Wooden Personalities?

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I’ve always found it fairly easy to ascribe to the notion of sentient plant life.  I swear that the weeds are implementing a master plan to take over my lawn and garden, and mock me when I seek to eradicate them.  “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can imagine!,” cry their tiny voices in my ears, echoing old Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars.  If you would look for examples of intelligent plant life in movies or on the small screen, consider the carnivorous alien Audrey II plant from Little Shop of Horrors, the Triffids, the Jolly Green Giant, and a host of others.  We just haven’t had a good sentient plant around recently.

Fortunately, we have the character of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy coming to our rescue!  Yeah, I know he’s essentially a sentient tree, but he does appear with a raccoon, so he merits mention here.  Furthermore, Groot is voiced by none less than Vin Diesel, so you know that this is a plant to be reckoned with!  While Groot is integral to the action of Guardians, he isn’t much of a talker, saying only one three-word line in the entire movie (“I am Groot!“).  Still, Vin Diesel voiced that line in several languages for movie outtakes, and even wore stilts coming in to the recording studio so as to better assume more of the character’s stature…and you thought that method acting was dead!

I’ve always liked the actor as an action hero, although some might say that his performance here is a bit…wooden, ahahahaha!

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4 Comments on “Wooden Personalities?”

  1. vulpesffb Says:

    I saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday, and it was AWESOME! Rocket Raccoon alone is worth the price of admission, and is likely to become the most successful and popular cinematic treatment of a furry character in years. What is Rocket like? Well, “There’s no one like me but me” as Rocket himself observes, but if you think of a furry Han Solo (Star Wars), you’re coming close.

    In the scene pictured in the above post, Rocket has been forced into a prison escape effort earlier than he planned. He is lamenting not having “his stuff” when another character tosses him a weapon about half the size of his body. “Oh yeah!,” purrs the raccoon ecstatically before raining death upon all who oppose him while perched upon the shoulder of Groot, his “muscle.”

    I would only warn you that I was wired for hours after seeing this movie, although your personal experience may differ!

  2. carycomic Says:

    I remember a Golden Age reprint, from Marvel Comics, where Groot was depicted as a very articulate alien…who came to 1950’s Earth in order to conquer it. I forget how he was dissuaded, thogh. Weed killer probably.


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