More About Tron
A video game designer trying to prove a big time executive stole his idea is sucked into a corporation's mainframe where programs are personified counterparts of their writers and "users" are subjects of religious faith. A well-crafted and scripted metaphor, TRON benefits from breakthrough computer animation.
Main Cast & Crew
Steven Lisberger - Director
- Format: DVD (Special Edition)
- Run Time: 96
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 786936811711
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Rating: PG (MPAA)
- Release Date: January 2002
The MCP, a master computer program, is appropriating all other programs in order to become the controlling program in the world. To regain access to the computer for users, hacker Kevin Flynn sneaks into the system, but gets himself digitized. Stuck inside the system, he pretends to be a program and manages to help another program, Tron, free the machine from the tyrannical control of the MCP.
As Disney animated films anthropomorphized animals, giving them the characteristics of humans, "Tron" does the same for things electronic, making the insides of the circuitry of a computer into an entire world. Laserdisc version is the Collector's Edition, from Disney's Archive Collection.
"...[The film has] visual delights....[The] computer-generated visuals created by divers hands are impressive..." - 07/07/1982 Variety
"...Its visual effects are wonderfully new..." - 07/09/1982 New York Times, p.C8
"...The first theatrical movie to extensively utilize computer-generated animation plays better today..." - 12/15/1995 USA Today, p.3D
"[I]ts eye-candy visuals were a gee-whiz harbinger of binary blockbusters to come." -- Grade: B- - 04/15/2011 Entertainment Weekly