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This one is very nearly Self Explanatory: a surprising number of musicians have managed to see past the Animation Age Ghetto, and released music videos composed mostly or entirely of animation. These can range from traditional cel animation to CGI or stop-motion.

Non-professional works should be filed under Fan Vid or Machinima.


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  • Being a huge fan of animation, "Weird Al" Yankovic, had made several of these.
    • "Close but No Cigar" was done by John Kricfalusi, the same guy who made the video of Björk's "I Miss You."
    • "Virus Alert," "I'll Sue Ya" and "Party in the CIA" were all done in Adobe Flash, although with vastly different art styles.
    • "Weasel Stomping Day" was made by the Robot Chicken team as both a music video and a segment for the show.
    • "Trapped in the Drive Thru has a 10 minute long animated video on Youtube.
    • "Do I Creep You Out" uses JibJab's standard cutout animation method. "CNR" also did this, but mixed it up with live-action heads on animated bodies and vice versa.
    • "Jurassic Park" is claymation and was done by Craig Bartlett.
    • Nine of the twelve songs on Alpocalypse have animated music videos, the exceptions being the polka, "Craigslist" and "Perform This Way".
    • "Don't Download This Song" and "TMZ" feature videos animated by Bill Plympton.
    • The opening theme to The Weird Al Show includes three art shifts from hand-drawn to CGI to claymation.
  • Green Jelly's "Three Little Pigs", done in Claymation.


  • Most early singles by E-Rotic have animated music videos with explicit nudity, for example "Max Don't Have Sex With Your Ex", "Fred Come to Bed", and "Willy Use a Billy... Boy".
  • "Move Your Feet" by Junior Senior uses pixel art animation. "Take My Time" has crude hand-drawn animation done with markers (and was even animated by Junior himself).


  • Fleet Foxes have three Stop Motion animated music videos so far, all viewable here, mostly courtesy of lead singer Robin Pecknold's animator brother Sean. They tend to be beautiful in a very trippy fashion.
  • Sonny and Cher had several cartoon segments based on their recordings on their Variety Show, including one for "Dark Lady" and another for their cover of Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"
  • The music video to "I Feel So Good" by Richard Thompson is animated (by Klasky-Csupo!) in the style of the cover art to the song's parent album, Rumor and Sigh.

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  • The Disturbed cover of "Land Of Confusion" had an anime/Spawn styled animated video that was front-loaded with heavy metal and fascism cliches.
  • Ko Rn's "Freak on a Leash" opened and ended with animation directed by Todd McFarlane (who also did "Do the Evolution").
  • Slipknot's "Wait and Bleed"
  • Raunchy's "Watch Out" is an animated video directed by Anders Morgenthaler, who later went on to release the animated film Princess.
  • "Light the Torch" by Soilwork had a gritty CGI video.
  • "Warriors of Time" by Black Tide.
  • Enter Shikari has 'Thumper', a black-and-white performance video with (terrifying) doodle-drawings of the band over it.
  • It's probably easier to list all of Iron Maiden's non-animated music videos.
  • "Anubis" by Swedish power metal band Tad Morose.
  • Sepultura's "Ratamahatta" features creepy stop-motion animation and a plot that has something to do with voodoo zombies.
  • Soundgarden's video for "Black Rain" was done by Titmouse Inc. and features a cameo appearance by Dethklok.
  • The video for World Painted Blood by Slayer.
  • Def Leppard's Let's get Rocked from 1992 used groundbreaking (for the day) 3D animation and was directed by Steve Barron who also directed the aforementioned Money For Nothing.
  • The video for "Sober" by Tool is animated in stop motion.
  • Violence by Obituary.
  • "The Appetite / Parallels" by House Of Wolves features a rampaging wolf skeleton monster, interspersed with abstract visuals.
  • Metallica's "Murder One".

  • Architecture In Helsinki have produced two animated videos: "Like a Call" and "Do the Whirlwind".
  • The band BOY has a fantastic Animated Music Video for their song "Joey"
  • Edison Glass has "This House" which keeps exact time with music.
  • Interpol's "Evil", which used (incredibly creepy looking) puppets.
  • Peter Bjorn and John's music video for their hit single "Young Folks".
  • "Fortress" by Pinback.
  • Wilco's music video for "Dawned on Me" has the band not only animated, but guest staring in a Popeye cartoon.
  • Experimental Dream Pop group His Name Is Alive had influential stop-motion animators The Brothers Quay direct videos for "Are We Still Married? and "Can't Go Wrong Without You".
  • Death Cab for Cutie's Grapevine Fires.
  • Sleater-Kinney's "A New Wave", a Bob's Burgers crossover featuring the members of the band animated in that show's style. The premise is that Tina Belcher puts a Sleater-Kinney CD on and imagines them playing a private concert in her bedroom. The rest of the Belcher family appears too: Gene and Louise join her in dancing to the music, while Bob and Linda get a brief cameo, standing in the kitchen and looking annoyed at the noise above them.


