End? And all of this will be in glorious RealD 3D.<p><p>But, really, I hope the plot will be more surprising and unpredictable than this.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    The one cartoon that needs CGI

    by Chief Joseph

    I usually hate CGI TV cartoons, but it would really work here.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Prof your synopsis sounds about right

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    That's not necessarily a bad thing either about Tron Legacy, but like you I hope there are surprises in the final story. The identity of Rinzler and what Quorra's human counterpart will be like, if she even shows up (could she be Alan's daughter) may be the only surprises. But I do eagerly await watching it on the big screen in 3D.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    This won't last long

    by daggor

    It'll do its job, keeping "Tron" in front of kid's faces for a year or two in order to cram toys down their throats, then be gone.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Quorra's counterpart

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    In my imagination (and I know I'm thinking way too ahead here), Alan's daughter knows about the Grid, created the Quorra program, and managed to insert her into the Grid to try to find Kevin. Other than for this, Alan's daughter has had limited access to the Grid. However, Quorra did find Kevin, and together they eventually managed to make contact with the User world, which in turn leads to Sam getting transported into the Grid, as we will see in the movie.

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    And I think Rinzler is Tron

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Probably the final battle will be between Sam and Rinzler. Rinzler will fall to the ground and his face plate will be shattered. To have it be revealed that Rinzler's face is Sam's would make such a scene way too much like the Empire Strikes Back (Luke seeing his own face after Vader's mask blows off). So my bet is that it's Tron (a de-aged Bruce Boxleitner), whose program was corrupted, like Clu was, too. (His identity was kept secret because Tron was regarded by the programs' as the Grid's savior -- but he had been corrupted.) Tron de-rezzes and it's implied that it will be up to Sam to continue Tron's "legacy" (in the sequel).

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Animated spinoffs tend to have own continuity

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Sometimes it's completely separate from the movies, like most superhero shows running alongside a film series. Sometimes the creators miss the part where Beetlejuice isn't lydia's B

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Continued

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Bff. MIB made some changes that diverged from the movie ending but overall it was a continuation until the sequel.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    ShabbyBlue

    by RickSlamu2

    First of all good to hear from you as i haven't been to the Forum in a while. To you and to all the Tron fans, there are 2 prequils to Tron Legacy witch you should know about. Out now by Marvel comics (hurray mergers)is Tron:Betrayal, a story whare Kevin Flynn brings Tron into a new system of his creation to police it. Flynn goes back and forth from real to computer world. We even get to see Flynn's girlferind he got knocked up. It's a 4 or 5 issue mini. Then there is Tron: Evolution witch i guess takes place after Betrayal. According to Wikipedia "Evolution explains the events that led to Kevin Flynn's imprisonment inside Tron world, as well as tells how Tron world progressed through the years" I don't know about Rebellion. Sounds like a seqiul to me.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Fuck off Lockes. I saw the original

    by Dennis_Moore

    in the theatre which was probably before you were born. I never said the story won't be good, merely that it doesn't matter, like Avatar.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    The original Tron

    by Robber_Button

    holds a special place in my memories like Star Wars and; much like Star Wars it has it's hokey moments. Strange performance changes (Clu) Dumont's weird ass spell/prayer thing. <br></br> <br></br> The grid bugs?<br></br> Maybe, like Jackson's King Kong we'll get the scene they were supposed to feature in?

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Batman Brave and the Bold

    by iceman199

    Most of it was OK. But the Music Meister musical episode was brilliant.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    From LOTR to a dog sitcom on cable?

    by Orbots Commander

    Ooph, what a comedown.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    BrainDrain, worse could be...

    by MurderMostFowl

    The other end of the spectrum crappy "rubberband" interpolated animation. That crap is everywhere now, it used to just be on the joke driven stuff like sealab and Aquateen, when didn't matter because the point was the humor, but now now it's everywhere and it just looks so sloppy and cheap.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Robber_Button what are you referring to?

    by MurderMostFowl

    Dumont's prayer? You mean the chamber he was in? I'm not recalling him saying anything out of the ordinary. <BR><BR> Also what are you meaning with CLU?

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Rinzler is Tron, They have the same chest plate...

    by thecomedian

    Plus Disney and Marvel are pretty much spoiling this with the prequel comic series they're coming out with which tells how Tron betrays Flynn and joins up with Clu. I'm guessing that if they've greenlit an animated sequel TV show already and Boxleitner is in it that Tron turns good at the end of Legacy and regains his place as Savior of the Grid or maybe passes it on to someone new. <br> <br> On a side note I always thought the Tron/Flynn Dynamic was interesting because Tron is basically Luke Skywalker and Flynn is Han Solo but Flynn is the one who actually has the greater Luke/Neo level power and is both the cynical audience surrogate(like Han) and the lead character at the same time. It's an interesting (though some would say convoluted) story dynamic. Basically it's like watch Star Wars from Han's perspective and about halfway through the movie Han realizes he's actually more powerful than Luke. Weird.

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 6:39 a.m. CST

    I worked with Bruce in 1981, and he's one terrific nice guy!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 7, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    MurderMostFowl

    by Robber_Button

    At the start of the film when flynn is accessing MCP we get Flynn's Voice over and CLU's dialogue. <br></br> What I find strange now is CLU is being.. Robotic. Which most of the other characters in the Alt world don't, they all give relatively naturalistic performances. Only Yori behaves in any way similar up until she is effectively awakened by Tron. <br></br> <br></br> And yep, Dumont's "All that is visible must grow beyond itself, extend into the world of the invisible etc" speech. <br></br><br></br> Now, Putting my Nolan killjoy head on; it doesn't make any sense. I don't see the cause and effect. <br></br>However i'm not so unimaginative as to let that spoil my enjoyment of one of my favourite world's captured on screen.

  • Nov. 8, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Boxleitner rocks

    by Atreides001

    Just watched Babylon 5 seasons 2-4 on Netflix. Forgot just how good a show that was.