The iconic opening dance of the Baby Groot on the classical hit of the seventies, ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is an exceptionally innovative come back of the character after the 2014 prequel, the Guardians of the Galaxy by James Gunn.
Pretty much living up to the lofty claims of it being one of the grandest and magnificent title shots ever, the Baby Groot dance sequence is indeed a visual treat for the audiences with its extraordinary animation and VFX technologies.
The dance sequence was developed at Framestore, a famous visual effects studio credited with bringing some of the most legendary CGI characters including the Abilisk to life. As Arslan, the animation supervisor at Framestore puts it, he looked into the expressions and enactments of young babies and children for inspiration for creating the Baby Groot. Since Baby Groot was only supposed to be 10 cm tall, the animators had to ensure that his facial features are simple and come out well defined without making him look too aged.
Also, in the opening dance sequence, James Gunn extensively employed the use of a metric camera for creating a more dynamic environment by freezing the front shot and distorting the backdrop. While running around in the opening sequence, Baby Groot’s steps were slower than the camera movement and Gunn reportedly incorporated a series of cheats and hops to refine the process and bring the scene to life.