This is a cartoon.
Rather, it’s clips from a video game I’ve never played, cut together to a love theme for said game. I’ve cherished this song for over a decade, even without context.
I don’t recall when I first saw this; I believe it was in the early days of YouTube or Limewire. I don’t know the original genius who put this together, but I hope they are rewarded for their editing talents. I am stunned at how much I fell in love with these characters and their story, simply by watching this series of encounters over a beautiful ballad. This is a great piece of pop culture work: it distills what I can only imagine is a 50+hour gaming experience into fewer than 6 minutes.
I don’t know if you’ll feel the same, but I am sharing it nonetheless. Mind you, this was cut together years before the famous “opening 10 minutes” of Up (which unto itself serves a harrowing example of the power of short film). Anyway, enjoy.