Episode 34: Greetings Programs!

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●     “Feature Film” – Tron (1982)

○     Trivia from IMDB

○     When talented computer engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) finds out that Ed Dillinger (David Warner), an executive at his company, has been stealing his work, he tries to hack into the system. However, Flynn is transported into the digital world, where he has to face off against Dillinger's computerized likeness, Sark, and the imposing Master Control Program. Aided by Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and Yori (Cindy Morgan), Flynn becomes a freedom fighter for the oppressed programs of the grid.

○     The film was disqualified from receiving an Academy Award nomination for special effects, because the Academy felt at the time that using computers was "cheating".

○     To inspire the actors, arcade games were placed on the production sets and could be played during downtime. Jeff Bridges apparently was the most adept at the games and found it hard to tear himself away from a game to shoot a scene.

○     Although the film was an initial failure, the arcade video games based on it proved to be a tremendous hit and actually out-grossed the film.

○     Many Disney animators refused to work on this movie because they feared that computers would put them out of business. In fact, 22 years later Disney closed its hand-drawn animation studio in favor of CGI animation. Hand-drawn animation was ultimately resumed at Disney at the behest of new creative director John Lasseter, also head of Pixar- ironically a computer animation company.

○     In the initial scenes with Flynn at the arcade, he is playing a game he invented called Space Paranoids. The game he is playing bears remarkable resemblance to 3-D graphics game engines, which would not be invented for ten more years.

○     The state-of-the-art computer used for the film's key special effects had only 2MB of memory and 330MB of storage

○     The programmers' cubicles at Encom were shot using the actual programmers' cubicles at The Walt Disney Company's Information Technology group. A matte painting was used to expand the area to a size more appropriate to a software company.

○     The ENCOM laser bay was real. It was actually the target bay for the twenty-beam SHIVA solid-state laser facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It was used for nuclear fusion research in the late seventies and early eighties, and was capable of delivering up to 28 trillion watts of power on target.

○     All the live action that occurred inside the computer was filmed in black and white, and colorized later with photographic and rotoscopic techniques.

○     HIDDEN MICKEY: At 1:12:26 in the "solar sailer" sequence, you'll see, for a brief moment, the silhouette of Mickey Mouse on the ground made to look like part of the terrain.

●     Segment: News/Announcements  “The Newsies Banner”

○     Disney + is available for Pre-Order $6.99/month $69.99/year

○     New Frozen 2 Trailer!!

○     Kevin Feige Developing a new Star Wars movie

●     Segment: This week in Disney history “Once Upon a Time”

○     September 27th 1996 - Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a new sitcom based on the Archie Comics series of the same name, premieres on ABC-TV (which Disney acquired earlier in the year).

●     Segment: Top 4 Ranking “Let’s get down to business”

○     Oh my disney “Only a true Disney Princess fan can get 100% on this quiz”

Tease Next Week: Enchanted

Top 4: Disney Princes.