Web Animation / Animator vs. Animation
An animator is pitted against his creation, the Animation
That's this work in a nutshell. But the fun part? The craziness that ensues goes on a higher level each new installment
Created on Adobe Flash
and posted on Newgrounds
and Deviant ART
by Alan Becker, aka noogai
(who, by now, is not at all a new guy).
After a three year hiatus, a successful Kickstarter campaign caused the fourth installment
to be released on October 2nd, 2014. In 2015 a spinoff episode called "Animation vs. Minecraft
" was announced, along with a Patreon page
to fund the animations. In December 2016, it was announced that a second spinoff episode, "Animation vs. YouTube
", is in production, and a three-minute preview was updated, followed by the full episode in early August 2017. In November 2017, a short called "The Rediscovery - AVM Shorts Episode 1" was released, along with the announcement that new episodes of this series are to be expected monthly.
This series provides examples of:Animator vs. Animation 1Animator vs. Animation 2
Animator vs. Animation 3
- Ambiguous Gender: The AIM icon. While the animator and The Chosen One are referred to as male in the artist description, AIM is never referred to with gendered pronouns.
- An Ice Person: The Chosen One. He freezes Mozilla Firefox with an ice-cold hand blast.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The animator manages to enslave The Chosen One in the end.
- Beam-O-War: Between the Adobe Photoshop icon and the Chosen One.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The files in the Recycle Bin: "crap", "junk", and "crappy junk".
- Crazy-Prepared: Rather than starting from scratch like with Victim, the Animator prepares for this incident with a Library full of weapons, that can all be scripted to aim and fire autonomously. Sadly The Chosen One is too powerful and renders the lot of it useless due to Interface Screw.
- Empowered Badass Normal: The Chosen One, due to the massive power boost the Animator gave him. Given the power that he has, the Animator really should've stopped at "Beast"...
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The conversation between the Animator and the programmer.
- Gone Horribly Right: Well, the Animator wanted a bigger challenge.
- High-Speed Missile Dodge: The Chosen One does this.
- His Name Is...: The Animator's programmer friend was just about to reveal how to stop the Chosen One when AIM was killed.
- Hoist by His Own Petard
- AIM is killed when The Chosen One throws the open AIM window at him.
- My Computer shrugs off The Chosen One's attacks, but having his disks thrown back into him makes him lock up.
- Shock and Awe: The Chosen One, again. Burns the Flash 8 icon with a storm cloud's lightning bolt.
- Serial Escalation: In-universe example; When the Animator goes over what power level to make the new Animation, he goes through "victim", "killer", "BEAST", and finally stops on "The Chosen One".
- Sequel Escalation: The second: An bigger battle against a tougher, fire-breathing Animation that goes beyond the Flash editor and onto the Animation's desktop. The Animation uses his desktop icons against the Animator, but some of them fight back.
- What Were You Thinking?: The Programmer's response to Animator creating a stick figure called "The Chosen One".
- Wreathed in Flames: When The Chosen One bursts through its restraints.
- Zerg Rush: How The Chosen One is ultimately neutralized; he's rushed by several bolts from Avast! that restrain him so he can be trapped in a chest.
Animator vs. Animation 4
- Art Shifted Sequel: The art style is noticeably different in this video, subsequent videos return to the original style.
- Bullet Seed: The Chosen One eats a chunk of the Animator's essay and spits out letters (that coincidentally spelled out "waddup") at the Animator.
- Bullet Time: The video uses this frequently.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After The Chosen One defeated the Dark Lord, they teamed up to get revenge on the animator.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: One of these done by the Dark Lord and The Chosen One at the end.
- Evil Counterpart: The Dark Lord, who possesses similar abilities to the Chosen One and is a red stick figure.
- Evil Overlord: Averted with the Dark Lord. He's actually The Dragon, and from the moment of his creation, it's pretty much established as such.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: The Dark Lord rallies the desktop icons to help fight the Chosen One.
- Groin Attack: Clippy's tornado attack with the letters does some of this.
- Heel–Face Turn:
- After being defeated, The Dark Lord he teams up with The Chosen One to destroy the Animator's computer.
- On a more meta level, the Animator. It's pretty clear that as villainous as he may be, he's pretty much defenseless and is merely trying to survive The Chosen One's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Dark Lord and the desktop icons may have stood a better chance of winning had the Animator not left a game of Minesweeper open.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The Dark Lord turns against the animator when he realizes that the animator was playing solitaire the whole battle, completely oblivious to the fact that his creation was about to get killed.
- Screw Destiny: The Dark Lord's very purpose in life was to destroy The Chosen One. They eventually team up to get revenge on the animator.
- Sequel Escalation: The third: An even bigger battle against the Animation where the Animator creates another Animation whose sole purpose is to end The Chosen One. The entire battle is what destroyed the Animator's old computer.
- Shout-Out: Pitting together the Chosen One and the Dark Lord is, of course, one to Harry Potter.
- Stuff Blowing Up: A Minesweeper game Gone Horribly Wrong.
- Took a Level in Badass: Mozilla Firefox. In 2, it was quickly subdued with an ice attack. Here, he does more damage.
- Unexplained Recovery: AIM, who was killed in 2. Since then, it seems the Animator revived them, or he re-installed the program.
- Unwanted Assistance: Subverted. You'd think Clippy offering his help to the Animator would be quite ineffectual like in real life, but he turns out to be a surprisingly competent fighter.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Literally. The Animator gets a blue screen of death at the end. And he's the Big Bad to boot.
- What Happened to the Mouse??: Clippy isn't seen again after he gets kicked out of Microsoft Word.
- Zerg Rush: The desktop icons gang up against the Chosen One.
Animation vs. Minecraft
- Aesop Amnesia: Despite the issues in the previous episodes being started by a stick figure going rogue, the Animator is still animating one in the intro. Could be downplayed when he says in the chat that it had been three years since the last incident, making it not implausible that he'd assume it was safe to let his guard down.
- Badass Normal: Unlike previous iterations of the Chosen One, the Second Coming does not appear to have any superpowers.
- Call-Back: To the first Animator vs. Animation. The final battle happened in the Flash editor, only the roles are reversed, as it was The Second Coming who lasso'd the animator before forming a plasma gun.
- The Cameo/Continuity Nod: The Second Coming is apparently The Chosen One's Return, according to the Task Manager. See also, Freeze-Frame Bonus.
- Dark Reprise: When the Animator is about to delete all of the Second Coming's animations, only to hesitate when he realizes they're far better than his own, the background music is a sad reprise of the theme music.
- Defeat Means Friendship: In the end, the animator finally defeats the Second Coming, and he and the Second Coming become an animation team (though, this is only after the animator revives his friends).
- Death is Cheap: The deaths of the Second Coming's friends fuels his desire for revenge against the Animator, and he initially refuses to work with him after he's defeated. One simple page refresh later and the Second Coming's friends are back and playing cards as if nothing happened.
- Distant Finale: Well, if a handful of months is considered "distant". Nevertheless, Noogai's figure drawing skills have improved dramatically thanks to Second Coming teaching him how to draw better.
- Drop What You Are Doing: Noogai drops his clothes basket full of laundry that needs to be folded when he sees The Second Coming and his stick figure friends jumping all around his browser and desktop.
- Earn Your Happy Ending Noogai finally makes peace with one of his creations.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The Second Coming flashes into the Chosen One from previous installments for mere split-seconds as he resists The Animator's process-ending.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The Animator notes that it's been three years since his last stick figures broke his computer. This animation came out exactly three years after the previous one.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": When the animator walks in on the Second Coming and his friends jumping all over his Facebook profile. The stick figures are panicking because they know they're about to be deleted, and the animator's panicking because the last time this happened his computer got destroyed, and he doesn't want it happening again.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!/Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Depending on which side you think the Animator is on; When he initially finds the stick figures playing around, they're not doing any real damage and he just deletes them out of paranoia. Only after he does this does the Second Coming start fighting back.
- Pose of Supplication: The Second Coming does this after the animator deletes his friends, and it lasts just before he declares war on the animator's computer in revenge.
