Drawn to Life is a video game developed by 5th Cell about a village inhabited by "Raposa," [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter small, furry creatures]] [[CartoonCreature supposedly meant to be foxes]]. The Raposa village you name later has been under attack by Wilfre, who covers the village in shadow (feel familiar, anyone?). Mari then asks the Creator for help. [[AGodIsYou You're the Creator]], and you draw a hero to help. This hero... well, you can draw it and it moves. Pretty cool gimmick. The hero must travel across the world, through the four gates in the village, defeating the shadow, returning the lost Raposa to the village, and collecting the missing pages of the Book of Life to restore the village to its former glory.

The main gimmick of the game is that you get to draw a ton of stuff, including a whale-copter. Despite looking as if it would become a lame gimmick game, it's actually very well designed, and has one of the best stories ever found in a platformer game.

A sequel called ''Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter'' has been made. The version for the Wii happens directly after Drawn to Life, but before Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter on the DS. The Next Chapter features a much darker storyline, incredibly improved drawing functions, better platforming, no arbitrary outlines where you can only color things in...
In addition, it's much harder and faster-paced. What happens in it? Color is drained from the world and then... well.

There is also a CompilationRerelease of the two DS games called ''DrawnToLife Collection''. If you haven't played the game and plan to, get that.

5th Cell, the games' developer, went on to make ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'', which does to words what ''Drawn to Life'' did for images.

The rights to the IP were purchased by 505 Games for $300K USD from the THQ auction. Recently a version for the Apple iPad has been released with less than average results.

