SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t yet seen Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy…
…what the heck is the matter with you?!? It came out two weeks ago and is one of the year’s best films!
But hopping off of my soapbox for a moment, there is one short sequence in particular from the Guardians credits that has been exploding on social media, so much so that Marvel Studios finally agreed on Thursday to officially release it online. That would be Baby Groot — or Tiny Groot (whichever you prefer) — getting his Groot on to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” part of the flick’s amazing soundtrack.
Director James Gunn had this to say about the adorable scene:
“It was initially written as a tag for the very end of the film. But after we shot it, it worked so well I wanted to put it at the actual end of the film so none of the audience would miss it.”
Next came the biggest revelation of all: Baby Groot was not actually played by Vin Diesel (who portrayed Groot proper), but rather, it was the director himself!
“Baby Groot dancing is 100 percent me. I was too embarrassed for anyone to be there, so I made everyone leave the room, and I set up a camera and I videotaped myself dancing. Then I sent the video to the animators and had them animate over that. I begged them not to leak the video! Two of my closest friends came to an early screening and said ‘Hey, I recognize those moves! That’s you dancing isn’t it?!‘”
Well, Surgers, we all know how The Internets work, so now that the sequence has been made available on YouTube, I’m sure we’ll be seeing Baby Groot dancing to every song imaginable before the weekend is over.
In the meantime, check out some of the unofficial Baby Groots that some rather artistic fans have built on their own:
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