|The opening Disney
logo on the film is a Tronified
version of the more traditional
Disney castle logo.
The opening animatics of data moving through circuits in the
during Flynn's voiceover
look similar to the Light Cycles game.
The Legacy-era Tron
logo used here is a modified version
of the original one.
The film opens in the year of Flynn's disappearance, 1989.
In the now non-canonical storyline of
Tron 2.0, Flynn's
disappearance would seem to have been a bit earlier than
that, plus it is said that he quit ENCOM just before.
As the camera zooms in on Flynn's house, we see his Ducati
motorcycle parked in front. It appears to be white in color,
possibly the basis for Flynn's uniquely designed personal
Light Cycle seen later in the Tron System (and seen
previously in Evolution).
is a real world manufacturer of motorcycles based in
Flynn's home also has a tall flag pole in the front yard
flying the American flag.
As the camera zooms into young Sam's bedroom, we see various
1980s pop culture items such as: a Clue board game;
a boom box; a Macintosh computer; a
Crayola Scribbler pad;
a Rubik's Cube; a book cover featuring the movie poster image
from the 1979 Disney sci-fi film The Black Hole;
what looks like a Black Hole children's book with
the Maximilian robot on the cover; an Old B.O.B. action
The Black Hole; issue #26 of the Marvel
comic book ROM; a hand-held electronic game, possibly meant
to represent a game in
the Mattel Electronics line; an Operation board
game; a smiley face soup mug; and a
Los Angeles Dodgers batting
helmet and baseball. Likely the Black Hole
pieces are included as a nod to the fact that Legacy's
director Joseph Kosinski is slated to direct a remake of the
film. It seems a bit odd that most of these items are
identified with the early '80s even though the scene takes
place at the end of the decade; probably director Joseph
Kosinski wanted to show pop culture closer to the time of
As Flynn is telling his son how he met Tron in the original
ENCOM system, he hums a 5-note musical sequence. It is from
the opening theme of the original
Tron film. Listen:
Tron notes hummed
The Tron action figure that Sam holds at 1:54 on the DVD, is
wearing the Legacy costume even though it seems
that any Tron figure of the time would be adapted from the
Tron video game written by Flynn based on his adventure
in the original
film. Since we also see a Clu figure based on the current
Clu character just seconds later, these particular toys may
unique prototypes in themselves since ENCOM (and the world)
does not later seem to be aware of Flynn's new System.
The Tron wall hanging seen in Sam's room at 1:58 on
the DVD features artwork from the original
movie poster and also uses the original Tron logo.
At 2:04 on the DVD, unidentified figures of two disk
fighters are seen. Later, after arriving in the Grid, Sam
thinks he recognizes his first combatant at 30:35 as
possibly one of these; one of the figures does have similar
markings on his face.
The two lightcycle toys on Sam's shelf at 2:09 on the
DVD appear to be based on
Flynn's uniquely designed personal Light Cycle seen later in
Tron System, although it's a bit odd that one of the toys is
black since Flynn's is white. (At 3:57, a classic-style lightcycle toy is seen on a lower shelf and at 3:59 a
similar one on his computer desk.) Notice that, in the
background, there is also a figure of the robot Old B.O.B.
from The Black Hole.
The pillowcase on Sam's bed has a cartoon drawing of
two classic-style lightcycles.
Sam's bed sheets at 3:59 on the DVD are also Tron
The scene between Flynn and his son reveals that the name
CLU stands for Codified Likeness Utility. (No mention is
ever made of the original Clu, who was killed by the MCP in
Flynn tells his son that something extraordinary has
happened, a miracle. He doesn't explain what it is, but when
he meets his son as an adult in the System, we learn he was
speaking of the birth of the ISOs (witnessed in
"Betrayal" Part 1).
On Sam's nightstand at 2:43 on the DVD, a small model of
what appears to be a motorcycle is seen. Possibly it is a
representation of his father's Ducati.
