‘I am Groot’ is a delicious Marvel superhero kids snack

Disney+ has not only allowed Marvel to expand its interconnected universe, it has given the studio the opportunity to branch out into various genres and styles, such as the recent Ms. Marvel, which took a Disney Channel tween-sitcom approach to the MCU’s branding formula, as well as bringing animation into its fold. The latter is a natural move for a comic book-based franchise, and while What if? turned out to be a more teen-oriented company (as the next one presumably will be). Marvel Zombies and X-Men ’97), I am Groot is unquestionably for the youngest. A handful of fun shorts on the single-phrase tree, it’s a light-hearted, comedic collection that, set in the wake of the 2014 original guardians of the galaxy movie, is about Groot’s slow and bumpy growth process.

Juvenile experiences are the name of I am Groot(August 10), beginning with an early episode in which Groot wanders through a forest, finds an intriguing puddle of water, sprays bug mush on it (to turn it into a purple swirl), and takes a relaxing bath, sated with a little mud for the top of his head. Before he knows it, he is sprouting foliage from every pore of his bark-covered body. It would be alarming if it weren’t for the fact that Groot is a wide-eyed child of wonder and invention, and with scissors at the ready, he begins to carve his new outdoor grove into a variety of costumes. It’s a dress-up in out-of-this-world fashion, and although it’s interrupted and mocked by a nearby bird, it ends with the hero facing unexpected disappointment and then triumphing via a cute twist, thus establishing the smooth and simple procedure. model.

Vin Diesel again handles vocal duties for I am Groot‘s protagonist, although since Groot is now a boy with a high-pitched voice, the star’s contribution seems entirely unnecessary; Diesel was hired expressly for his baritone, and modifying it in post-production meant almost anyone could be tasked with this performance. Nonetheless, Diesel gives Groot an exuberance that befits these vignettes, which stand out for their aesthetic sharpness. Using the same designs and digital effects featured in the guardians of the galaxy movies, the series boasts a beautiful dynamism and level of detail, whether its action takes place in the darkness of an intergalactic ship’s cabin or under the bright sun of a distant planet. While Marvel’s VFX collaborations have come under fire recently, I am Groot is crisp and attractive, exhibiting a polish that adds to its endearing personality.

There aren’t many cameos scattered throughout this assortment of shorts, as the focus remains on Groot. Yet, savvy credit watchers will notice that guardians of the galaxy mastermind James Gunn lends his talents to one episode. More obvious is Bradley Cooper’s involvement as Groot’s best friend, Rocket Raccoon, who appears at the end of a story to find Groot wreaking havoc on their ship, but with a sweetness that makes up for his mischief. Whether it’s building a bomb, reading while sitting on the toilet, participating in an impromptu competitive dance, or doing arts and crafts that result in an improvised portrait of his clan, Groot is an engaged kid. in the types of activities, explorations and disturbances that, in a different context, would be comfortable in a Little rascals Where looney tunes episode.

There is no world-building in I am Groot, just a few clever gags in which Groot oscillates between curious and frustrated, irritable and excitable. Namely, a story makes him jealous when, while still in his pot aboard Yondu’s Eclector ship, his care via helper robots is interrupted by the arrival of a new bonsai tree. Groot’s hostile efforts to eliminate this replacement invariably backfire, and as with the entire collection, writer/director Kirsten Lepore casts this friction as both absurd and a reflection of familiar tween feelings. This is also true of Groot’s encounter with a community of tiny insectoid aliens, whom he sees as adorable playthings but who see him as a destructive titan who must be stopped at all costs. The awkward and innocent recklessness of youth is something everyone can relate to, and I am Groot successfully exploits it for laughs.

“The goofy, innocent recklessness of youth is a subject everyone can relate to, and “I Am Groot” successfully exploits it for laughs.”

I am GrootThe brevity of keeps it from becoming stale, and yet, given that each chapter is only four minutes long, a little extra time could have allowed it to playfully elaborate on its vanities. Even with the speed of the proceedings allowing for plenty of ups and downs in each story, an extra minute or two would have developed not only Groot’s boisterous and volatile attitude, but also the support of the players who are relegated to momentarily blinking and You miss. them numbers. Whether it’s an aquatic creature with the power to mimic or the aforementioned ant-sized aliens, there are characters here that would benefit from an extra whimsical embellishment.

require more than I am Groothowever, this misses the essence of this enterprise, which is to confer the guardians of the galaxy member with a brief chance to shine in the spotlight, this after being relegated to the background for the past two years (in Avengers: Infinity War and End of Gameas well as this summer Thor: Love and Thunder). A cynical critic might note that the series is also a calculated attempt to bring preschool-aged viewers into the Marvel fold. Then again, given the uneven quality of Disney+’s MCU output to date, at least I am Groot is a charming gateway vehicle for future fanboys.

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