- Restrained Revenge: Initially. The Second Coming's friends have all had their tasks ended, so what is his first act of revenge? Liking someone's Facebook post. note
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Second Coming's attack on the animator's computer (and then his phone) notably only begins after he deletes the other stick figures he befriended in the open "Stick Figure Fight" window. As a result, he ends said rampage when the animator refreshes the page for his friends to come back.
- Sequel Escalation: The fourth: Another battle against an orange Animation, who has four friends and eventually draws more Animations to dismantle the Animator's Flash interface.
- Stylistic Suck: Noogai is apparently a Terrible Artist, telling from the sketches of birds and horses around his work station. The Second Coming helps teach him how to draw anatomy in the Distant Finale.
- Suddenly Voiced: Since this one is viewed from the real world, we hear the animator's voice for the first time.
- Tempting Fate: The episode starts with the animator discussing the events of Part 3 with a friend on Facebook, and noting how it's been three years since then and nothing's happened since.
- Time Skip: According to the animator in his Facebook chat box, three years have passed since the third installment.
- Troubled Fetal Position: The Second Coming, upon seeing the other stick figures relentlessly beat each other up. Though it's hard to tell if it was intended to look Troubled, or if he was just eagerly watching a movie.
- You Can Talk?: Near the end, when the animator finally has the Second Coming in restraint, the Second Coming makes a Big "NO!" in text, leading to this reaction from the animator.
Animation vs. YouTube
- Boring, but Practical: When Possessed!Red builds a cobblestone mecha, Blue fails to pierce it with arrows from his dispenser-turned-machine-gun and Red just extinguishes Yellow's TNT grenades. Then Green and the Second Coming just start mining it down, which works great until Red rebuilds his mecha with obsidian.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Instead of the Animator duking it out with one of his stick figure creations, 4 out of the 5 have to fight their possessed friend and come very close to losing.
- Chekhov's Gun: Early on, one of the first things the blue stick figure does is accidentally launch himself in the air by growing a jungle tree. He uses this at the end to destroy the red stick figure's obsidian mech.
- The items the Second Coming creates when he is given an inventory-load of items turn out to be useful for when they go inside the STORAGE folder.
- Chekhov's Skill: The Second Coming is the only one to figure out crafting and is able to do so very rapidly, the structures Green(functioning windmill) and Yellow(beacon and colored pistons) build show their ingenuity, and Blue takes an interest in the plant growing mechanics. All of these play a role in the final showdown.
- Crazy-Prepared: Why did The Second Coming think they'd need fishing rods? Especially since those same materials could have been used to make spare bows instead.
- Demonic Possession: The red stick figure, by Herobrine.
- Funny Background Event/Meaningful Background Event: In the "STORAGE" and "STUFF" folders, pay attention to the filenames. Highlights include: "chords-empty room", "Behind You-Lyrics", and "How to Pull Off a Triple Spin Combo"(best seen when a stick figure is doing just that) in "STORAGE", and "Ninja Ambush", "Required Essay" and "The Ultimate Showdown" in "STUFF"
- Good Times Montage: The Second Coming has one while Possessed!Red is beating him to within an inch of his life, remembering all the good times the pair had together.
- Here We Go Again: At the end of the episode, Yellow steps on the League of Legends icon on the toolbar, causing it to open in the same way the Minecraft menu did at the start of the episode. Subverted, Word of God is that he has no plans to make "Animations vs. League of Legends."
- Reset Button: Tossing the Minecraft icon into the recycle bin causes all the blocks created from it to go away.
- Sequel Escalation: The fifth: a Crossover adventure starring the Animation and his friends, outside of the boundaries of the monitor.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: When the stick figures are fighting the skeleton ambush, a creeper appears after some of the skeletons are blown up with TNT. It starts off looking down at the figures, pan down to the stick figures, pan over to the remaining skeletons, and pan back to the figures with the creeper now standing among them. (And in front of Yellow too, yet Yellow doesn't spot it immediately.)
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Second Coming uses the fullscreen button to enlarge himself, allowing him to severely damage the YouTube interface. Unfortunately for the stick figures, YouTube manages to refresh the page, returning the Second Coming back to his original size and undoing all the destruction.
- Call-Back: One of the videos YouTube plays happens to be the original Animator Vs Animation.
