If you had to say to me, which of the Guardian’s of the Galaxy would make the perfect subject of their own spin-off TV show, I don’t think Groot would be my first choice. Baby Groot is, of course, adorable, but the limited dialogue offered by everyone’s favourite tree-based character would seem to reduce what any follow up shows could be about.
Well, as always, I’m wrong, because Disney have done just that, given our Groot a spin-off made up of five short episodes (really short, a couple of minutes each), which mean the lack of any significant scripting isn’t really felt. And it gives Groot the chance to do what he does best - be adorable.
The five episodes are short and sweet:
- Groot gets jealous of a bonsai tree but finds freedom
- Groot discovers life bigger than him, and smaller than him
- Groot fights and dance fights with an alien
- Groot learns about fashion and using up precious resources
- Groot tries to create glitter but actually makes bigger problems
The thirty minute tantrum was my favourite bit of the whole output, particularly as it ends with a spectacular face-plant. Actually Groot seems to fall a lot. The way he totters around and causes chaos really reminded me of Morph, a similar character that didn’t talk much.
I liked it, it’s fun, but I don’t know that I would be missing much if it didn’t exist. But not all content has to be purposeful, sometimes it can just be an adorable tree-like creature learning about his surroundings and having lengthy tantrums along the way.