Tron Legacy: Teaser Scene

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Unveiled at Comic-Con last week in San Diego, this teaser scene for the forthcoming Tron Legacy movie from Walt Disney Pictures looks incredibly hot. With Joseph Kosinski at the helm, the film promises to be, at the very least, a visual spectacle worth the price of admission.

We’re working on getting more information about the production. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: We’ve been cleared to share that Digital Domain, with whom Kosinski has worked on many projects in the past, handled the visual effects for this sequence.

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Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.


Marc B.

Some of us over at mograph disagree. Here are a few excerpts


why would they take something like the lightcycle thingees and make them behave like normal, real world motorcycles? and why do they sound like they have gasoline-powered engines? instead of a different, alien world, it’s now just the real world with electro night club sets in blacklight. a clear indicator it’s gonna suck, or be lackluster at best.

oh wait, there’s a really rubbery fake looking cgi young jeff bridges. i guess that changes everything. the studio system at present configuration is just flat out incapable of producing anything at the scale and innovation of the first tron. this movie is gonna be nothing but a bunch of fast vehicles and dream weapons to pander to the masculinity fantasies of teenage boys. maybe there’ll be a vin diesel cameo (nine exclamation marks)

but kudos to them for taking a recurring vfx fail of having internally-lit actor faces inserted into cgi helmeted bodies and using it as an interesting style instead. and also for, by the looks of his tron-equivalent-of-malibu house, making jeff bridges the phil spector of tronland.


Yeah this seems like it’s gonna suck big ass.

It happens when you hire a director like Joseph Kosinski who’s only strength is sleek CG eye-candy without any substance.

He probably thinks Daft Punk is so hip.

And I agree with Jaan this adds nothing to the innovation the first Tron was all about. Just another way for the studios to cash in. Instead of coming up with new ideas they recycle old titles.

Justin Cone

Since you’re ZeBrownie, by “some of us” you mean you and one other person?


Good to hear comments from people that are completely incapable of doing anything on this level of work, and who are commenting on something that hasn’t even been released yet…

Marc B.

Of course we are capable of doing this if you give us the same amount of time with Digital Domain.

I think we just miss the innovation that went into the first movie. Now it looks like it’s just gonna be a 2 hour commercial.

There better be a good story! Or else Rotten Tomatoes will hunt this movie forever!


Really? Let’s see some of your work…

Bran Dougherty-Johnson

Was there a good story in Tron? I must have missed it. Too distracted by the awesome blacklight and lightcycles …


what i love is how being able to produce the same level of work is somehow a prerequisite for critiquing it. just because you can’t do it doesn’t mean you can’t recognize if its good or not.

i’m not commenting on this piece or defending/opposing what any has to say about it or any other bit of work on this site. this just always seems to be mentioned whenever someone rails against work that gets posted here and i find it completely irrelevant.


It’s not a prerequisite. I never said that there needs to be one, so please save the strawman comment.

What I’m saying is that I don’t see any validity to these ‘critiques’ from people who haven’t shown their own work. They are non-constructive criticisms, commenting on a movie that hasn’t been released yet, let alone gone into any finished post-production (I think they’re still shooting).

The comment, “it’s now just the real world with electro night club sets in blacklight. a clear indicator it’s gonna suck, or be lackluster at best.”

It’s Tron! That’s what the art direction always has been since it’s original release. What else do you want? And how is this a ‘clear indicator’?

It’s not your style, but that doesn’t mean that it sucks. I for one, think it looks extremely promising.


again, whether or not someone who comments has shown their own work here is irrelevant to their right to comment, regardless of what their opinion is. having completed top notch work gives no one more or less a right to critique what they see.


I don’t see what you don’t get. I’m not stripping people of their right. This has nothing to do with that.

People have all the right to critique something. What I am simply saying is two things: they aren’t critiquing anything if it isn’t constructive, and I do believe having a good eye validates someone’s opinion over say (as an example), someone with no design background.

Does this make sense?


You don’t have to be able lay an egg to know if it tastes good.

Igor Sordokhonov

hey dude, your comments suck


I think this film looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to see this in 3D. I think I’ve yearned for a Tron sequel since I saw the first one as a kid and ran around the backyard with a Frisbee tied to my back with kite string.


Haters can keep on hating, but I’m going to enjoy this movie even if its only the visuals that entertain me. IF they miss the chance to innovate that will be everybody’s loss, but I’m easily distracted by shiny things and J.K. makes great shiny things. The establishing shot of Jeff Bridges was so Art Of Speed. I’m a fan.


apparently you’re missing my point as well (that or we’re just disagreeing and will not see eye to eye on this). my point simply is stated is this: one’s ability to do work on the same level of the work they’re commenting on has no relevance to whether or not their opinion is valid. what exactly their opinion is, good or bad, constructive or not, is also irrelevant. to put it another way, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to know whether or not something tastes good to you or not. being a good designer or artist is not a qualification to be a critic. it has the potential to make you a better or more informed one, though not necessarily. it is possible to be an expert on a subject without ever having participated in that subject. i can be an expert on the military aircraft of world war two without ever having flown one. saying things like “oh really, then lets see some of your work before i’ll give your critique any credence” has no meaning and no bearing on anything. you could say the same thing if he had said “that’s f’n awesome! i love it!” and it have the same amount of relevance.


this teaser looks very promising as they have done a great job
we shall wait and we shall see the final piece ;-)

@Marc B. : it’s fiction, functionality does not matter than much

Marc B.

Like it or not, Jaan has a point.

Oh and where’s that cellphone Tron ad by a52 posted in the quickies a while ago? Pulled? That looked way more impressive in terms of the lightcycle’s and stuff.

Marc B.

Here it is!!

Tell me this doesn’t look WAY hotter!


Very hot teaser indeed, it’s very Kosinski (remind me of Blackbird), it’s unproven that his style will be suitable for feature length piece, but this teaser rocks!

Agree with Justin’s note: at the very least, a visual spectacle worth the price of admission.


Wow this makes me nervous… I’ll see it.. but.. this teaser makes me very skeptical.. and yeah.. real world sound design is teh sux. This is supposed to be a digital world, right?

My hat is off to JK for making the attempt.. I hope he’s successful, and not cliche/typical like the rest of his work.


I think this looks like just the right vehicle for Kosinski and his sensibilities.

As for the bike engines noises, and rubbery CGI characters? It’s inside a videogame, this is the one time where that kind of fits rather than detracts.

Now if only they could find a way to make it as slow as the first one…


i vaguely remember this only being a proof of concept thingy done internally by ILM, no ? so it wont even reflect much on final sound design, art direction, etc… i mean that exact same trailer was leaked exactly a year ago back when it was called tr2n….

and mark b. daft punk is STILL way ahead of everything else.. shows again how much you know aka not a single thing.


Daft Punk is NOT way ahead of everything else.. Sampling OLD DISCO RECORDS is not the future.

Don’t get me wrong.. I’m a fan.. I put them on the cover of a magazine I published when Homework came out in the 90s…

It’s another aspect of this project that makes me nervous.. I do hope they do a good job. And I wish they were doing the sound design..bust out the voyagers…


most of their albums were at least one year ahead of their time (human after all even loads more), and most of their songs are still getting remixed every single week and are still current and relevant…..
yeah. all cause of sampling old disco.. what?


Daft Punk is heading up the Soundtrack


Marc B, please don’t ever take my comments from other websites and paste them in here as if I am your dumb flame-troll teammate or something. My remarks were from a site with a much more informal and less tactful atmosphere and I would never have written those things here on Motionographer which is like the olympics compared to the grimy gladiator pit that is

And just for the record, I think the Tron test looks beautiful and very well-crafted. I just am severely disappointed in some of the conceptual choices that seem to be a result of playing it safe to ensure a large general audience, which seems to be the plague of American studio films, particularly VFX-heavy ones. That just seems to be antithetical to what made the first Tron so memorable.

