animated music videos production

Animated Music Video Production Examples

 

 

Welcome to our collection of the greatest animated music videos ever created. Music videos are created to promote an artist or song and to offer them additional airtime in order to boost sales and exposure. In addition, several artists have opted to utilize an animated style to accompany their latest albums owing to the present world scenario. After all, with animation, you don’t need to maintain social distance, and production is much easier in the event of a pandemic. Because animation has been a lot cheaper and easier to make in recent years, the quantity of cartoon clips has exploded, especially among smaller acts on a budget. There have been a few animated music video companies that provide these services to the artists and they are doing an excellent job.

 

 

Rainbow Kitten Surprise – It’s called freefall

Don’t be misled by the band name or the vibrant colors in the thumbnail for this animated music video: it isn’t even close to being cute, and there isn’t a single Rainbow Kitten Surprise to be found. It is, however, a fantastic animated short that complements the music wonderfully. It starts gloomy, with the build-up to an execution, before becoming full psychedelic freak-out towards the conclusion, both animated and directed by Anthony Francisco Schepperd. An excellent example of a great animated video production that manages to capture the attention of the viewer and help the artist get his point across.

 

 

John Grant – He’s got his mother’s hips

John Grant, an Icelandic singer-songwriter, is known for delivering fantastic songs, and He’s Got His Mother’s Hips is no exception: a pounding slab of sardonic electroclash with a brilliant animated visual. Casey and Ewan, headquartered in Cardiff, enlisted the help of another 11 animators to deliver the goods, each in their own unique style. The ultimate product is a befuddling, fast-paced mash-up that depicts Grant in a variety of cartoon styles. An excellent representation that can bring the views on the video up for a significant amount and get you exposure as an artist.

 

 

Rick and Morty x Run The Jewels – Oh Mama

There’s nothing quite like getting a surprise dose of Rick and Morty, and having it in the shape of a Run the Jewels video is a fantastic bonus. It’s a usually dark and violent mini-Rickventure directed by Juan Meza-León – who, in addition to serving as a storyboard artist on the show, directed three of the greatest episodes in its third season – and it’ll take a few viewings to figure out precisely what’s going on. It’s an actual complex video with so many things going on that people will need to rewatch just to get every little detail. A great example of an animated music video overall.

 

 

The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb

Warren Fu, who previously directed the band’s video for the track Runaways, has returned to direct this, their second single. This animated music video brings a tragic love story to life by seamlessly combining animation and beautiful live action images. Josh Goldstein served as producer, alongside executive producer Jeff Pantaleo and director of photography Shawn Kim. An amazing way of combining animated sequences with live shots done by the animated video production working on the project.

 

 

Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing

The strong atmosphere of this innovative and thought-provoking film, clearly influenced by the work of Russian animator Yuriy Norshteyn (well known for the amazing Tale of Tales), brings the melancholy tale of the song to vivid life. The mood is well captured by the stark and simple animation technique, which is based primarily on the delicate motions of hand-cut paper models. This animated music video is perfect for this song and truly blends in with the music.

 

 

Daft Punk – One more time

Daft Punk’s videos are quite unique. They’ve even inspired a film by Kazuhisa Takenouchi, the same filmmaker. The Daft Punk video One More Time, Aerodynamic, Digital Love, and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger are all continued in the 2003 anime film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. It’s a well-executed animation that is perfect for the music and the song which is what the viewers love about this animated music video.

 

 

Gorillaz – El Manana

Pete Candeland has a large body of work, including the BBC’s 2008 and 2012 Olympic marketing campaigns, the Beatles’ RockBand promotions, and several Gorillaz music videos. You can’t make a list of animated music videos without including Gorillaz, a band that seems tailor-made for the medium. They have so many animated music videos done that it seems like all of their music videos are animations. The video is extremely well-made by an awesome animated music video production company.

 

 

The Kleenerz – Sandman

This music video follows the Sandman as he works with his two umbrella girls and exposes what goes on within the huge bag he carries, combining children’s television-style cartoon characters with live action. The Kleenrz, a collaboration of LA rappers Self Jupiter and Kenny, provide beautifully timed lyrics to the action. The benefit of this method is that it forces you to pay attention to the lyrics. This is tough to do in music videos since the activity frequently takes the focus away from the song.

 

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

With this animated video made by ODD, Taylor Swift kicked off her musical comeback. In terms of aesthetics, it appears to be influenced by thriller and horror film title sequences — is it just us, or does it have a Kiss Kiss Bang Bang vibe about it? This video, which features photos of snakes that were all over Swift’s social media pages at the time, continues the lengthy history of listeners guessing who the pop sensation is alluding to. A perfect animated lyrics video that allows the listener to read the lyrics while enjoying the great animation.

 

 

Stormzy – Superheroes

This gem from Stormzy in 2020 is an animated video we had to add. Superheroes is a film about real-life heroes that live among us, with a focus on the African-American community. Stormzy is a superhero who inspires a young kid to look at him and absorb the strength of common heroes, transforming him into a full-fledged superhero. It’s a beautiful animation with a rich color pallet and a powerful message. Very well-animated by the animated music video production company that worked on the project.

 

 

Dua Lipa – Hallucinate

Dua Lipa is a huge fan of animated music videos, as seen by her large animation portfolio. She experiments with a variety of styles, all of which are worth checking out, but her psychedelic offering – Hallucinate – is one of the favorites. It’s a journey into a cartoon recreation of 1970s dance culture, complete with rainbows and psychedelic images. In a nutshell, it’s a lot of fun and excellently executed.

 

 

Basement Jaxx – My Turn

Tomak Ducki is a designer and animator from Krakow, Poland. For his particular style of work, he’s had several festival screenings and received prizes. This film has a minimalist aesthetic; the colors complement each other beautifully and give it a magical feel. Although minimalistic it conveys the point quite well and delivers an excellent experience for the viewer.

 

 

Gorillaz – 19-2000

Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz project began as the soundtrack for a cartoon band created by his partner, comics great Jamie Hewlett. One of their early pieces, “19-2000,” is particularly good in conveying the pleasure of Hewlett’s zany characters.

 

 

Kanye West – Heartless

Kanye West and video icon Hype Williams collaborated on the “Heartless” video, which is a tribute to Ralph Bakshi’s rotoscope animation masterpiece American Pop from 1981. It’s an excellent example of how to make an awesome video using animation and grasp the attention of the viewers to the point where they just have to keep watching.

 

 

Nero – Into The Night

A cyberpunk-themed animation music video with obvious references to Akira. It was the way the characters were animated, not the cyberpunk concept, that prompted us to include it in our list of the finest animated music videos. It’s a true masterpiece of the animation music video production that can inspire you to get one of your own and reap the benefits of an amazing music video.

 

Conclusion

So, are you prepared to make your dream a reality? Are you ready to market your music with a video that will grab people’s attention, stick in their heads, and set you out from the crowd?  Get in contact with our animated music video production company today to learn more about what we can do for you. Life is far too short to waste it on a dull music video!

 

Article by Nicole Delgado 2021 | Marketing Manager | Explainer Video Company | Animated Explainer Video Production