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  • The original TRON animation created by Lisberger Studios was marketed by Steve Lisberger as a television advertisement for various radio stations.
  • The Tron Lines on the helicopter in the opening filmed sequence was neither CGI nor painted cel animation, but reflective tape placed on the helicopter and filmed with red lights from a distance.
  • Acting for Two
    • Dillinger, Sark and the MCP are all played by David Warner.
    • All programs have the same actor as their Users: Flynn and Clu, Alan and Tron, Lora and Yori...note 
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    • Even the PA announcements in the laser bay were done by the same person voicing the announcements inside the Game Grid.
  • Black Sheep Hit: It was a product of the Disney Dark Age note  where the studio was throwing anything it could at the proverbial wall and hoping it stuck. A live-action soft sci-fi film with heavy-duty religious themes and an astonishing amount of graphic violence isn't a typical Disney flick (at least not until The New '10s), and it's one of the only products of the Disney Dark Age that made a lasting impression on pop culture.
  • Defictionalization
    • The "Light Cycle" game became a popular arcade game pretty quickly, which is somewhat recursive considering that it itself was based on one of the first arcade games.
    • Inverted with the TRON arcade game (whose cabinet is briefly seen) which was released just shortly before the movie (and spawned both a sequel and a few home games). The movie received not one, but two arcade games: TRON and Discs of TRON. Discs was originally supposed to be part of the former, but was cut for time. Interestingly, the "Grid Bugs" appear in the game TRON, but only receive a comment in the movie TRON!
    • Eventually played straight with Space Paranoids, which was released as an online game in 2009.
  • Deleted Scene: The "love" scene between Tron and Yori, including Yori getting a new outfit before they head for the I/O Tower. Described in detail in the novel.
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  • Doing It for the Art: Stephen Lisberger said he originally had the solar sailer's wings be opaque, since making them translucent would cost an arm and a leg. He was finally convinced, and was happy that he was, stating that the sailer was far more beautiful, delicate and butterfly-like with translucent wings.
  • Dueling Movies: Shared one with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Annie during summer 1982. ET wins out, but all three remain beloved movies to this day.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Tron's Death Glare during the disc duel near the beginning. Lisberger was pissing Boxleitner off, challenging his acting, while Frisbees were being whipped at him. The final take had Tron catching the Frisbee behind his head and whipping it back - while glaring at his "opponent". He was actually glaring at Lisberger as a Take That!.note 
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: By the time of TRON: Legacy's release in 2010, the film was hard to find on either DVD or Netflix. Seemed weird, as studios normally use sequels to put some films back in the market (TRON only got that when Legacy hit shelves in 2011).
  • Production Posse: A retroactive example: This film would be the first time Disney would partner up with Taiwanese company Wang Film Productions, then known as Cuckoo's Nest, who were responsible for most of the film's optical effects.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Send this one to the Babylon 5 fans. The future Captain Sheridan is obvious. The future Centauri ambassador is a bit harder to spot.
  • Same Content, Different Rating: The film originally had a PG rating in Australia, but was reclassified as G in 2010 when the sequel was released in spite of the graphic contents of both films; Legacy got a PG rating, despite being more warrant of an M (PG-13) rating.
  • Sequel Gap: Twenty-one years between the film and Sequel in Another Medium, TRON 2.0. Another seven years between that and TRON: Legacy
  • Shout-Out: A double-shot in Once Upon a Time. In a Season 1 episode, Regina burns down a playground, then "makes up for it" by buying her fairy-tale obssessed Agent Mulder son a video game system. The kid's game of choice is Space Paranoids. Emma even looks at the game and comments "it's all in the wrist." Then, in the Season 2 episode "Welcome to Storybrooke," a hapless father and son (Kurt and Owen Flynn) wander into the cursed town. The plotline has a few creepy parallels to the filmed sequel, and Kurt shouts to his boy "find your uncle!" Given the Encom billboard they passed in the opening, the existence of Flynn's games in the OUAT universe, the surname, the Legacy-meets-Stephen King plot, and the fact that the same team of writers behind the show wrote TRON: Legacy, it's at least an educated guess said "uncle" was Kevin.
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy: The original toyline and its 2002 re-release zig-zag it. On the one hand, the sculpts of Tron, Flynn, and Sark are spot on and the Light Cycles are outstandingly accurate with only a couple of minor inaccuracies. On the other hand, accessories are pure white plastic with no paint, and the Tron Lines are painted on as solid colors against translucent plastic, making them inverted compared to the characters they represent. Also, the circuit patterns and the sculpt of the "warrior" (one of Sark's guards) are only sort of ballparked.
  • Talking to Himself: David Warner plays Dillinger, Sark, and the MCP. The MCP is shown to interact with the other two on numerous separate occasions.
  • Technology Marches On: Sort of — the film is based in an '80s supercomputer, and the angular look was a deliberate aesthetic choice to make TRON look like a 16-bit world.
  • Those Two Actors:
  • Throw It In!: When the prints came back from Taiwan, there were often errors in the frames that looked like flashes of light. Since it would cost way too much to have it done over, Lisberger had a Eureka Moment and realized, of course the computer world would have electric glitches. So, basically, he added a sound effect and it became atmosphere.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The general look and feel of the computer world, meant to resemble the computer displays and games of the time (black backgrounds! semi-wireframe 3D graphics!), as well as the computer technology itself (command-line interfaces! teleprinters!) must have looked awfully cutting-edge and modern at the time. Now, it looks pretty retro.
  • What Could Have Been
    • The director asked Peter O'Toole to play Dillinger... however, he really wanted to play Tron and even went so far as to go jumping up and down on beds and furniture just to prove he was still nimble enough for such a physically demanding job.
    • On the DVD's "Making of" documentary, they explain that O'Toole bowed out after finding out that the majority of the film would be shot in front of blue-screen (or black, whatever) instead of on sets and locations. Technically, any scenes in the electronic world that had actors in them were filmed on sets. They were just all black with backlit animation added in post-production.
    • The first band offered to score rock songs for the movie's soundtrack was Supertramp.
    • Jeff Bridges was not the original or intended choice for Flynn. According to Lisberger the character of Flynn was originally envisioned as a thinner, more stereotypical "nerdy" type of guy as one might imagine a computer programmer to look as opposed to Bridges, who is a fairly big, rugged, stocky man, but he just brought so much energy to the role that they just had to cast him. Then the Nerds Are Sexy trope was born.
  • The Wiki Rule: The TRON Wiki.
  • Word of God: All of the programs retain their User's personality. For example, Cindy Morgan was told that Yori retains some vague memory of her user (Lora) having a romance with Flynn at one time.


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