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TRON: Uprising
Media Type Television series
Director Charlie Bean
Producers Edward Kitsis
Adam Horowitz
Starring Elijah Wood
Bruce Boxleitner
Lance Henriksen
Mandy Moore
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Paul Reubens
Nate Corddry
Distributors Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Release Date May 18, 2012 (Preview)
June 7, 2012 (Premiere)
Running Time 21 minutes approx.

TRON: Uprising is an animated science fiction TV series, part of the TRON series which aired on Disney's television channel Disney XD, in the United States and Canada. The show premiered on June 7, 2012, and was directed by Charlie Bean, who also acted as executive producer alongside producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The show was not renewed at the end of the season, but no official cancellation announcement was made by Disney.

“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?”


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.


Director Charlie Bean explained the idea was to create a distinct style for the CG show not seen elsewhere on television or in film.[1] 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.[2] Mielgo won the Primetime Emmy Award for his art direction in 2013.[3]


U.S. Air Date
Plot Summary
Episode 1
Beck's Beginning
May 18, 2012 Beck doubts his ability to live up to expectations, and passes on becoming the next Tron.
Episode 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.
Episode 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.
Episode 4
June 21, 2012 Mysterious blackouts begin to plunge Argon City into darkness.
Episode 5
June 28, 2012 Beck loses his identity disc and must recover it before he loses his memory forever.
Episode 6
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.
Episode 7
Price of Power
July 12, 2012 Beck defies Tron's orders to destroy a secret weapon, but will his new found powers go to his head?
Episode 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.
Episode 9
Scars, Part 1
October 26, 2012 When a former friend (and now enemy) of Tron's comes to Argon City, Beck must warn Tron that revenge is not the answer. Meanwhile, Tron's behavior becomes increasingly aggressive.
Episode 10
Scars, Part 2
November 2, 2012 Tron continues to get his revenge on Dyson. But what will Tron do when he finds his old enemy?
Episode 11
December 3, 2012 The Renegade is challenged to a showdown by Tesler, but is ordered to stay at the Garage to work
Episode 12
We Both Know How This Ends
December 10, 2012 Mara is in charge of the garage and must prove her leadership skills.
Episode 13
The Stranger
December 17, 2012 Beck falls into a trap and learns a secret about his role as Tron's apprentice.
Episode 14
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.
Episode 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.
Episode 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.
Episode 17
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.
Episode 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.
Episode 19
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 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 Fate[]

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 never explicitly shown 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), Dyson and at least nine 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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L-R: 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 Cancellation[]

On January 7, 2013, Storyboard artist Eric Canete has confirmed that the show won't be receiving a second season.[4]

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."[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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

There was no reference at all to TRON: Uprising by Disney XD at the 2013 D23 Disney Expo.

Appearance on Netflix[]

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. However, it was taken down on May 9, 2014.[8]


Critical reception[]

The series premiere earned mostly positive reviews. It also currently holds a 8.3 rating on,[9] and 8.0 rating from 1,915 users on[10] "Beck's Beginning" was given a positive review, with IGN ranking it 8 out of 10.[11]

Awards and Nominations[]

Award Category Recipient Result
40th Annie Awards[12] 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[13] Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation – Art Direction Alberto Mielgo Won


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 8, 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 final two episodes of the show.

The album includes "Rezolution", a mix by DJ Cole Plante, who appeared at the ElecTRONica event at Disney California Adventure as a guest DJ, in order to promote both Uprising and his own upcoming album on the Disney-owned record label Hollywood Records. Trapanese later digitally released two extended plays for the show featuring additional tracks not heard on the initial product: TRON: Uprising - Hero EP in 2015 and TRON: Uprising - Occupied EP in 2020.

