Well, this isn’t terrifying at all. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is full to overflowing with strange, unusual, and otherwise memorable characters, but none of them connected with audiences this summer quite like Rocket Raccoon (maybe Groot, but what the hell, he’s a big, goofy, good-natured alien tree who only says three words, and he dances, how can you not love him?). On the surface he may look cute and cuddly, but, as with a real raccoon, you definitely don’t really want pick him up and give him a squeeze. That won’t end well. But fortunately you won’t want to hug this talking Japanese Rocket android, because it is straight up horrifying.
Guardians director James Gunn shared this video on his Facebook page, adding, “Animatronic Japanese Rocket answers reporter’s questions and a little bit freaks me out.” That’s one way to say it, and it is certainly more polite and political than exploding with, “holy this thing scares the crap out of me and will haunt my nightmares until the day I die.” Such a reaction may have been a bit out of line, especially considering that he and his movie are responsible for making the furry little bastard something of a global phenomenon.