At 3:36 on the DVD, we see a framed photo on Sam's
nightstand that is probably of him and his deceased
Flynn leaves Sam's room, we get a
panoramic look at the boy's
bookshelves. Some interesting things
to note: in the left most window
pane, the series of blue hardcover
books looks like they may be from
the Hardy Boys series by
Franklin W. Dixon; in the second
from the right window pane, on the
middle shelf, there appears to be a
Maximilian robot figure or model
from The Black Hole; and in
the window pane second from the
left, at the bottom, there appear be
white models of characters from the
such as Tron, Sark, Yori, and,
possibly Flynn himself (we get
another look at the figures at 4:01
on the DVD).
The Tron logo
of the "montage"
that appears on the 1989 news
broadcast of Flynn's
on the central television set at
4:17 on the DVD, is the Legacy-era
logo; shouldn't it be the classic logo as seen on the
Tron video game invented by Flynn? (Although the TV set
to our left of the central one does show the classic logo;
perhaps ENCOM simply updated the logo sometime in 1989.)
The news broadcast of Flynn's disappearance reveals that his
wife died in 1985.
The news broadcast also reveals that Flynn wrote a
bestselling book called The Digital Frontier: Mapping
the Other Universe.
The newspaper headlines that flash on the TV screen during
the news broadcast read: "Pet Projects Strain Encom",
"Shareholder Panic: Flynn Out of Control" and "What is Flynn
Doing? Insiders Reveal (unreadable) by ENCOM CEO".
During the rebroadcast of a Flynn speech about humanity's
future being in the computer world, his voice gets
distorted as he says "is our destiny". Why? His voice almost
has an MCP tone to it! But maybe it's just meant to indicate
an emotional involvement in the subject matter. However, Clu
later gives an almost identical speech to his assembled army
about his intention to travel to, and conquer, the Users'
world and his voice takes on the same distortion at the end. Listen:
in there Clu:
out there. The similarities may be intended to show how
the two characters think alike and how each is convinced
they are doing the right thing for their world.
At 5:52 on the DVD, young Sam is seen riding off into the
rain on a P.K. Ripper bicycle. The P.K. Ripper is an actual
BMX bicycle manufactured by Scot Enterprises.
At 6:20 on the DVD, we see that adult Sam also rides a
Ducati motorcycle, although it is not his father's old one
(which he later tells him he is fixing up to
make it ridable again).
As Sam is chased on his Ducati by a motorcycle cop through
the streets of the city, the movements of the chase are
somewhat foreshadowing of the lightcycle duel to come later
in the film.
Notice that, at 7:08 on the DVD (and later scenes), in
stereotypical fashion, the ENCOM security guard has a
half-eaten donut sitting on the monitor console next to
The scene where Sam breaks the code lock of the big orange
door at ENCOM is similar to the one where Flynn does the
same thing in
Tron. He even utters
the same line, "Now that is a big door!"
When the woman introduces ENCOM chairman Richard Mackey at
8:05 on the DVD, notice that all the board members clap
except for Alan Bradley and Edward Dillinger, Jr.
Mackey mentions that ENCOM's latest commercially available
computer operating system is ENCOM OS12. Shortly after, Alan
implies that the OS was previously known as "Flynn".
The video that appears on the projection screen in the ENCOM
boardroom instead of the new OS presentation, is a video of
Sam's little dog, Marvin, probably a Boston
The tabletop computer interface seen in the ENCOM boardroom
appears to be an upgraded version of the one used by
Dillinger, Sr. in
At 11:39 on the DVD, Alan holds up what appears to be the
ENCOM version of an Apple Ipad.
As Sam's paraglider snags on the street light at 13:58 on
the DVD, it sounds like he says, "Fuck!" That would be a
reasonable response for most people in the real world, but
not normally in your typical Disney movie! The subtitles on
the DVD do not translate this particular utterance by Sam.
