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Adorable Crayon Dragon Comes To Life, Goes On Grand Adventures, Makes Us Misty

Here Be Dragons

Here’s the short version of what happens in this video: 1.) Woman draws dragon. 2.) Dragon comes to life. 3.) You cry tears of joy. Personally, I just love it when something so simple, with no words, can pull out so much emotion from me. Here’s the longer version – The animation, titled Crayon Dragon, was a second-year art project by California Institute of the Arts student Toniko Pantoja. Of course his work wouldn’t be complete without the magical music composed by Denny Schneidemesser, violin by Taryn J. Harbridge, low and tin whistle by Kristin Naigus and sound design by Glenn Harfagre. Pantoja achieved the entire effect by using, “Flash for the character animation, and the coloring for the character animation. Photoshop was used to speed paint the backgrounds, and After Effects to put everything together. Final Cut Pro was used for the final outcome for the video.” You can check out more on Pantoja’s blog.

Sit back (perhaps grab a tissue) and enjoy!

(via io9)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."