12 Animated Music Videos to Inspire You to Your Core

Animation has become a staple art form for the entertainment and advertising industries. Many artists have come up with compelling concepts that have given the audience enduring visuals over the years through animated music videos.

Animation, in comparison with live-action videos, is a cheaper alternative with more room for creativity which is why the number of cartoon clips has skyrocketed lately.

Also, ever since the growing threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are flocking toward animation to safely complete their music video projects.

We have picked out a number of stunning and best animated music videos which have left an ever-lasting impact on audiences because of incredible storytelling, great music along with phenomenal artwork.

“Take on Me” by A-Ha

Take on Me is one of the first and most iconic music videos with a blend of live-action, sketch art and fluid animation. Directed by Steve Barron, It was way ahead of its time when it came out in 1985.

It used a rotoscoped animation technique in which live-action sequences are physically traced or drawn over which gives fluidity and life-like feel to the overall setup.

The song kicked off a major MTV broadcasted era of animated music videos which garnered major mainstream success (remember Vines?) over the years.

Hitting one billion views on YouTube is another feather in the cap for the creators of this video.


“Do the Evolution” by Pearl Jam

Do the Evolution was created in a comic book style animation by director Todd McFarlane, a well-known name in the world of comics.

The video depicts the sheer brutal and vicious history of planet earth through the ages which clearly resonated with Pearl Jam’s grunge and gritty music.

From the beginning, the video reels us in and hits us with an explosive slideshow of human cruelty which ends up in a nuclear inferno. That is what Grunge Rock is all about. Repeated punches to the gut.

“Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz

Gorillaz is a virtual band created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The former focuses on the overall music, and the latter has been responsible for the video production of the band.

Due to its virtual existence, their music videos are primarily animated. It is hard to choose from the collection but Feel Good Inc. stands out from the rest.

It is created in pop art, comic book style by synthesizing the colors, tones, and textures of Japanese animation.

The storytelling in the video is largely inspired by the works of Hayao Miyazaki to portray media manipulation in freedom of information.


“Fell in Love with a Girl” by The White Stripes

Fell in Love with a Girl is directed by Michel Gondry, a very distinctive Hollywood director whose works include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Using stop motion animation techniques to narrate a story is very impressive and it takes a lot out of you. Also using Lego blocks for quirky twists very much rings true to Michel Gondry’s name.


“The Devil Went to Georgia” by Primus

Another example of stop motion animation work is “The Devil Went to Georgia” directed by Mike Johnson.

Mike Johnson used claymation technique in which real dolls or figurines are added instead of sketched or hand drawn characters to beautifully capture the folktale.

Claymation requires diligent work as each frame contains a photo of structures and figurines.

Read more: How to Pick a Video Style for Your Next Project

“The Raven That Refused To Sing” by Steven Wilson

This video has elements from the works of Russian animator Yuriy Norshteyn. Directed by Jessica Cope and Simon Cartright, this animated music video is one of a kind.

The main characters and their movements are based on hand-cut paper models along with a simplistic animation style that just hits the right spot.

Manifesting the story of a man missing his sister so much through the intense atmosphere and haunting colors cater beautifully to the emotions of the audience.


“Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys

If you want to achieve and champion minimalism, then this animated music video is for you. Directed by David Wilson with animation agency Blinkink, the animation is nothing short of sheer brilliance.

It starts with a singular vibrating line, it progresses into a full-blown color shebang by the end of the song. You just have to watch it to understand.

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala

Ever wonder what would it be like to take hallucinogens and go on a spiritual trip towards the unknown? Then this animated music video is just for you.

Directed by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, this music video perfectly encapsulates Tame Impala’s psychedelic feel of their music. Vibrant colors with constant transitions and textures look to be a work of art.


“Anvil” by Lorn

Directed by Geriko comes a visually stunning, two-tone (black and white) animated music video that draws you into a baffling sci-fi world fighting overpopulation right from the start.

The animation, inspired by Japanese and Belgian comic strips, has encompassed a woman’s journey in the last days of her life in the year 2100.

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“Into the Night” by Nero

Into the Night is created in anime style which is a clear homage to famous anime like Ghost in the Shell and Akira.

Directors Markus Lundqvist and Dan Stephens made sure to perfectly fuse themes of cyberpunk and dystopia to tell the story.


“Delta” by C2C

French animation collective CRCR produced this excellent modern-style animation and character illustration.

This enigmatic animated music video has layers of symbolism describing a sci-fi civilization on the cusp of an apocalypse.


“Love is Gone” by Slander

Just sit back and marvel at the beauty this animated music video is. Conceived and directed by Roboto, it is all made, done, and rendered in 3D animation.

One simply cannot fathom the majestic work done by Roboto by coming up with this spectacular space art in the video.


Final thoughts

Animated videos do not make you feel restricted or limited. In fact, you can let your imagination run away with you in this medium of art.

You don’t have to think about location, lightning or logistics costs. Whatever you can imagine, it will be brought to life through animation.

In this pandemic-ridden world, many artists are considering utilizing animation as much as possible in their projects to keep the safety measures in view.

So, if you are ready to sink your teeth into how to make an animation video be it music-related or business-related, then get in touch with our video strategist right away so we can kick-start your animated video project.

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Posted by Adil Ashraf

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