By its very nature, the world of Tron has always been about the visuals. It’s a franchise set inside a video game where programs live on a digital grid, compete in games and get around on cycles that leave bright, beaming trails of light in their wake. The original 1982 film was a milestone of special effects and its 2010 sequel pushed the bar of what 3D and digital effects could be. However, in live action, that kind of visual aesthetic can be expensive so taking Tron into the animated world, where anything is possible, seems like a perfect marriage.

Tron: Uprising, a new animated show on Disney XD, takes place between the two films and tells a new story with familiar characters. It also happens to be everything the Tron movies always wanted to be but never were. At least, that seems to be the case from its pilot episode/prequel, Beck’s Beginning, which fans can see on May 18 on Disney Channel and May 21 on Disney XD before the show premiere June 7.

Or you can watch the entire first episode, in full, after the jump as well as read more about what Tron: Uprising has in store.

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Being one of the few people who enjoyed TRON: Legacy, maybe I’m not the best person to say this but Disney XD’s TRON: Uprising looks incredibly promising. The animated show, set between the events of the original film and its recent sequel, has been brewing for years with tiny glimpses dripping out here and there. Now, a brand new trailer blows the doors wide open revealing not only the final look, but the main characters and central conflict.

TRON: Uprising, featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen and Tron himself Bruce Boxleitner will premiere on Disney XD June 7. It’ll be preceeded by a prequel special called Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning on May 18. Learn more about that, and check out the new trailer, after the jump. Read More »

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