I'm a first-generation "Tron" fan, and saying that, I will be the first one to admit that the thing I like the least about "Tron" is the movie itself.
When it came out in 1982, I was dizzy from the amazing summer that Hollywood had accidentally unleashed on a nascent film nerd like myself. Today, I think most genre fans would agree that 1982 was a very special year full of very good movies in American theaters. "Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan." "Conan The Barbarian." "E.T." "John Carpenter's The Thing." "Blade Runner." "The Road Warrior." I was starting to feel spoiled by the end of that summer, by that glut of amazing films that absolutely cemented my love of the fantastic on film.
And right in the middle of all of that, Disney promised to change the world with "Tron."
I was already such a film nerd that I had my subscriptions to Fantastic Films and Cinefantastique and Starlog, and they'd been talking about what a revolution "Tron" was because it was going to be animated... BY COMPUTERS! There was much talk of the fearsome Cray Supercomputer that was being used for the task, a beast that made HAL 9000 look like an iPod Nano. This wasn't just a revolution... it was a shock considering Walt Disney was the studio behind the film, a studio that had been built on the type of animation done by HAND. By REAL PEOPLE. Not by computers.