- Car Fu: YouTube uses videos of cars driving by to attack.
- Chekhov's Gun: It was established back in 4 that any damage done to a webpage or it's contents can be undone by simply refreshing the page. This works both for and against the stick figures at various points.
- The Cameo: Various well known YouTube videos make an appearance.
- A Day in the Limelight: In contrast with vs. Minecraft, which had all the stick figures sharing the stage, this short focuses on Green and The Second Coming, with the others not appearing until the very end.
- Floating Limbs: The like and dislike buttons function as YouTube's hands. Once they're destroyed, it resorts to creating makeshift hands out of annotation boxes.
- Here We Go Again: The animation ends with Red trying to punch a buffering video.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Youtube's main strategy in fighting the stick figures is to rapidly switch between videos. During the climax, The Second Coming quickly switches to a video with a water hose to propel Green towards the Upload button.
- Hope Spot: The stick figures nearly win when the Second Coming enlarges himself and unleashes a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on YouTube, but YouTube uses one of the remaining buttons left on its player to refresh the page, rejuvenating itself and leaving the still very battered stick figures at its mercy.
- I'm Okay!: When Blue, Red, and Yellow come in to see Green and the Second Coming collapsed on the ground and the Youtube UI destroyed, Blue nudges Green, who in turn raises one hand to indicate this.
- Meet Your Early Installment Weirdness: One of the videos in the playlist is the original Animator vs. Animation.
- Never Trust a Trailer: Or this case preview. The preview used the old YouTube layout while the animation itself used the current layout. Justified because the layout was changed between the making of the preview and the animation proper, as Alan himself pointed out in his announcement video.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The majority of the fight is this, with YouTube repeatedly smacking the stick figures around using its hands and video clips. The Second Coming briefly returns the favor when he enlarges himself... but then YouTube refreshes the page, undoing all the damage he'd dealt.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: Green has reaction the video that is played before the We-Suck Vacuums Ad. note
- Our Slogan Is Terrible:
- "Try WeSuck Vacuums, because we suck more than any of our competitors!"
- Introducing Drag Vacs, "Because life is a drag."
- Percussive Maintenance:
- When the video Green and the Second Coming settle on first has buffering issues, the Second Coming kicks it to get it to play again. Next time it stops, the Second Coming gets up and repeatedly punches it until the buffering icon morphs into a clearly unamused face.
- At the end of the animation, Red is going to punch the buffering video before it cuts to the credits.
- Post-Victory Collapse: After YouTube is defeated, Green and the Second Coming manage to high-five each other before collapsing completely, though their lack of a face makes it hard to tell if they actually fainted or not before the others enter and check on them.
- Running Gag: Vacuum cleaner advertisements.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Blue and Yellow sit down on the couch and Red starts scrolling through the video playlist, Green and the Second Coming immediately jump up and run away, to the bemusement of the others.
- A Truce While We Gawk: When an ad suddenly pops up while YouTube is in the midst of walloping the stick figures using different video clips, all of the combatants react with exasperation instead of using it to their advantage.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While the other stick figures show clear concern at seeing Green and The Second Coming lying exhausted on the ground, it's dispelled as soon as Green gives an I'm Okay! gesture, and beyond some brief surprise they don't give much thought to seeing the Youtube UI completely destroyed.
The Building Contest Mixed / All
- Aesop Amnesia: The Second Coming seems a little too eager to be able to play around with Minecraft again, considering the problems it caused last time.
- Continuity Nod: Picks up after the events of "vs. Minecraft", and includes several flashbacks to it. The stick figures are also shown to maintain the same interests in the game they did before, judging by the items they obtain from the creative inventory when they first get the icon back—The Second Coming prefers crafting, Green prefers building structures, Yellow prefers building redstone contraptions, Blue prefers growing plants, and Red is implied to prefer spawning mobs.
- Dope Slap: After Red fakes everyone out into thinking he was possessed again before spawning harmless rabbits(and appearing a little too pleased with himself for that), Blue takes his diamond helmet and smacks Red upside the head with it.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Everyone's reaction to Red's fakeout, especially Blue.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The flashbacks reveal that Red went Brainwashed and Crazy in "vs. Minecraft".