The police station Sam is taken to after being apprehended
for the break-in at ENCOM is the Center City Police
Department Metro Division. So, this would finally seem to
answer the question of what city ENCOM headquarters is
located in (previously speculated to be San Francisco). We
don't get a good look at vehicle license plates to help
determine which state it is in. Although there are a few
Center Citys in the U.S., I suspect this one is fictional,
invented for the Tron universe. Street and highway
names in the non-canonical "Ghost in
the Machine" Part 1 suggest the city is in the region of
Despite his wealth as the major shareholder of ENCOM, as an
adult, Sam seems to live in a structure built out of
shipping containers. One of the huge containers says Dumont Shipping, a
tip-of-the-hat to the Tower Guardian called Dumont in the
original system seen in
As Sam enters his apartment at 15:15 on the DVD, his
father's old Ducati can be seen at the left of screen.
Sam seems to have an interest in various "extreme" pastimes
such as reckless motorcycle riding, paragliding off city
buildings, and being chased by the police. Notice also that,
in the background at 15:16 on the DVD, there is a blue and
orange rope (a mountain-climbing rope) sitting in a cabinet.
At 15:38 on the DVD, there are several Ducati stickers (and
others) on the side of Sam's refrigerator.
Sam appears to have Coors beer in his fridge.
Coors is, of
course, a real world brewery.
Sam and Alan's conversation reveals that Alan acted as a
sort of surrogate father for Sam after Flynn's disappearance
Alan tells Sam that, two nights before he disappeared, Flynn
told him he had cracked "it", going on about genetic
algorithms and quantum teleportation. Genetic algorithms are
a type of heuristic search pattern which mimics natural
evolution. Quantum teleportation is the process of
transmitting a basic unit of quantum information from one
location to another.
When Sam arrives at Flynn's Arcade, it definitely looks like
the neighborhood has seen better days.
When Sam flips the circuit breakers back on at Flynn's
Arcade, music begins playing from the old jukebox, a Seeburg
First Edition with Quadraphonic Sound. Seeburg Corporation
produced jukeboxes and other automated musical devices from
the early 1900s to 1980.
Quadraphonic Sound is what is now more commonly known as
surround sound. The song playing on the jukebox is "Separate
Ways (Worlds Apart)" by Journey, who also contributed the
song "Only Solutions" to the soundtrack of
Tron. In typical movie
fashion, the song is chopped up and edited to fit the length
needed for the scene. The song that follows it is "Sweet
Dreams (Are Made of This)" by the Eurythmics.
When Sam walks upstairs into his father's old apartment
above the arcade, the layout and furniture (though covered
in plastic) is the same as what we saw in
Tron. The unlit neon
Recognizer sign is even visible to Sam's right.
A sign for a video game called Proton Bombers is
seen in the arcade. This does not appear to be a real world
video game, it is probably intended to be another of the
fictional ENCOM's games.
The Tron arcade video game cabinet Sam uncovers at
Flynn's Arcade looks to be a slightly modified version
of the real world Tron arcade game cabinet. The brand
name on the cabinet says ENCOM instead of Midway. The video
display of the lightcycle grid looks essentially identical
to the real world arcade game.
At 20:39 on the DVD, another real world arcade game,
Discs of Tron, can be seen next to the Tron
game, on the right-hand side
of the screen.
At 21:55 on the DVD, a dusty
handheld video game is seen in the
basement of the arcade. It appears to be the same one Flynn
seen playing in his apartment in
Tron, Coleco Electronic
Quarterback from 1978. (Thanks to Gadget67 for emailing me to
point out the name of the handheld game in question!)
Flynn's handheld game
At 22:54 on the DVD, Sam looks at the most recent command
history on the tabletop computer he finds in the arcade
basement. (In the study of
"Betrayal" Part 1, I speculated that this computer-desk
may be the one formerly used by Dillinger in his office in
Tron, although, if
so, the desk top was removed and chopped down to a smaller
size for Flynn's purposes.) The history
listing seems to show Flynn activating the controller
software for the laser and running a sanity check. In
software terminology, a sanity check is a test of the
software or its program code to help determine if it is safe
to proceed further or if there is a problem in functioning.
Notice also that Flynn appears to have accessed a text file
called "last_will_and_testament" suggesting he was
worried about the possibility of dying or never returning
from the System after derezzing.
