Prop Culture: Tron

(2020) Disney+

The Story

In 1982, Disney released Tron. Tron was suppose to be Disney’s answer to the mega hit Star Wars. Unfortunately for Disney, Tron made only a fraction of the box office numbers that Star Wars did. Although Tron was not a complete failure, it also wasn’t what Disney had hoped for either.

Pop culture is a funny thing. A film or show that may have been a flop during its initial run, could be cult classic decades later. For Disney, films like Hocus Pocus, The Mighty Ducks, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Tron, all became significantly more popular post their original releases. Tron played a pretty big role in Hollywood’s history due to the amount of technology used during filming.

This episode of Prop Culture will explore a number of pieces including set pieces and costumes from the 1982 film. The episode will also showcases a number of pieces from Tron’s sequel, Tron: Legacy (2010).

The District Decision

If you’re a fan of Tron or Tron: Legacy, you will really enjoy this episode of Prop Culture. When you watch the films, you really don’t think what these costumes or set pieces really are: hockey helmets and other sporting equipment painted and tapped up. Dan Lanigan, host of Prop Culture, does a great job at dissecting each piece by showing how an ordinary hockey helmet could look so different and technologically advanced on screen.

I was never a huge fan of Tron, so I didn’t have too strong of a connection to Episode 2 of Prop Culture. With that being said, I do think the episode was still fun to watch even without that personal connection.

Final Grade: The District Decision for Prop Culture: Tron is that the film is Niche with a final grade of B-.

The District Decision Grading Scale: Skip It (not worth the watch), Niche (worth the watch for those interested in the topic), Background Noise (worth having on while doing other activities), Worth It (worth your time), Classic (one of the best examples of the documentary genre).

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