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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
  Tron Legacy looks...amazing?
As usual, there was a lot of movie news and trailers coming out of Comic-Con, but the one piece of footage that blew me away the most is the trailer (of sorts; it's too long to be a proper trailer) from Tron Legacy. The original Tron is a major piece of my childhood – I trace my fascination with computer animation, which exists to this day, to that movie – and when I picked up the 20th anniversary DVD a few years back I was pleasantly surprised at how well it held up. The then-cutting-edge computer graphics (if I'm not mistaken, Tron was the first movie in history to incorporate computer animation) and the world created for the film are so stylized that the CGI doesn't look anywhere near as dated as it should. The original was quite ahead of its time, and its role in the evolution of computer-assisted special effects can't be overstated.

All that said, a full-on sequel to Tron still seems like a bit of a risky proposition; after all, for a lot of people Tron is basically still just a funny '80s pop-culture reference. I really like Tron and even I wondered what Disney was thinking when I first heard about this project. But after seeing this clip from Comic-Con, not only am I sold on a sequel being a good idea, I've found the first movie I am absolutely gagging to see in 3D. From the return of much of the original cast (Jeff Bridges was really cool and funny in the extras on the 20th anniversary Tron DVD, so I wasn't really that surprised he agreed to do the sequel; Tron seems like a movie he's happy to have been a part of) to the gorgeously slick visuals (and a soundtrack by Daft Punk? That can't be right, can it?), Tron Legacy looks awesome and I can't wait to see it.

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