I Am Groot is an American series of animated shorts created by Kirsten Lepore for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics featuring the character Groot. It features characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), following Baby Groot on various adventures that get him into trouble between the events of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and one of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s (2017) mid-credits scenes. The series is produced by Marvel Studios Animation, with Lepore serving as head writer and director.
Vin Diesel reprises his role as the voice of Baby Groot from the MCU films, with Bradley Cooper also starring in the first season, and Jeffrey Wright starring in the second. I Am Groot was announced in December 2020, and Luma Pictures began work on the series’ photorealistic animation by August 2021. The involvement of Lepore was revealed that November.
I Am Groot premiered its first season with five shorts on Disney+ on August 10, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU. A second season, also with five shorts, was released on September 6, 2023, as part of Phase Five.
- Vin Diesel as Baby Groot:
A member of the Guardians of the Galaxy who is a tree-like humanoid. Executive producer Brad Winderbaum called Baby Groot “imperfect” who “doesn’t always make the right choices, but learns from his mistakes”, adding it was “fun to watch him fail, and it’s even more fun to watch him succeed”.
- Bradley Cooper as Rocket:
A member of the Guardians who is a genetically modified raccoon bounty hunter and a master of weapons and military tactics. Director Kirsten Lepore described Rocket as “bit of a scolding parent” towards Groot, but still his friend “with a soft heart”, with Winderbaum stating that Rocket feels responsible for Groot as “an unlikely parent”.
- Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher: A member of the alien Watcher race who observes the multiverse. Wright reprises his role from the animated series What If…?.
Additionally, James Gunn voices a wrist watch and Trevor Devall voices Iwua, a shapeshifting alien who mimics Groot, in the first season.
In December 2020, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced I Am Groot, a series of short films starring Baby Groot. Around then, Marvel Studios’ head of streaming, television and animation Brad Winderbaum chose Kirsten Lepore to direct the shorts, which would have “little-to-no dialogue”. Marvel Studios was looking for a way to return to the Baby Groot character after his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) since they felt there was “a whole universe of stories to tell” with him as a toddler. They also were drawn to early Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck short films as a way to “go back to that early Disney animation short-form style of storytelling”. Lepore was announced as director of the shorts during the Disney+ Day event in November 2021; she is also the series’ head writer.
I Am Groot is produced by Marvel Studios Animation, with the first season consisting of five shorts totaling approximately 15 minutes. The shorts are executive produced by Lepore and Marvel Studios’ Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Winderbaum, with James Gunn, the writer and director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, serving as an executive producer on the first season. Production on five additional shorts was underway by July 2022, described as a second season. Lepore said this second collection of shorts would be “in the same spirit” as the first, and features ideas she had that did not make the first collection of shorts. For each season, 30 ideas for shorts were conceived that were then presented to Marvel Studios to choose from. Lepore felt if Marvel Studios wished to make more shorts, they had “no shortage of ideas”.
September 6, 2023
- E01 – “Are You My Groot?”
- E02 – “Groot Noses Around”
- E03 – “Groot’s Snow Day”
- E04 – “Groot’s Sweet Treat”
- E05 – “Groot and the Great Prophecy”
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