A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marvel's Rocket & Groot is a collection of animated shorts focusing on Rocket Raccoon's and Groot's experiences before they become Guardians of the Galaxy. Here they're galactic bounty hunters, roaming space attempting to earn enough units to buy Rocket a new ship. Their adventures yield a lot of adventure and action (some with mishaps like crashes and collisions), and some laughs. What's most prominent is the discrepancy between the two friends' personalities: Groot is unfailingly loyal and trusting, and Rocket's a schemer with a plan or two always up his sleeve. Occasionally this puts them at odds and sets up scenarios that put their friendship at risk.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Marvel fans will enjoy these buddy comedy shorts, but without the context of the Guardians characters or their friendship, the stories mean little to other viewers. With episodes that run less than two minutes in length, there's no time to develop a story or even introduce the characters themselves, so bursts of frenetic action and some physical humor is what you get.
If you already know and like the unlikely friendship between these two Guardians, though, Marvel's Rocket & Groot will help round out your picture of them. Kids whose first introduction to the broader franchise is this series probably will seek out more of the characters' adventures in other productions.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about positive character strengths like compassion and teamwork. Which do you see in play between Rocket and Groot? When given the chance, does Rocket always choose his own needs over his friendship with Groot? What accounts for their continued friendship?
How does knowing a role model's flaws affect your admiration for that individual? Is anyone perfect? Do we hold celebrities to a different standard than we have for average people? Is it fair to do so?
What can we learn about courage from TV superheroes? Which ones are your favorites, and why?
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