The Morning GIF: Powered-up pets

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

Super Mario isn’t the only one who gets a boost from mushrooms.

In a new hilarious and brilliant produced video, comic genius Marlo Meekins features a small panting dog dressed in a Mario outfit while sitting front of a backdrop featuring puffy clouds made of cotton balls, hand-drawn mountains, and the iconic ? Block. As the dog sits, a mushroom power-up appears. Once the mushroom falls on the pooch, it magically transforms into an even larger dog. 

Meekins captured the video three days ago with Vine, the rising video-sharing network offered by Twitter. Since then, it has been transformed into a GIF featured on Imgur, where it’s collected more than 100 comments 5,300 points.

GIF by Marlo Meekins | H/T Uproxx | Photo by purplesdog

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III

Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.