Despite nearly forty years of comic existence, it is a wonderment of how the famed comic book series Groo the Wanderer hasn’t been on screen as an animation.
The world-renowned cartoonist Sergio Aragonés sold the animation rights to entrepreneur Josh Jones and his production company called Did I Err Productions.
Groo the Wanderer is now celebrating its 40 years of publication and as the longest currently-running independent and “creator-owned” comic book property—outlasting many of the companies that published the series. Aragonés is the creator of the series along with wordsmith Mark Evanier. The series is currently being published by Dark Horse Comics since 1998.
“After drawing and living with Groo for so many years, so many comics, so many pages, you can imagine I have drawn Groo in every position imaginable,” said Aragonés in a statement. “Mark and I wondered so many times how he—Groo, not Mark—would look animated. We studied what we have seen on the screen by different animators and laughed plenty. Now, I know that we are going in the right direction and I can assure the fans that they love Groo the way Mark and I do.”
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Groo the Wanderer follows the exploits of a barbarian warrior who is invincible in battle but negotiates his days with an IQ three points lower than a boulder. With his trusty canine sidekick Rufferto, he wanders an ancient land of mystery, magic, and mayhem, looking only for a warm place to sleep, a few coins, or a taste of cheese dip.
Jones and Did I Err partner Scott Nocas will serve as executive producers on the film and/or series with Aragonés and Evanier. Jones is an entrepreneur with a wide portfolio of investments, including a transportation infrastructure film, crypto rewards program, and an airline company.
No specific release date for the animation has been revealed at this time.