3-D Tron, Alice, Carol clips at Comic-Con: A first?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

[Updated: The official Comic-Con schedule for Thursday, July 23, is now live.]

Disney unveiled its Comic-Con lineup today, confirming that it will bring a 3-D clip of its new Tron movie (which apparently is no longer called Tron 2.0 or TR2n), Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Robert Zemeckis' Disney's A Christmas Carol.

The studio will also bring animation masters Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter to the con for the first time.

Here's how the studio describes it:

The filmmakers will be on hand to help Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures showcase a wide-ranging roster of upcoming films, including 3-D juggernauts Alice in Wonderland, Tron and Disney's A Christmas Carol, and animated gems The Princess and the Frog, Beauty and the Beast, Ponyo and the Toy Story trilogy. ...

Comic-Con's First Ever 3-D Panel—Veteran directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton join Tron producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger on Thurs., July 23 at 11 a.m. for an unprecedented presentation featuring behind-the-scenes filmmaker insights about the highly anticipated 3-D adventures Disney's A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Tron.

In addition to Q&A opportunities with each of the filmmakers, the 90-minute panel will feature never-before-seen concept art, trailers, actual 3-D film footage and other Comic-Con-only footage debuts. In a groundbreaking technical feat, this is the first time ever that 3-D footage will be shown at Comic-Con. Patton Oswalt will moderate.

An animation panel on Friday at 12:45 p.m. will feature Miyazaki and Lasseter with veteran animation directors Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker.

What Disney doesn't say is that they're not the only ones expected to bring 3-D footage to Comic-Con, though they will be the first ones to screen the 3-D footage, according to the official schedule. Their panel leads into one featuring James Cameron's Avatar in Hall H, which is also 3-D.

Disney also released the first description of Tron:

TRON (title not final) (In Disney Digital 3D) TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that's unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

(Bonus trivia: This news breaks on the same day that the original Tron opened 27 years ago: July 9, 1982. The new Tron is slated to open sometime in 2011.)