Oreo the raccoon served as an example for the character of ‘Rocket Raccoon’, the stubborn, talking raccoon in the film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Although Rocket survives one danger after another, his real-life inspiration is less lucky. Oreo the raccoon unfortunately died after a short period of illness. He was 10 years old.
The Facebook page for everything about the ‘Guardians’ shared the sad news after the raccoon’s family posted it on social media.
“Our hearts are broken because we’ve lost our best friend. The guardian of our universe, Mr. Oreo the raccoon.” Wrote Quinta Layla. “Oreo died in the early hours of the morning, after a short period of illness. Many thanks to our wonderful veterinarians for their care and compassion.”
“Rest in peace Oreo the raccoon, the real-life model of Rocket Raccoon,” added the ‘Guardians’ Facebook page. “Oreo was also the raccoon who walked the red carpet with Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, at the movie premiere in Hollywood.”
Oreo has helped animators create movements and behaviors for Rocket.
Rocket Raccoon was created for Marvel in 1976 by Bill Mantlo and Keith Griffin. His name is derived from a Beatles song from 1968, called “Rocky Raccoon”. Rocket then appeared in the relaunch of the superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy, in 2008. He then appeared in the Guardians film of 2014 and its sequel in 2017. He also had a role in “Avengers: Infinity War” and its sequel “Avengers: Endgame” for which Bradley Cooper lent his voice.
Although Oreo the raccoon died, his legacy lives on in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers films.