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Watch First Episode of Disney XD’s ‘Rocket & Groot’ Shorts Series

Announced last July, Disney XD has released the first episode in its new series of Rocket & Groot shorts produced by Passion Pictures:

Twelve shorts were made for the series. They follow Rocket and Groot as they try to figure out how to get enough credits to buy a new ship after their old one breaks down. A compilation of all the shorts will premiere on Disney XD at 7:00am ET/PT on April 10.

The shorts are directed by Arnaud Delord, who is best known for creating game cinematics with his creative partner Jérôme Combe under the moniker Arnaud & Jerome, and written by Chris “Doc” Wyatt and Kevin Burke. Executive producers are Cara Speller, Alan Fine, Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, and Cort Lane, and co-executive producers are Stephen Wacker and Stan Lee.

Rocket is voiced by Trevor Devall (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Johnny Test) and Groot is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, The Cleveland Show).

French directors Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach are working on a similar series of Ant-Man shorts for Disney-Marvel, also being produced by Passion.

  • Tri

    I love this so much

  • Looks great!

    looks amazing! Love the snappy 2D feeling with their 3D animation.

  • Ryan Barrett

    It’s about time people started incorporating over-the-top exaggerated movements into 3D. Or at least were ballsy enough to do it right.

    • Fried

      People have been doing cartoony CG since 2008 with Horton Hears a Who. Even for TV, Nickelodeon had Fanboy and Chum Chum which was pretty expressive CG, even if it wasn’t a good show.

      It’s still gorgeous, but it’s not the first. If this was done on a viable budget for a TV series, though, that’d be something worth exploring. I’d love for this to become a standard for CG shows, though looks more like an investment for Disney than something that’ll be applicable for tv budgets.

      • Barrett

        I’d say it was pretty well done here. Toony 3D CG often looks jarringly odd and rubbery, for every “Horton” there are a dozen “Jimmy Neutrons.” This short was amusing if not hilarious, and the animation worked well. Glad to see Disney giving it a proper budget & talent.

  • Enrico G. Rollo

    Nooooooo! It’s not avaible in my country! :/

  • Bisong Olaoye Taiwo

    Not available in Canada :(

    • Barrett

      I’m always amazed at how many clips posted on here are apparently region-blocked outside the U.S. It seems to afflict animated content in particular. In this day and age, content producers should realize doing this for shorts and other non-episode-length media is counterproductive to building fanbases & enthusiasm for properties.

    • Dusty Ayres

      I’m watching the second link right now, and I am in Toronto.