Guardians Director: Groot's Crotch Was "Incredibly Difficult" to Design

Guardians Director: Groot's Crotch Was "Incredibly Difficult" to Design

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently revealed that Groot's crotch area was the hardest part of the character to finalize.

While the onscreen actors in Guardians of the Galaxy were, by-and-large, wonderful, it was the CGI duo of Rocket and Groot that easily stole the show. Vin Diesel's Groot was an especial treat, winning audiences over with a sizable collection of moments that delivered big laughs and, on occasion, even warmed the heart. As excellently realized as his character was, one can imagine that it took a lot of work on the part of the film's creators to bring him to the screen as well as they did. According to director James Gunn, one part of the character in particular wound up being a point of challenge for its creative team.

The source of their consternation? Groot's crotch.

Discussing the character in a Facebook post, Gunn revealed that finding a good design for Groot's nether-regions was "incredibly difficult" and something that the he and the movie's artists spent an almost ridiculous amount of time working on. "A piece of bark looked too cheesy and fig leaf-like or a root was in just the wrong place that [it] looked like an ingrown penis," he said, describing some of the options they explored. "There were more iterations of Groot's crotch than any part of his body." It's a wonder they didn't just stick a shirt on him and call it a day, Donald Duck style.

The final version of Groot, of course, was vastly different overall from earlier concepts which envisioned everyone's favorite talking tree as a creature that looked much bulkier and, in Gunn's own words, "old." Considering how well audiences responded to character however, we feel safe in saying that it was well worth the effort.

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I always found Groot creepy. You just know he's also the sexual assault tree from Cabin in the Woods.
And this article basically confirms that.

*sigh*
Dammnit, now I have to re-watch GotG and look at Groot's crotch. Thanks, Escapist!

Groot always has morning wood. That's not his fault, it's just the way he is!

Silentpony:
I always found Groot creepy. You just know he's also the sexual assault tree from Cabin in the Woods.
And this article basically confirms that.

Do you mean The Evil Dead? I don't remember a sexual assault tree in Cabin in the Woods...

Glad to have been of service! :)

"It's a wonder they didn't just stick a shirt on him and call it a day, Donald Duck style."

Uhm, how is that a wonder?
Donald Duck and cohorts all ONLY wear shirts (and not all the time, mind)... and those do NOTHING to cover up their cloaca area!!!

I guess it's only natural for ducks, being the necrophiliac, group rapist caniabalist types that they are...

OT: Seriously?
It's a TREE trunk... Those don't have genitalia in the first place, so there ain't much to censor there, now is there?
Now SUPERMAN on the other hand, oh boy! Actually tricky-dicky! :P

COMaestro:

Silentpony:
I always found Groot creepy. You just know he's also the sexual assault tree from Cabin in the Woods.
And this article basically confirms that.

Do you mean The Evil Dead? I don't remember a sexual assault tree in Cabin in the Woods...

Nope.

http://thecabininthewoods.wikia.com/wiki/Angry_Molesting_Tree

It grabbed a dude and presumably raped him to death, and people laughed because it was a dude.

Silentpony:

COMaestro:

Silentpony:
I always found Groot creepy. You just know he's also the sexual assault tree from Cabin in the Woods.
And this article basically confirms that.

Do you mean The Evil Dead? I don't remember a sexual assault tree in Cabin in the Woods...

Nope.

http://thecabininthewoods.wikia.com/wiki/Angry_Molesting_Tree

It grabbed a dude and presumably raped him to death, and people laughed because it was a dude.

It think it's very difficult to not find a rapist tree funny. I laughed when it happened in Evil Dead too and I'm pretty sure that was to a girl.

Silentpony:

COMaestro:

Silentpony:
I always found Groot creepy. You just know he's also the sexual assault tree from Cabin in the Woods.
And this article basically confirms that.

Do you mean The Evil Dead? I don't remember a sexual assault tree in Cabin in the Woods...

Nope.

http://thecabininthewoods.wikia.com/wiki/Angry_Molesting_Tree

It grabbed a dude and presumably raped him to death, and people laughed because it was a dude.

In all fairness, it was probably a nod to Raimi when it happened.

Frankly, the pictured scene with that goofy grin - after having impaled half a dozen bad guys in a line AND used them all as a flail against the next dozen or so troops - is the creepiest thing about the guy.

To be honest, in all the times I have watched the movie, my eyes have never drifted to his twig and berries.

Heh, I never thought that Groot morning wood was an issue when it come to animated him on the big screen. Didn't they used the comicbook images of him for references?

 

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