Rifftrax derezzes TRON

Label this under the “somewhat related to arcade games” category but Rifftrax – which is helmed by three former cast members of the hysterically funny show Mystery Science Theater 3000 – has released a rifftrak for the beloved movie which features plenty of concepts gleaned from arcade games, TRON. What is Rifftrax? This link explains all but essentially it is a downloadable commentary that is released for a DVD movie where the commentators riff on the film – similar to MST3k but without the shadows and the hosting segments.

As a fan of  TRON, MST3k and Rifftrax I have wanted to see them do TRON for a while now and they finally have – sort of. Unfortunately none of the former MST3k guys are on the track for this one, instead they got Johnathan Coulton, Paul and Storm. I’m not sure who they are but they seem to do a decent job at riffing the movie if the sample below is any indication.

Next up they need to take on another arcade-related movie known as Joysticks (if this movie had been more popular I would maintain that it is the real reason that the game industry crashed but then again it’s mere existence may have caused it too) . I have never seen it myself but from what little I have seen on youtube it looks pretty terrible and thus ripe for riffing.


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3 Comments on “Rifftrax derezzes TRON”

  1. BDDC Says:

    You’ve never seen Joysticks?!?!?! And you call yourself an arcade gamer!!

    There’s a Facebook fan page for Joysticks, and both Jim Greenleaf (Dorfus) and Leif Green (Eugene), as well as director Greydon Clark, are members of it. Pretty cool.

  2. Shaggy Says:


    Yeah I haven’t seen it, although it’s not terribly common – I honestly hadn’t heard of it until about a year or two ago. I have seen one Greydon Clark film that they riffed on MST3k – Angel’s Revenge. I imagine Joysticks being the same thing but with Joe Don Baker and arcades.

  3. Yeah, I liked MST3K, but Rifftrax sucks ass in comparison. The Tron Rifftrax suck even more. The “Riffers” seems to just tack on random quotes to every scene in a vein attempt to be funny. If anyone can Rip Tron, its me. 🙂

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