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Behold, the second-largest cast in object show history.note 

Animated Inanimate Battle is a web cartoon series created by Robert Johnston on his YouTube channel, GatlingGroink57, inspired by another web cartoon called Battle for Dream Island. It's one of those standard object shows... Except it's hosted by a demigod.note 

It started on April 15th, 2018 with its self-titled Pilot, before being removed from YouTube for almost two years. The pilot returned on April 1st, 2020, and eventually got its first proper episode on May 20th, 2020 with the release of "An Ice Beginning." The entire show is animated in Microsoft Powerpoint and uses Paint.NET for character and prop design which is really impressive considering how good its quality is.

The plot follows a group of sixty living objects who live in the Blank Slate, a yellow-and-white gradient void with virtually nothing inside aside from them and a couple of other non-living objects. This uneventful life is interrupted by the entrance of Oodle the Doodle, a Semi-Divine inter-dimensional triangle guy looking for fun. He came into the Slate through a portal and ended up in a comatose-like state. After the objects wake him up, they show him all the fun things to do in the Blank Slate. Oodle is less than impressed by this and begins to leave for a new dimension. However, he is convinced to stay by one of the objects (Leek) and decides to make his own fun by hosting a game show with said objects as contestants where the winner receives anything they want.


Episodes of Animated Inanimate Battle can be found here.

This cartoon contains the following tropes:

  • A Dog Named "Dog": As you'd come to expect barring Oodle and Tivo.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Taken a step farther with some characters by adding an unnecessary "-y" to the end of their already self-explanatory names. note 
  • Always Identical Twins: Orange and Yellow Food Dye, apart from their colors.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Also as you'd come to expect.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Plenty of examples to go around. note 
  • Anyone Can Die: Except Oodle, who makes death cheap because of his ability to revive people.
  • Armless Biped: A common staple for object shows and Animated Inanimate Battle is no slouch in this department.note 
  • Advertisement:
  • Art Shift: Characters' imagine spots and the Doodleverse are drawn more simplistically from the main art style, with only colored outlines and white background.
  • Cast Herd: The contestants had to be split into 6 teams of 10 for the purpose of allowing the viewers to keep track of the huge cast and to cover much of their characterization as effectively as possible. That being said, there are still teams which have more screentime than others.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Every single cast member has unique character designs, including shading, and quirks which gives them their own individual personality.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: All the teams have a color to represent them:
    • Red - Team 1
    • Orange - Team 2
    • Yellow - Team 3
    • Green - Team 4
    • Blue - Team 5
    • Violet - Team 6
  • Continuity: With each episode, Oodle adds a new location to the Blank Slate, such as the ocean in "An Ice Beginning" and the mountain in "Smarter & Boulder."
  • Death Is Cheap: Oodle has the ability to revive dead people via an imaginary line box.
  • Drama Queen: Or Drama King, as the case might be, and that would be Filmy.
  • Dysfunction Junction: What happens if an impatient intellectual, a cute psychopath, an all-brawn with no brains, a couple of valley girls, a competitive but Lovable Jock, an old man, an endearingly dorky guy, an Emo Teen and an overly reliant person are all together on the same team? You'll get Team 6, and they're this trope big time. If they are not at each other’s throats, they would be arguing about who deserves to be the leader or how to execute challenges. These petty conflicts prevent them from doing challenges effectively or even at all but luckily there is some hope as Nacho and Showery at least manage to stop the team from becoming a total lost cause.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Pilot has this all over with the objects being limbless and faceless, everyone talking in text, and some of the characters' assets being very unpolished and/or different from the ones used in later episodes. "An Ice Beginning" starts out with the same weirdness, but it changes when Oodle causes everyone to become Suddenly Voiced.
  • Eject the Loser: To say the least, eliminated contestants are transported into a dimension Oodle created known as the Doodleverse.
  • Fingerless Hands: Excluding the limbless and armless ones, the characters have no digits. Their hands are instead ball-shaped and for Oodle, square-shaped.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Before Oodle came along, the objects lived rather dull lives and had an even duller sense of fun. To name a few, weekly recycling collections, rock-paper-scissors (which was weird since they didn't have limbs at that point), and stacking themselves high until they fall down. However, when you live in a world devoid of almost nothing, you have to make the best of it.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The show's opening consists of an upbeat chiptune with no vocals.
  • Invisible Anatomy: All sixty contestants had this in the pilot, save for Nine's tongue. Even after Oodle gave the characters Sudden Anatomy in "An Ice Beginning," one would notice later in the episode that Bouncy Ball (a limbless contestant) is holding poker cards, but it doesn't seem to be in her mouth.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Some of the female contestants have this due to having male voice actors.
  • Living Polyhedron: Oodle, a demigod triangle being, definitely is one
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: This show has a staggering cast of 62 main characters, comprised of two staff members and 60 contestants. (The second-largest object show cast only beaten out by BFB.)
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Chocolate Chip, Domino, Filmy, Tivo and Telescope stand out by having pure white-colored eyes in comparison with the rest of the cast's black ones. Oodle, on the other hand, is the only one with green eyes.
  • Mythology Gag: Done in the opening, where there is a brief scene of Brain and Bouncy Ball playing poker a la the series' Pilot, with the assets for both characters used for the Pilot.
  • No Fourth Wall: As a staple for any object show, everyone is aware that they're in a cartoon. However, this show takes it all Up to Eleven due to characters using things as a Ninja Prop (e.g.: Album's subtitles in "An Ice Beginning") and even a Running Gag of Oodle popping out of things during cutscenes.
  • Noodle Incident: The reason why Bone is shunned by the rest of the characters in the Blank Slate is currently unknown. Not even Bone himself knows, judging by his conversation with Oodle in "An Ice Beginning".
Bone: Oh, it's nothing Oodle. It's just that no one here likes me.
Oodle: ...Why?!
[Bone briefly looks at his teammates backing away from him]
Bone: I don't know!
  • Out of Focus: Due to the show's gargantuan cast (second only to BFB), it's inevitable for some characters to get less screentime than others.
  • Pilot: It has one, and it isn't called "The Pilot" for nothing!note 
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Oodle almost pulls this after seeing the "fun" things the objects do in "The Pilot" but Leek convinces him otherwise, ultimately starting the show.
  • Stock Object Colors: Applies to Bone and Coconut by being milk-white and brown in color respectively. Also with Jelly and Raisin having purple color schemes since both are grape-based objects.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Used to the fullest extent for all the episodes, whether it's animal sounds or background music, but makes this cartoon all the more charming.
  • Sudden Anatomy: When Oodle causes everyone to become Suddenly Voiced in "An Ice Beginning," all of the contestants received faces and most received limbs. Some were happier with the change than others.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Tired of the caption speech, Oodle decided to invoke this trope with his demi-god powers in "An Ice Beginning". Let's just say everyone had mixed feelings about this whole permanent fiasco.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Pear hums the show's theme song while climbing up the mountain in "Smarter and Boulder."
  • Unexplained Accent: When everyone was Suddenly Voiced in "An Ice Beginning", Bacon and Domino gain heavy southern and stereotypical British accents respectively on account of Oodle's impression of the two. Bacon, however, embraces his voice and became the cast's Cowboy while Domino was bothered by his before getting used to it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Raisin, due to being eliminated first into the series and sent to the Doodleverse.


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