Friday 17 December 2010

Tron: Progress

Having just been to see Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 cult classic, Tron, I wanted to show just how much computer animation has progressed in 28 years. Whilst not technically an animated film, Tron was a film (as is Tron: Legacy) that relies heavily on animation for its magic, also it is the film that put computer animation on the map - also Pixar and Disney CCO, John Lasseter, categorically stated that "without Tron, there would be no Pixar".
I thought Tron: Legacy was (in the same vein as the original) absolutely enthralling and fantastic, nonetheless Tron: Legacy is leaps and bounds better than Tron in terms of animation. Below you can see examples of the animation in both, I think it's fairly self explanatory, but the left pictures are from the original 1982 Tron, the right hand side pictures are from this year's Tron: Legacy.

The difference is both staggering and unbelievable at the same time, whilst I loved both films, Legacy just felt that bit better, however both were at the forefront of the craft, pushing bounds, Tron was in 1982 and Tron: Legacy is now, in 2010.

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