Disney reveals what happens in all 5 ‘I Am Groot’ episodes
While She-Hulk could be the next big Marvel Studios Disney+ series, there’s something else fans can look forward to before that: I’m Groot. While not a full show, this collection of five shorts follows Baby Groot as the mischievous little plant gets up to no good.
For those wondering where it all fits into continuity, well, it appears to take place between the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and its scenes by credits. These little adventures seem to be totally canon for Earth-616, at least according to a major producer from Marvel Studios.
But what exactly can audiences expect to see? The recent San Diego Comic-Con trailer showed off a city of mini aliens, destruction on a spaceship, some new leaves for Groot, and more.
Now, thanks to an official press release, those who want to know exactly what to expect going into the show can do just that.
I Am Groot Episodes Revealed
Disney published an official press release for its upcoming Marvel Studios animated collection of shorts, I’m Grootwhich included a plot synopsis for each installment, along with commentary on each from Kristen Lepore, the show’s director.
The first short is titled ‘Groot’s First Steps’ and sees Groot “try [to take] his first step out of the pot:”
“Baby Groot discovers that he’s not the only plant being spoiled aboard his spaceship. A happy accident convinces Groot to try to take his first steps out of his pot—only to learn that you have to walk before you can run. »
Lepore noticed how she was thinking “it would be really cool to start the whole series with Groot growing out of his pot:”
“I thought it would be really cool to start the whole series with Groot growing out of his pot, kind of like a loose version of a plant-growing time-lapse…which was fused with this idea I had of ‘Groot vs . Tree’ ‘— where Groot, a sentient tree, goes up against a non-sentient tree. We really played up that Buster Keaton-esque physical comedy style where the inanimate object always wins.”
Episode 2 is titled “The Little Guy”, which “Groot accidentally uncovers a civilization of miniature blue aliens” called Grunds:
“It’s hard being the little guy, but when Baby Groot accidentally uncovers a civilization of miniature blue aliens, the tables are turned. At first frightened by the seemingly enormous wooden boy, the Grunds family soon discover that he is the hero they have been waiting for.”
The director noted how she wanted to portray it “childish experience of discovering an anthill,” where one begins to become real “curious and [starts] mess around and mess things up:”
“More than any other character in the shorts, Grunds is the super-duper simple kind of character I personally like to design…I like the challenge of pulling out as much expression as you can in the subtlety of just black dots and a mouth…it’s also the childlike experience of discovering an anthill, and you want to be nice and friendly, but you’re also very curious and start messing around and messing things up.”
Third up is ‘Groot’s Pursuit’. This short follows Groot as he “investigating an eerie noise that has haunted the Quadrant,” a hunt that culminates with “a dance-off:”
“Baby Groot investigates an eerie noise that has haunted the Quadrant, the massive Ravager ship that he calls home. In doing so, he comes face to face with Iwua, an intelligent, shape-shifting alien who assumes his form. The best way to find out who Groot really is: a dance-off.”
With this short, Lepore revealed how “the seed of the idea … came from the childhood game of imitating:”
“The cue for the idea for this short came from the childhood game of impersonation, when someone starts copying you and you get really ticked off… Groot gets so ticked off to the point that instead of fighting, they do a dance match. Basically , let’s see if this guy can keep up.”
She then revealed how this third episode also features a voice cameo by franchise director James Gunn, who did it “the voice of the wristwatch/headlamp:”
“[James Gunn] was the voice of the wristwatch/headlight, which Groot hits when it malfunctions… I remember he was in the middle of filming and on his lunch break, and was brought into a trailer to record all these lines for us. He’s just a very generous guy.”
Fourth is ‘Groot Takes a Bath’, which showcases Groot’s fancy new bath concoction leading to someone “epic leaf growth” over his body:
“Everyone needs some alone time to relax and do the dishes, but things are quite different when you’re a Flora Colossi toddler. When Groot’s bath mixture results in epic leaf growth, he takes his hair into his own hands and gets creative with styling.”
Lepore elaborated and shared how Groot “accidentally creates this potion that’s like Miracle-Gro for the whole body:”
“From the very beginning, I was very interested in Groot’s physical abilities: the fact that he can sprout leaves and his limbs can grow super long… In this short sentence, he accidentally makes this potion that’s like Miracle-Gro for the whole body. It’s like Groot as a Chia Pet, which was a really fun arena to play in.”
Last up is ‘Magnum Opus’, where “Groot sets out to paint a family portrait of himself and the Guardians:”
“Setting out to paint a family portrait of himself and the Guardians, Groot goes to great lengths to gather art supplies and forge his masterpiece. Rocket stumbles upon Groot’s efforts and quickly discovers how messy—and disastrous—the artistic process can be.”
The director noted how Groot wants to paint this picture, but “doesn’t have an art store to go to, so he just goes around stealing things from other people:”
“Groot is the lone toddler on the ship trying to figure out what his art supplies are…he doesn’t have an art shop to go to, so he just goes around stealing stuff from other people.”
Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon also makes a brief appearance in this final episode. Lepore mentioned how the character “can be a bit of a scolding parent, but also a friend with a soft heart when it comes to Groot.”
Marvel Studios producer Brad Winderbaum added that “Rocket is an unlikely parent” WHO “I feel very responsible for [Baby Groot]:”
“Rocket is an unlikely parent. There was a partnership—perhaps a big brother-little brother dynamic—with Rocket and Groot from the first film, but Rocket’s relationship with Baby Groot is quite different. He feels very responsible for him. It comes through in Bradley’s performance and in his cameo in the last short of this batch.”
Have fun with Groot
Hopefully, fans kept their expectations in check and didn’t expect anything particularly major for the MCU I’m Groot. All the bits sound like fun little stories with Groot and not much else – which, to be clear, isn’t a bad thing in the slightest.
These first five installments are just the beginning. Another handful of shorts were announced at SDCC and will be coming to the service at a later date.
It is unclear if the next five episodes will be considered a brand new season or if they will be classified as a continuation of the first. If Marvel Studios wanted to, they could easily keep these shorts going until the end of the MCU. So how long will they keep the Groot tree growing?
All five installments of I’m Groot arrived on Disney+ on August 10.