They are Groot — and they are adorable. While some West Coasters may have been disappointed to learn that the meet and greet character arriving in Disney California Adventure this summer would be a full-grown Groot and not the baby version seen in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, what you’re about to see makes up for that lack of cute factor in a big way. Yesterday, @jaysquivel on Twitter shared a video of Groot dancing with a fan in front of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! in what can only be described as an IRL Baby Groot moment:
I. AM. CRYING. pic.twitter.com/2ANBJ0pLqP
— jonathan (@jaysquivel) June 10, 2017
Speaking of Baby Groot, in case you missed it, Guardians director James Gunn recently shared a couple of clips where he performs the character’s opening title sequence dance:
Ah yes, another video of me doing the motion reference work for #BabyGroot. Believe it or not, I actually did three different versions of this dance at three different times. The first time was when I first wrote the scene, in my office st home, recorded by @simonlikes on his iPhone. That one was mostly so that I could remember the camera angles and camera movements I had in my head while writing than it did the actual dance. The second time was on set in Atlanta with a single camera and our visual effects team. That time it was doing the dance full out – there were some bits and pieces we used – but because Groot is moving and the camera was stable I was only able to travel for very short periods. And so we did it again, this time in Los Angeles, with many cameras lined down a long space so that I could actually do all the long walks and jumps Groot was doing. That’s when this is from. For those of you who’ve asked, bits of the dance were ideas of things I had in my head, or things designed for the already planned camera movies, but most of it was free form made up on the spot. The other question I’ve gotten asked a lot is whether or not I was just doing my regular dancing or was it in character. The answer is of course in character – I think you can see clearly in this video I’m trying to move my body that works for a little tree more than what I’d be dancing like in a nightclub in L.A. This is of course all courtesy of the visual effects company @framestore who turned this stuff into something magical, creating one of the most impressive single shots ever. #GuardiansoftheGalaxyVol2 is still out in theaters so go see it again this weekend! #gotgvol2 #GotGPicoftheDay #fbf #flashbackfriday #friday #instagood #filmmaking #movie #movies #dancing #love
Needless to say, Baby Groot fever doesn’t seem like it will be going away anytime soon — and that’s okay with us! What do you think?