Compucore, thanks for the reply, but in fact I didn't overlook the difference you point out. The reason I didn't bother mentioning it is because just because Tron shows a P.O.V. from within the computer doesn't make it any more "ahead of it's time" because that P.O.V. is pure fiction no more real now than then, thus has zero to do with whether it was ahead of it's time or not.
Nikster, I agree with the CGI being highly advanced, but 'technically' it still wasn't the first to use CGI. It was the first to use it in that scale and have so much of it. CGI had been at least 'seen' in previous films. The first teeny example that jumps out at me is the technical scematics of the Death Star on Star Wars (the one shown when R2 was being downloaded at the Rebel Base). Cheeky and fleeting, but none-the-less still and a few years before Tron.
But I'm with Trace. This is a fun conversation.
It just seems to me that Tron's place in history was the next natural step in the evolution of sci-fi films. It has it's place and it's accomplishments, but to say it's "ahead of it's time" is implying that it happended when it really wasn't expected to happen and almost when it wasn't supposed to be able to happen. For example, Leonardo Da Vinci was ahead of his time. He developed things that not only didn't exist around him, but also didn't even exist long after him. He envisioned everything from helicopters to you name it, and NOW, we really do have them. THAT is "ahead of one's time". On the ohter hand, Tron was a step in a naturally pre-existing progression. Agreed, a vital and significant and glorious step... but none-the-less, part of a ladder that existed before AND after Tron. I just can't personally see that as being out of step with it's own time... personally.
Edit: ...I hope nobody has the SLIGHTEST impression I'm knocking Tron. I love Tron, along with lots of other sci-fi. I just (personally) don't wish to compliment them to the extent of getting history skewed just for an extra "umpf"... if you know what I mean.
Man, I need to think of some kind of "praise" topic so you's all don't go thinkin' I'm a virus program or somethin'!
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