Fan animations are typically original animations. Some, however, are based on other fanfics while others are animations set to music.
Fan animations are usually ignored by publishers and creators, and they may be even praised or encouraged, but sometimes they're met with cease-and-desist orders. However, this usually only occurs when animators try to make a profit off of fan-animations or when they're too sexual.
Other popular terms include:
- "MAP" refers to a "Multi-Animator Project". Not to be confused with a MEP (Multi-Editor Project), which is a similar term used by Fan Vidders. A "MAP" is an animation where several animators each do different parts.
- A "PMV" is a "Picture Music Video". Not to be confused with the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's fandom's usage (Pony Music Video), which usually refers to Fan Vids. They're usually lumped in with fan-animations, however they don't actually include much, if any, actual animation. PMVs are commonly Lyric Videos.
- Some animesque fan-animations can also be considered Fanime, however the term "fanime" is usually used to describe original works done in an "anime" style.
- In Japan, there is a sort of fan-animation known as the "MAD" (which can also apply to Fanvids). MADs usually contain still-images instead of proper animations.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Saint Seiya:
- The series has a huge foreign fandom in France, where a group of French fan animators made part of the Hades Saga at the end of The '90s as a fan animation that was praised by the fans of the series, the success was so huge that was even dubbed in Latin Spanish by the official Saint Seiya's Mexican voice actors. The fan short was made as a kind of protest from the fans for not having new anime adaptations of the manga (the last one was in 1989), especially the Hades Saga, the final manga arc unadapted until then. Probably triggered by this short, Toei Animation decided to finally adapt the Hades Saga in the format of OVA in 2002, which was not-so praised by the fans as the original short.
- In The New '10s there were other animated shorts made by fans based on the series, the most recent and prominent one is Saint Seiya: Darkness Unleashed released on December 2016 by Mexican fans.
- Pop Team Epic has various fan animations on YouTube, since motion comics and fan adaptations of Four Koma to MS Paint versions of the opening, as others. There're a lot to choose here...
- A fan-animation of the most popular Sonic the Comic arc, "Running Wild", was announced, however it hit Development Hell before it could finish. Only a small preview is known to exist.
Film — Animation
- This animation adapts the "Madness of the King" sequence from the musical into the style of The Lion King.
- Warrior Cats:
- A Bluestar animation, mainly based on Bluestar's Prophecy, set to "Gravity of Love" by Enigma has been linked to by the Erins.
- SSS Warrior Cats is an animesque adaptation of the first book. It has also been linked to by Kate Cary (one of the Erins).
- Bluestar's Little Pistol is unusual as it's done in a monochromic (with the occasional Splash of Color) sketchbook style. That's because it's actually a half-finished animation. It's a Bluestar based animatic set to "Little Pistol" by Mother Mother.
- Climb is one of the more profilic Warriors fan-animators. She's done a Leopardstar and Tigerstar tribute, a Mapleshade tribute, a Scourge tribute, and several others.
- A popular animatic of Squirrelflight and Ashfur set to "It Took Be My Surprise" by Maria Mena has caused many similar animatics featuring other fandoms or OCs.
- Mudshadow has a few, such as this AU animation based on an Alternate Universe Fic where Mothwing and Leafpool end up together and have the Three.
- Life Letters is a Squirrelflight-themed PMV about her and her kits (especially Hollyleaf).
- This is a horror-based Tailchaser's Song animatic set to a cover of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". More specifically, it's about the part where Tailchaser and his friends are captured by the Clawguard.
- Lenstar Productions (known for the webtoon Mugman) occasionally makes fan animations. Sources he has used include The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Super Mario Bros..
- LilDeuceDeuce's animated video for Beep Beep I'm A Sheep fell short in minus8's eyes, so the song received a new Flash animation that pays homage to Tex Avery's Leggy Lamb, Shawn from Aardman Animations, Lammy Lamb from Parappa The Rapper, Dawn Bellwether from Zootopia, and many others.
- While The Vampair tells its own story, they are music videos of pre-existing songs, including "The Night" and "Land of the Dead" by Voltaire and "Fuck You" by Lily Allen.
- An animator at Disney created a Disney-styled storyboard for "Defying Gravity" from Wicked. They wished Disney would adapt it, however (assuming it gets out of Development Hell) Wicked is almost guaranteed to be a live action film by Universal. Though, not too soon later they kind of got their wish with Frozen.
