Tron: Uprising

Tron: Uprising
Genre Action
Science fiction
Based on Characters
by Steven Lisberger
Bonnie MacBird
Developed by Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
Directed by Charlie Bean
Robert Valley
Voices of Elijah Wood
Bruce Boxleitner
Mandy Moore
Nate Corddry
Lance Henriksen
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Reginald VelJohnson
Paul Reubens
Tricia Helfer
Composer(s) Joseph Trapanese
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Charlie Bean
Producer(s) Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Sean Bailey Productions
Disney Television Animation
Polygon Pictures
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney XD
Original release May 18, 2012 (2012-05-18) – January 28, 2013 (2013-01-28)
External links
Official website

Tron: Uprising is an American animated science fiction television series, part of the Tron franchise, set between the movies Tron and Tron: Legacy. A total of 19 episodes (a prelude and 18 for the first season) have been produced and aired[1] on Disney XD in the United States from May 18, 2012 to January 28, 2013.[2][3] The series is directed by Charlie Bean, who also acts as executive producer; Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, and Justin Springer serve as consulting producers.[4]


Beck is a young program, who becomes the leader of a revolution inside the computer world of the Grid against the villainous Clu and his henchmen. Beck, a mechanic, is trained by Tron, the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron not only trains Beck in the fighting and light cycle skills to challenge the brutal military occupation of the city of Argon, but also guides and mentors him to grow beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous and powerful leader. Beck adopts Tron's persona and becomes the enemy of General Tesler and his oppressive forces.[5][6]


Main characters

Recurring characters

  • Tatasciore also voices Kevin Flynn (Clu's original user) in episode 8 "Scars Part 1".


