Meet the Cast of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Animated Series


guardiansXDBOY MEETS WORLD’s Will Friedle has been tapped to lend his voice to Star-Lord in the upcoming Marvel animated series GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on Disney X D.

Chris Pratt personified Peter Quill’s nom de crime in last summer’s live-action blockbuster Marvel movie, and will reprise the role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but not in the animated series.

Friedle will be joined by  Kevin Michael Richardson as the voice of Groot, Trevor Devall as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, David Sobolov as Drax, and James Arnold Taylor will voice two characters: Yondu and Cosmo.
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‘Guardians of thr Galaxy’ – The Honest Trailer

Even though the folks at Screen Junkies admit, “We’re really reaching here, this was a fun movie,”  this Honest Trailer does a pretty good job making fun of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he year’s top-grossing movie.

Sure, most of the jabs rely on the relative obscurity of the characters, but it’s still fun!

“I am Groot!”

I Am (Dancing Baby) Groot!

If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet — and if you haven’t, why are you reading this blog? — get up and go to a theater now. Then come back here and click on this clip featuring the most adorable part of the movie. (You know which part…)

Disney/Marvel better get a move on — they’re leaving piles of money on the table by not having a Dancing Baby Groot on store shelves NOW! Thanos help them if there isn’t one ready to ship for the holiday season…

More ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Promos

Because I’m having a hard time resisting anything to do with James Gunn‘s upcoming adaptation of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, here are three new images from what promises to be a bat-shit crazy movie! (We should be so lucky!)

Here we see Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord wearing his mask and running on the set, plus Peter dealing with Gamora, as played by Zoe Saldana. And then there’s all the self-described Guardians in prison jumpsuits: Quill and Gamora flanking Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Drax the Destroyer, played by Dave Bautista.

Director Gunn recently doled out a bit of info about Peter Quill’s origin in the movie, as well as Gamora and Nebula:

“He was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age eight and raised in a group of thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a d**k and very lucky. Thanos slaughtered [Gamora’s] family and Nebula’s, then raised them together as siblings. They were bioengineered to become living weapons, so he’s really good at killing people.”

Let the GotG insanity begin on Aug. 1!

Fun With Marvel Concept Art

Marvel Studios released some interesting-looking concept art from its various Phase 2 projects, so I thought I’d share a few cool visuals.

Here are some images intended for Avengers: Age of Ultron, including the visuals for the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The image of Hulk and Black Widow could easily be from The Avengers, so looks like director Joss Whedon is going for “more of the same.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy art continues to support the idea that Rocket Raccoon will be the breakout character. I’m more interested in Star-Lord’s mask — which I hope he will wear more than most other movie superheroes wear theirs.

The Guardians — Not Your Usual Suspects

GotGlineupMarvel Studios released what it’s calling the first official photo of the title characters from James Gunn’s upcoming would-be summer blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy — and the (mostly) live-action image is almost identical to pre-production artwork that was released quite a while ago: The ragtag team captured by the interstellar police force, the Nova Corps.

The characters all look pretty good, and using the police lineup theme instantly makes one think of the classic caper movie The Usual Suspects, and suggests that these Guardians are supposed to be similarly likeable rogues. Only with a raccoon. And a tree.

I’m not happy that Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) isn’t wearing his Star-Lord uniform (any of the numerous versions would have done), but of course Gamora (Zoe Salanda) and Drax (Dave Bautista) could not wear their highly impractical comic book uniforms onscreen.
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Vin Diesel: Voice of the Alien Tree

GrootTalk about late to the party! Marvel Studios has finally confirmed what fandom has known at least since August: Vin Diesel is voicing the CGI character Groot the living tree in next summer’s live-action film, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Perhaps recognizing that there’s not much to add, Marvel’s press release about the casting didn’t say much:

Vin Diesel is Groot! The star of the Fast and Furious and Riddick franchises will lend his voice to Groot in Marvel’s live-action Guardians of the Galaxy.

GotG director James Gunn confirmed the casting with a post on his Facebook page, adding:

Yep it is completely official, AND he’s amazing. I never knew someone could say I AM GROOT so many different ways and with such feeling (and that sounds like I’m kidding but I’m not!)

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Visual Concepts for Guardians of the Galaxy

Think Marvel’s forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie will live up to the cosmic reach of the comic book series? Judging by these concept paintings, the producers and writer/director James Gunn are certainly going to try!

My favorite is the one depicting massive starships lifting off a planet, but the alien environment — a strange city in a cave? — looks pretty atmospheric. Finally, that group shot includes a few members of the guardians, including Rocket Raccoon, Drax (to be played by former wrestler Dave Bautista) to his left (with the red tattoos) and Groot, the big tree-like dude on the right side. It does give off a bit of a Star Wars cantina feel, but I’m hoping it can be filmed in such a way as to minimize the similarities.

Guardians of the Galaxy is slated to be released Aug. 1, 2014.