Text animation?

Hello! I was wondering if there was an easy way to animate text like this, i’ve been scratching my head on non-hacky solutions

Peanut Butter and Natron (I think they’re on this forum, can’t remember their username) did a tutorial on how you can use expressions to animate individual characters without creating separate text nodes VFX with Natron - E0008 - Expressions03 - Smart Nodes001 - YouTube

This one uses clones of a text node that auto populate with the character of a word. Could be a step in the right direction