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Watch Vox Machina Get Animated In More Ways Than One

Watch Vox Machina Get Animated In More Ways Than One

From art, to dungeon maps, to music videos, Critical Role fans are wildly creative when showing off their love of all things Vox Machina. These three talented artists draw their favorite moments and put the cast’s voices in animated videos, perhaps the closest we’ll ever get to seeing everyone’s favorite nerdy voice actors bring their most hilarious Critical Role scenes to life.

Here are three different cartoon takes on the intrepid adventurers made by fans, highlighting just some of your favorite moments from the first 100 episodes.

Spoilers for Critical Role follow.

Critical Role Animated by GeeWhiz

Georgia, AKA Gee Whiz, is no stranger to animation, starting with cartoons based on podcasts like Comedy Bang! Bang! before finding Critical Role in early 2016. “I knew pretty early on that I was going to want to do something with Critical Role since nobody else really had at that point,” says Georgia, “and I think I wasn’t even fully caught up before I made the black powder merchant animation.”

Animating Vox Machina’s adventures is absolutely a labor of love. “The episodes take between 10 and 24 hours, depending on how much talking and action there is, how many new characters I have to draw, and how detailed I want to make the backgrounds,” Georgia says. “I also keep refining the process and getting better with my workflow.”

Critical Role Animation by Ellie Vyle

Ellie Vyle’s line drawn animations might catch your eye for how adorable they are, but Ellie also creates detailed Critical Role fan art and storyboard animation. She started watching the show after a friend recommended it. “I was a fan of Liam O’Brien and Sam Riegel’s previous work in the Guilty Gear series and a friend told me they were playing D&D live on Twitch,” says Ellie. “That was a year and a half ago and I haven’t missed an episode since.”

Ellie says the show–and the community–gave her the inspiration to create and learn. “Critical Role is basically an audio medium, and I work in visual mediums,” she says. “That means I can see and draw the descriptions the cast comes up with. The wide variety of situations and characters in Critical Role gives me reasons to experiment and try new techniques.

“I credit the show for breaking my five year hiatus from drawing, but it’s the supportive fan community that’s encouraged me to keep at it. I’ve been trying my hand at animation recently and really love it. I hope to make it my career one day.”

Vox’Animated by TJ Sohre

TJ Sohre’s unique animation style is eye-catching and captures Vox Machina’s personality in every video. TJ’s animations can take up to two weeks to create, depending on how long the audio is. “I’ll cut and edit the audio from the original episode for a better flow sometimes,” he says. “I’m trying to put one out every month, but sometimes life gets in the way.”

Above all, he loves the cast’s sense of humor. “I really enjoy watching Critical Role and it has great little moments of hilariousness,” TJ says. “I wanted more people to enjoy those moments… I thought this would be a great way to share those moments of laughter with others. Even for some that don’t watch Critical Role.”

Do you have a favorite animated version of Vox Machina? Tell us about it in the comments.

Featured Image: Ellie Vyle

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