Now we have proof: Check out our very own Flying Pig automaton!
We first learned of automata through the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Then we found this Flying Pig online store that sells all sorts of cool mechanical paper animation kits. We couldn't resist the opportunity to make a pig fly so we ordered a kit.
The design is quite ingenious. We popped the paper parts out, folded and glued according to instructions, and there's our amazing Flying Pig automaton!