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The TRONitizing Wizard has a seat to take at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 12, here are the bests...

Hey folks, Harry here and get ready to have some fun here. I'm picking my top 5 TRONitizers & a couple of honorable mentions, with my final pick being the winner. The Honorable Mentions: Just received a late submission that I enjoyed so much. Here's Bradley Alphabet of Vancouver Canada having TRONitized John Patrick Shanley's JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO... I don't think Meg Ryan has ever been more dreamy than in this clip! Daft Punk really enhances this scene!

Thomas Stadlauer of Salzburg, Austria for TRONitizing Buster Keaton on an early Lightcycle, from the genre bending brilliance of SHERLOCK JR, recently released on BluRay from KINO!!! A must own!

Anderson Slade of Parts Unknown decided to TRONitize Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE - This looks real good:

Rob Smith of Texas did a really excellent and fun TRONitizing of Stanley Kubrick's DR STRANGELOVE! Enjoy:

Dr. TronLove from Rob Smith on Vimeo.

#5 Andrew Wallace of parts unknown, TRONitized a very fun scene from the Coen Brothers' BIG LEBOWSKI. Watch it all, it's fun...

#4 Max Shwadchuck or Garibaldi Highlands BC, Canada... well, he decided to TRONitize Jean Claude Van Damme's Motorcycle in John Woo's HARD TARGET. This one just makes me laugh. So much fun!

#3 Nick Tierce of Murrieta, California sent in this awesome TRONitized trailer for MODERN TIMES: LEGACY... I really dig this a lot.

Nick Tierce's Tron-ified Modern Times from Nick Tierce on Vimeo.

#2 David Hood of Orlando, FL... He apologizes that this is just the Workprint. He TRONitized Buster Keaton's HARD LUCK from 1921 - and it is all kinds of awesome. In particular the interaction with Bit. I think this is so good, that I'm going to see if I can squeeze David in. This work deserves a reward. David, I'll be contacting you on Monday if I can find a seat for ya.

#1 Benni Diez of Cologne, Germany... for TRONitizing James Cameron's ALIENS - creating something incredibly awesome... You won a seat at BNAT12! See you in 2 weeks! Frankly, this was the first one that got sent in, and it kind of blew my mind. I've watched it repeatedly, just cuz... It is kind of amazing to think that this was completed in 2.5 days. That's insane. Enjoy...

GET AWAY FROM HER, YOU 01000010 01001001 01010100 01000011 01001000 !!! from Benni Diez on Vimeo.

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  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by eggers

    Is my favourite. The cursor interaction and title card are brilliant.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Harry, you better find a seat

    by numerodos

    for #2. I thinks it's a tie. #1 is really cool, but #2 looks so legit.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Aliens was the ONLY decent one

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Your #2 pick was ok, but everything else (especially the half-assed Lebowski) was crap.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    these are all decent work

    by steelerman

    max should have tronitized van damme's mullet

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    the Aliens one was brilliant!

    by Magic01273

    love it!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    /hi5 Bennie Diez

    by bigbaldpapa

    Great Work.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Well deserved winner, but Keaton one also simple and cool

    by quantize

    ...but in this case...technological superiority won the day.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    I think the Aliens one wins outright

    by judderman

    but the Clockwork Orange one was pretty cool too. I think the guy who did the Hard Target one put a lot of effort into the light cycle, but it's a shame he only did that. That was just crying for a recognizer car.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the rest are nowhere near Aliens' league

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    That Aliens one is so good it shouold win that guy a job at a SFX company. The rest are all pretty meh. I thought that "runner up" one was pretty crappy myself.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    holy shit

    by benni_diez

    seriously... after a night out and a hangover, waking up to this is pretty much the craziest, awesomest thing you can imagine! need to process... tons of love and respect to all the competitors!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Probably better than the actual film

