I Am Groot is a show that a lot of us have been undoubtedly excited for since its announcement. Given the fan’s excitement and the overarching love for the character, Groot, you would think this series is a no brainer. I AM GROOT, releasing August 12th on Disney+, is an interesting one, and one I would classify as a rare miss for Marvel Studios.
I Am Groot first and foremost is a children’s show, although unlike the other Disney+ shorts shows they don’t leave much room for us older folk to enjoy. While watching I had the treacherous feeling that this series was made simply for the revenue they could make off of merchandising, and an utterly miserable attempt to capture the success of Star Wars’ Grogu.
After being spoiled with series’ such as Dug Days and the more recent BAYMAX! It’s surprising to see a series of shorts, especially on released by Marvel that doesn’t just not meet the bar, it doesn’t even come close. The cinematography and animation on display is spectacular, but truly is the story where this show falls short. As we’ve seen in shows like BAYMAX!, it is possible to create a series of shorts that tells a compelling and full story. Which really begs the question of what happened over at Marvel Studios, because as we know, they are known for putting out top tier content with stories that tend to really wrap audiences around their thumb.
Vin Diesel returns as the role of Groot, and he does as great as always, considering his lines consist of three words. My favorite episode though was the one that involved Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper). Rocket has been one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe since his introduction with the Guardians of The Galaxy and I’m so glad he was the Guardian they chose to use in this series, although it would’ve been nice to see the other Guardians as well. Kirsten Lepore, director of What If? returns to direct her second Marvel animated project, and while I won’t say too much, these two projects have been my least favorite in the MCU.
I Am Groot is a series that is hands down made for the younger audience, and while I love the Guardians, it doesn’t leave much room for us adults to enjoy. If you have children or if you find yourself with an extra twenty minutes at hand, I would give this series a go, but don’t lose sleep over it.