So, I’m a big Tron fan. I like both the original and Legacy (Daft Punk score for the win!) and when I heard they were making an animated TV show, TRON: Uprising, I was pumped. Disney XD has just released a 30-min teaser episode of sorts, which I’ll provide a link to here:
So I watched it. Here’s my thoughts:
First off, love the story line. It’s interesting and will hopefully provide a plausible tie-in to finally make the transition from the original to Legacy make sense. I was definitely intrigued by what they might do with this, and hopefully they’ll keep it original and not repetitive. I like the background art and the fighting sequences a lot too; they’re as fun to look at animated as they were in the newest movie.
However, my one beef with it art-wise is a pretty, well, important one. I find the character art to be kind of hack. It’s very confusing visually; they were trying to make it steam-lined and angular but then there’s all kinds of facials details. It looks like it was made by committee in that sense. I can’t pay attention to the dialogue because I’m trying to figure out why Paige looks so strange or what is going on with that guy’s body structure. (I think that they did Beck, Tron, and his blue-haired friend the best, they are pretty aesthetically pleasing for the most part.) I think if they could just make the animation a little better, I’d be happy. They should go the original Clone Wars route if they want angular simplicity.
Speaking of which, I have really high standards for this because of Clone Wars. That show is amazing, and not just for a kid’s show. It has it’s really deep moments, it’s stinkin’ scary moments, and it’s incredibly tear-jerking, rip-your-heart-out moments. The first season wasn’t the best though, and it has gotten better with age, so I hope the same goes with TRON: Uprising here.
So basically, I’d say watch it, I’m sure they can do a lot with it. It looks good and as long as they don’t get too preachy, I can live with a few artistic no-no’s.