Web Animation / Cyriak

The face behind the madness.

Cyriak Harris, or simply "cyriak", is an animator from the U.K. who makes videos which are both incredibly beautiful and bizarre. Harris first gained exposure for his imaginative gif animations on the b3ta message boards, which soon drew a cult following.

He and his works have been featured in various other media, such as [adult swim] and the BBC Southeast Today.

His YouTube channel—which he primarily produces his stuff from—can be found here. His regular music profile can be found here.

Tropes to apply to Cyriak's works:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: Most of the worlds depicted in his videos.
  • Alien Geometries: In "cyriak's animation mix" a cow is walking on two parallel planes at once, front legs on lower one and hind on upper one, while said planes are moving in the opposite to each other directions.
  • Aliens Steal Cattle: In MOO! It goes horribly wrong.
  • Animalistic Abomination: In a world where everything is an eldritch entity terminally high on acid, most animals are just almagations of their smaller equivalents shaped into what they should be, or sometimes into another animal.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: "Festive Greetings from Cyriak" features a parsnip that looks like an obese woman's hips and legs. Worse, it's pumping out parsnip larvae!!!
  • Apocalypse How: Slam-dunking the moon into a spaceship drilling into Earth isn't exactly the best way to stop an alien invasion.
  • Body Horror: DEAR LORD. Almost every video will have some form of this.
  • Book Ends: "cyriak's animation mix" begins and ends with the same, short, looped-animation sequence.
  • Britain: British figures often show up in his animations, such as HM The Queen and Patrick Stewart.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Cyriak often has this expression in the videos where he appears.
  • Cute Is Evil: "Meow Mix" features cats meowing menacingly in Hell.
    • "MEOW" is a gory, ultra-violent video about zombie cats taking over a city.
  • Deranged Animation
  • Driven to Suicide: All of the surviving cats in "MEOW" kill themselves after realizing that the zombie cats can't be stopped.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His earliest videos, like "One Million Years BC" and "star wars out-take" are far more normal, making them "weird" compared to the rest.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Everything.
  • Eldritch Location: Everywhere.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: His video Chimpnology is filled with monkeys.
  • Everything's Better with Cows: And cows. And cows.
  • Explosive Breeder: 7 billion has this in spades; it starts out with a single rabbit that splits into two, then they begin spawning more and more rabbits through splitting, budding, "birthing" from their backs and other surreal methods, which leads to thousands of rabbits swamping the fields. With many rabbits still spawning on the ground, a fluffle assembles in the shape of a giant bipedal rabbit which also spawns more of itself, which in turn repeat the process over and over again throughout the night. Come the next day there is a titanic bipedal rabbit composed of giant bipedal rabbits. And it spawns more of itself. In the end, these titan rabbits form a colossal regular rabbit composed of countless rabbits that hops offscreen.[labelnote:Trivia]The video description says Cyriak intended to reach 7 billion rabbits to reflect the world's population, but he lost count at around 400 million.[/labelnote]
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Almost omnipresent in his works, especially the creatures in "Something," which look like 1950s people with excess eyes and mouths.
  • Flat "What.": Common reaction when viewing his videos. Then usually escalates to a Big "WHAT?!" around the middle point.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: "Because" ran into legal issues on YouTube for a time to see if Cyriak had the rights to use a photo in the video. The photo in question? A picture of his own face.
  • Genre Savvy: The bartender in "DeadEnders". The minute he notices that a Zombie Apocalypse is occurring he sounds the alarm without hesitation. It's not enough to save him, but at least he actually does something about it.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: "Moo!"
  • Gorn: "The Spirit of Christmas" and "MEOW".
  • Humongous Mecha: In the form of a bipedal cow made from the shards of buildings and built by another building that was converted into a giant speaker by the udders of a giant, mutant cow. Yeah.
  • Killer Robot: Chimpnology features a giant typewriter monkey robot, which eventually goes berserk and starts eating monkeys.
  • Lighter and Softer: "Yellow Bridges", which is still surreal but more peaceful.
    • "My Territory" is rather odd too, but doesn't have as much creepy stuff to it.
    • Cyriak also did animation for Eskmo's 'We Got More' and Bonobo's 'Cirrus'. Both are still surreal, but aren't as creepy compared to his own works.
    • While 7 billion still contains adorable bunnies morphing. It's probably the tamest out of all of Cyriak's videos compared to "Moo!" and "Beastenders".
    • Cyriak made a playlist of all his videos that are, as he put it, "safe(ish) for small children".
  • Mood Whiplash: Here, in honor of HM The Queen, Cyriak ages her picture from her young self to her old self to her dead self.
  • No Ending Invoked, in "Because".
  • Only Sane Man: See Genre Savvy.
  • Reality Is Out to Lunch: Happens often, the most infamous example being in "Malfunction".
  • Reality Warper: The little boy in "Boogie Maths" warps reality with his dancing, causing his body to distort and demonic clones of himself to emerge out of his mouth. Eventually, everyone melts and his head explodes.
  • Recurring Element:
    • Cats and kittens.
    • Cows. And cows and cows.
    • Robots and machinery, particularly in the form of animals.
    • The Queen, as an Eldritch Abomination. Patrick Stewart, as well, often many of him.
    • Spiders, and different creatures looking like spiders.
    • 50s-60s surburbia, starting at 2011 or so.
  • She's Got Legs: All over the place in "My Territory", but not in the way you'd expect.
  • Signature Style: Heavy morphing, weird loops, generous amounts of Body Horror, and just plain all around weirdness.
  • The Worm That Walks: The trope is "cubed" in "7 billion". The rabbits assemble into giant bipedal bunnies. Later on, those giants get together to greate far bigger bipedals, and those are put together in the shape of a single colossal "regular" rabbit.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: In "DeadEnders" and "MEOW".