On July 9, 1982, the movie Tron was released in theaters across the United States. In the thirty years since the film's release, it has become a cult classic, and today, there are several video games and a sequel that speak to the film's enduring popularity and cultural relevance. The film's legacy, however, extends past things directly connected to the storyline--it influenced the way an entire generation thought about computers, animation, and film. As John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar, said, "Without Tron there would be no Toy Story."
Here at Fantasy Matters, we want to celebrate the 30th birthday of Tron and its lasting importance, and to do so, we will be featuring a series of articles by Mark Schelske about the original Tron movie and the rest of the franchise, leading up to the 30th anniversary of the film's release on July 9th. We'll kick things off this Tuesday with Mark's look at the overall state of the Tron franchise and where it is headed.
Of course, we have other things for you this week as well, including some reflections on fantasy literature from Lindsay Craig, more short fiction, and, coming this afternoon, a look at some scifi/fantasy-themed gifts for dads (or, quite frankly, whoever you want!).
It's going to be a great week, and we hope that you can join us!