Marc B.

Oh so the pitiful gladiators over at deserve your honesty while here on Motionographer you’re only showing your fake chocolate side.

Isn’t it sweet how you’re trying to retract your opinion.


I’m not retracting anything. I’m just unstapling my name and opinions from your retarded comments, since you tried to present both our comments together as if I’m your vice presidential running mate or something, when the reality is I think you’re generally annoying. Criticism and dissent is great, but you seem to find pleasure is delivering those things in the most abrasive and offensive way possible.

Marc B.

That’s not true at all. I only copy/ pasted YOUR offensive opinion from another board. Well I agreed with you but it’s sad to see you’re chickening out.

Helio Vega

Looks awesome the coming Tron.

Hey people!
Small rule: You must be more critical with your work and more permissive with the work of the others.



This looks very impressive and simply amazing!!! Joseph K. is always a step in the future. So shut the f** mouth for those haters.


Any of us, who’ve actually messed around with motion graphics, know and appreciate how impressive this trailer, truly is. Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion – but why be a hater, with something this good … seems like a petty cry for attention.

The Fake Marc B.

Posted by MarcB on
You will be missed friend….

Dear friends

After so many attacks on me and after uncountable 1-star/ negative votes for speaking the truth I decided no longer to participate in the comment section over at Motionographer.

If I were a true troll I wouldn’t be affected emotionally at all but I am no troll. Today somebody named Jaan stabbed me in the back after retracting his opinion made here on in the TR2N thread. On top of it he insulted our beloved board by saying it’s a grimy gladiator pit.

I wanted to give an alternative view to the chicken neck liberal agenda in this industry. But that’s it. I’m done.

I was one of the few reasons why the site wasn’t just another blog with 0-2 comments. I brought them traffic. Because what are comment sections there for if not for discussions?

Props to Justin Cone, though. He unbanned me a while ago after he realized he made a mistake and violated what this country truly stands for: Democracy and freedom of speech.

Justin Cone


Oh, and don’t hold your breath. This isn’t the first time Marc B has vowed to leave and never return.


Looks pretty awesome for me.
These guys should get in a bike and fight ’til death.
Neon Bikes.


Absolutely beautiful imagery.

Joseph K is incredibly talented. Congrats to him.


I personally think this trailer is great.
The imagery and concepts within have evolved to a reasonable state given the concurrent evolution of computers in the real world.
I like the face treatment, as it is very avatar-like in concept.
Even though this is all essentially in the starting phases, and might change, the look is great enough to be seen in the next movie.
Thus the ultimate hurdle will be a good story.

Justin Cone

“Thus the ultimate hurdle will be a good story.”

Totally agree. And as Bran points out in the comments, the story for the original Tron wasn’t exactly stellar. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the movie—still do—but upon watching it again about a year ago, the narrative had me wincing more than once.

Igor Sordokhonov

“TRON: LEGACY is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. ”
— from DD website


this has the ability to have a bit of a kubrick meets existenz vibe, or play like a lawnmower man sequel.

i like kosinski’s personal and commercial work, and think he has a knack for simple, shiny, striking composition. this sequence for the trailer, i found it to be ominous and well choreographed.

the cut away to jeff bridges in his meditative state, sorta gave me goose bumps. very eerie.

the rest of it (sfx, logistics of this virtual world, etc.) seems a little silly to nit pick at this point in time.

let’s just see if kosinski can direct actors the likes of jeff bridges first.

personally, though, i’m not super thrilled that no less than six writers have had a go at the script (not uncommon in hollywood, but usually a recipe for disaster), but aaron horowitz (one of the lead writers for LOST) turned in a draft so perhaps there’s some hope.

seems like this project has been a bit of the studio hot potato, and it landed on kosinski’s lap. so the onus is on joseph to turn in something dazzling and memorable for us all to enjoy or despise.


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About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.