Tron: Uprising
Tron Uprising title card
Genre Cyberpunk
Science fiction
Format 2D animation
CGI animation
Created by Steven Lisberger
Bonnie MacBird
Developed by Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
Directed by Charlie Bean
Voices of Elijah Wood
Bruce Boxleitner
Mandy Moore
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Fred Tatasciore
Lance Henriksen
Nate Corddry
Reginald VelJohnson
Paul Reubens
Composer(s) Joseph Trapanese
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19
Charlie Bean
Producer(s) Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
Running time 22 minutes
Sean Bailey Productions
Disney Television Animation
Disney XD Original Productions
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original channel Disney XD
Original run May 18, 2012 – January 28, 2013
External links
Disney XD website

“Hidden away inside a computer, exists another world. Its creator designed it for games, but it became so much more. He called it The Grid, a digital utopia filled with infinite possibilities. He built a digital copy of himself named Clu, to create the perfect system. And he relied on the hero, Tron, to keep it free for all programs who lived there. But in his thirst for power, Clu betrayed his creator. Tron fought back, but Clu was too powerful and left him for dead. Clu dispatched his armies and seized absolute control. Now, in a far off corner of the Grid, a young program decides Clu must be stopped. His name is Beck. Could he be the next Tron?”

Tron: Uprising is an animated science fiction TV series spun off from the Tron film series, which airs on Disney's television channel Disney XD, in the United States. The show premiered on June 7, 2012, and is directed by Charlie Bean, who also acts as executive producer alongside producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.


Beck is a young program who becomes the skillful leader of a revolution inside the computer world of the Grid. His mission is to free his home and friends from the reign of the villainous Clu and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by Tron, the greatest warrior the Grid has ever known. Tron will not only teach Beck the fighting and light cycle skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but he will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful, strong leader. Destined to become "the next Tron", Beck adopts Tron's persona and becomes the arch enemy of General Tesler and his oppressive forces.


# Episode U.S. Air Date Plot Summary
1 "Beck's Beginning" May 18, 2012 Beck doubts his ability to live up to expectations, and passes on becoming the next Tron.
2 "The Renegade, Part 1" June 7, 2012 As Tron trains Beck, Beck begins to doubt the skills he is learning will be enough to prevail against Clu.
3 "The Renegade, Part 2" June 14, 2012 While Mara works with Zed to get Able's rare light cycle back, Beck must figure out a way to release his friend Cutler from a death sentence.
4 "Blackout" June 21, 2012 Mysterious blackouts begin to plunge Argon City into darkness.
5 "Identity" June 28, 2012 Beck loses his identity disc and must recover it before all that he is is lost forever.
6 "Isolated" July 5, 2012 Beck makes a daring theft and must escape; Paige engages him in an aerial dogfight and the two get stranded on a slowly derezzing island.
7 "Price of Power" July 12, 2012 Beck defies Tron's orders to destroy a secret weapon; the Occupation takes programs captive.
8 "The Reward" October 19, 2012 Beck's night off with his friends is ruined when the Occupation arrests an innocent program falsely accused of being The Renegade. When Zed and Mara are also caught up in the melee, Beck has to make a daring rescue using a new four-seat "light roadster" that was offered as bounty for The Renegade's capture.
9 "Scars, Part 1" October 26, 2012 Beck must confront his mentor and convince Tron to halt his revenge against a program named Dyson, Tron's former friend and ally, who is now his mortal enemy. Tron's history before the occupation will be revealed, and viewers learn exactly what Clu did to injure Tron and force him into hiding.
10 "Scars, Part 2" November 2, 2012 Tron continues to get his revenge on Dyson.
11 "Grounded" December 3, 2012 The Renegade is challenged to a showdown by Tesler, but is ordered to stay at the Garage to work
12 "We Both Know How This Ends" December 10, 2012 Mara is in charge of the garage and must prove her leadership skills.
13 "The Stranger" December 17, 2012 Beck falls into a trap and learns a secret about his role as Tron's apprentice.
14 "Tagged" December 24, 2012 The Renegade recruits three fearless supporters who have expressed their commitment to the revolution by tagging the grid with the message that "Tron Lives." After inviting them to join in the resistance, he discovers one of them is his best friend Mara and has to convince them that tagging is not the right path and devise a new plan targeting Tesler's ship.
15 "State of Mind" December 31, 2012 Tesler uses Scientist Keller's mind-control agent originally designed to liberate programs, to build his army. When Mara falls victim to supporting the Occupation and turns against the Renegade, Zed and the Renegade must form an uneasy alliance to help rescue her.
16 "Welcome Home" January 7, 2013 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" January 14, 2013 Beck agrees to go on a date with Paige, but their night is cut short when Paige is betrayed by Pavel and thrown into the Games; Beck thinks he may finally be able to win her over by rescuing her as The Renegade.
18 "No Bounds" January 21, 2013 When 'The Stranger' returns to Argon City to plot revenge on Beck and Tron, Beck is forced to choose between saving Tron and his friends.
19 "Terminal" January 28, 2013 Tron tells Beck that he is dying and finds out that the only way to stop his illness is to use the Occupation's new super recognizer.


Tron: Uprising is set after the events of TRON: Evolution, but before TRON: Legacy. For the purpose of story and character development, which could branch out but not directly conflict with the events portrayed in the movies, video game, or the graphic novel TRON: Betrayal, the series is set in Argon City, located in a part of the Grid far from Tron City.

