'We are Groot!' Love Groot? Then you'll love this! USA Today has a new clip from Marvel and Disney XD's exciting new animated series Guardians of the Galaxy, which is based on the 2014 blockbuster of the same name. And we don't just get to see one Groot. We get to see a whole world full of them!
Something the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie never touched on was where Groot came from, or if there were more like him in the universe. We quickly find that out as Ronan the Accuser travels to Groot's home planet in his Dark Aster warship. Ronan's plan is to enslave this planet of humanoid-plant creatures. His dastardly goal is to mine their planet of it's precious resources.
It doesn't take long for Ronan to see he's up against a big army of badasses. Something he'd have known had he watched Guardians of the Galaxy. The Kree villain is quick to discover that the verbally-challenged Groots aren't going down without a fight. So, instead of sticking around to collect what he's come for, he decides to flee. But not peacefully. He plans to destroy their world and its resources as a parting gift.
Guardians of the Galaxy features themes of redemption and the importance of friendships and family told through a series of riveting sequential story arcs. The series follows the newly formed team that finds a strange artifact keyed only to the DNA of Peter Quill. Upon opening it, Quill unleashes a treasure map leading to a powerful weapon known as the Cosmic Seed, which is capable of giving birth to the next universe. It's up to the Guardians to find, protect and ultimately destroy the Cosmic Seed in order to keep it out of the hands of those who would abuse its power, from galactic big boss Thanos to the conniving brothers the Collector and the Grandmaster, to a resurrected Ronan, to the ultimate trickster, Loki, in order to save the universe.
Star-Lord was featured in the first installment of brief two-part videos that reveal new details about each of the main characters. Star-Lord/Peter Quill kicked off the series, which continues this week with our special sneak peek at Groot, which will debut on Disney XD Saturday, August 8 (Part 1 - 8:58 p.m., ET/PT & Part 2 - 9:58 p.m. ET/PT). This will be followed by Rocket Raccoon on Saturday, August 15 (Part 1 - 8:58 p.m. ET/PT & Part 2 - 9:58 p.m., ET/PT), Drax on Saturday, August 22 (Part 1 - 8:58 p.m. ET/PT & Part 2 - 9:58 p.m., ET/PT) and Gamora on August 29 (Part 1 - 8:58 p.m. ET/PT & Part 2 - 9:58 p.m. ET/PT). These videos lead up to the September 5 sneak preview of the first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy, entitled "Road to Knowhere".
Featuring the hugely popular characters introduced in the record-breaking Marvel Studios film of the same name, the series stars Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) as the brash adventurer Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Trevor Devall (Johnny Test) as fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars Rebels) as the enigmatic, expert fighter Gamora, David Sobolov (Transformers: Prime) as the rough-edged warrior Drax the Destroyer, Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) as tree-like humanoid Groot and James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as leader of the space pirates Yondu and the telepathic dog, Cosmo. Produced by Marvel Animation, the series' award-winning creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor), Dan Buckley (Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.), Joe Quesada (Avengers Assemble) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy joins Marvel's Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Disney XD's Top 2 original weekend animated series in Total Viewers and target kid and boy demos.
The first episode, entitled "Road to Knowhere", follows the newly christened Guardians of the Galaxy as they come into possession of a dangerous artifact that has Thanos' new lieutenant, Korath, after them. On Saturday, September 26, the one-hour premiere (9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., ET/PT) will feature an encore presentation of "Road to Knowhere" followed by "Knowhere to Run". In "Knowhere to Run", the Guardians struggle to subdue the suddenly sprung-to-life Celestial head that is the Knowhere space colony, as well as storm Korath's ship to rescue Quill, Gamora and the mysterious CryptoCube that holds the Cosmic Seed. While we wait for the Groot videos debuting later this week, check out the latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. While we await the big premiere, take a look at Groot and his unique alien race as they prepare to face Ronan in a battle to the death!