* AbnormalAmmo: Acorns, snowballs, and starfish.
* AerithAndBob: The game uses a lot of regular names but are spelled out differently.
* [[spoiler: AllJustADream: The ending of ''The Next Chapter'', in the most shocking way imaginable.]]
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: ''The Next Chapter'''s last world has themes and pieces of each of the previous ones.
* AlternateEnding: The Collection's edition of the Next Chapter has a different ending than the separate DS one.
* AmbidextrousSprite: Played straight with Rapo, up to the player for the main character's sprite.
* ArtInitiatesLife
* ArtShift: The end credits of the second game feature realistic humans.
* BackgroundBoss: The Giant Robosa, at first.
* BigBad: Wilfre.
* BookEnds: At the beginning of ''The Next Chapter'' for DS, the player must answer questions and draw a picture of a NoodleIncident, and shows a request to the Creator in gibberish. At the end of the game, [[spoiler: after the world fades away, it shows Heather and Mike, while Heather is shown answering the questions asked at the beginning of the game. The request to the Creator turns out to be a prayer to {{God}} for Mike to get better.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Mari and Jowee go through this in ''The Next Chapter''.
* CerebusRetcon: [[spoiler: Mike in the first game was a random JokeCharacter who was mainly around to have the Raposa be silly with him. In the sequel, he's the source of the entire world because it's a dream of his while he's in a coma from a car crash that killed his parents and injured his sister.]]
* CheatCode: [[spoiler: Press pause, and hold L and R and press A, X, B, B, Y]] in the first game to become invincible for the duration of one level/boss.
** Alternatively, [[spoiler: hold L, press B, press pause, press down, then press A, X, B, B, Y]].
* CompilationRerelease
* CowardlyBoss
* {{Cyberpunk}}: The Galatic Jungle, complete with a [[spoiler:fake]] Council that employs many rules, including no sneezing. However, it is very light.
* DevelopersRoom: Unlockable extra in the first game. [[spoiler: You unlock it using the wishing well.]]
* DivineAssistance: The Creator.
* DolledUpInstallment: ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Edition''; sort of a subversion, as that title was built from the ground up. In other words, a MissionPackSequel with a license slapped on it. To be fair, it's almost completely different as the levels are challenging and there are more customization options than in the first game and its sequels. However, the hero is stuck with the lousy name [=DoodlePants=].
* [[spoiler: DreamApocalypse]]
* EvilDetectingDog: In The Next Chapter (DS), Crazy Barks acts like this around [[spoiler:Sock, the new Raposa]], when he gets aboard the ship. But no one seems to pick up on this.
* TheFaceless: Samuel (Barely).
* FiveManBand: The Next Chapter DS seems to have the makings of this.
-->TheHero: Jowee, and Mari [[spoiler:until she disappears]]
-->TheLancer: Pirate Beard
-->TheSmartGuy: Isaac
-->TheBigGuy: Crazy Barks
-->TheChick: Mike
-->SixthRanger: Sock [[spoiler:(SixthRangerTraitor, actually)]]
-->SupportingLeader: The Hero
* FloatingPlatforms
* FridgeBrilliance: Some of the Raposa saved in the first game are odd choices, to say the least: A pirate crew, an Indiana Jones expy, a vampire, a bodyguard... It all makes sense after TheReveal. [[spoiler: Mike is the young boy who thought this world up, so his subconscious is creating Raposa characters based on types of characters he likes.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In the third game. [[spoiler:Mari]] doesn't quite go mad, but does [[spoiler:join Wilfre. Might qualify as a FaithHeelTurn, or a HeelFaceMindscrew if you toss in some AlternateCharacterInterpretation.]]
* AGodIsYou: You are the Creator who [[TitleDrop drew everything to life]].
* GoombaStomp
* HammerSpace: In the sequel, you can carry four weapons and three forms with you, and you change between them on the go.
* LampshadeHanging: This little exchange in the first game:
-->'''Mari:''' Hey Jowee... How do you think the Creator sees us?
-->'''Jowee:''' Erm... What if we lived in [[NintendoDS a white box with two windows... and the box had buttons... and a magic wand]]! And the Creator used that to examine our lives... And control what we do! What do you think?
-->'''Mari:''' That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard...
-->'''Jowee:''' Yeah, I guess so...
** Also, when you close your DS system while playing and enter sleep mode, the Rapos will cry "AWWW!!", and when you open it again they'll cry "YAY!! RAPO!!"
* LawOfOneHundred
* LighterAndSofter: The new ending ''The Next Chapter'' received in the CompilationRerelease (and supposedly a few recently produced stand-alone cartridges) is ''significantly'' happier, starting with the much more cartoony art style. [[spoiler:Instead of a car accident, the injury that causes Mike to pass out and dream up the Raposa's world is a bump on the head, from falling out of a tree while on a camping trip. The kids are no longer orphans and Heather remains unharmed.]]
* LittleBitBeastly: Raposa.
* MeaningfulName: Wilfre = free will, which also makes this a WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic.
** [[BilingualBonus "Raposa" means "fox" in Portuguese.]]
** Mari and Jowee. Sounds an awful like two certain people who found themselves having to stay at a barn one night when they couldn't find an inn...
* MotorMouth: Crazy Barks, to an extent.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer made it look more like a gimmick game than the epic platformer we all know and love. Plus the woman's expression? EpicFail.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: The hero is ''huge'' compared to the Raposa.
* NonstandardGameOver: In the first game, you can refuse Mari's prayers and cause the game to end right then and there, at the very beginning.
* ObviouslyEvil: Wilfre. [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Except he isn't.]] [[GainaxEnding Maybe.]] ]]
* OneUp: Shaped like the head you drew for your hero, no less.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Heather has a pendant.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The Democracy of the Republic of the People of the United Space Fortress, or [[FunWithAcronyms DOT ROT POT USF]] for short.
* PowerTrio: In the first game: Jowee is the id, Mari is the ego, and the mayor is the superego.
* SceneryGorn: In the 4th half of Wilfre's Wasteland, you can see color leaking from the walls.
* SceneryPorn: Some of the backgrounds in The Next Chapter are quite nice.
* SdrawkcabAlias: [[spoiler: Skraby Zarc]], otherwise known as [[spoiler: Crazy Barks]]. A brief ChekhovsGun in the second DS game.
* ShoutOut: There's a treasure hunter Raposa named [[IndianaJones Indee]], complete with his treasure-seeking dad and curmudgeonly son.
** In the last stage of the first world in the Wii version, there's a section where you must climb up sloped platforms while dodging large, rolling obstacles to reach the level's boss - a giant ape - at the top. [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong Sound familiar?]]
* {{Smurfing}}: What the rapo?
* {{Steampunk}}: Lavastream. Smokey, the clothes, the robotic Robosa and even [[spoiler:the Giant Robosa as the boss.]]
* SugarApocalypse: Wilfre causes this. Everything bad that happens in the Raposa world is Wilfre's fault. ''Everything.''
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Heather.]] [[RedRightHand Who didn't see that one coming?]]
* TechnicolorFire: Justified, since [[AGodIsYou you're God]].
* ThankTheMaker: Literally.
* ThisCannotBe: Wilfre at the end of the first game.
* TitleDrop
* TurnsRed: Also literally.
* UnderwaterBossBattle: The third boss in the first game.
* VentPhysics
* VerbalTic
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Wilfre. Although his methods are MoralEventHorizon-ish, it was all to stop the DreamApocalypse. However, when the Raposa discover this, they realize that it's better to fade away with the dreams than to live in a world of shadow.]]
** [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance Dreams don't]] [[Music/OwlCity turn to dust.]]]]
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: In the third game, you need to upgrade the Shooter ''twice'' until the Hero gets the bright idea of shooting ''up''.