The movie is the ground breaker in computer animation, with several of the Pixar pioneers working on several scenes. Sure, the casual filmgoer probably will yawn at how some of this movie is dated, but we look at it as a time capsule of what life was like before we had computers in nearly every home, before the Internet changed the way we live.
Each of the actors played two roles: the one in the real world and another in the computer world. Jeff Bridges has said that his "Starman" character was based in part on his computer character, Clu. Back then, I didn't catch it, but it's there.
For years, there have been rumors of a sequel to Tron. Several years ago, a computer game, Tron 2.0 came out and we figured that this meant the movie idea was dead. We were bummed, but heck, at that time, Disney was interested in making sequels of princess movies, not stories that appealed to nerdy techies.
Then a funny thing happened. One of those guys who worked on computer animation in Tron, John Lasseter, became the head of Disney Feature Animation. I don't know exactly how it played out, but attendees at ComicCon were treated to 'a special presentation'. It was fitting place to show this footage. The images were taken with a camera phone, but listen to the audience reaction and know that this house is not alone in their ardor.
2011. The year of Tron 2! Stephen Lisberger is executive producing, Lasseter is at the helm at Disney and Jeff Bridges is on board. I can't wait to see what 29 years advances in animation and technology will bring to this story. Greetings, programs!