I found a tutorial which may help me out using Trapcode 3d stroke and Particular but wanted to see if anyone has any other tricks up their sleeves for achieving this effect . Since I don't have trap code yet, something a little less expensive would be ideal.
Another way that's a little more fun, is to hand animate it in Photoshop (if you have a tablet) on a blank video layer. Look up a tutorial for cel animation in Photoshop. It can be pretty easy, but a little bit time consuming. I might do one at some point.