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Tonight's "TRON: Uprising" marathon on Disney XD sets the stage for this Fall's explosive two-parter, "Scars"

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You have to admit that it's kind of ironic that Elijah Wood has gone from playing Video Game Boy No. 1 in 1989's "Back to the Future 2" (He's the kid who -- after being shown how the "Wild Gunman" video game is actually played -- turns to Marty McFly and whines "You mean you have to use your hands?") ...

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... to now voicing a character who actually lives inside of a video game in Disney XD's "TRON: Uprising."

Elijah Wood stands in front of an image of Beck, the character that he voices in "TRON:
Uprising." Photo by Rick Rowell. Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved

FYI for those of you who yet to experience this new animated series, Disney XD is  presenting a "TRON: Uprising" marathon tonight. Beginning at 7 p.m. ET / PT, every single episode that has aired to date will be shown in chronological order. Which will then allow any "TRON: Uprising" newbie to catch up on what's been going on in Argon City.

And speaking of TRON newbies: When we spoke on the phone earlier this year about this new animated series, Elijah revealed that he wasn't exactly a fan of the first "TRON" movie.

"But given that  I was only a year and a half old when the original 'TRON' movie was first released to theaters, I feel like I have a pretty good excuse for not fully embracing the franchise back then," Wood laughed. "But I do remember playing the TRON video game when I was a kid and really enjoying that. Which is why I was excited to see that storyline continued with 'TRON: Legacy ' in 2010."

(L to R) "TRON: Uprising" director & executive producer Charlie Bean and consulting
producers Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis. Photo by Noe Valladolid

Elijah especially enjoyed how Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (i.e. the screenwriters of "TRON: Legacy") had taken the world that Steve Lisberger had created back in 1982 and then expanded that mythology. Changing the Grid into a grander if somewhat grittier place.

"Which is why -- when I heard that Edward & Adam were part of the team developing a new 'TRON' animated series for Disney XD ... Well, I just had to check this project out," Wood enthused. "So when Disney called and asked me to take a meeting about possibly voicing a character for this show, I immediately said 'Yes.' "

So since Kitsis & Horowitz were involved, Elijah knew going in that the writing on "TRON: Legacy" would be solid. But what Wood wasn't ready for was the bold new look that Charlie Bean (i.e. the director and executive producer of this new Disney XD show) had envisioned for this animated series.

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"When I looked at the concept art and animation tests that Charlie had put together ... There's no other way to describe it. Charlie had this really ambitious cinematic vision for 'TRON: Uprising,' " Wood continued. "Something that -- thanks to its mix of 2D animation and CG -- was going to look like nothing that had ever been on TV before. It was this -- coupled with the epic scope of the story that Edward & Adam were looking to tell with 'TRON: Uprising' -- that convinced me that I had to be part of this show."

That said, thanks to the voice work that he'd done for "Happy Feet" and "Happy Feet 2," Elijah knew that -- as an actor -- he'd now regularly be facing a unique set of challenges by agreeing to voice the character of Beck for "TRON: Uprising."

"9 times out of 10 when you're voicing a character for animation, you're in the studio alone while you're recording your lines. The only other people that you get to interact with are the director and the sound engineer. Both of whom are behind glass in the control room," Wood said. "What was nice about working on 'TRON: Uprising' is that Charlie would occasionally bring Mandy (Moore) and Emmanuelle (Chriqui) in to record with me. Which made that much easier to get through some of the exposition-heavy scenes that Beck had with Mara and Paige."

(L to R) Elijah Wood, President and Chief Creative Officer for Disney Channels
Worldwide Gary Marsh, Bruce Boxleitner and Mandy Moore at the "TRON:
Uprising" press junket. Photo by Rick Rowell.
Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved  

And speaking of exposition ... Getting caught up on "TRON: Uprising" 's backstory would probably be a very good idea right about now. Given that this animated series (which actually serves as a bridge between the original 1982 film and its 2010 sequel) is about to begin exploring a particularly intriguing aspect of  this sci-fi franchise's mythology. Which (SPOILER ALERT) deals with how the previously heroic Tron (voiced by Bruce Boxleitner) eventually get transformed into Clu's vicious henchman, Rinzler.

Last month at Comic-Con International as part of a Disney Television Animation panel, the folks from Disney XD showed a trailer ...

... for an upcoming "TRON: Uprising" two-parter, "Scars." Which promises to reveal all sorts of juicy details about " ... the betrayal that will define a legacy."

Of course, to really understand what's going on in "Scars" (which is slated to air sometime later this Fall), you're going to have to be caught up on everything else that's been going on in the world of "TRON: Uprising." So tonight's marathon on Disney XD would be an excellent way to get caught up on what's been going on the Grid. Find out who the real players are these days in Argon City.

The excitement begin at 7 p.m. ET / PT with a commercial-free airing of this animated series' very first episode, "Beck's Beginning." And after that -- for the next three hours -- Disney XD will move sequentially through the other six episodes of "TRON: Uprising" that have aired to date, ending with the most recent show, "Price of Power."

Elijah Wood and Bruce Boxleitner field questions from "TRON: Uprising" fans at last
month's Disney Television Animation panel at Comic-Con International.
Photo by Rick Rowell. Copyright Disney XD. All rights reserved

So if you've been looking to catch up on what's been going on with this acclaimed animated series and/or you just want to properly set the stage for everything that's about to go down in Argon City once that "Scars" two-parter airs in the Autumn, be sure to watch and/or DVR tonight's "TRON: Uprising" marathon on Disney XD.

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