Disney’s Tron is now 40 years old

Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn in Tron: Legacy.

picture: Disney

One more week in July, one more significant anniversary For a Sci-Fi IP. This weekend, the movie celebrating a major milestone is Disney’s Tron, which was released on July 9, 1982 and is now 40 years old. Let’s reminisce for a bit, shall we?

Steven Lisberger directed and wrote the film from a story he had dreamed up Bonnie MacBird, the film starred Jeff Bridges as a game developer named Kevin Flynn who was placed in the world of a mainframe computer. Originally planned by Lisberger as an animated film that would have had a production studio created specifically for the film Tron eventually became a life-Backlit action movie with CG elements. Actually the original Tron and 1984s The Last Starfighter are both some of the earliest motion pictures with extensive CGI.

With critical acclaim for its artwork and awards for a nonsensical story, Tron found decent success at the box office, making $50 million worldwide on a budget of $17 million. The film even managed to garner Oscar nominations at the 55th Academy Awards for sound and costume design; but no visual effects, because according to LisMr. Berger, the Academy thought the film was “cheated” by using computers to create its effects. Despite this, the film enjoyed much greater success as a cult classic. It was very influential at Disney, as head of animation at Pixar and Disney at the time, John Lasseter, said with a vengeance in 2010 this had Tron existedthe chances are good toy story neither would. You can also see in a way how it would lead us to both The Matrix and Digimon Franchise. (In a related note: is Tron an isekai? Because it feels like an Isekai.)

Tron | Unofficial Official Trailer | Disney+

Tron occupies a strange nebulous zone as an IP where it’s also a franchise, but also kind of not. Before the release of 2010 tron Legacy, most of what came Tron was a part of Disneyland and several video games in the 80’s and early 2000’s including several Kingdom Hearts games. While heritage would become his own box office success – grossing $400 million worldwide, which was impressive at the time – attempts to continue Tron didn’t go well. The CG Series 2012 Tron Uprising, set between the two films and starring Elijah Wood, was canceled after one season. There were several short-term comics that were either meant to follow up threads from the original film or build on it Heritage, but nothing substantial. Right now people who weren’t born in the 80’s or haven’t seen it heritage can only know Tron through either old Disney Infinity Numbers they may still have, Daft Punk is still pretty sweet soundtrack to the Heritage, or rather cosmetics in it Fourteen days.

This is particularly surprising given that it’s a Disney IP, but they’re clearly in no rush to proceed Trons history, also as rumours have appeared again and again in the past few years say that another film took place. In advance of the release of Top Gun: Maverick, it was heritage Director Joseph Kosinski, who revealed he got it pretty close to make one Tron 3 happen before Disney shows up and pulls the plug. “I had storyboarded and written the whole film,” he said. “When I did Tron: Legacy, they didn’t own Marvel; they didn’t own war of stars…once you have these other things under your umbrella, it makes sense that you should put your money into a well-known property. And that’s fine.” With how much these two respective IPs are bringing in for Disney, it seems like the story of the Flynn family and the adventures of the Grid will remain unfinished… assuming there isn’t Tron 3 secretly in production that stars Jared Leto.

Until then you can see what’s out there Tron franchises on Disney+.


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