Do You Remember That Time Walter Cronkite Was Digitized Onto The Game Grid Of Tron? (1982)

Walter Cronkite - Tron
Thanks to the Someone Has Posted YouTube page we fans of Tron can enjoy this clip from Walter Cronkite’s “Universe” series from back in 1982. In the clip Crokite is directed by Associate Producer Harrison Ellenshaw (Star Wars: Episode IV, The Black Hole) and is ‘digitized’ into the world of Tron to showcase the effects of the then upcoming Tron feature film. The quality of the uploaded video is a little off as is pointed out:

“Recorded via and archived in Betamax┬« format. Sorry about the poor quality which stems from the co-channel interference on the broadcast reception at the time of the recording.”

The video is still highly enjoyable to say the least.

A huge thanks to io9 for the heads up on this incredible video.


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8 thoughts on “Do You Remember That Time Walter Cronkite Was Digitized Onto The Game Grid Of Tron? (1982)

  1. The original Tron is in my top 10 favorite movies, so seeing this is pretty cool! Too bad the video quality isn’t better. I wonder if someone has a better quality version, maybe someone from the studio? That would be awesome!

  2. Finding a bit of new Tron related media is always a good reason to celebrate and share with other fans of that magical film. After seeing this clip I feel that he should have been included as a background character in the Tron: Uprising series…Cronkite made a very dapper Program. :)

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Vic! You keep rezzing the brightest Tron bits from the digital ocean.
    Keep it up!

    Seeing the cool imagery brought to life again, it’s so clear these nascent-tech-year bright, neon, lively sprites are much richer for the eyes and mind than today’s mostly blandly over-stimulated approach to CGI.

  4. Bobby says:

    Not a fan of Walter. But, I did see this back in the day. First time I’ve seen it since then. Thanks for the vid link.

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