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Disney XD orders ‘Tron: Legacy’ toon

'Tron: Uprising' series to bow in summer of 2012

Disney is spinning its upcoming “Tron: Legacy” feature into an animated TV series.

Boy-centric cabler Disney XD has given a series order to “Tron: Uprising,” which is set for a summer 2012 bow.

Charlie Bean (“Samurai Jack”) will exec produce and direct, while “Tron: Legacy” writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will serve as consulting producers. “Tron: Legacy” co-producer Justin Springer is also on board.

Tron: Uprising’s” voice cast includes Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry and Lance Henriksen. Bruce Boxleitner will reprise his role as Tron.

Disney XD had already picked up a 10-part “Tron” microseries, which airs next fall.

Disney TV Animation is behind the show. Disney Channels Worldwide entertainment prexy Gary Marsh called the new show “a culmination of an extraordinary collaboration between Disney Television Animation and our feature film studio.”

“Tron: Uprising” will focus on Beck (voiced by Wood), who leads a revolution inside the Grid’s computer world.

“When kids dream, particularly boys, this is what they dream about,” said Marsh, showing a “Tron: Uprising” clip to reporters on Thursday. “There’s a quality we brought to bear on this.”

Marsh also announced that the Disney Channel had picked up the live-action comedy series “A.N.T. Farm,” about a 12-year-old musical prodigy (played by China McClain) and a series of interstitials starring animated characters “Phineas and Ferb” as talkshow hosts. “Take Two With Phineas and Ferb” bows Dec. 3 and will feature guests such as Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Tony Hawk and Randy Jackson.

Also, Disney XD ordered the live-action comedy “Wasabi Warriors,” about a ragtag group of kids at the worst martial arts studio in the country. Starring Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”) and Leo Howard, show comes from exec producers Jim O’Doherty (“Grounded for Life”) and Marc Warren.

Among other series in the works for Disney XD is the stylish, futuristic toon “Motorcity.” And Marsh touted Disney XD as one of the biggest beneficiaries of Disney’s Marvel acquisition. “Ultimate Spider-Man” joins the tween boy cabler in spring 2012, when the channel will also launch a Marvel-branded programming block.

Disney Channels Worldwide prexy Carolina Lightcap mapped out the rollout of young kids brand Disney Junior, which replaces the “Playhouse Disney” block on Disney Channel in early 2011, and takes over SoapNet’s channel in 2012.

In the hopes of broadening the channel’s aud slightly, Lightcap said Disney Junior would target kids 2-7, as opposed to 2-5. Lightcap said playing down the preschool age range makes it easier for 6- and 7-year-olds, many of whom still aren’t ready for older fare, to tune in.

Among programs to join Disney Junior: “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” which uses Captain Hook in 2011; and then “Doc McStuffins” and “Little Princess” in 2012. Disney Junior will give “Minnie Mouse” her own show, in which she runs a hotel with Daisy Duck.

“It’s ‘Laverne and Shirley’ meets ‘Fawlty Towers,'” Marsh quipped.

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