Animash

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Synonyms: Animal Mashup
See also: Outofcontextanimash, Feral (fandom), MEP, 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 movies about 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 cartoons are western and traditionally animated, but there are a few exceptions, such as Ginga Nagareboshi Gin and How to Train Your Dragon. Most animash videos are crossovers and crossover ships are extremely common.

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.

An animash made to express negative feelings is known as a vent. 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 made by one animasher to others, sometimes requiring permission or credit to use.

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 copyright claims.

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

The early history of animash is not clear. Tumblr user eilowyn asked:

what are the origins of animash. who was its creator. when did it come to be. i need answershttps://eilowyn.tumblr.com/post/175032487749/what-are-the-origins-of-animash-who-was-its

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 questionshttps://eilowyn.tumblr.com/post/175032487749/what-are-the-origins-of-animash-who-was-its

Animation Used

Common movies and shows used include:

  • All Dogs Go to Heaven and sequel
  • Balto and sequels
  • Bambi and interquel
  • Ginga Nagareboshi Gin and Ginga Densetsu Weed
  • Oliver & Company
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
  • The Aristocats
  • The Fox and the Hound and prequel
  • The Lady and the Tramp and sequel
  • The Lion King and sequels/spin-offs

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 incredibly common in animash, yet the protagonist of both films, Charlie, is rarely featured.

Styles, Genres, Tropes, Trends

  • Halloween, New Year's videos
  • What if AUs are common, the popular animasher Kiaramarbalto is known for these
  • Party/rave-styled animash were predominant in the early 2010s
  • Short vent edits (less than a minute) became more common at the end of the 2010s
  • Recolored "personas" meant to represent the animasher or OCs also became popular at the end of the decade
  • Complex effects and edits have become more common over time as computer programs become more advanced/accessible and animashers age
  • Unrelated AUs are common for shipping purposes. Most Nala/Kiara, Simba/Kiara, etc. videos are not meant to be seen as incestuous, despite canon.
  • Using footage of one character to represent another canon character or a fan character is common. For example, young Kovu and Kion are used to represent young Scar and Mufasa.

Example Works

Links & Resources

References

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