Five new Marvel shorts starring Groot and Rocket Raccoon are coming to Disney Plus
I Am Groot is a short film series directed by Kirsten Lepore and produced by Keivn Feige, the man behind most Marvel films.
The Disney Plus series follows Groot and Rocket Raccoon on short adventures across the universe.
James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films that introduced Groot and Rocket to the MCU, also produced an episode of the series.
What is “I am Groot” about?
I Am Groot is a series of five minute short films set some time after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy in which Groot sacrificed himself to save his friends.
At the end of the film, the Wardens took a cutting from Groot and replanted it, and it began to grow into a sapling.
I Am Groot follows new young Groot as he begins to grow again – in the first short, Groot learns to walk.
In other shorts in the series, Groot discovers a miniature civilization, investigates a strange noise coming from the ship, takes his first bath, and paints a family portrait of himself and the Guardians.
Is I Am Groot part of the MCU?
The characters in I Am Groot are Marvel creations and the series is set between Marvel films, but the show is not necessarily part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There is disagreement between James Gunn and Marvel Studios over whether the shows are part of the MCU canon.
Gunn said, “Some people at Marvel seem to think it’s canon MCU. I find that hard to see myself.”
I Am Groot is fully animated, while the Marvel films are live-action, albeit with plenty of CGI, so there are clearly major stylistic differences between the series and the MCU.
Ultimately, whether I Am Groot belongs to the MCU canon doesn’t really matter, because the stories are all self-contained and have little impact on other films.
Who is in the cast?
There are only two main characters in I Am Groot, but they are both big names.
Vin Diesel will play Baby Groot, reprising his role from the Marvel films. Groot was last seen in the Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder, where he had the personality of a teenager who had regrown after his near-death in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Groot is a flora behemoth, a species of plant-like organisms native to Planet X. These creatures can heal quickly and are nearly indestructible.
Vin Diesel is best known for his role as Dominic Toretto in the never-ending Fast and Furious franchise, he also played the titular character in the Chronicles of Riddick films.
Another iconic voice acting for Diesel was that of the Iron Giant.
Bradley Cooper will also be back as Rocket Raccoon, a genetically enhanced animal who joined the Guardians of the Galaxy alongside Groot. Rocket accompanies Groot on his adventures in each of the short films in the series.
Cooper is best known for his roles as Phil in The Hangover trilogy and as Chris Kyle in American Sniper.
His other films include Limitless, American Hustle, The A Team and Silver Linings Playbook.
When is I Am Groot on Disney Plus?
The full season of I Am Groot shorts landed on Disney Plus on August 10th.
There are five episodes in the season and each episode is five minutes long, although each uncredited episode is about three and a half minutes.
Is there a trailer
Yes, there is, and you can watch it right here: