Animated Music Videos: 20 Awesome Examples
In the recent pandemic situation as every occupation suffered a lot due to lockdown so is in the case of music albums and production. Due to social distancing, the music videos are not getting shoot so for this purpose people started searching for some of the alternates. The animated music video played an important part in this pandemic for the production of the music video. The best part of the preference given to it was this you don’t take care about the social distancing.
Most of the artists chose this animated video format which helped them in releasing the latest videos and the production time is comparatively less as compared to the other type of formats.
#1) Dua Lipa – Hallucinate
If you go through the animated music videos of Dua Lipa you will find extensive animation output that proves that why she loves music animations. It is observed that Dua Lipa explores several wealth styles which makes her videos worth watching.
Recently, Dua Lipa released Hallucinate which is based on a cartoon reimaging the “70s dance culture”. The video consists of interesting trippy images that are full of rainbows which makes it fascinating to watch.
- Released: 2021
- Directed By: Lisha Tan
- Song: Hallucinate
- Singer: Dua Lipa
#2) Stormzy – Superheroes
Focusing on the Black Community Stormzy created a video in 2020 named “Superheroes”. This video is a piece of art in the field of music animation which depicts the idea of real-life heroes hidden among us. Stormzy acted as a young boy who is a superhero.
He looks around him and soaks up the power of everyday heroes that will help him in becoming one of the superheroes one day. If you watch the video, you will find an interesting and attractive color palette sending a profound message.
- Released: 2020
- Directed by: Taz Tron Delix
- Song: Superheroes
- Singer: Stormzy
#3) Rainbow Kitten Surprise – It’s called: Freefall
When you see the thumbnail of the video you might get confused between the band name and the thumbnail. The thumbnail isn’t adorable and doesn’t even explain the Rainbow Kitten Surprise(boo).
This animated short music video fits perfectly with the song. The animated video and direction both are given by Anthony Francisco Schepperd.
The start of the video consists of dark having a build-up to the execution leading towards the psychedelic freak-out end.
- Released: 2019
- Directed by: Anthony Francisco Schepperd
- Song: It’s Called: Freefall
- Singer: Rainbow Kitten Surprise
#4) Daphne And Celeste – 晴れた日 (Sunny Day) Japanese version
Daphne and Celeste are well-known for their production of catchy and bratty singles like Ooh Stick You! And U.G.L.Y. In 2000 at the Reading Festival the band got bottled by the furious crowd. Recently the director Dan Hett created the re-recording of one of the best song versions in the Japanese style from the album (Sunny Day). In the video, the duo is shown as the two anime characters who are drawn as imaginary with excellent looks and arcade dancing.
- Released: 2019
- Directed By: Dan Hett
- Song: 晴れた日 (Sunny Day) Japanese version
- Singer: Daphne and Celeste
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#5) John Grant – He’s Got His Mother’s Hips
John Grant is an Icelandic singer as well as a songwriter who is a great tuner. The song “He’s Got His Mother’s Hips” is one of the best examples of having a thumping slab with wry electroclash designed with a complete music animated video.
The animated video is the work of two Cardiff-based animators Casey and Ewan who looped themselves with more than 11 animators to create this amazing animated video. In this video, the results are bewildering having a lightening paced mash-up and John Grant is shown in the cartoon style.
- Released: 2018
- Directed by: Casey Redmond and Ewan Jones Morris
- Song: He’s Got His Mother’s Hips
- Singer: John Grant
#6) Rick and Morty’s x Run the Jewels – Oh Mama
Nothing can be more unexpected than Rick and Morty working with Run the Jewels. Directed by Juan Meza-Leon who is a storyboard artist as well directed the three amazing episodes of Oh Mama in the third season.
The animated music videos consist of dark and brutal mini-Rickventure that will give you the exact understanding of basically what is going on.
- Released: 2018
- Directed by: Juan Meza-León
- Song: Oh Mama
- Singer: Rick and Morty’s X Run the Jewels
#7) Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (Lyric Video)
Taylor Swift one of the best singers these days started her musical return with this music animation that was created by ODD. If we talk about her style so this video was influenced by thriller and horror movie sequences.
The video maintained the long tradition of listeners who were quite indulging in rampant speculations.
- Released: 2017
- Directed By: ODD
- Song: Look What You Made Me Do
- Singer: Taylor Swift
#8) The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb
Director Warren Fu and the band “The Killers” already worked previously on a single video known as “Runaways”. For the second video, the band again chose the same director. Involving the animation, they bring some of the best and stunning animations that lead to the animated music video and making a heartbreaking love story more attractive.
The music production team consisting of Josh Goldstein who was the producer of the project accompanied by Jeff Pantaleo as Executive Producer and Shawn Kim who was responsible for the direction of Photography.
For exceptional animation, they got connected with Titmouse Studio.
- Released: 2012
- Directed by: Warren Fu
- Song: Miss Atomic Bomb
- Singer: The Killers
#9) Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
The creative chemistry of Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling always created some of the masterpieces. Either you are looking for set designs, windows displays, or Christmas Cards they always gave their best in it.
The animated music video Feel Like We Only Go Backwards is one of the Best Examples of their remarkable work.
- Released: 2012
- Directed by: Becky Sloan, Joseph Pelling
- Song: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
- Singer: Tame Impala
#10) Home and Dry – Ghosts Are Dancing
The Parisian band “Home and Dry” made their project by majorly using the software Houdini. Talking about the dramatic effect in the animated music video was created by filming a motion capture from the band-leading singer Laure Laffererie. The motion was captured through 2 cameras. For adding the effects of motion vector 2D animation was used along with the 3D lightning.
- Released: 2012
- Directed By: Maxime Causeret and Gilles Deschaud
- Song: Ghosts Are Dancing
- Singer: Home and Dry
#11) Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing
This animation video showed that it was made after the inspiration that was taken by one of the Russian Animator Yuriy Norshteyn who is well known for his incredible Tale of Tales.
The music video animatic idea shows the intense atmosphere where a thought-provoking short video describes the song in a much more effective way.
The music animation video is majorly based on the gentle movements done with the hand-cut paper models which help in explaining the song theme and idea perfectly.
- Released: 2013
- Directed by: Jessica Cope and Simon Cartright
- Song: The Raven That Refused To Sing
- Singer: Steven Wilson
#12) The Kleenrz – Sandman
Taking an idea from the Children Television Style Cartoon Characters consisting of live-action in it this video consists of Sandman. The sandman works with the two umbrella girls who are his helpers.
The cartoon music video shows that what is going inside the sandman big bag. Amazingly the video is designed in such a way that it goes fit with the lyrics designed by The Kleenrz who collaborated with LA rappers, Self-Jupiter and Kenny.
The beautiful part of this video is that you need to listen to the music carefully and need to understand the lyrics so that you can easily understand the idea of the video.
Most of the time it is seen that people easily get distracted from music due to the action in the video.
- Released: 2012
- Directed By: Jason Brown and Aya Yamasaki
- Song: Sandman
- Singer: The Kleenrz
#13) Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
The US Duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who are husband and wife in relation respectively have created the music video. Paying homage to the silent film director “Georges Melies” working on the video “A Trip To The Moon” which was an animated video and can be said as one of the greatest music videos that can ever be made.
- Released: 1996
- Directed by: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
- Song: Tonight, Tonight
- Singer: Smashing Pumpkins
#14) Daft Punk – One More Time
Daft Punk always comes up with some of the most interesting ideas that are why the song director Kazuhisa Takenouchi was inspired by them.
In 2003 an anime film Interstella 5555 directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem that was based on the Daft Punk videos One More Time, Aerodynamic, Digital Love and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.
- Released: 2000
- Directed by: Kazuhisa Takenouchi
- Song: One More Time
- Singer: Daft Punk
#15) The Cribs – Mirror Kissers
The UK music directors Olly Williams and Philips Sansom also well-known as Diamond Dogs directed many videos like The Hoosiers, Jack Penate, and Maximo Park depicting their different styles in it.
The shot of the Mirror Kisser was done on a plain white background and afterward, around 2,740 frames were printed, photocopied, and manipulated before it was sent to edits so that the result would be a fascinating video.
Regarding the music video, you cannot say it is a typical video as it is rather ugly and supporting the music idea which makes it best for the animated music videos.
- Released: 2006
- Produced by: Diamond Dogs
- Song: Mirror Kissers
- Singer: The Cribs
#16) Gorillaz – El Mañana
Pete Candeland holds a renowned place for creating well-known pieces. BBC’s 2008 and 2013 Olympic Marketing Campaign, Beatle’s RockBand promos, and more music videos he created for Gorillaz. Whenever you will talk about the animated music videos so Gorillaz band will stand every time in this list as the sole purpose of this band was to create a video in this format.
- Released: 2006
- Directed by: Pete Candeland
- Song: El Mañana
- Singer: Gorillaz
#17) Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
The American Animator Monkmus created an array of music videos for Badly Drawn Boy, Mogwai, and Death Cab for Cutie. The efforts he put in the Los Campesinos! Stands out as unique and deserves a Hats off. The video is a connection to other videos that were designed by the band on the war. The illustration style is naïve based on having the infamous Dumbo scene with racing elephants.
- Released: 2007
- Produced by: Monkmus
- Song: You! Me! Dancing!
- Singer: Los Campesinos!
#18) London Grammar – Hey Now
London Grammar song Hey Now video was directed by Chris Ullens which showcases the song in the best way. For this video, Chris Ullens collaborated with Sebastien Preschoux who is a string artist.
The video shows a nighttime setting having balls of strings and the light dances amongst trees till the forest becomes visible.
- Released: 2014
- Directed by: Chris Ullens
- Song: Hey Now
- Singer: London Grammar
#19) REM – Man-Sized Wreath
CRUSH inc. is a Toronto Based team that collaborated with REM to create an amazing piece of music animation video. Talking about the work so they have worked with IKEA, Budweiser, and Nintendo.
From the Low-fi Technique to the 3D modeling done with pixelated video games graphics are amazing. The different styles in the video make it amazing because it is considered a tough task.
- Released: 2008
- Directed by: CRUSH inc.
- Song: Man-Sized Wreath
- Singer: REM
#20) Basement Jaxx – My Turn
Animator and Designer based in Krakow, Poland, Tomek Ducki stand out as unique in animated music video production. He took part in numerous festival screenings and also won the award for his different and stunning style of work. Adding minimal style to the video with a contrast of colorwork gives it a mystical vibe.
- Released: 2009
- Produced by: Tomek Ducki
- Song: My Turn
- Singer: Basement Jaxx
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