copy of 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!'"
Animutation or fanimutation is a type of fan-made Video Collage, partly inspired by Japanese commercials and the old Hatten är din meme, involving Clip-Art Animation 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 flash animation, as they are fairly easy to make but can have 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 Colin Mochrie, a Jesus action figure◊, plush monster Domo-kun, the "God kills a" kitten, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, the "dancing Hitler" animation). Many use foreign songs with fake English lyrics full of mondegreens, 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.
- Hyakugojyuuichi, generally considered the first animutation of note, though an earlier example (Japanese Pokerap) exists
- French Erotic Film, first part of the Colin Mochrie vs. Jesus H. Christ fanimutrilogy, continued with a part 2, Plan 9 From Underpants, and a part 3, Conquest of Animutopia.
- Irrational Exuberance
- Earth vs. Funk
- We Drink Ritalin, notable for its song, Hot Limit. It's an English translation of a Japanese song, done by an Italian band who can't speak English. The end result? Gratuitous English unlike anything you've ever seen before.
- Chocolate Niblet Beans, especially notable for popularizing animutations where certain elements are randomized for every individual viewing.
- Wizard Power
- Captain Lou Albano's Steady Descent into Madness
- The Fingertips Project
Tropes frequently found in animutations:
- Ascended Extra: See Breakout Character.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: Captions consisting entirely of Mondegreens, almost always from a foreign language.
- Breakout Character: Colin Mochrie. He appeared in The Japanese Pokerap, but 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.
- Clip-Art Animation
- Clumsy Copyright Censorship: The Jamezbond animutation featuring Peter Pan cosplayer Randy Constan was censored on YouTube, since the real Constan filed a DMCA complaint for "infringing on his trademark". He was covered up with text lampshading the situation on that version only. 
- Deranged Animation / Widget Series: The genre both loves these and is these.
- Easter Egg
- Gag Sub
- Loads and Loads of Characters: There's a couple dozen characters that appear frequently in animutation, and more than four thousand have appeared at least once.
- Mind Screw
- 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.
- Running Gag
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix
- Surreal Humor
- The Walrus Was Paul: Even when there's a clear plot, animutations don't make sense.
- Unreadably Fast Text
- Video Collage
- Word-Salad Humor
- Word Salad Title
Tropes relating to specific animutations:
- And I Must Scream: Bert's mouth gets sealed up in "Jammer Yama".
- Apocalypse Hitler: "Exotic Japan" and "Revenge of the Nazis" both involve Adolf Hitler taking over the world.