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Anne Thompson saw Tron: Legacy and said it was appalling.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    That ALIENS one is going to be more entertaining than the whole running time of TRON:legacy. My fave, though, was the HARD LUCK clip, since it reflected the B&W+hand-tinted-roto look of the original TRON and the inter-title with BIT was cute. Technically the ALIENS clip is superior and was a better marriage of free content-generation and promotion for BNAT. Interesting that anyone with a PC/Mac can slap a neon glow to anything's ass (although some do it better than others) and if, at all, TRON:legacy can hold people's attention with a plot and not take itself too seriously. TANGLED is Disney's big fall win, so I guess the success of the TRON sequel will ultimately pay off in merchandising to kids and collectors.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    you read my Identity Disc, didn't you? ;-)

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Citation/link on the Anne Thompson reference please.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I'd like to meet Benni as much as go to BNAT.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Not only is he clearly very talented, but he seems like a really nice guy on top of that. I'm missing BNAT this year due to financial woes and personal problems, but I think getting the chance to meet people like Benni, who is apparently from Germany, is one of the greatest parts of BNAT. He's clearly one of us.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    i get awarding such amazing work on aliens....

    by yabory

    but to TRONitize something so simply and beautifully as the buster keaten clip should count above the visual work of the alien clip. both are deserving, but it's like giving an academy award to michael bay for transformers over the guys who did WALL-E

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Here are some collected Twitter comments after screening

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    @PhillyD: <BR> Omfg Tron was great. Everything new was a great addition. Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges are fantastic. But Michael Sheen shines brightest. <BR><BR> @beaujgarrett (star of the film): <BR> Just saw tron. Holy shit. Get ready…holy shit in the best way possible. <BR><BR> @oliviawilde (star of the film): <BR> WOW. Tron is a wild ride. So beautiful!!! So proud of the whole team! Incredible stuff. Daft Punk score is SICK. <BR><BR> @Fowler_IGN <BR> Saw Tron: Legacy last night. Can’t say enough about it. I also can’t say a thing about it. Legally. <BR><BR> El Guapo: <BR> Sorry guys, I’m embargoed from saying how FUCKING AWESOME Tron: Legacy was, and I’m not one to break an embargo. <BR><BR> @MichaelSheen (star of the film): <BR> Just saw TRON:LEGACY all way through for first time. It’s what eyes and ears were made for. A new word has entered the lexicon – Jisney! <BR><BR> @bdkreviews: <BR> Wow…get ready to have your mind blown on December 17th…I can’t say much more but I am just in utter awe right now…#Tron <BR><BR> Can’t stop thinking about “Tron:Legacy”…wish I had my computer so I could write my review while it’s still fresh in my head. <BR><BR> @Johnnyhockin: <BR> Tron left me speechless. <BR><BR> @AndresDisneyXD (translated): <BR> Not to be missed TRON LEGACY was amazing effects, music, acting, is the best in 3-D movie I’ve seen. <BR><BR> @shaderguy: <BR> watched TRON:Legacy @ El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. turned out to be a very cool film! Can’t wait to watch it again with friends. <BR><BR> @ChrisLTH: <BR> The film was spectacular, in every sense of the word. #TronLegacy #Tron <BR><BR> @hollywoodlvwork: <BR> Just saw new sci-flick “TRON”. WOW! You thought Avatar was visually amazing. Wait til you see this movie! <BR><BR> SavageBrit at HE Forums: <BR><BR> Seeing is believing. The film is visually staggering and the director is truly gifted. However, we’re once again saddled with AVATAR dialogue and plot. Although I will readily admit that whenever Olivia Wilde was on screen, I truly wasn’t thinking about the script one bit. The film will be wildly successful, especially in IMAX 3-D. The first appearance of “old” Jeff Bridges brought the house down. The CGI to make him look younger works in context. You’ll be surprised how good it looks, especially considering how harsh a proper IMAX screen is like at The Bridge. <BR><BR> I think Daft Punk deserve a nomination for their score as well. <BR><BR> Devin Faraci: <BR><BR> The people who saw it were heavily embargoed, but they’re also mostly fanboys and, frankly, easy lays for this movie, so I expected to see lots of folks on Twitter just skirting the embargo. But there was silence. Utter silence. Never a good sign. <BR><BR> I did some asking around and while there are folks who are very positive on the film, most of what I heard back was ‘looks great, everything else is terrible.’ The script, I have heard, is especially atrocious. And this comes from some folks who I thought would for sure be huge fans of the film no matter what. <BR><BR> SOSHollywood (translated): <BR> It was magical. It was great, I confess. [I] was one of the first journalists in the world to know the Grid, and unafraid to be happy, say : Flynn Lives! In IMAX 3D! <BR><BR> Lights out. Message source programming arises. A note on the 3D nature of the film. Put your glasses. Begins projection. The opening vignette Disney appears, but there is something different. The castle belongs to another world. His features are structural. Their colors are ethereal. They belong to the Grid. Belong to TRON. It was the first “WOW!” From the audience. Happy breath and plunged into a new world. <BR><BR> TRON did some things that Hollywood will still take a while (one year, perhaps) to understand and then move on to inspire. <BR><BR> Daft Punk is one of the best things about the film! And this coming from a guy who knows they exist but never heard the guys.<BR><BR>Devin is the standalone negative voice, and he hasn't seen it yet. OTOH, he has a good point about the relative lack of twitter responses (from all but a few folks--some of whom have a direct investment in the film).

