1982, Movie, PG, 96 mins


This Disney kids' adventure, released in an attempt to capitalize on the video game craze, features the first on-screen attempt to represent what later became known as "cyberspace." Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is a computer-game designer whose advanced ideas are constantly being stolen by the villainous company head, Ed Dillinger (David Warner). Flynn is accidentally transformed into a computer component and enters the "Tron" dimension, the imaginatively conceived "world" inside the computer, where he does battle with electronic bad guys.

Although TRON's state-of-the-art, computer-generated visuals look primitive by current standards, it's intelligently conceived (on a visual level, at any rate) and largely good fun. Steven Lisberger, an East Coast animator, directed the visuals, combining the actors and computer graphics with satisfying results. At the time of the film's release, Disney was trying to bridge the market from the near-dead "family film" to a more sophisticated product. The studio's first PG-rated offering initially did poorly at the box office, but when a TRON-inspired video game hit the arcades, the film picked up business. leave a comment

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