[Movies] Guardians of the Galaxy

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I can't wait for someone to take a bunch of clips of Rocket Racoon, and combine it with the intro music for The Racoons.
 
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I know nothing about GotG. An anthropomorphic badass raccoon doesn't sound problematic to me. That's not to say it won't be silly. I don't think it has to be by default.
 
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I think people got a little caught up in my silly references to Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck that my overall point was lost. So I will be blunt.

The marvel universe is full of utter wacky insanity. I don't have issues believing a raccoon with guns is part of a space crime fighting force because this is the same universe with a silver guy that rides a surf board through space.

Do I think general movie-going john and jane will be turned off by someone like Rocket Raccoon? Who knows. Anthropomorphic characters have had hits and misses since cinema began. I honestly don't think RR will break this movie more then the shitty marketing or if the story blows chunks.
 

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I think people got a little caught up in my silly references to Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck that my overall point was lost. So I will be blunt.

The marvel universe is full of utter wacky insanity. I don't have issues believing a raccoon with guns is part of a space crime fighting force because this is the same universe with a silver guy that rides a surf board through space.

Do I think general movie-going john and jane will be turned off by someone like Rocket Raccoon? Who knows. Anthropomorphic characters have had hits and misses since cinema began. I honestly don't think RR will break this movie more then the shitty marketing or if the story blows chunks.
Your point wasn't lost, the counter point that was made was, as far as movie sales go, the comics (and therefor the "marvel universe") are irrelevant and might as well not even exist.

Edit - ok, I watched the trailer. I liked that they were very self-effacing about how dumb a name "Star Lord" is, and downplayed Rocket a little. And yes, the A-holes line was good. We'll see what happens.
 
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As I said, I think the strongest point in its favour is flying under the Marvel/Avengers banner. That alone gives me hope it'll do better than, say, Pacific Rim

On the bright side, however it sells over here, you can guaran-damn-tee it'll sell like gangbusters in China and Japan. They love weird shit.

Also, if this trailer doesn't tell you that this movie is totally a fun, light-hearted sci-fi romp then I don't know what to tell you. The Star Lord stuff with "Obscene Gesture Alert" alone should've sold it for you.
 
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I will say that Rocket is the only character in this group that I have 'heard' of before the movie was announced. He is 40ish after all.
 
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So it's just the trailer they showed at Comic-con then, that's a bit disappointing. Nice to see in full quality, sure, but still. Starlord comes off as more typical "Chris Pratt lovable oaf" in attitude than really fits the character, but we'll see how that holds over the whole movie.
 
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What I'm seeing in this thread is basically these three endlessly looping conversations of confusion, which have by now merged into one giant mecha confusing endlessly looping conversation.

"I won't watch this movie because it looks kind of silly."
"But it's supposed to be kind of silly."
"How can I take it seriously when it looks so silly?!"
"But it's supposed to be silly. You aren't supposed to take it seriously."
"But the general public won't ever take something so silly seriously."
"I don't think this movie will do very well, they aren't promoting it well enough, and its a kind of silly universe for joe shmo outsiders to get into."
"Whaaaaaaaat? I'm super excited for this movie."
"You are not the joe shmo outsider to the universe I am referring to."
"But I'm going to see it."
"But unless they pick up their advertising, many won't"
"But I just told you I am"
"But you aren't many"
"But... I'm GOING."
"Aw man, Rocket Raccoon, Fuck yeah!"
"The movie going public will never pay to go see a movie with a rocket toting raccoon."
"What? I never said anything about the movie going public. I am looking forward to it for these reasons [x,y,z reasons]"
"The movie going public doesn't care about [x,y,z]"
"Well I'm going to see it because it looks fun, and I like Rocket Raccoon"
"Well the movie going public won't"
 
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I think the trailer gave me a better idea of what to expect from this movie. I am now going from "might see this movie" to "will probably see this movie, maybe on DVD after it comes out."

Still though... a raccoon...
 
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Edit - ok, I watched the trailer. I liked that they were very self-effacing about how dumb a name "Star Lord" is, and downplayed Rocket a little. And yes, the A-holes line was good. We'll see what happens.
The trailer was really played up for non-nerds, I think. Having them in a police line-up is a perfect excuse to introduce each super-obscure character. They have the tone right, too, in that they really are kind of a bunch of a-holes. That works perfectly with the underdog feeling that comic has, so it looks like the movie is making all the smart marketing decisions there.
 
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Screw that. I was one of those lucky kids who's parents subscribed to the Disney Channel before it sucked.
Have you seen The Raccoons and the Lost Star? It's seriously one of the most surreal kids movies ever made.
 
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Have you seen The Raccoons and the Lost Star? It's seriously one of the most surreal kids movies ever made.
I have... in chunks, over the course of the years. It's one of those specials that has been hard to track down. Never found it on youtube, or for sale. And don't turn me towards questionably legal options because I won't click.
I do remember a music episode however where they had a bunch of clips from the Lost Star and a few of the other specials edited together for some music videos.
 
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Finally, a solid marketing team. Let's see them ramp this up to 12 till release and we'll be in solid.
We need Happy Meals and kids toys stat. For the love of fuck, they better not do a delay on the release while the marketing blows up either.

That trailer though:
 
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