Director Charlie Bean explained 'the idea was to create a distinct style for the CG show not seen elsewhere on television or in film.'[8] He worked closely with art director Alberto Mielgo, character designer Rob Valley (animation artist for the Gorillaz music videos) and lead vehicle designer Daniel Simon, who was previously responsible for many vehicle designs in the Tron: Legacy feature film, including the light cycles.[9] Mielgo won the Primetime Emmy Award for his art direction in 2013.[10]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original U.S. air date U.S. viewers
1"Beck's Beginning"Charlie BeanEdward Kitsis & Adam HorowitzMay 18, 2012 (2012-05-18)1.79[11]
After his city is invaded and a friend killed by Clu's soldiers, a young program named Beck takes the name of "Tron" and, aided by the real Tron, fights back. (31-minute prelude episode, initially produced as a 10-segment miniseries.)
2"The Renegade, Part 1"Charlie BeanStory by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Written by: Kamran Pasha, Adam Nussdorf & Bill Wolkoff
June 7, 2012 (2012-06-07)0.58[12]
As Tron trains Beck, Beck begins to doubt that he can be the next Tron. While trying to evade security, Beck lands in a prison transport and is taken to the games. Meanwhile, Zed falls for a female named Perl and brings her to the garage to show her his work, where she steals Able's classic ENCOM 786.
3"The Renegade, Part 2"Charlie BeanStory by: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Written by: Kamran Pasha, Adam Nussdorf & Bill Wolkoff
June 14, 2012 (2012-06-14)0.37[13]
When Beck and Cutler are thrown into a deathmatch, Cutler forfeits and Beck has to return as the Renegade to rescue him.
4"Blackout"Charlie BeanEdward Kitsis & Adam HorowitzJune 21, 2012 (2012-06-21)0.54[14]
Beck is sent by Tron to destroy an Occupation-manned energy drill causing power blackouts in Argon City before its destructive power destabilizes the Grid.
5"Identity"Charlie BeanBill WolkoffJune 28, 2012 (2012-06-28)0.38[15]
When Beck's identity disc is stolen on the Light Rail, his memory begins to unravel. Hoping to prevent permanent memory loss or identification as the Renegade, he and Tron go to Purgos, Argon City's closest neighbor, to recover it.
6"Isolated"Charlie BeanAndré BormanisJuly 5, 2012 (2012-07-05)0.36[16]
After stealing a valuable data cube from General Tesler's ship, Beck (as the Renegade) is chased by Paige over the Sea of Simulation. When they crash on a destabilized island, Paige reflects on the events that led her to becoming a soldier of the Occupation.
7"Price of Power"Charlie BeanAdam NussdorfJuly 12, 2012 (2012-07-12)0.35[17]
Beck intercepts a disk modification that enhances the physical abilities of any program who wears it, but it has some unfortunate side effects.
8"The Reward"Charlie BeanStory by: André Bormanis
Written by: Scott Nimerfro & André Bormanis
October 19, 2012 (2012-10-19)N/A
When General Tesler offers a reward, as well as the lifting of Argon City's curfew, for the capture of the Renegade, programs all over Argon City began to falsely accuse each other.
9"Scars, Part 1"Charlie BeanBill WolkoffOctober 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)N/A
Dyson, once Tron's lieutenant and now high-ranking in CLU's takeover, comes to Argon City to check up on Tessler.
10"Scars, Part 2"Charlie BeanBill WolkoffNovember 2, 2012 (2012-11-02)N/A
Beck seeks to stop Tron from killing Dyson.
11"Grounded"Charlie BeanAdam NussdorfDecember 3, 2012 (2012-12-03)N/A
A furious Tesler publicly challenges the Renegade to appear in Argon Square and surrender himself, promising to free additional prisoners and end the curfew if he does so. Beck accepts the challenge and narrowly escapes capture. Able later reveals that he knows that Beck is the Renegade.
12"We Both Know How This Ends"Charlie BeanAdam Nussdorf & Akela CooperDecember 10, 2012 (2012-12-10)N/A
Able heads to the Outlands to confront Tron over his use of Beck as the Renegade, leaving Mara in charge of the garage.
13"The Stranger"Charlie BeanScott Nimerfro & Adam Nussdorf and Ryan MottesheardDecember 17, 2012 (2012-12-17)N/A
On a trip to Gallium City through a storm, Beck discovers a one-way portal. He also learns that he wasn't the first program that Tron had trained as a renegade.
14"Tagged"Charlie BeanAdam Nussdorf & Bill WolkoffDecember 24, 2012 (2012-12-24)N/A
The Renegade recruits three programs who caught his attention by tagging the grid with the message, "Tron Lives." He discovers one of them is Mara.
15"State of Mind"Charlie BeanStory by: Mark Litton
Written by: Bill Wolkoff & Adam Nussdorf
December 31, 2012 (2012-12-31)N/A
Tesler uses a mind-control agent to build an army. When Mara falls victim to it, Zed and the Renegade work together to help rescue her.
16"Welcome Home"Robert ValleyStory by: Scott Nimerfro, Donna Thorland & Adam Prince
Written by: Scott Nimerfro & Donna Thorland
January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07)N/A
Beck tries to rescue a fleeing government scientist before Paige and the Occupation finds her; Paige and Beck become passengers on the same runaway train and Beck must save the innocent programs on the train without revealing his identity.
17"Rendezvous"Charlie BeanBill WolkoffJanuary 14, 2013 (2013-01-14)N/A
Beck and Paige go out on a date, and Paige begins to see Beck's views. Meanwhile, Pavel tests the augmentation boost, but Paige catches him, misconstruing Beck's advice. Tired of her interference, Pavel plots to get rid of Paige once and for all, while Beck decides that an appearance by the Renegade may finally win Paige over.
18"No Bounds"Charlie BeanStory by: Scott Nimerfro & Donna Thorland
Written by: Scott Nimerfro
January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21)N/A
Cyrus, seeking revenge on Beck and Tron, impersonates the Renegade and kills an innocent program. With the city against him, Beck is forced to make the difficult choice of saving Tron or his friends.
19"Terminal"Charlie BeanScott Nimerfro, Adam Nussdorf & Donna ThorlandJanuary 28, 2013 (2013-01-28)N/A
Tron tells Beck that he is dying and that the only way to stop his illness is to use the Occupation's new super recognizer.


