Later this month we get to see what “TRON” looks like in modern times, nearly 30 years after the original. The computer graphics in the sequel, “TRON: Legacy,” will be far more sophisticated. Therefore the world of the game will be more intricately detailed than in the previous film. And it will be presented in 3D. Before that movie opens in theaters we get to see what “TRON” looks like in “Modern Times,” as in the Charlie Chaplin classic from 1936 about a man who gets stuck in the cogs of a machine. Think of Chaplin’s unnamed factory worker as Kevin Flynn’s father, since “TRON” is now a generational thing with Flynn’s son being the main protagonist of “Legacy.” How were things different 50 years earlier? Instead of light cycles there’s light rollerskating, for one.
The 49-second long (too short!) mash-up was created by Nick Tierce for a “TRONitizing” contest at Ain’t It Cool News, tied to this year’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon. Other entries, some featuring greater effects, include mash-ups with “Aliens,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Joe Versus the Volcano,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Hard Target,” “Dr. Strangelove” and two different Buster Keaton films, “Hard Luck” and I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know where the other is from. While I get why Tierce came in third — the “Aliens” one is very well done — I do think it’s the most appropriate, dealing with the relative man-in-the-machine concept as “TRON.” Someone find the guy a seat at BNAT12. He deserves it.
Watch Tierce’s video after the jump and check out the rest of the winners and runner ups at AICN.