The digital world seen here seems to be composed largely of
hexagons. Notice that the street tiles are hexagons as is
the pattern on the cloth of the clothing worn by the digital
inhabitants when seen in close-up. Pay attention to other
instances of hexagons throughout the movie.
After Sam has been taken into custody on the Grid and he's
looking down through the floor of the Recognizer, at 24:49
on the DVD, a Light Tank can be seen cruising the road
As the Recognizers approach Clu's citadel at 25:32 on the
DVD, it appears there is a line of traffic moving through
the sky to right and left of the screen.
Notice that, as Sam's sliced-off clothing is sucked down
into a disposal chute in the floor at 27:33 on the DVD, the
symbols next to it are a stylized spelling of CLU. This CLU
"logo" appears a number of times throughout the movie.
The announcement that Sam hears regarding his identity disk at
28:10 on the DVD, is nearly identical to that given by Sark
to Flynn and the other new recruits in
announcement from Legacy
announcement from Tron
The ring hovering over the Game Grid lists the names of the
players. Sam is listed as Unknown. The other player names
are Wulf, Miner, Hudd, Urban, Backus, Cray, Aurora, Perlis,
and Pike. Several of these are taken from the names of
pioneering computer scientists: William Wulf, John Backus,
and Seymour Cray.
As his thrown disk returns to him at 31:26 on the DVD, Sam
fumbles it for a second before finally getting a firm grasp.
It should be obvious from Rinzler's first appearance that he
is most likely Tron because of the T-shaped series
of lights on his chest, combined with the fact that his face
is left hidden.
At 34:43 on the DVD, it seems that when Rinzler chooses to
run up the wall of the platform and onto the ceiling, the gravity
automatically changes, suddenly throwing Sam
up onto the ceiling--now the floor--of the platform. Can any
combatant do that, or just Rinzler?
For the most part, Rinzler is silent or just growls. But on the rare
occasion when he does speak, the voice does sound like the
distorted voice of Tron (Bruce Boxleitner).
When Clu speaks while still wearing his helmet, his
distorted voice sounds somewhat like that of the MCP.
I don't know if it was intentional, but it's interesting to
note the opposite revelations of Tron: Legacy and
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. In Empire,
the villainous Darth Vader reveals to a shocked Luke
Skywalker that he is Luke's father, while in Legacy,
the villainous Clu reveals to a shocked Sam Flynn that he is
not Sam's father.
During the Grid games, the fireworks in the sky
form geometric shapes of light beyond just the burst of
Notice that, as the camera pans up to Quorra's location at
39:22 on the DVD, Clu's name is seen in the lights of the
wall. Why? Maybe it's meant to spell out that this is Clu's
Notice that as Jarvis (Clu's manservant, as it were) allows
Sam to pick up the lightcycle rod from the case, he stands
at arm's length from him and leans away as if either afraid or
disdainful of the User.
When Sam picks up the proffered lightcycle rod, he asks, not
knowing what it is, "What am I supposed to do with this?"
and holds it like a sword hilt. This may be a Star Wars
joke, with Sam holding the rod as if it were a lightsaber.
(Thanks to PopApostle reader Bill Smith for pointing this
When Quorra brings Sam to his father, Sam says, "Long time,"
to which Flynn responds, "You have no idea." Presumably this
is a reference to the difference in the seeming passage of
time between the System and Reality. If the subjective
timeline of Tron 2.0 is
to be believed, about 20 years pass in the real world for
every 1000 years in the System, so it has been about 1000
years for Kevin Flynn.
What appears to be some kind of a board game appears at
51:56 on the DVD, in Flynn's System home. It appears to
be the game called Go, which originated in ancient China
over 2000 years ago and is still popular today. (Thanks to
DC for writing in to PopApostle to identify the game.)
Flynn has a library of real world books in his abode, all of
which seem to be classics. Flynn reads the names of some of
the authors and titles: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky (Crime and
Punishment can be made out on the shelf), I Ching,
and Journey Without a Goal. Quorra reveals that her
favorite author is Jules Verne.