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    That last paragraph was my commentary.

    by Le Vicious Fishus

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    My only "Tron: Legacy" concern.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'm more excited about "Tron:Legacy" than any other film that I'm aware of on the horizon. I only have one concern, but it's not really based on reality, but only based on what I HAVEN'T seen yet. I can't seem to find the film's third act or big climax anywhere. I can't see much of it in the trailers which seem to cover mostly the first two acts, except the scene of Sam flying some sort of Tron jet and attacking a big ship. I was in the bookstore the other day and found the children's picture novel of the film, and it still seemed to be lacking a third act. I didn't read it, mind you, just flipped through the pages to get a feel for the film's structure. Of course, this could be great. It could mean they're hiding the big climax set piece. That would be nice. I'm tired of trailers leaking the last scene, many times the last SHOT of the film. Everything else about "Tron:Legacy" looks amazing to me.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    if I had any skills

    by Loosejerk

    My thought was to tron-itize the wang reveal in The Crying Game. Sadly, it was the first thing I thought of.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I hope the movie is better than the IMAX preview.

    by Ivan Alexeev

    It looked cool and all, but I was left lacking. The audience I was with wasn't acting too gung-ho about it either.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I would've used STRANGELOVE too

    by MCVamp

    But I have no talent for this editing/FX process. But I pictured Major Kong riding the nuke over the TRON birds-eye of the landscape right into the heart of the MCP. YAAAAAAHHH-HOOOOOO!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    "Aliens" Was Awesome...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...while Van Damme was Van Shit. Seriously - spend a bit more time, dude. The Buster Keaton on the light cycle was terrific as well.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    congrats Benni!

    by skynetbauxi

    looking forward to meeting you at BNAT! now we'll be 2 german speakers :) and thanks for the honorable mention, Harry :)

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    MODERN TIMES should be #2

    by ROBRAM89

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Thanks guys!

    by Krebstar_2000

    I only really had a day to work on Hard Luck, with technical problems. I really enjoyed all of them, though I lost it during the background bowling in Lebowski and when Chaplin does his discs throw. Congrats to Benni!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by werewolfbynight

    methamphetamines can really help you get shit done. Joking aside, congrats to the winner.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST


    by werewolfbynight

    can really help you get shit done

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    All very fun to watch

    by aceattorney

    Great work!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Reluctant Austinite

    by benni_diez

    bummer. would have loved to meet you! i hope you get it all sorted out soon. can't wait to meet so many great people that share so much love for the art of cinema. and greetings to salzburg. looking forward to meet you too!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Honored to be #3

    by Nickytea

    ... didn't think I'd place at all! This is a great surprise. Love that Keaton interaction with the Bit. The Encom intertitle is priceless. (Wish I had thought that up!) Thanks for the kind words.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by benni_diez

    i love your entry, it's brilliant on so many levels. i kinda ripped chaplin off unknowingly with my other short ('pressure bolt', the one on the vimeo page) :)

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

    How can an entry with JCVD on a lightcycle come in 4th place?!?! Robbed I tells ya...

