What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in addition to its cutting-edge special effects, this Disney feature was also a pioneer as one of the Magic Kingdom's early PG-rated films. To seem more "mature" there's verbal acknowledgement of premarital sexual relations among the main characters (nothing shown) and very mild swearing. Violence and death are unrealistic (mostly dematerializations) but in one scene a software-based humanoid being tortured reveals a glowing skeleton; small children may be troubled by that and some of the menacing imagery associated with the villains. Religious households might note the spiritual undertone about religious persecution.
- Families can talk about the advancements in computerized special effects since this film. Does Tron still impress kids visually?
- On a deeper level, discuss the script's metaphor of computer-generatedbeings who are victimized for proclaiming their belief in `higherpowers,' their own creators. That would tend to make the human Flynn --a real, live programmer downloaded into the mainframe -- very much aChrist figure.
- Note the very naive, unrealistic depiction of pre-Windows computertechnology, and talk about other movies of the era (such as SupermanIII) that saw computers of the time as miraculous and almost magical(sci-fi movies of the 1930s held the same awe for radio and TV).