- Five Nights at Freddy's: Tony Cynight's Five Night's at Freddy's
- Sonic the Hedgehog:
- Spyro the Dragon: Spyro Does A Thing is an animation making fun of Money Bags paywalls.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- The Light of Courage is infamous within the fandom because many fans mistook it for an actual test animation for a really, really bad Zelda adaptation by DiC. It's actually a series of intentionally bad fan animations.
- Majora's Mask - Terrible Fate is a well-received highly realistic 3D animation-live-film short telling an expanded origin story of Skull Kid.
- Roblox: The Last Guest is a series of CGI short films portraying that removal of the Guest feature with the eponymous last Guest fighting against the Bacon Hair Terrorist Organization.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: One Cartoonist's Dream: Disney songs... starring the popular, fabulously manly Widget Series.
- There're some made based on ClayFighter series, most of them made with Claymation:
- Lorenzo Letis aka Klay-Kremlin made not one but two fan shorts, one with Tiny managing his fast food restaurant (with Blob as The Cameo) and Nanaman singing and dancing as the "Cuban Pete".
- And there's this fan animation of Sculpture's Cut intro animated as if were a Saturday Morning Cartoon, also an affectionate homage to the series.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- "Lullaby for a Princess" is a FIM fan-song that was adapted into a fan-animation. It's a Grief Song about Celestia's feelings towards her sister Luna. It was animated before My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S4 E2 "Princess Twilight Sparkle Part 2" officially depicted Celestia vs Nightmare Moon and thus isn't consistent with canon.
- Princess Trixie Sparkle is an audio fanfic with multiple musical numbers. Early episodes are little more than pictures moving around, however, eventually Art Evolution took place and actual animations were created. Songs with animations include "Confrontation", "Sorrowful, Regretful", and a few others.
- Double Rainboom is a fan film where Rainbow Dash drinks an experimental potion of Twilight's, causing... problems. It also counts as one for The Powerpuff Girls.
- Friendship Is Magic Bitch is a series of joke shorts where an evil Celestia trolls ponies, curses a storm, and sends ponies (including her sister) to the moon.
- PONY.MOV is an alternate Black Comedy take on the characters. It spawned a Ask a Pony Ask Jappleack.
- Once Upon a Time in Canterlot is a short where Octavia beats up changelings during My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S2 E26 "A Canterlot Wedding Part 2". It has a sequel/spinoff short, Guardian, where Derpy saves her daughters Dinky and Amethyst from changelings.
- Button's Adventures is the reason why background pony Buttons Mash is an Ensemble Darkhorse. It also created his equally popular fan-character mother. It however received a cease-and-desist from Hasbro, making it highly unlikely other shorts will ever come out.
- Smile is an animation where Pinkie brutally murders all her friends (and the entire world) while continuously smiling set to a remix of "Smile" from the show.
- Snowdrop is set prior to Nightmare Moon and features a Inspirationally Disadvantaged blind filly who is teased due to her disability.
- The Moon Rises is a Villain Song sequence for Luna where she turns into Nightmare Moon.
- Children of the Night is an animation set to the song "Come Little Children". Against Celestia's wishes, one night Luna takes orphaned foals and flies them off to a more peaceful, prosperous place where they can live together.
- Dinky's Destiny is a planned series of shorts where Luna helps Dinky Hooves uncover her destiny.
- My Little Pony in the Sims is a crossover with The Sims, applying the game series' logic to life in Ponyville.
- I Am Octavia is an animation and song parody about Octacia and Vinyl Scratch's friendship.
- The Crystal Gems VS Yellow Diamond is a Steven Universe fananimatic about as long as an actual episode, about the Crystal Gems fighting Yellow Diamond.
- Greg Fiering's Migraine Boy comic strip received an official animated adaptation made by MTV in The '90s, which was eventually dubbed worldwide, included in Latin America. Chilean fans weren't happy with the animation and voices, so a group of fans (known as Alegale.tk) made their own version at the end of the decade with a different style of humour, becoming even more famous in Chile than the original animation.
- Universe Falls: The Series started as a series of fan dubs of comics based on "Steven's Summer Job", a popular crossover Fan Verse between Steven Universe: Future and Gravity Falls, but eventually took on a life of its own.
- The Lion Guard: