|laphtiya Wrote:I'm not saying that Charlie Bean has set this up only for Tron 3. What I said was ...they did this only to keep interest alive for Tron 3 and never intended this to be a multi season show...|
I had to take out all your disclaimers, but I think the above is the gist of what you are thinking. I can see your point, but only after you put in a few missing "time qualifiers". And I don't totally agree.
I am VERY POSITIVE that Disney "green-lighted" AND budgeted the Tron:Uprising series before Tron Legacy was released to the theaters. In fact, I am also quite sure that principal casting on the animation was finished well before the movie came out, and production of the pilot and the first few episodes also started BEFORE Tron Legacy was released. That's easy enough to prove, just look at the date of the promotional materials, cast and announcements of the animated series. All were around 6 to 3 months before the movie was released in Dec 2010.
I'm also pretty confident (although I admit it's a guess) that the ENTIRE BUDGET for the Tron:Uprising animation was "approved" BEFORE Tron Legacy hit the theaters. After that, it's pretty plain to see that Disney spent as little as possible to advertise, air and schedule the series. Although they did continue to "spend" money as proven by Charlie and Co's last Comic-con appearance to promote Uprising.
It's fairly obvious to assume that Disney was hoping for Tron to become a very lucrative franchise. They approved/paid for many Tron Legacy toys (SpinMaster), a WELL DONE Movie tie-in ARG (Flynn Lives!), Pre-movie release SDCC promotions, and tying up the cast and writers for Tron 3, AND green-lighting the masterpiece they didn't know they had: Tron:Uprising. They even had a "Flynn's Arcade" and Tron Monorail promotion at the parks.
But alas, somehow, I don't think Tron:Legacy lived up to their expectations. 176m domestic and 400m world gross movie revenue is GREAT in my opinion, but it's painfully obvious Disney expected MORE. That left Tron:Uprising with a very short leash. Either perform in the ratings, or be left to wither on the vine. We (Disney) aren't spending any more without a return on investment. My belief is the vast majority of Disney's Tron investment (like I believe 90%+), including the marketing, production and distribution of Tron:Uprising was made BEFORE Tron Legacy was released.
And YES, laphtiya, I SORT OF agree with you that Disney was hoping the animated series would do well so they can feel confident in moving forward with Tron 3.
But I disagree that the "reason" that Tron:Uprising exists was for the "promotion" of a Tron 3. I am sure it is was "one of the reasons", but in general, I think Disney was hoping to turn Tron into another "Star Wars" or "Iron Man" or "Batman" or "Toy Story" type franchise. Obviously, that didn't happen, and we are left with one of my favorite series of all time, cancelled after one season. And it (Tron:Uprising) wasn't run as a "promotional vehicle" for Tron 3, it was run as a "promotional vehicle" for the entire Tron Franchise.
So, if you add "time elements" to your theory, then you could make a better claim that Tron:Uprising was meant to keep interest alive for Tron 3. I however, choose to believe that Tron:Uprising was meant to keep interest alive for Tron OVERALL. Including more seasons of Uprising, as well as Tron movies 3, 4, and 5.