Web Animation: Animutation
or fanimutation is a type of fan-made Video Collage
, partly inspired by Japanese commercials and the old Hatten är din
meme, involving Clip Art Animation
and extensive Photoshop manipulation, usually with some sort of fast-paced and/or bizarre song playing over it. Animutations are one of the more common types of Flash Animation
, as they are fairly easy to make but can have startling results
when done... er, properly.
The animutation community has developed several tropes and in-jokes of its own; for example, several people or images are regularly referenced in them (e.g., comedian Colin Mochrie
, the "Buddy Christ" figurine from the film Dogma
, plush monster Domo-kun, the "God kills a" kitten, Jay-jay the Jet Plane, the "dancing Hitler" animation). Many use foreign songs with fake English lyrics full of mondegreens
, while others use fast-paced techno along with hyperkinetic intercutting in the video. Near-unnoticeably fast or tiny messages between and within the images are also common. Animutations tend to be surreal and dadaistic; among fans, the more absurd and incomprehensible an animutation is, the better.
Flash portals such as Newgrounds
, Albino Black Sheep
and Evil Trail Mix
have extensive listings of animutations. The Fanimutation Wiki
hosts information about the animutations and how to create them.Neil Cicierega
, better known to some as Trapezoid, Deporitaz and Lemon Demon
(yes, of "Ultimate Showdown
" and "Potter Puppet Pals
" fame), invented and named the animutation.
Compare YouTube Poop
and Buffalax (Gag Sub
with song lyrics) music videos, which combined are arguably its spiritual descendant.
- Hyakugojyuuichi, generally considered the first animutation of note, though an earlier example (Japanese Pokerap) exists
- French Erotic Film, first part of the Colin Mochrie Vs Jesus H Christ fanimutrilogy, continued with a part 2, Plan 9 From Underpants, and a part 3, Conquest of Animutopia.
- Irrational Exuberance
- Earth vs. Funk
- We Drink Ritalin, notable for its song, Hot Limit. It's an English translation of a Japanese song, done by an Italian band who can't speak English. The end result? Gratuitous English unlike anything you've ever seen before.
- Chocolate Niblet Beans, especially notable for popularizing animutations where certain elements are randomized for every individual viewing.
- Wizard Power
- Captain Lou Albano's Steady Descent into Madness
- The Fingertips Project
Tropes frequently found in animutations:
Tropes relating to specific animutations: