The premiere of I Am Groot on August 10 has every Marvel Cinematic Universe fan excited as it stars a beloved character and marks the first series of shorts set within the franchise. While waiting for the show to debut, Disney+ is home to plenty of other sets of shorts.
Not all of them are set in a world with superheroes or feature iconic characters but they're all worth a look. Some have won major awards, others are just meant for a fun, quick binge, and a few come from the great minds at legendary studios. The main thing they have in common is that they're all available on Disney+.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Take Two With Phineas And Ferb (2010)
One of the oldest sets of shorts on Disney+ comes from 2010 and is a spin-off of the popular animated series Phineas and Ferb. In the same vein as Adult Swim's iconic Space Ghost Coast to Coast, this was a talk show that blended animation with real life.
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The short-form series sees the titular characters interview real celebrities in episodes that typically last a few minutes. 10 episodes are available to stream and include interviews with Taylor Swift, Neith Patrick Harris, Jack Black, Emma Roberts, and more, all done in hilarious fashion.
One Day At Disney (2019)
The streaming service is host to a delightful documentary titled One Day at Disney, which looks at some of the unsung heroes throughout the many divisions at the Walt Disney Company. The incredible Sterling K. Brown narrated it all.
If you aren't up to watching a full film, you can check out the One Day at Disney shorts, which follows the same premise. Here, you get a look at ESPN's Sage Steele, CEO Bob Iger, the cast of Modern Family, various animators, and more. All in all, there are more than 50 of these.
Olaf Presents (2021)
Considering the fact that Frozen and Frozen II set box office records, there's no denying that it is Walt Disney Animation Studio's most profitable current franchise. So, it's fitting that there have been plenty of spin-offs and more featuring the characters.
One of those spin-offs is Olaf Presents, which is perfect for any fan of the animation studio. In these shorts, Olaf and Sven present their own versions of classic Disney films like The Lion King, Moana, and The Little Mermaid.
Marvel Studios: Legends (2021-Present)
The world of the MCU is one of the most expansive in pop culture history. It has reached a point where, if you're not consistently following everything, it can be really easy to forget where certain characters are at the time of their latest appearance or what they've been through.
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For anyone feeling that about the MCU, there's Marvel Studios: Legends. Each episode recounts the history of a specific character and is released just before their upcoming appearance. Characters from Jane Foster to Vision to the Scarlet Witch have all been featured so far.
Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny (2017-2018)
Along with Marvel, Star Wars is one of the massive franchises that The Walt Disney Company purchased the rights to over the past decade or so. Along with the sequel trilogy, various TV shows on Disney+, and the culmination of The Clone Wars series, there are also various shorts to check out from the era.
Some involve the LEGO brach of the franchise while another is a spin-off of the Star Wars: Rebels show. There's also Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, which features untold stories for the ladies of the series like Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Rey, and many others.
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2015-2017)
If there's any show that will get you in the mood for I Am Groot, it's likely going to be the Guardians of the Galaxy shorts. This take on the characters is more in line with the animated series version than the group known in the MCU but it's still a blast.
There are two seasons of these shorts, typically clocking in at around three to five minutes. Season 1 covers each member of the team in two-part episodes, while season 2 brings in intriguing characters like Man-Thing and MODOK. You can get a great dose of Groot before seeing him in the MCU series.
The latest series of shorts to hit Disney+ ahead of I Am Groot was Baymax! This show centers on the titular healthcare robot who first debuted in 2014's Big Hero 6, and returns fans of that film to the wonderful city of San Fransokyo.
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The likable robot goes around helping the residents of the city with various injuries and medical emergencies. The show was met with positive reviews and the lovable nature of Baymax helps make sure that the entire thing is heartfelt.
Marvel Rising: Initiation (2018)
There are so many Marvel Comics characters that even in a world that is as expansive as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they all can't get showcased. Thankfully, there are places like the Marvel Rising: Initiation shorts for other characters.
Marvel Rising typically focuses on the teenage team of the Secret Warriors. Initiation spans six episodes and includes adventures for Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Ms. Marvel, and many others.
Dug Days (2021)
It is widely agreed upon that Up is one of the best Pixar movies ever released. The heartwarming (and heartbreaking) tale is as good as it gets, with the lovable dog named Dug becoming a fan favorite and one of the most popular Pixar side characters in history.
While the comedic relief character likely wouldn't work as the star of his own feature film, Dug is perfect for a series of shorts. Dug Days follows his adventures with Carl as his new master, and he does everyday things like smelling flowers or chasing squirrels. It's all so much fun because of Dug's energy.
Although Pixar Studios is now known for its impressive slate of feature movies, it got started in the realm of short films. Starting in 2019, the SparkShorts program was introduced, which gave employees a limited budget and six months to produce brand new shorts.
The animation styles are always a success, which isn't surprising given Pixar's reputation. The thing that really separates SparkShorts from other shorts is that the stories are more mature than others from Pixar. They also focus on diverse characters and even include LGBTQ+ characters.
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