Guardians of the Galaxy is still smashing box offices wide open over a month after its release. A lot of the success can be attributed to Chris Pratt’s adorable little co-star, Rocket the Raccoon. Even though the film is rated PG-13, many parents allowed their young kids to watch the movie because the idea of seeing a raccoon driving a spaceship had them literally foaming from the mouth (like rabid raccoons).
At least all of this obsession is for good reason. Raccoons are awesome! They are cute, sure, but also very weirdly expressive for animals. Below are some reasons why raccoons have transfixed America’s youth and for that reason have made Disney a gold mine in tickets and merchandising.