It seems that people just can’t get enough of Groot, the lovable, one-liner character from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.“ The innocent-child like tree-like humanoid who was featured in the film had not only started a toy line, a clear reference to his dancing mini-Groot form in the movie, but can now be texted as well. Read on to find out more about this story.
According to the Hollywood Reporter (THR), people can now text, share their problems and receive insights and words of advice from the Guardian of the Galaxy with the chatbox developed by Twilio’s Ricky Robinett. It was reported that the program responds with the same “I am Groot” whenever a user send a text message to the number (866) 740-4531.
The chatbot was first featured Monday on TechCrunch, gaining immense popularity. By Tuesday afternoon, the bot creator tweeted that Groot has received a lot of messages and has now sent over 30,000 messages, jokingly stating that the gentle giant “may have a text message addiction.”
Groot has now sent over 20,000 messages!
— Ricky ✈️ (@rickyrobinett) September 16, 2014
It seems that the character is the breakout star for this year’s the summer movie season. The gigantic Guardian, who was featured at the end of the movie, to the beat of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” has also received a “dancing Groot” incarnation made possible by Funko. The said toy doesn’t actually dance like other Funko toy releases.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” helmer James Gunn explains in an interview with Empire that the mini-Groot dancing sequence was originally intended as a post-credit sequence for the sci-fi superhero pic, which ended up attached to the end of the main feature, leading to the creation of the actual post-credit sequence attached to the movie featuring one of Marvel’s obscure characters, Howard the Duck.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” has become one of the biggest box office surprises of the year, becoming the top-grossing film of the summer in North America, outplaying the likes of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened up to a whopping $26.6 million for a total of $37.8 million, including the Thursday night earnings of $11.2 million. The film became a critical and financial success, having grossed $281.2 million in North America and $273.1 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $554.3 million. “Guardians of the Galaxy” became the fourteenth movie of 2014 to make over $300 million, which it did in 10 days.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and features an ensemble cast ncluding Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro. The film is directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman.
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