is a form of web-based computer animation, typically created in Adobe Flash
and characterized by unpredictable montages of pop-culture
images set to music, often in a language foreign to the intended viewers. It is not to be confused with manual collage animation (ie., the work of Stan Vanderbeek and Terry Gillam) which predates the Internet.
Animutation was "invented" by Neil Cicierega
. Neil claims to have been inspired by several sources, notably bizarre Japanese commercials (parodied, for example, by the Simpsons
' Mr. Sparkle
), and the video to "Habbeetik" (rebranded as "Hatten är din
" by its creators) by Azar Habib
. The term animutation
was popularized in early 2001 with flash animations such as Japanese Pokerap
, and more notably, Hyakugojyuuichi!!
. The popularity of Hyakugojyuuichi!!
quickly made it an Internet phenomenon. Since that time, others have adopted a similar style and communities of similarly-minded animators have sprung up around the web. These version made by fans were christened "fanimutations".
Traits of animutation
Animutations can be based on songs of foreign, independent, or mainstream origin. Japanese
songs were used in many of the original animutations by Neil Cicierega, but newer animutations use songs in a wide variety of languages, including English
and gibberish. Some bands/singers who have performed a song in at least one animutation include Cibo Matto
, Rip Slyme
, Creedence Clearwater Revival
(as part of Suzukisan).
- The inclusion of Colin Mochrie from Whose Line Is It Anyway?
- The inclusion of Harry Potter with snot running down his nose and his eyes edited bigger to look mad.