In this series' timeline, Clu 2 has already taken over the Grid and is asserting his control over more distant areas, including Argon City. The "ISO Wars" is mentioned as being in the recent past, and Kevin Flynn is said to be in hiding.

Tron's FateEdit

The series builds up on the background story of Tron, particularly his experiences between Evolution and Legacy. An in-game cinematic in Evolution – which was shown as a flashback in Legacy – shows Tron being overwhelmed by Clu and several Black Guards to give Kevin time to flee. It is implied but that Tron was subdued and injured, then later reprogrammed to become Rinzler.

The series establishes that Tron was indeed injured in the fight with Clu, but was able to escape relatively intact, although weakened and suffering from grievous wounds. He fled to Argon City, later stumbling upon Beck and thus setting the stage for the show. The series still leaves room for Tron to become Rinzler at a later time, before continuing into the events of Legacy.

While in hiding, Tron reverted to an elaborate white-suit/white-circuit design and color scheme reminiscent of his days in the original Grid. In the series pilot, his look switches between this and the look he adapted in the new Grid: An almost completely black suit with very minimal white circuitry (but without the "T" emblem on his chest seen in Evolution and Legacy). The white suit with white circuitry was bequeathed to Beck when Tron started training him to be "the next Tron". Following this, Tron adapted a black-suit/white-circuitry version of his original suit, and uses this mostly while at rest. During field operations, he uses the black suit with minimal white circuitry (with no "T").

Clu's coup, a scene revisited in Legacy and Evolution, was portrayed in Uprising with two major changes: Tron wore his white suit rather than the black one (which itself has more visible circuits in Evolution version of the scene than in Legacy), and at least eight Black Guards attacked Tron rather than the usual team of four shown in previous accounts.

TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has stated that he has had no input on the series.


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From left to right: Reginald VelJohnson, Nathan Corddry, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Paul Reubens, Elijah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, Mandy Moore, Tricia Helfer, Lance Henriksen


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

Possible CancellationEdit

On January 7, 2013, Storyboard artist Eric Canete has confirmed that the show won't be receiving a second season.[1]

Amid rumors of cancellation, on January 14, 2013 producer Edward Kitsis countered the cancel status 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."[2] despite Disney XD rescheduling the show broadcast to Sunday night/Monday AM Midnight with no rebroadcasting, limiting its viewing audience.

On returning from hiatus, Disney XD rescheduled the show for broadcast on Monday nights at 12:00 AM Eastern/11:00 PM Central with no rebroadcasting, and no advertising to indicate the change. Its live viewing audience is limited though DVR performance is strong. Fans have accused Disney of tanking the show on purpose, as a large number of viewers were left unaware that the show had returned due to the lack of advertising and/or unable to watch due to the timeslot.

Such cancellation consideration by Disney is in line with Disney XD stating they are specifically tailoring their broadcasts to the 2 to 14 year old audience, and currently is succeeding in creating and marketing to that specific target demographic of very young children.[3] over their competition such as Nicktoons in this age category.

The show was moved without notice, rebroadcast, or advertising, causing many fans to accuse Disney of forcing the ratings of the show down so it could be cancelled.

After the last episode aired no more episodes of Tron: Uprising have been aired on Disney XD.

As of February 17, 2013, episodes have been broadcast on Sundays at 7pm PST.

While the shows storyboard artist Eric Canete tweeted that the show was ending; this was later countered by Kitisis's statement As of now, no official decision has been announced by Disney, according to several sources, including the TronUprisingFans Twitter feed, which searches every day for news on the show's ultimate fate. On February 24, TronUprisingFan confirmed that no definitive news on the shows cancellation has yet been found.[4]

Despite the rumors of cancellation, no official notice of cancellation has been released.

Appearance on NetflixEdit

On May 9, 2013 it was announced that Disney had reached an agreement with Netflix wherein Tron: Uprising would appear on the streaming service along with four other programs.[5]

Possible RevivalEdit

After hearing of the possible cancellation, fans suggested the show to[6] As of mid 2013 the show is undergoing a vote on the website if smgo should start funding for a season 2, the goal was set for 2500 votes, and now in August the set was changed to 15,000 votes (as of 23 August, the total was up to 2855). Also on[7] a petition was created for the show to be brought back, the goal is set for 7500 supporters, with 6900 already signed.


Critical receptionEdit

The series premiere earned mostly positive reviews. It also currently holds a 8.3 rating on,[8] and 8.0 rating from 1,915 users on[9] "Beck's Beginning" was given a positive review, with IGN ranking it 8 out of 10.[10]

Awards and NominationsEdit

Award Category Recipient Result
40th Annie Awards[11] 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[12] Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation – Art Direction Alberto Mielgo Won

Music Edit

Tron Uprising Soundtrack
The series was scored by Joseph Trapanese, who arranged Daft Punk's score for Tron: Legacy. A soundtrack album for the score was released digitally on January 8th, 2013. By its second day, it had become the ninth bestselling soundtrack album on iTunes and the 20th (print-on-demand CD) and fifth (mp3s) on Amazon.

A music video was released for one of the tracks, Lightbike Battle (3OH!3 and JT Remix). It contains scenes from the as-yet-unreleased final two episodes of the show.

The album includes "Rezolution", a mix by 16-year-old DJ Cole Plante, who appeared at the ElecTRONica event at Disney California Adventure as a guest DJ, in order to promote Uprising and his own upcoming album on the Disney-owned record label Hollywood Records.

Track listEdit

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


  • Robert Valley, The storyboard director for TRON: Uprising, also worked on another Disney XD television series called 'Motorcity'.


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