In December 2010, it was announced that Elijah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, Lance Henriksen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry and Reginald VelJohnson would voice characters in a television series based on the Tron franchise, titled Tron: Uprising.[5][6] The series features an animation style that mixes 2D animation and CGI animation.[18][19] The look of the series was inspired by Star Wars: The Clone Wars, ThunderCats, and Aeon Flux.[1]


On January 14, 2013, producer Edward Kitsis responded to rumors of cancellation by stating, "I don't know what the future [of Tron: Uprising] is now. I know at the present, I can say we need more viewers."[20] Disney XD moved the program in the broadcast schedule to Monday mornings at 12:00 AM Eastern until the first season episodes finished airing on January 28, 2013. After the last episode of the first season aired, no more episodes of Tron: Uprising have been produced, but Disney has not confirmed the cancellation of the series.


Tron: Uprising
Soundtrack album by Joseph Trapanese
Released January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
Recorded 2012 (2012)
Genre Symphonic techno, orchestral
Length 1:15:42
Label Walt Disney

The series is scored by Joseph Trapanese, who arranged Daft Punk's score for Tron: Legacy.[1] A soundtrack album for the score was released digitally and manufacture on demand CD by Walt Disney Records on January 8, 2013.[21]

Track list:

1."Beck's Theme – Lightbike Battle"  3:57
2."Tesler Throwdown"  4:13
3."Paige's Past"  3:53
4."Lux's Sacrifice"  4:51
5."Price Of Power"  5:01
6."Rescuing The Rebellion"  3:07
7."Dyson Drops In (Scars Suite)"  2:11
8."Tron's Promise (Scars Suite)"  4:42
9."Tron's Turn (Scars Suite)"  2:22
10."Beck Betrayed (Scars Suite)"  1:43
11."Torture (Scars Suite)"  3:33
12."Revenge (Scars Suite)"  2:41
13."Redemption (Scars Suite)"  3:29
14."Goodbye Renegade"  2:24
15."Compressed Space"  5:53
16."Renegade's Pledge – End Credits"  1:52
17."Lightbike Battle" (3OH!3 Remix)4:43
18."Inferno" (Opiuo Remix)5:07
19."Dyson" (David Hiller Remix)5:00
20."Rezolution" (performed by Cole Plante)5:00


A trailer for the series, with a voice-over by Bruce Boxleitner, was released online in May 2012.[22] and on the home video releases of Tron: Legacy, on April 5, 2011.[19] Disney XD presented CGI models of characters, concept art, and the original trailer that was with the home releases of Tron: Legacy at San Diego Comic Con 2011.[23][24] Disney released the first, pre-season episode on May 18, 2012, in which the full 31-minute episode was featured on Disney XD on Demand, YouTube, Facebook, iTunes a week earlier. The prelude episode was broadcast only on the Disney Channel, and was originally going to be a 10-part miniseries.



On May 9, 2013 it was announced that Disney had reached an agreement with Netflix wherein Tron: Uprising would appear on the streaming service, however it was removed one year later.[25]

Critical reception

The series premiere earned mostly positive reviews. It also currently holds an 8.8 rating on,[26] and 8.2 rating from 5,871 users on[27] "Beck's Beginning" was given a positive review, with IGN ranking it 8 out of 10.[28]

Awards and nominations

Award Category Recipient Result
40th Annie Awards[29] Best Animated Special Production (Episode: Beck's Beginning) Nominated
Character Design in a Television Production (Episode: The Renegade, Part 1) Robert Valley Won
Production Design in a Television Production (Episode: The Stranger) Alberto Mielgo Won
Storyboarding in a Television Production (Episode: The Reward) Kalvin Lee & Robert Valley Nominated
65th Primetime Emmy Awards[10] Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation – Art Direction Alberto Mielgo Won


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