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Le Vicious Fishus

    by CmdX

    I've learned to ignore Devin as much as I possibly can

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Leslie Nielsen is dead!!!

    by FilmGuy125


  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    RIP Leslie Nielsen

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Thanks for the laughs Sherley.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Leslie Neilsen

    by aphextwin

    I comedy king from the old school is no more with us. I read several months ago Naked Gun 4 was developing quite well with a solid script that would make a fine return to the basics (including a hilarious gag spoofing C.S.I.) sad this is..

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Amazing work!

    by boardbrtn

    It kills me that we're able to make basically Tron (original) level special effects on our home computers and load them on Youtube in a week.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Jisney, hahaha! I was gonna do this

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    That scene in Amadeus where Mozart pwns Salieri by embellishing the latter's own piece. Alas, I only have photoshop and laziness overtook me. The winner is well deserved, though.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    2.5 days?

    by zer05um

    That's damned good.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry and everyone!

    by Maxo

    This was the funnest contest, hoping for more like it in the future. Steelerman: You're right I missed the boat on glowing out JCVD's mullet! Benni: I wan't to learn to composite like you! Your's was next level!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    With the exception of Volcano

    by KilliK

    and Hard Target,the rest clips are awesome with the Alien one deserving completely the winning.great job guys well done.!!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Hard Target..the days when...

    by alienindisguise

    1 bullet could blow up a truck..hahaha!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    Knowing how some execs are, they may feel that the gap in visuals between the two fliqs is too big, even if they are 28 years apart.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    The Director of "the Empire Strikes Back" Died!!!

    by Atkinson

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    ^^^man that sucks, Leslie Nielsen now this?

    by Meadowe

    This has been a very depressing holiday weekend.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    "I Know"!

    by Atkinson

    That says it all in a nutshell with that movie! Oh and "I AM YOUR FATHER!"

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    From what I've heard that's what he's back again for the new fliq, I know people have complainmed about Clu looking like crap, but he looks decent in my opinion....maybe Bruce Boxleitner as Tron will look better...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Modern Times FTW

    by Calico Pete

    The Modern Times one is brilliant. Great concept!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    the big lebowski one....lame

    by Firebreather

    did you even try?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I'd vote the Hard Target one an easy second.

    by Cagliostro

    Despite the VanDamme cheese factor, just the motion tracking and rotoscoping work alone should count. Top Notch and very hard work.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Who wants to hear 21mins of the soundtrack?


  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Light Tush

    by GeorgieBoy

    No comments yet about Meg Ryan's light hiney? That was nice...

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    No Kershner obit Harry?

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Really? <p> <p> As for Tron... Went back and watched the original a while back. Technically and thematically ahead of its time, nothing like it before or since. However it is hamstrung by bad acting (yes, even from the God Among Men that is Bridges) and a ponderous pace. <p> <p> Hope this rocks the shit.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Just give the ALIENS on the prize now

    by danowen

    Superb work. Got my psyched for TRON *and* made me want to rewatch ALIENS again. Hope it's not going to lose because its win would be too "obvious". It's clearly the best, in terms of FX and music editing.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    The Aliens one is just lines everywhere

    by JT Kirk

    The Modern Times and Hard Luck ones actually were Tronitized, and that bit with Bit was awesome. The Aliens one was very technically proficient, but it didn't feel like something Tron, it just felt like lines everywhere. AICN, always picking style over substance.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Where's the COCKADOODIE DVD column?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Kidding, Harry. Just like to quote "Misery" every once in awhile.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST



    Mr Beaks wrote one up. It's been on the site for a day now.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    i actually watch this for porn...

    by benni_diez just love me some lines!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Harry, any way to get rid of spammer guixin123?

    by orcus

    These guys are popping up like weeds. Thanks -O

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    DANG! Now that is service

    by orcus

    Is the contact page the way to go in reporting these guys or is there a better way?