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.

This series provides examples of:

Animator vs. Animation 1

Animator vs. Animation 2
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Wreathed in Flames: When The Chosen One bursts through its restraints.

Animator vs. Animation 3
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Villainous BSOD: 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.

Animator vs. Animation 4
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Since this one is viewed from the real world, we hear the animator's voice for the first time. This also counts for the Second Coming (at least with text), and the animator expresses surprise at this.
  • 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.

Mixed / All

Alternative Title(s):

Animator Vs Animation