  • Tiny Toon Adventures gave a whole bunch of songs animated music videos for two special episodes, including two songs from the ever-popular-on-TVTropes Wiki They Might Be Giants.
    "...who are these guys?"
  • The Pixar short Boundin, which ran as a sub-feature for The Incredibles. Of course, since the song was written for the film, it might be more appropriate to label it a "short animated musical comedy".
    • And One Man Band, the sub-feature for Cars, which featured dueling street musicians.
  • All of Dethklok's videos are animated (some are even seen in the show).
  • A large majority of Vocaloid songs have a PV (Promotional Video) made for them, a lot of which are fan made.
  • During the mid-to-late Eighties, Disney made numerous videos for songs and ran them between shows under the title 'DTV', named after another music channel
  • The "Don't Walk Away" segment in Xanadu, created by Don Bluth's team as one of the first non-Disney projects.
  • "Love is All", an animated video for one of the songs from Roger Glover's Concept Album based on The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshoppers' Feast by Alan Aldridge and William Plover, featuring the characters from the book closely modelled on Aldridge's illustrations.
  • This one is Older Than They Think. It was common thing during The Golden Age of Animation to make an animated short that featured (and in many cases, was named after) a popular song of the timenote ; too many examples to mention here.
  • "Cartoons and Vodka" by Jinkx Monsoon (of Ru Pauls Drag Race fame) is one big love letter to popular cartoons past and present.
  • The Love Live! franchise started out as a series of these, which were accompanied by short stories in Dengeki Gs magazine that fleshed out the characters' backgrounds.

  • ABC's "How to Be a Mollionaire".
  • a-ha's "Take On Me", "The Sun Always Shines On TV", and "Train Of Thought."
  • The Alan Parsons Project did an animated video for "Don't Answer Me".
  • Britney Spears' "Break the Ice", done in an anime style.
    • As well as "Kill the Lights".
  • Chage and Aska's "On Your Mark", directed by none other than Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame, featured two policemen chasing after a girl with wings, among other things.
  • The official music video to Cher's "Dark Lady" is live action, but there is an alternate animated version from the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.
  • Elton John's video for "Club at the End of the Street". This was caused by Executive Meddling: the company wanted a video, but Elton was busy visiting famous AIDS patient Ryan White in hospital, whose death prompted him to start the Elton John AIDS Foundation. So the company made an animated video instead.
    • The video for "Somewhere Out Out The Blue" from the soundtrack to The Road to El Dorado features an animated Elton.
  • Jellyfish, "Baby's Coming Back".
  • Kids in America by LEN
  • "Music" by Madonna, the dancing scene in the middle uses an animated version of her because she was pregnant at the time.
  • Michael Jackson had two that come to mind both which were featured in the movie Moonwalker (though also as separate mainstream videos). "Leave me Alone" which blended live action and stop-motion. Similarly the second video feature Mike dancing on the roadside with a bunny name Spike.
  • Paula Abdul did her video for "Opposites Attract" alongside the animated MC Skat Kat.
  • Pet Shop Boys' videos from the Very album are all predominantly CGI, but "Liberation" is entirely computer-animated (and like the other videos from the album, has nothing to do with the meaning of the song). And the more recent "Love etc." was done entirely in Flash over the span of two weeks.
  • The Police's video for the 1986 version of "Don't Stand So Close To Me", as by that point the band members were constantly fighting.
  • Rod Stewart's video for "Motown Song".
    • It's worth noting that this video has nearly the exact same style as the Elton John video listed before this, including reused character designs and early 90's digital editing techniques. Elton himself (or rather, his animated counterpart from his video for "Club") appears as well. Hey, at least he fares better than Michael Jackson...
  • The Spice Girls' "Viva Forever" features all five girls animated as CGI fairies. Note that we said "all five" — the video was released shortly after Geri Halliwell's departure from the band.
  • Tom Tom Club's video for "Genius of Love".
  • Robbie Williams' "Let love be your energy", in which he looks like Buzz Lightyear.
  • The video for Tigerbombs' 1000 Sparks features an animated fox teaching people, ninjas, sumo wrestlers and penguins to dance.
  • A portion of Shakira's "Objection (Tango)"
  • The second half of Scissor Sisters video for "Mary" is an animated retelling of Rapunzel done by Don Bluth in his trademark style (bonus points for the being a nod to his "Don't Walk Away" segment in Xanadu).
  • t.A.T.u.'s Gomenasai. There's a better live action version, though.
  • Tom Jones' "Give A Little Love" video, like Squirrel Nut Zippers' "Ghost of Stephen Foster"(see below), pays homage to Fleischer Studios cartoons, with Tom dancing with an Expy of Betty Boop.
  • The video for "Harlem Shuffle" by The Rolling Stones has animated sections, created by Ralph Bakshi and John Kricfalusi.
  • Pharrell Williams' music video for "It Girl" features a mixture of anime and sprite art with brief rotoscoped clips of Pharrell.
  • St.Olie's "I Will Burn" ("Я сгорю...") (partially in the original (interspersed with live-action clips) and fully in the alternate version (complete with the cameo appearance of the little girl from the previously-unfinished ''Sweeties'' (''Милыши'') pilot at the very end)) and "Caviar" ("Икра") (NSFW), both directed by Khariton Klimov. The former was animated by Antimult and partially inspired by Fahrenheit 451 and Rammstein's "Benzin" music video, involving Ilona Stolie and her firefighter crew burning her mansion down after a break-up.

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  • Eminem's political video "Mosh" is entirely flash animated and so far his only animated video.
    • He's now added "Shake That" (feat. Nate Dogg).
  • Ghostface Killah's "Daytona 500" is basically a licensed Fan Vid of Speed Racer.
  • Whether it's his beats or his wardrobe, alternative rapper/producer Kanye West does well to keep his style as atypical as possible and naturally has come to rely on animation for a handful of his music videos.
    • "Heard Em Say" features black-and-white animation by Bill Plympton.
    • "Good Life" features him and T-Pain performing within a multifaceted animated environment.
    • West originally intended for his music video for "Stronger" to be an AMV, splicing in sequences from the classic anime film AKIRA. Due to production issues, he had to settle for recreating scenes from film using CGI. For the next best thing, see this link
    • The "Heartless" video is animated in a rotoscoped style as a Shout-Out to American Pop.
    • "Good Morning" has a Cel Shaded music video done by Takashi Murakami, who did the artwork for the album it appeared on
  • Snoop Dogg released an animated version of the music video for "Vato" on his official website.
  • Tupac Shakur's "Do For Love" utilizes just about every style of animation you can think of, from Anime to Claymation.
  • The practice also suits underground rappers who manage to produce music videos. Prime examples are Madvillain's Silver Age comic book-style animated video for "ALL CAPS" and the morbid, 3-D world of "Monkey Suite"
  • Big Pun's "How We Roll" is a completely CGI video.
  • "Word Of Mouth" by John Reuben cast Reuben as a cel-shaded Corrupt Corporate Executive on a mission to destroy imagination and profit from conformity.
  • The video for the Rae and Christian remix version of the Dinah Washington cover of "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby". That is a convoluted sentence. Linky!
  • Killer Mike's "Reagan" uses red, white, blue and black animation to illustrate the song.
  • Master P's "Kenny Dead", which was recorded for South Park, features an animated Master P with the South Park cast in Las Vegas.
  • Childish Gambino's "Feels Like Summer" features an animated Gambino walking down a street while animated versions of popular rappers play in the yards he walks past.

  • The Beatles' Yellow Submarine was little more than a series of animated music videos.
  • The video for Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" from Brothers in Arms famously made use of CGI animation, being the Trope Maker for CGI music videos way back in 1984. It was made by the founders of Mainframe Entertainment.
  • Linkin Park had one music video for a "Points of Authority" remix done in CGI and was animated by the same company that did Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and "The Final Flight of Osiris" Animatrix short. They also had a genuine anime music video for "Breaking The Habit", animated by the same company that did the anime segment from Kill Bill and "Kid's Story" from the Animatrix.
  • Urban Claymation dinosaurs rocked out in Luis Cardenas' video for his cover of "Runaway".
  • "Sing For Absolution" by Muse featured computer-animated versions of the band piloting a spacecraft through a Negative Space Wedgie.
    • Also, "Animals" is entirely animated with the bonus of being fanmade as part of a contest.
  • Pearl Jam's "Do The Evolution" took us on an animated tour through the low points of the evolution of life on Earth, from the primordial soup, to the extinction of the dinosaurs, through several wars, finally ending up 20 Minutes into the Future with mankind reduced to soulless corporate clones, shortly before a nuclear holocaust, guided all the way by a Stripperiffic Anthropomorphic Personification of death. The video was directed by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane.
  • Queen's "Innuendo" uses sketch art and stop-motion animation.
    • Sections of "A Kind Of Magic" and "Save Me" are also animated.
  • Rob Thomas' video for "Ever the Same" is quite recognizable due to the background's bright colors and hand-sketched look.
  • Talking Heads' "And She Was" uses cut-out animation to create a trippy, pseudo-photorealistic look. "Road To Nowhere" utilises stop-motion animation for a number of bizarre sequences.
  • Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down a Dream" (a tip of the hat to the classic comic and animated film from the 1910's Little Nemo in Slumberland) features animated versions of Tom Petty and Flip getting into trouble.
  • "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" by U2 was done similar to a comic book.
  • Tupper Ware Remix Party has two animated music videos: one for "The Hit", done in 80's-style pixel animation; and an Animesque video for "Starlight Brigade".
  • Genesis's "Land of Confusion" used freaky puppets from the British TV show Spitting Image, including some eerily-accurate comic caricatures of the band.
  • Peter Himmelman's song "245 Days" has a music video containing animation by Bill Plympton.
  • "Saturday" by Red Kid is an animated music video set in Croatia...
  • The Killers' music video for "Miss Atomic Bomb" is an animated narrative book-ended with live-action sequences.



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"Take On Me" goes for a unique approach by first showing animation in stills, then showing real footage, then showing actual animation.

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