I think it’s safe to say that Rocket Racoon and Groot were two of the biggest reasons that Guardians of the Galaxy ended up being a success in 2014, which is even more remarkable when you take into account the fact that they also could have been the reason the film failed as well. Two entirely CGI creatures ended up being the two biggest highlights of the film, and while a lot of that has to do with the way they were written and the actors providing voices for them, a large amount of credit should also be given to the designs of the characters as well.
Concept artist Jackson Sze posted some original Guardians of the Galaxy artwork he created for the film online too (H/T ScreenRant), and among many things, the art reveals a much different, though still tree-based designs for Groot in the film.
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Obviously, the artwork itself isn’t all that different from the final design we saw in the theatrical cut of the film, though the second design does seem like a much wilder and more bizarre design for the character, and while it looks cool, it’s also not hard to see why Gunn and co. decided to go with a much cleaner look for the character in the final version of the film. From a visual effects standpoint alone even.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theatres on July 7th, 2017.
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