During dinner at Flynn's abode, they appear to be eating
string beans, salad, and even a roasted pig. Do plants and
animals live in the System? Or has Flynn found a way to
synthesize foodstuffs that resemble Earth food?
Is it just me or does Flynn's abode resemble the "cosmic
hotel room" Dave Bowman finds himself in after travelling
through the gateway near Jupiter in the 1968 film 2001:
A Space Odyssey?
||Cosmic hotel room
A Space Odyssey
What is the object sitting on a
table in the background while Sam,
Quorra, and Flynn are dining at 53:21
on the DVD? It looks like some kind
of device with a couple of antenna
dishes sticking up out of it.
During the dinner conversation, it is reavealed that both
Flynn and his son attended Caltech.
This is the
Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.
The flashback depicted in the film of the first appearance
of the ISOs doesn't quite match the depiction in
"Betrayal" Part 1. Likewise Clu's betrayal of
Flynn and the "death" of Tron are depicted a bit differently
here than in the epilogue of "Betrayal" Part
2 and in "Scars" Part 1. In "Betrayal" Part
2, the battle takes place on the shore of the Sea of
Simulation and Tron appears to escape on his lightcycle
after being injured but, here in the film, the battle takes
place in the citadel and Tron appears to be "killed" by Clu.
In "Scars" Part 1, Tron is wearing the white armor he's
adorned in through most of the Tron: Uprising TV
episodes and Dyson is present for the battle.
It is during the flashback sequence of Clu's betrayal that
we see Tron first discovering that he can wield two identity
disks at once as weapons.
Flynn says the portal to Reality that opened to admit Sam
will only remain open for 1 millicycle--about 8 hours of
Flynn says that his identity disk is the key that could
allow a program to enter the real world. He uses the
euphemism "the golden ticket". This is a reference to the
golden tickets hidden inside the wrappers of five Wonka Bars
that will win five people an opportunity to tour the Wonka
chocolate factory in Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Flynn is depicted as having achieved a Zen-like manner and
he even chides Sam for "messing with my Zen thing".
Zen is a form of Chinese Buddhism that teaches wisdom is
reached through experiential self-realization.
At 1:03:47 on the DVD, Quorra opens a drawer in her room
revealing a copy of Voyages Extraordinaire by Jules
Voyages Extraordinaire is a collection of four of
his most successful books: Journey to the Center of the
Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon
(1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
(1869), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1872).
At 1:05:35 on the DVD, Flynn's personal lightcycle (taken by
Sam) is seen to have the number 786 on the side. In
"The Renegade" Part 1, the model is revealed to be an
ENCOM 786, considered a classic on the Grid.
At 1:06:05 on the DVD, a Light Tank rolls by in front of
The DJs who perform at Castor's End of Line Club are the
real world musical duo, Daft Punk. The robotish helmets they
wear in the film are essentially the same ones they wear
during all their concert appearances.
The name of the End of Line Club is derived from the
sign-off line used by the MCP in its transmissions in
Castor/Zuse has a subtle symbol marking on his forehead.
It's meaning is never explained. Also, looking closely
at this eyes, it can be seen that
his pupils are hexagonal!
When Sam tells Zuse that it was Quorra who sent him, Zuse
tries to cover his surprise. His surprise must be because he
knows she is an ISO, all of whom were believed to have been
killed by Clu in the Purge. Notice that he does not later
reveal her existence to Clu.
As Flynn makes his exit from the End of Line Club at 1:18:01
on the DVD, one of the programs appears to be kneeling in
devotion to him as he walks by.
At 1:21:49 on the DVD, Flynn seems to pull out the damaged
code from Quorra's identity disk and when he releases it
into the air, it seems to flutter away with a life of its
own, like an insect.
At 1:26:18 on the DVD, Jarvis appears to be attempting to
flirt with the siren Gem!
Clu's carrier looks similar to Sark's from
As Sam sends the two Black Guards tumbling to their deaths
off the edge of Clu's carrier, they make a deep growling
sound, similar to Rinzler's. Other Black Guards seen
throughout the film speak with a similar voice. Perhaps all
programs who have been repurposed to serve Clu have that
same type of vocal mechanism.
