Marvel's Rocket & Groot

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Marvel's Rocket & Groot TV Poster Image
Animated shorts are best fit for "Guardians" fans.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Stories too short for any quality plot or character development, settling instead for fast-paced action, physical humor. But viewers can make out Groot's loyalty to his friend and his understated heroism.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rocket has big ideas that generally fall short of his goals. He has a fiery temper and a malleable sense of morals. Groot is the opposite: habitually calm, quiet, and simple-minded, trusting to a fault, and willing to do anything for his friend.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon violence like explosions and crashes with little consequence. Rocket uses a laser gun, but mostly on inanimate objects.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

These shorts introduce a backstory for two characters in the Guardians of the Galaxy saga.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

MARVEL'S ROCKET & GROOT tells the story of the titular characters before their days as Guardians of the Galaxy. Pals Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Trevor Devall) and Groot (Kevin Michael Richardson) are bounty hunters, traveling the galaxy to earn funds to buy a new ship.

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?

TV details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love Marvel fun

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate