TRON Week on GeekDad

Reading Time: 4 minutes

GeekDad Tron Week, images from DisneyGeekDad Tron Week, images from Disney

GeekDad Tron Week, images from Disney

It’s really, almost, very nearly here! On the 17th December TRON: Legacy finally comes to a cinema screen near you and to celebrate the end of what seems like a VERY long wait (28 years?), we’ve decided to have a special Tron week here on GeekDad. We’re planning to offer up lots of lovely Tron-based posts including reviews of Daft Punk’s awesome soundtrack, the TRON: Evolution videogame and of course the movie itself, but before we get to that, here’s a selection of some of the best TRON stuff already out there on the interwebs.

Our own Dave Banks got hold of a copy of The Art of Tron: Legacy hardback book from Disney a while ago and here’s what he thought about it.

Underwire has a great post on two designers who have built a Tron-themed suite at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. They’ve carved the furniture from great chunks of ice and back lit them all with neon and LEDs. Cool…

Last week at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank there was a huge ‘projection mapping’ experience, featuring specially made visuals, movie sound FX and that awesome Daft Punk soundtrack. It was created by the Guided Collective in collaboration with Flat-e & Seeper and used 6, 18k projectors, projecting onto canvases approxrimately 50m wide by 20m tall, with audio from an 8k D&B sound rig. Check out the full 9 minute show below:

If that’s whet your appetite for the music, then here’s the official video for ‘Derezzed‘, taken from Daft Punk’s soundtrack. As it’s being released as a single I’m really hoping that they’ll be an extended mix as 1 minute and 44 seconds is just not enough for this track. The video has much more in common with the original Tron style and features the duo themselves, as well as a special guest star from the film.

Keeping in the retro vibe for a moment, Eurogamer has a nice retrospective of the 2003 videogame, TRON 2.0, noting the similarities between it and the upcoming Legacy. What a shame they pinched the best name for the movie sequel!
And for a retrospective look at the first movie itself, have a read of Charlie Jane Anders’ piece on IO9, “How does the original Tron live up to our nerdstalgia?“, and also check out 7 awesome facts you need to know about Tron Legacy.

I’ve just re-watched the original in preparation for Legacy and I spotted a fantastic easter egg that I’ve never noticed before. About 40 minutes in, Sark is bossing his underlings around, standing near a big screen. On this screen you can clearly see Pac-man frantically gobbling away and you can even hear the famous wocka-wocka-wocka in the background! I thought I was imagining it, but a quick google came up with this post from Den Of Geek, complete with a clip and screen cap, plus another easter egg that I didn’t manage to spot even after reading their post. They’ve also got plenty of other Tron related post, including many interviews with the director and crew.

Jeff Bridges as Kevin FlynnJeff Bridges as Kevin FlynnSome lucky people in the press have already seen the movie and so there are a few reviews out there now from the likes of Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing, Wired.co.uk, Ain’t It Cool, Time Out, IGN, and Slashfilm to name a few.

Personally, I’m trying to avoid them for now, which is easier said than done! My tickets are booked, roll on the 17th!
In the meantime, if you know of any other great Tron goodness out there, let us know in the comments.

Get the Official GeekDad Books!