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": Once The Second Coming reveals that he recovered the Minecraft icon, the other stick figures immediately freak out and try to get rid of it.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Before letting Red try out Minecraft again, the others deck themselves out in diamond armor and set up several deathtraps—jungle saplings ready to be grown, TNT ready to fall, and arrow dispensers ready to fire— so they can neutralize him quickly should he go Brainwashed and Crazy again.
- Troll: Red is shown to be a bit of one. After spazzing out and getting in the same posture to scroll through the creative inventory that he did when he was brainwashed(the latter almost freaks Yellow out into firing at him before The Second Coming stops him), he pulls out a spawn egg, causing everyone to duck for cover...and Red just spawns rabbits.
- Absentee Actor: In "Animation vs. Minecraft" and "Animation vs. YouTube", the Animator doesn't appear or interact with the animations at all.
- Author Avatar: The Animator is, both literally and In-Universe, noogai.
- Badass Normal: AIM. Though they end up getting killed, they manage to hold their own against The Chosen One with nothing but their wit and paintbrushes.
- Big Bad: The Animator, noogai himself.
- The Chosen One: Used as a "difficulty level" for the Animation in 2 & 3. Parodied in 3, again through the Animation.
- Cyberspace: Pretty much where the series takes place. First, the Animation and Animator duke it out on the Flash program, causing a lot of damage to the interface. Then, in the latter 2 installments, the Animation hops out of Flash and wreaks havoc on the Animator's desktop!
- Exploiting the Fourth Wall: These videos are based on this trope. The Animation (a stick figure) interacts with everything from various applications' interfaces to icons on the desktop to system menus, trying to destroy the Animator (the mouse cursor).
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Almost constantly, from the second installment onward. Throughout all the intense action, there are often Easter eggs to be found in the background.
- Fun with Subtitles: Since the shorts are almost completely without spoken dialogue(4 being the sole exception), Alan has fun with the Closed Captions.
- A God Am I: The Animator is pretty much thinking this, if you consider the fact that he's supposed to be the one calling the shots, and literally the one who allows the computer (and anything on it) to run at all.
- Gag Dub: The first three installments, done by text-to-speech programs.
- Improbable Weapon User: AIM uses paintbrushes as weapons.
- Improvised Weapon: Both Victim and The Chosen One use whatever they can use on the desktop as weapons.
- Interface Screw: Everything the Animations ever do when fighting noogai causes damage to his computer's GUI, to the point where both sides end up weaponizing it to some extent.
- Medium Awareness: The stick figure being antagonized in each video is aware that he's inside a computer. His attempts at foiling the Animator involve doing things such as messing with the interface, destroying the Shut Down button, and even breaking the computer.
- Order Versus Chaos: Simply put, Both Sides Have a Point. While Animator was explicitly villainous in the first episode, The Chosen One is pretty destructive even towards bystanders, and the Animator lets the violent little stick figure live (your mileage may vary whether this was a Fate Worse Than Death). Come episode three, The Chosen One throws the first punch, and Animator is simply trying to survive.
- Physical God: Noogai, The Chosen One and The Dark Lord all have god-like power in a way or another.
- Playing with Fire: The Chosen One in 2 and 3, and the Dark Lord in 3. Also, Firefox.
- Rage Against the Author: The entire premise is built on this.
- Running Gag: The Animator's required essay isn't safe from the animation's presence, being shoryuken'd in 2, destroyed by his battle with Clippy in 3, and exploded by TNT in vs. Minecraft.
- Of note: In vs. Minecraft, he wises up and has a backup copy of the essay saved, but it gets blown up too. He also has a copy in the "STORAGE" folder that remains untouched.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: The Chosen One at the end of 2 and into the beginning of 3.
- Stick Figure Animation: Victim and his clones, the Chosen One, the Dark Lord, the Second Coming, and the stick figures of the "Stick Figures Fight" website.
- The Voiceless: Everyone, with the exception of Clippy, the Animator, the Second Coming, and YouTube. Notably, YouTube communicates using annotation boxes and splicing together voice clips from different videos.
- Rule of Funny: Noogai did these for comedy. It shows.