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Trivia / TRON: Legacy

  • TRON: Legacy appears as a level in Kingdom Hearts 3D, called The Grid; while it's mostly unrelated to "Space Paranoids" from Kingdom Hearts II, there is a minor connection between the two worlds when playing as Sora. Rinzler also serves as a boss in the game.
  • Unlike most of its contemporaries, this movie was filmed from the outset in 3D format, as opposed to being later converted in post production. The camera equipment used was also a generational step beyond the 3D technology used in Avatar. Note: The "real world" footage is presented in 2-D, and the "Electronic world" footage is presented in 3-D, as per the filmmaker's intentions.

  • Actor Allusion: Some of Flynn's casual jargon and meditative nature recalls a certain other Jeff Bridges character.
    Flynn: ...You're really... (beat) You're messing with my Zen thing, man...
  • Defictionalization: If you are one of five lucky people, you can own your very own street-legal Light Cycle.
  • Development Hell: After years in development hell, the first indication that Disney was serious about creating a sequel was the showing of a "VFX Concept Test" teaser at Comic-Con 2008. The teaser showed the updated light-cycles, and revealed Jeff Bridges as Flynn and Clu. The title revealed was "TR2N", but by the time the teaser was released (officially) online several months later, the title had been changed to "TRON: Legacy".
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Olivia Wilde. She was very committed to her character, to the point that she influenced everything from her appearance to preventing her from being a Satellite Love Interest.
    • Likewise, Daft Punk had a lot of questions for the Disney representatives who approached them about the soundtrack. The pair, unsurprisingly, turned out to be raging fanboys who wanted to know if it would be done "right". The Disney execs admitted that they felt like the musicians were interviewing them for the job, not the other way around.
  • Executive Meddling: Daft Punk's score was heavily altered by Hans Zimmer and his company Remote Control Productions after test audiences had trouble following the music. As a result, it sounds less like Daft Punk and more like a ripoff of Zimmer's own Inception and Brad Fiedel's Terminator.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Some people refer to Tron/Rinzler as Tronzler.
    • Kevin Flynn is "Obi-Wan Lebowski".
    • The film itself gets called "Disney's Game of Thrones" on Tumblr due to the depressing tone and high body count.
  • Licensed Pinball Table: The TRON: Legacy pinball.
  • The Merch: Classier and more expensive than usual, and in a Hollywood Meido cafe to boot (limited time only)!
  • Name's the Same: People forget that this Clu is not the same Clu from the first movie, but a separate program with a completely different function who is named after Flynn's hacking program from the first movie.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Michael Sheen was so eager to join Legacy, being a huge fan of the original, that his agents actually had to hide his fandom from Disney so the actor wouldn't get lowballed for it.
    • Similarly, Daft Punk; Word of God states that his initial interview with the duo felt more like the musicians were interviewing him to make sure he was doing right by the TRON name.
  • Recycled Script: A surprising amount of plot elements from TRON 2.0, the discredited sequel, match the movie. Son of the original leads? Check. Running through cyberspace looking for his dad? Check. Drafted to the lightcycle arena deathmatch and rescued by a mysterious female Program? Check. Flynn gone missing in both timelines and no-one knows where Tron himself vanished to? Check...
  • Star-Making Role: While they're not exactly huge stars, both Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde started appearing in several more high-profile movies after their roles in this film.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • Many in-world examples in the Grid. The Light Cycle duels are now in multilevel, obstacle-strewn arenas (with bikes that can move omnidirectionally, slow and even stop), the Recognizers are much more detailed, the Solar Sailers have become trains, and programs have Butterfly Parachutes.
    • The Grid itself. Back in The '80s, when Flynn built it, it was a multi-millon-dollar supercomputer that he used to revolutionize all of ENCOM's software, the source of his fortune. 2011? Sam puts the entire thing on a memory card and wears it as a necklace the size of a common SD card!note 
    • Also averted, as the Grid servers have been isolated from the world at large, so no Internet.
    • At one point, Sam casually mentions WiFi and Kevin replies "What's WiFi?" He's been stuck on the grid since before WiFi became commonplace. However, when Sam explains, he smiles and notes that he thought of it back in 1985.
    • In addition to the above, improvements in computer technology in the TRON universe, just as in the real world, would make it reasonable to expect that humanoids, vehicles, water, even simulated weather would be better depicted than as seen in the original film. If nothing else, the programs no longer need to wear goofy hats and no longer look facially like something out of a 1920 silent German Expressionist film.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Reportedly, deadmau5 was under consideration to compose the score for the film. According to him, had he been offered the job and found out that Daft Punk was being considered, he would have given the job to them.
    • A planned 2017 sequel has been scrapped from a combination of factors, one of which being the flopping of Tomorrowland, another big-budget Disney sci-fi action film (Legacy barely turned a profit for Disney, who may not have been eager to throw another $150 million for another TRON). Also cited is a crowded studio schedule; with the current game plan being built around year-round tentpoles of Marvel, Star Wars, and live-action Disney adaptations, there might have been no room to properly schedule and market TRON in the face of heavy competition.