Track list[]

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

International release[]

Country / Region
Preview / Premiere
Title in Country
Flag of Australia.svg Australia
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Disney Channel (Australia) March 5, 2013 Tron: Uprising Australian Disney XD TV Listing [14] Airing
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Disney XD Belgium October 10, 2012 Tron: Soulèvelment Disney XD European Tron la révolte Site [15] Unknown
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Disney XD Brazil 2013 Tron: A Resistência Brazilian Disney XD Site [16] Not Airing
Flag of Canada.svg Canada Disney XD Canada June 23, 2012 Tron: Uprising Canadian Disney XD Tron Uprising Site [17] Not Airing
Flag of France.svg France Disney XD France October 10, 2012 Tron: révolte European Disney XD Tron la révolte Site [18] Airing
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Disney XD Germany October 18, 2012 Tron: Der Aufstand[19] Airing
Flag of India.svg India Disney XD India October 14, 2013 Tron: Vidrōha Indian Disney XD Site[20] Airing
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Disney XD (UK & Ireland) July 12, 2012
September 8, 2012
Tron: Uprising United Kingdom Disney XD Tron Uprising Site [21] Airing
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Disney XD (Japan) January 13, 2013
February 15, 2013
Tron: Raijingu Japanese トロン:ライジング - ディズニーXD Site[22] Airing
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Channel 31 (Kazakhstan) July 8, 2014 Базар: көтеріле Not Airing
Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia Disney XD Malaysia November 13, 2012 Tron: Pemberontakan "Disney XD Di Malaysia! (Disney XD In Malaysia!)" [23] Not Airing
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Disney XD Latin America 2013 Tron: La Resistencia Mexican Disney XD Tron Uprising Site [24] Airing
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Disney XD (Netherlands) February 18, 2013 Tron: Opstand Dutch Disney XD Tron Uprising Site[25] Airing
Flag of Poland.svg Poland Disney XD Poland October 20, 2012 Tron: Rebelia Polish Disney XD Tron Uprising Site[26] Not Airing
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Disney Channel Russia November 5, 2012 Трон: Восстание "Новый мультсериал «Трон: восстание»
(The new animated series "Tron: Uprising")" [27]
Not Airing
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Disney XD South Africa October 6, 2012 Tron: Opstand South African Disney XD Tron Uprising Site[28] Not Airing
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Disney XD Spain November 1, 2012 Tron: Levantamiento Spanish Disney XD Tron Uprising Site[29] Airing
Flag of the United States.svg United States Disney XD May 18, 2012
June 7, 2012
Tron: Uprising American Disney XD Tron Uprising Site[30] Not Airing


  1. Uprising Producers Talk Timelines, Influences & the Grid
  2. Uprising’: An early look at Disney’s return to the Grid
  3. Wins Come Early for ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Simpsons’
  5. Tron: Uprising Producer - "We Need More Viewers"
  6. Quarter of All Time in Prime and Total Day in Total Viewers
  7. "Still No Official Word Yet"
  8. Netflix adds Disney Junior and Disney XD shows
  9. Tron: Uprising at
  10. Tron: Uprising at IMDb
  11. "IGN" Tron: Uprising – "Beck's Beginning" Review
  12. Nominations for the 40th Annual Annie Awards Announced
  13. Wins Come Early for ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Simpsons’
  14. Australian Disney XD TV Listing
  15. XD European "Tron la révolte" Site
  16. Brazilian Disney XD Site
  17. Canadian Disney XD Tron Uprising Site
  18. European Disney XD Tron la révolte Site
  19. German "TRON: Der Aufstand" page on
  20. Indian Disney XD Site
  21. United Kingdom Disney XD Tron Uprising Site
  22. Japanese トロン:ライジング - ディズニーXD Site
  23. "Disney XD Di Malaysia! (Disney XD In Malaysia!)"
  24. Mexican Disney XD Tron Uprising Site
  25. Dutch Disney XD Tron Uprising Site
  26. Polish Disney XD Tron Uprising Site
  27. "Новый мультсериал «Трон: восстание» (The new animated series "Tron: Uprising")"
  28. South African Disney XD Tron Uprising Site
  29. Spanish Disney XD Tron Uprising Site
  30. American Disney XD Tron Uprising Site

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