Jarvis seems to be an opportunist who swings to whichever
side he thinks is in control at the time. When Sam enters
the command room to take back his father's identity disk
after having dispatched a number of guards, Jarvis just
watches him meekly and says, "Long live the Users." And just
before Clu kills him a few minutes later, he says, "Death to
At 1:42:36 on the DVD, we can see that the chairs in the
Light Flyer have indentations in the seat back for a
program's disk harness to fit
into while seated.
Notice that, after Clu derezzes Jarvis, the plastic face
shield Jarvis wore remains intact on the floor among the
scattered debris of his digital body.
As the Black Guard's Light Jet is stalling out and
plummeting at 1:46:15 on the DVD, it sounds like he says,
"Damn," though it's not indicated in the subtitles. Listen:
Notice that at 1:46:49 (and later) on the DVD, there appears
to be a scar from tracer fire in the Flyer's canopy near
When Flynn and Rinzler make eye contact during the jet
chase, it seems to re-trigger Tron's old programming and he
For some reason, Clu seems to be a better fighter than Tron.
He seems to easily defeat Tron during the battle at Clu's
betrayal of Flynn and then he is also able to fight the
Light Jet rod away from him near the end of the film.
At 1:51:44 on the DVD, the rod that Quorra had just used as
a "light grapple" now seems to be acting as a sort of light
saber as she confronts Clu!
Back at Flynn's Arcade at 1:55:24 on
the DVD there appears to be one of
the Mario Bros. video game
consoles, if the cartoon face on the
top is any indication. A few seconds
later, a Spy Hunter game is
Sam appears to be wearing the same clothes he had on
when he was derezzed and transported to the Tron System,
despite those clothes being cut from his body and disposed
of through the floor chute there. So his Earthly attire was
restored to him when he was re-rezzed into Reality.
Presumably, Quorra, this being her first transport between
the worlds, was rezzed with her System attire. Yet, we see
her outside of Flynn's Arcade with Earth clothing; Sam must
have taken her on a quick shopping trip for clothes so she
wouldn't stand out (other than her beauty!) during the
night. This must all take place during the same night
because it seems that Quorra does not experience her first
sunrise until the very end of the film.
The billboard on top of Flynn's Arcade advertises both
Space Paranoids and Tron arcade games.
Why is Edward Dillinger, Jr. introduced but then not used
any further in the story? Are there plans for him in a
Is Tron still alive? As he plummets down into the waters of
the Sea of Simulation, his red color of Rinzler blinks out
to darkness. Then, a few seconds later, his white lighting
of Tron flickers on as he sinks further into the depths.
This is the last we see of him.
What is on the SIM card upon which Sam appears to have
transferred data which he wears around his neck at the end
of the movie? Is it just some of his father's data? Is it
the data from his father's identity disk? Or something else?
What happened to Lora, Alan's girlfriend from
Tron? She is not seen or mentioned in the film.
Notes from "Visualizing Tron" on the
Flynn developed the Tron System in an isolated environment
on its own server, enabling the world to evolve on its own,
like a cyber-Galapagos.
A pen caddy in the shape of the MCP citadel is resting on
one of the stands in Flynn's laboratory in the
basement of the arcade (it's not particularly visible in the
Notes from "Disc Roars" on the
Many (perhaps all) of the crowd shouts at the Grid games
were recordings of the attendees of the Tron: Legacy
panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, under direction of
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Kevin Flynn has disappeared.wav
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disappeared with Kevin Flynn.wav
little gift from ENCOM.wav
you don't answer your phone.wav
wouldn't that be something.wav
I'm not a
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same thing I'm going to do to you.wav
initiate lightcycle battle.wav
this I can
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dreamed of Tron.wav
you know Jules Verne?.wav
Tron was created by Alan.wav
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the only way to win is not to play.wav
End of Line club.wav
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awe was palpable.wav
riddles of the Grid.wav
live the users.wav
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have you become?.wav
fight for the Users.wav
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