James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the world to the furry little ball of mayhem known as Rocket Raccoon, and fans couldn’t get enough of him. Sure, he’s cute and cuddly, but Gunn and Bradley Cooper managed to make Rocket a dynamic character who was not only relatable but also brought a substantial amount of emotional depth to the film — especially in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Recently, a SFX breakdown from Framestore showed us how they brought the world of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to life on screen. The video contained a step-by-step visual of how they created #RocketRaccoon, which sounds great. However, during the process, we were exposed to something truly horrific: Rocket Raccoon without skin.
Skinless Rocket Raccoon Is The Stuff Of Nightmares
Framestore's SFX breakdown of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is extremely interesting and it shows just how much work went into creating the film’s stunning visuals. We got to see how they rendered Baby Groot, the beautiful sets, and how they mixed in the CGI and human characters. However, during the process of rendering Rocket Raccoon, we see the horrifying image of the beloved character without skin, which quickly made its way around the internet:
Screenshots of skinless Rocket Raccoon flooded various social media platforms, which triggered strong reactions. In the Instagram post above, director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., #JamesGunn, shared the utterly horrifying screenshot, which one Instagram user described as “the face of Satan himself."
At first glance, the image looks like unreleased concept art of a tiny Cenobite from the Hellraiser franchise who wants to consume your flesh, or at best, flay you. Sure, the exposed muscle tissue is pretty creepy, but it's the disembodied floating eyeballs that really bump skinless Rocket into the nightmare hall of fame.
Besides the haunting image of skinless Rocket that we can’t unsee, the layer-by-layer rendering of the character is very interesting. From watching the movie you would assume they just created the outer layer of the character, but he actually has a skeletal frame, muscle and skin underneath it.
Did we wish we didn’t have to see all those layers? Absolutely. But, seeing the whole process gives fans a better understanding of how visual effects come together and a greater appreciation for those people that work very hard to bring these characters to life. Hopefully, we will continue to get more fascinating behind the scenes looks at future films from the #MCU, but maybe next time we don’t have to see another one of our beloved characters without skin.
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