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While critics completely mauled Tron: Legacy, it is clear that, for the most part, fans actually enjoyed it. (Olivia Wilde in a super tight suit definitely helps, as well.) To please the fangirls, Disney is gearing up with an animated series so that fans can continue their exploration of the Grid. We’ve known that this has been in the works for a while, but the teaser trailer for Disney’s Tron: Uprising was officially released at the San Diego Comic-Con this year, and here it is below:

Voice actors in this series include Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance Henriksen, and Bruce Boxleitner. Based on the trailer’s music, it looks like they may be continuing to work with Daft Punk’s score for Tron: Legacy, which isn’t necessarily a bad choice.

The show will premiere on the Disney XD channel in the summer of 2012.

From the press release:

The story focuses on an era of the “TRON” storyline that transpires after the popular 1982 feature film and before the story in Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming TRON: Legacy. Its impressive list of artists, animators, directors, producers and digital technicians includes executive producer/director Charlie Bean (“Robotboy,” “Samurai Jack,” and “Powerpuff Girls”); and consulting producers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters of TRON: Legacy / executive producers of “Lost”) and Justin Springer (co-producer of TRON: Legacy). The series will be preceded by a 10-part “TRON” micro-series launching in Fall 2011 on Disney XD.

Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series follows Beck, a young program who becomes the unlikely 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 skills he needs to challenge this brutal military occupation, but will be a guide and mentor to him as he grows beyond his youthful, impulsive nature into a courageous, powerful leader. Destined to become the new protector of the system, Beck adopts Tron’s persona and becomes the archenemy of Tesler and his oppressive forces.

TRON: UPRISING will begin airing on the Disney XD channel during the Summer of 2012 – showcasing an impressive voice cast. There’s also a 10-part micro animated series in the works that will premiere in the Fall.

Source: /film

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Are you excited to see the upcoming movie Tron: Legacy? I know I am!

If you are chomping at the bit for your next little bit of footage, well do we have a treat for you – A music video from the new Daft Punk song entitled “Derezzed” (get it??) that shows some previously unseen footage from the movie.

It’s not much, but it may be enough to keep you satisfied until December 17th, 2010, when the movie is released in Digital 3D.

Check out the beats of Daft Punk and some sweet footage from Tron: Legacy below.

Daft Punk of a Third Kind

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Experiencing Daft Punk is like being inside a disco ball of sweaty, primal, helmeted hotness. Thus, it was only a matter of time before someone took the pretty flashing lights and excited faces from that one scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and layered some funky, funky Daft Punk beats over it. Take a gander at the very short Daft Punk of a 3rd Kind below:

Get a feel for the original scene here:

Source: LaughingSquid, via SlashFilm

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To promote the Adidas Star Wars Originals Collection and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, LucasFilm created a special two minute commercial which inserts David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, and DJ Neil Armstrong into the famous Cantina Scene from Star Wars.

It’s kind of a butt video but the intergration of Daft Punk and the rest was impressivly seemless. Plus Snoop Dogg with a light sabre makes it worth a watch.

Here’s what Lucasfilm shared with the video:

“To seamlessly integrate new shots of David Beckham, Snoop Dogg and company into original Star Wars footage, a set was created to replicate the original dimensions of that bar featured in the film. This enabled the performers to work realistically with the props, make the correct eye-lines and so on. Where they were required to interact with Star Wars characters, stand-ins were used to ensure a realistic performance. The color palettes and lighting conditions of the new shots were also carefully chosen so they could be easily blended with the original footage. To bring the new ad up to date, television screens featuring a football match together with various pieces of football memorabilia were also created and added to the bar scene.

Software called Flame was used to composite (superimpose) the old and new shots together and remove old characters from the footage – taking care to blend the edges and make the joins seamless. Finally, the film was graded by The Mill’s colorists using a grading system called Baselight to ensure that both the original cinematic footage and newly shot HD footage matched and the overall effect was flawless.”

Don't kill me for using this image, George Lucas.

Don't kill me for using this image, George Lucas.

In November, we brought you news that adidas and Star Wars were teaming up for a line of Force-inspired clothing and shoes. Today, you can experience the power of the dark side. Um, I mean the commercial.

adidas (I HATE lowercasing adidas. It feels so wrong.) is scheduled to launch its adidas Originals Star Wars line this spring, and though we’ve already seen images of the sneakers and apparel, I think this is the first time we’ve gotten a commercial.

The video is filled with cameos galore, from Daft Punk to David Beckham. Why? They apparently “live in the neighborhood,” where “originality comes to life as artists, athletes, and celebs celebrate their style.” I wish I could be the girl who got paid to write that.

From the Star Wars site:

The most iconic moments and beloved figures from the Star Wars saga are translated to the streets, telling their creative story across a forceful collection of adidas Originals footwear and apparel.

Celebrate this powerful alliance to the beat of a new and improved remix of the Imperial March, as Vader and the stormtroopers land on our street corner greeted by Snoop Dogg, David Beckham, Calle 13, DJ Neil Armstrong and Daft Punk representing their originality. No matter which side of the Force you’re on, believe the hype, this year is going to be massive.

Weird, no? Still, the commercial is entertaining, if not unsettling. There’s even a point where the swing of a baseball bat sounds like a lightsaber — which I’ve always thought was appropriate. Take a look: