“Tron: Uprising,” currently airing on Disney XD, takes place before the events “Tron: Legacy,” though for some reason it feels somewhat more intimate that the feature film it’s based upon. Part of that is because TV tends to be that way generally, as opposed to most of today’s movies that play on a significantly larger canvas.
Though that’s not all. Another important factor is that the voice work, by Bruce Boxneitler (who played Tron in Steven Lisberger’s original film) and Elijah Wood that really bring the characters to life.
It’s also a bit more mature than I expected it to be and doesn’t seem to talk down to younger viewers, which is always a good thing.
It also explores how Tron became Renzler, something ‘Legacy’ couldn’t find the time to do.
But what many people watch the Tron films for are the innovative vehicles, such as the light cycles and light jets. “Tron: Uprising” introduces a few of it’s own, two of which I have pictured below.
The animation is primarily CGI, though people–particularly their faces–are done in a cartoon-like fashion. I mentioned in a prior post that the characters are similar to those done by Peter Chung, though upon closer inspection, there’s little resemblance than the linearity of the characters to his work.
It looks like an expensive cartoon, and I hope that it stays that way because the characters are rendered in a very beautiful and fluid fashion, though what most interests me about ‘Uprising’ is that it has the potential to introduce viewers to new characters that could appear in an upcoming sequel to “Tron: Legacy.”