->''"Once upon a time, [[Creator/NeilCicierega some guy]] took a\\
copy of [[UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash an overpriced animation utility]]\\
and animated a bunch of strange pop-\\
culture images set to even stranger\\
Japanese music. Like moths to a flame,\\
a dozen copycats completely ripped off\\
the idea, starting a freaky movement.\\
And everybody say... 'Yatta!'"''
-->--'''verylowsodium''', ''Irrational Exuberance''

Animutation or fanimutation is a type of fan-made VideoCollage, partly inspired by Japanese commercials and the old ''Hatten är din'' meme, involving ClipArtAnimation 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 [[UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash flash animation]], as they are fairly easy to make but can have [[MindScrew 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 [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], a [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/418dxBhWpHL._SL500_AC_SS350_.jpg Jesus action figure]], plush monster Domo-kun, the "God kills a" kitten, WesternAnimation/JayJayTheJetPlane, the "dancing Hitler" animation). Many use foreign songs with fake English lyrics full of {{mondegreen}}s, 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 [[http://www.newgrounds.com/ Newgrounds]], [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/animutation/ Albino Black Sheep]] and [[http://www.eviltrailmix.com/animutation/ Evil Trail Mix]] have extensive listings of animutations. The [[http://wiki.animutationportal.com/Main_Page Fanimutation Wiki]] hosts information about the animutations and how to create them.

Creator/NeilCicierega, better known to some as Trapezoid, Deporitaz and Music/LemonDemon (yes, of "[[Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Ultimate Showdown]]" and "WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals" fame), invented and named the animutation.

Compare WebAnimation/YouTubePoop and Buffalax (GagSub with song lyrics) music videos, which combined are arguably its spiritual descendant.

* ''[[http://wiki.animutationportal.com/Hyakugojyuuichi Hyakugojyuuichi]]'', generally considered the first animutation of note, though an earlier example (''[[http://www.eviltrailmix.com/animutation/pokerap.swf Japanese Pokerap]]'') exists
* ''[[http://wiki.animutationportal.com/French_Erotic_Film French Erotic Film]]'', first part of the ''WebAnimation/ColinMochrieVsJesusHChrist fanimutrilogy'', continued with a part 2, ''[[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/underpants Plan 9 From Underpants]]'', and a part 3, ''[[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/colinquest Conquest of Animutopia]]''.
* ''[[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/yatta.php Irrational Exuberance]]''
* ''[[http://www.eviltrailmix.com/animutation/funk.swf Earth vs. Funk]]''
* ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/45257 We Drink Ritalin]]'', notable for its song, Hot Limit. It's an English translation of a Japanese song, [[BlindIdiotTranslation done by an Italian band who can't speak English]]. The end result? GratuitousEnglish unlike anything you've ever seen before.
* ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/192966 Chocolate Niblet Beans]]'', especially notable for popularizing animutations where certain elements are randomized for every individual viewing.
* ''[[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/wizard Wizard Power]]''
* ''[[http://wiki.animutationportal.com/Captain_Lou_Albano%27s_Steady_Descent_into_Madness Captain Lou Albano's Steady Descent into Madness]]''
* ''[[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/fingertips The Fingertips Project]]''
* ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/601809 neil_a_tribute.swf]]''

!!Tropes frequently found in animutations:

* AscendedExtra: See BreakoutCharacter.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Captions consisting entirely of {{Mondegreen}}s, almost always from a foreign language.
* BreakoutCharacter: Colin Mochrie. He appeared in The Japanese Pokerap, but [[Series/TheBradyBunch Mike Brady]] was the star and Mochrie was only a background singer. Starting with Hyakugojyuuichi, Mochrie became increasingly prominent while Brady fell by the wayside.
* {{Cameo}}
* ClipArtAnimation
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: The [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/jamezbond Jamezbond]] animutation featuring PeterPan cosplayer Randy Constan was censored on Website/YouTube, since the real Constan filed a UsefulNotes/{{DMCA}} complaint for "infringing on his trademark". He was covered up with text [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the situation on that version only. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvfkvw-luGU]]
* DerangedAnimation / WidgetSeries: The genre both loves these and is these.
* EasterEgg
* GagSub
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There's a couple dozen characters that appear frequently in animutation, and more than four thousand have appeared at least once.
* MindScrew
* {{Mondegreen}}: An intentional use of mondegreens is a staple of the genre.
* {{Retraux}}: It is quite common to see newer Animutations deliberately made in an early-2000s-esque style.
* RunningGag
* StupidStatementDanceMix
* SurrealHumor
* TheWalrusWasPaul: Even when there's a clear plot, animutations don't make sense.
* UnreadablyFastText
* VideoCollage
* WordSaladHumor
* WordSaladTitle
!!Tropes relating to specific animutations:

* AndIMustScream: [[Series/SesameStreet Bert]]'s mouth gets sealed up in "[[http://wiki.animutationportal.com/Jammer_Yama Jammer Yama]]".
* ApocalypseHitler: "[[http://wiki.animutationportal.com/Exotic_Japan Exotic Japan]]" and "[[http://wiki.animutationportal.com/Revenge_of_the_Nazis Revenge of the Nazis]]" both involve UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler taking over the world.