The Disney XD/DisneyNOW animated series Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! is gearing up for a multi-part story arc that will take the titular team on a bizarre journey through several different styles of animation.
The "Black Vortex" saga will kick off on Sunday, May 5 with a pair of back-to-back episodes, and things will continue one week later on May 12 with two more episodes. This four-episode storyline will see the Guardians separated and trapped in different worlds, each of which was developed using different animation techniques.
The various dimensions the Guardians will travel to take inspiration from children's book illustrations, 8-bit video games, motion comic books, claymation, Golden Age animation and traditional CG animation, respectively. Notably, many of these are firsts as far as Disney's animated television lineup is concerned.
The official synopsis and airtimes for each episode are as follows:
Sunday, May 5 (9:30 p.m. EDT/PDT)
"Black Vortex, Part One" – When the Guardians become separated in the Black Vortex, Gamora wakes up in a children's fairy tale, while Drax is trapped in a comic book.
"Black Vortex, Part Two" – While caught in a CG sinister packing factory, Rocket must search for his best friend Groot and escape.
Sunday, May 12 (9:30 p.m. EDT/PDT)
"Black Vortex, Part Three" – Quill finds himself in a claymation world where the Milano is flying into the sun, threatening to melt him. Meanwhile, Groot and Drax must fight Ronan in a Golden Age world.
"Black Vortex, Part Four" - Gamora and Quill battle their way through an 8-bit Super Marvel World.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! stars Will Friedle as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Trevor Devall as Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, David Sobolov as Drax the Destroyer and Kevin Michael Richardson as Groot.