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Synonyms: Animal Mashup
See also: Outofcontextanimash, Feral (fandom), MEP, Mashup, Multi Animator Project, Non/Disney, AMV, Pooh's Adventures, Fanvid
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Animash is a type of fanvid set to music or other audio featuring footage from animated works involving feral-style animals. The name comes from "animal mashup."[1] Animashes have been created since the 2000s. Creators of animashes are known as "animashers."

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Balto/Balto II: Wolf’s Quest and The Lion King/The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride are the most popular movies used. Most clip sources are Western traditionally animated movies, but there are a few exceptions, such as Ginga Nagareboshi Gin and Bolt. Limited quantities of clips featuring anthropomorhpic or human characters may be present, depending on the preferences of the video creator.

Most animash videos are crossovers, and crossover ships are extremely common; however, some videos merely depict various separate worlds. The word "crossover" is sometimes used in the community to not only refer to the use of characters from unrelated works, but also the use of characters who originate from different entries in a single series and are shown interacting in non-canonical ways. Many animashes feature AU or wholly original plotlines constructed via various innovative editing techniques.

Most of the animash community is on YouTube. Since YouTube often removes videos for copyright violations, animashes sometimes disappear without warning, or they may be muted. Some animashers "pitch" their videos (editing the audio to be deeper- or higher-pitched) to avoid automated copyright claims.

Animashers range from teenagers to adults and live in many different countries.


The early history of animash is unclear. Tumblr user eilowyn asked:

what are the origins of animash. who was its creator. when did it come to be. i need answers

To which zukkar replied,

Neravaira and MoscoMoon666 were the oldest animashers I can remember. Maybe try contact one of them! They might be able to answer some questions

Videos from the early 2010s were often made using the program Vegas Pro, and creatively used the program's built-in plugins in conjunction with colorful overlays and typography. Clips tended to be chosen to fit the rhythm of the music or to make the characters lip-sync the song, instead of following the lyrics or a plotline. Videos with these traits are nowadays referred to as "old style" or "classic style".

Crossovers and AUs were uncommon in early animashes. Any plotlines present usually either followed the source material's canon or re-imagined another fictional work such as The Lord of the Rings using the chosen characters.

"Personas" meant to represent the video creator or their original characters became popular at the end of the decade. These consist of canon characters which have been recolored, been given new features such as scarves or fur tufts superimposed over the original footage, or redrawn in an image editing program.

Modern videos sometimes modify footage for purposes other than the creation of new characters, such as having the canon characters make gestures and facial expressions not found in the original footage, or changing a character's physical sex or giving them a scar in an AU.

Complex effects and edits have become more common over time as editing programs have become more advanced and widely available, in-depth tutorials have been created, and community members have aged. The popularity of crossovers, AUs, and personas can be credited partially to this shift towards more complex editing.


An animash made by two people is called a collab. An animash by more than two people is known as a MEP- Multi-Editor Project.

Footage that has been heavily modified, such as edited scenes containing non-canon characters or interactions, is known as a "manip".

An animash made to express the creator's own feelings is known as a vent; most vents are negative, but "positive vent" videos are present. An animash made as a joke is referred to as crack or a spoof; these usually use audio from other television shows or internet videos. A "raw" animash is one made without special effects.

A "masking" is a cut-out of an animation which may be pasted on top of another layer while editing. A "masking pack" is a collection of maskings placed on a green screen, made by one animasher and usable by others, sometimes requiring permission or credit to use.

Animation Used

Common movies and shows used include:

Somewhat less common to rare:

It should be noted that sometimes only footage of a certain character is used while the rest of the movie is ignored. Sasha from All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 is commonly seen in animash, yet the main protagonist of both films, Charlie, is rarely featured. Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King are important in the film and often seen in videos based on the canon plotline, but videos featuring other plots or no plot rarely include them.

a Nala x Kiara animash scene. Shared on outofcontextanimash.

Styles, Tropes, Trends

  • Videos themed around and released near holidays like Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's are common. Other real-world events (such as summertime in the norther hemisphere) also sometimes receive coinciding themed edits.
  • What if AUs are common; some popular animashers such as Kiaramarbalto are known for these.
  • Party/rave-themed animash videos were predominant in the early 2010s.
  • Short vent edits (less than a minute) became more common at the end of the 2010s.
  • Unrelated AUs are common for shipping purposes. Most Nala/Kiara, Simba/Kiara, etc. videos are not meant to be seen as incestuous, despite canon, though only some visibly establish this.
  • Using footage of one character to represent another is common. For example, young Kovu and Kion are used to represent young Scar and Mufasa.

Example Works

Links & Resources


  1. ^ important reminder by outofcontextanimash, 2019-04-28