Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Legacy of the River

Ian Douglas-Jones and Rousseau Designs from Britain have created an amazing new suite at the ICE HOTEL in Sweden.  It's called Legacy of the River and it was inspired by Tron: Legacy.  This year, the ICE HOTEL celebrates its 20th anniversary and Legacy of the River is one of 19 new custom suites.

The designer's website has some brief information about them and an embedded video that shows the creation of the suite in time lapse photography.

Here are a couple of stills.


Monday, December 27, 2010

iamclu Tron Art

A user on deviantart called iamclu has done three awesome Tron: Legacy-inspired pieces.  Here's a Tron-ified Buzz Lightyear, a London double decker bus and a map of the London Underground.

I think the Buzz Lightyear is especially cool!  I hope someone makes an action figure like that.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tron Holiday Special

Funny or Die has posted a pretty amusing "Tron Holiday Special" video.  It posits a "lost" Tron special from 1982 in the vein of the Star Wars Christmas Special.  It features a memorable appearance by comedian Rip Taylor.

I love the shot of Santa riding the Recognizer!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Game On: Playboy Tron Pictorial

Playboy has put together a Tron: Legacy pictorial called "Game On."  Here are some images from the series.  There's also a behind the scenes video you can see here.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Innovative Design

I can't get enough about the costumes from Tron: Legacy!  The Tron channel on YouTube has posted a video called "Innovative Design" in which Christine Clark talks a bit about the costumes.  There are some great behind the scenes shots where you can see the suits before they're turned on.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Science of Tron

Today, Scientific American posted an interesting article on their site about the science of Tron.  It talks a bit about the scientists that the filmmakers spoke with during the development of Tron: Legacy.

I think the most interesting science from Tron: Legacy is the concept of the ISO characters.  I really hope that the new animated series or another film will deal more with that idea.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Moebius' Tron Art

Moebius is a pseudonym for the French artist, Jean Giraud.  He's famous for his work as a comic artist but also for his work as a concept artist for feature films like Alien, Masters of the Universe, Willow, The Fifth Element and Tron.

Moebius is often referred to as a "futurist."  His art displays an amazing knack for making the fantastic seem plausible.  Here are some images of production art he did for Tron (1982).
I think my favourite piece is the design for Sark.  Obviously, more than a little of Moebius' influence found its way into the finished costumes.


Monday, December 20, 2010

D23 Comic-Con Display

Back in 2009, D23 brought a fantastic display of props and costumes to the San Diego Comic-Con. Included were pieces from Black Hole (which I love!), The Rocketeer, Sky High and, of course, Tron. The only costume from Tron still in the Disney archives is one of Bruce Boxleitner's Tron suits.  Here are some photos of it in the display.
The shoulder armour on these costumes was made from Jofa motocross pads.  I think it's cool that you can still see some of the orange peeking through the paint.  It's amazing the kind of creativity that went into creating these costumes on a budget.
This ID Disc is foam covered with molded latex.  It's beginning to deteriorate but it's still really cool!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Armchair Archivists: Tron: Legacy Edition

D23's Armchair Archivists posted a Tron: Legacy video on December 14, 2010.  It features a guest appearance by co-producer Justin Springer.  They return to the Disney archives to take a look at a few props from Tron: Legacy.  I love Castor's cane and the baton!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Armchair Archivists: Tron Edition

D23, the official Disney fan club, has been doing a series of videos they call "Armchair Archivists." On November 30, 2010 they posted a special Tron edition in which they visit the Disney archives to take a look at some of the original props and costumes from 1982's Tron.  There are some fantastic close-ups that really allow you see the detail on some of the helmets and on one of Bruce Boxleitner's screen-used Tron suits.