Disney XD released the prequel episode of Tron: Uprising not too long ago online, ahead of the June 7th premiere. The cartoon takes place between the two films and is about a young program, Beck, who becomes the leader of a revolution inside the The Grid. He takes up Tron’s mantle, only to run into the legendary program who eventually becomes his trainer and mentor. Bruce Boxleitner reprises his legendary role of Tron in the cartoon. Boxleitner spoke with Collider recently about the legacy of Tron and his role in the franchise’s universe.
The first film did well, but only later did it gain its cult following. When asked if he was surprised by this, Boxleitner talked about how he gets asked about Tron more than anything at conventions he attends. He says Tron just came along at the right time:
With the things that you do, you wonder if anything resonates, and TRON did. I think TRON came along at a time just before all of this gadgetry that we have now. In its own naive, sweet way, it predicted a world unlike a lot of science fiction that took us places we would never actually experience. We’re actually experiencing some aspects of the original TRON story, with technology and video games. We had these big wall-size arcade games. TRON reflects the age of information that it was predicting.
Boxleitner thought an animated series was a fitting next step for Tron:
Our animated series is just another great venue for the TRON mythology. It speaks to it, right away. An animated series makes sense. And now, TRON fans can also get their fix, every week, for awhile. It fits in very nicely with the mythology that we’ve set up already because it falls between the films. I think it’s fun.
Boxleitner has stuck with Tron every step of the way, from film to television screen. Boxleitner touched on his decision to stay with Tron all the way:
I decided, way back, that I embodied this character, in the first place, so I’m going to be the only one that plays him. That’s it. I didn’t know this animated series was coming. I never saw any of this coming. It was just a job. I’m sure Jeff [Bridges] is as amazed.
The Tron: Uprising cartoon is visually amazing and the voice cast is just as great. Besides Boxleitner and Elijah Wood, you have Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), and Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters and Die Hard). To read the full interview with Bruce Boxleitner, you can click right here. The prequel episode with Beck’s introduction and origin can still be found online from Disney XD, but the show premieres on Thursday, June 7th.
Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell
Latest posts by Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell (see all)
Source : Collider