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‘Guardians of the Galaxy”s Groot Deserves Best Animated Character of the Year Award

'Guardians of the Galaxy''s Groot Deserves Best Animated Character of the Year Award

The Visual Effects Society recognizes that it takes a village to create an animated character. As opposed to the Academy, whose Governors and voters are biased in favor of live action and on-screen actors.

Well, one of the best animated characters I have ever seen–even better than the fabulous Andy Serkis’s groundbreaking work with Weta Digital in everything from Gollum and King Kong to Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies–is Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (August 1). VFX houses MPC and Framestore took the lead on Groot and his fab partner Rocket Raccoon (well-voiced by Bradley Cooper). 

One reason: you can feel the actor behind the animation. It’s not just Vin Diesel’s multiple deliveries of the phrase, “I am Groot,” which provides comic relief. (Director James Gunn gave the actor translations of what each line actually meant.) But this sentient tree is more than a formidable warrior. Groot is the power of nature, as well as its nurturing heart. Trust me, legions of people are going to come out of that movie loving this man tree (who bears some resemblance to “Star Wars” Chewbacca) –and wanting to own the action figure.

Hell, I want one.

This is yet another argument for a new Oscar category–Best Animated Performance–that would include the director, visual effects supervisor, lead animator, and the voice actor. They give multiple awards for sound mixing and editing, which requires groups of people. And for VFX. This should have its own award. 

Meanwhile Disney and Marvel aren’t missing a beat. Diesel has already gone into a sound studio to dub “I am Groot” in five languages: Brazilian, Portuguese, Latin American Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and French.

Presumably Cooper has voiced Rocket in French, at least. He’s fluent.

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Comments

Chris

"One reason: thanks to motion capture, you can feel the actor behind the animation–it's in the eyes" except Groot is keyframe animation, you are insulting the fabulous work by very talented animators. James Gunn has gone on record as saying Groot and Rocket are so facially different to humans motion capture was not an option.

One reason:thanks to the internet ill-informed people can write incorrect statements as if they are fact, it is all in the lack of research.

Andrew

"…even better than the fabulous Andy Serkis's groundbreaking work with Weta Digital in everything from Gollum and King Kong to Caesar in the "Planet of the Apes" movies…"

That's gotta be the funniest thing I've read all day.

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