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July 9th, 2007: The 25th Anniversary Of TRON

By TronFAQ on Monday, July 09, 2007 at 6:49 PM
It was 25 years ago today, that TRON premiered in theaters on July 9th, 1982. I won't go into a long speech about how great I think the film is. By now, everyone reading this site should know I think the film is a classic. And today's news post at TRON-Sector expresses the same kind of sentiment that I would only repeat in a slightly different way. So I'll just let that post speak for me. (Especially since, I helped out a little in writing it. But the main credit goes to TheReelTodd.)

Instead, I'd like to focus on a couple of things.

First, doing a quick search of the internet: I ended up discovering that while everyone is talking about the upcoming Xbox Live TRON arcade game remakes and the (very uninspiring) Anniversary pin, nobody is currently talking about the film itself or asking "where on earth is a sequel". Well, again, except for TRON-Sector and the LDSO site. There was the LA CityBeat article about the Anniversary, but that was published back in May.

Although not entirely unexpected (I've become very cynical about it all), it's still a bit disappointing to see no real discussion about the film itself. I guess people just can't be bothered to remember. We'll have to wait for the games to be released on Xbox Live before the majority will even discover that the 25th Anniversary has arrived, I imagine.

Second, and more importantly . . . I'm betting a lot of you have been wondering for a long time, what's up with that petition in the grey sidebar on the right. The one about TRON 2.0. "Is it ever going anywhere?" you might ask. "Will it do any good? Why should I sign it?"

Well, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to sign the petition. Because as I write this, several hard-copies are making their way to Disney right now. If there was any time to bring the future of TRON to the attention of the staff at Disney: it's now, at the film's 25th Anniversary.

While the petition was mainly intended to persuade Disney Interactive Studios to bring back support for TRON 2.0 on the PC (and Mac), and even create an update or expansion for it, it also serves as an example of fan interest in a sequel TRON film. I mean, who on that list that want more new TRON games, would also not want a new film? The two go hand-in-hand. That's why copies have been sent to Disney Film Studios as well, accompanied by a letter explaining this very logic.

Will the petition work? I don't know. But it can't be said that myself, and those who signed it, didn't try their best. That's all we can do.

Even though hard-copies have been sent, the petition will remain open and continue to accept signatures. Also, keep your eyes open over at TRON-Sector for some more information about this petition and what more you can do to help. The hope is that people within Disney will keep an eye on the petition as the number of signatures continues to grow. There's no reason to stop, until a new game or a sequel film is announced. The more people sign, the more Disney will realize people are interested in more new TRON items.

I'd like to thank the following people for their cooperation and assistance, and for helping to bring the petition to the attention of the right people at Disney. DaveTRON (for his advice), Sketch (for providing the beautiful cover to the petition, which is also available as a wallpaper on TRON-Sector), and TheReelTodd (for motivation and for the great 25th Anniversary news article on the front page). Thanks also go out to LDSO member Load"*",8,1 for the link to the Anniversary pin on the Disney site.

P.S. Curious, that today of all days, this site is about to reach 30,000 hits, after being in existence for about 18 months. It took my TRON 2.0 Unofficial FAQ site 4 years to reach about the same number of hits. The TRON 2.0 News site will overtake it any time now. What a coincidence to have that fall on the same day as the Anniversary date. :)
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2 comments so far.

  1. Anonymous July 10, 2007 1:36 AM
    [quote]Will the petition work? I don't know. But it can't be said that myself, and those who signed it, didn't try their best. That's all we can do.[/quote]

    Exactly. This is much more then just doing nothing.
    Things shouldn't just be taken as they appear to be. We pay a lot of (hard owned) money and they (not only Disney) are trying to lower the quantity and quality of their stuff to increase their win, step by step. If we pay so many bucks we can demand something, and they have to understand that.
    They want us to buy their stuff, they want our money. That is more then vice versa, because we can exists without another bad made film, but they cannot exists without our money. Show that you have a voice and that you know how to use. Sign that petition!
  2. Anonymous July 10, 2007 7:20 PM
    I'm glad the petition is finally shipping. It looks AWESOME the way it's all wrapped up in Sketch's cool custom artwork and professionally bound like that. Very nice touch!

    The success of it is a long shot, but it seems to me this long shot is being fired with precision aim by a master marksman and devoted soldier for the cause.

    Thank you. From all of the TRON fans who don't always put our efforts where are hearts are. Even when many TRON fans remain silent about this, I'm sure they're nodding on the other side of their computer screen and pulling for this to pay off.

    Make it count, my friend!

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