History of Animutation
Animutation dates back to the 1960s, when Minnesota-born filmmaker Terry Gilliam made special animations for the British variety television series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" and later for "Monty Python's Flying Circus." He was noted for being the only member born in America (the rest were British). These few kinds of animation (known by Gilliam as Gilliamations) were reminiscent of similar animation styles. For example, in 1981/2, about ten years after the premiere of MPFC, Barry Blair created the opening sequence of the Nickelodeon series "You Can't Do That On Television" in a similar fashion. Another example is the animated television series Angela Anaconda.
Neil had also made 3 flash animations before he made The Japanese Pokerap:
In 1984, a Swedish man named Patrik Nyberg had recieved a cassette from his father consisting of recordings from Azar Habib, a Lebanese singer, including "Habbeetik" (translated as "I Loved You" or "I Fell in Love with You") and several years later, a friend of his listened to "Habbeetik" and noticed that that the lyrics sound like a Swedish drinking game involving a hat. In 2000, after Patrik "translated" the lyrics into Swedish, another Swedish named Martin Hölmström made an animation on Flash based on the song, and it immediately became a worldwide phenomenon. As of 2004, the site come.to/hatten is now defunct.
Once upon a time, some guy took a copy of an overpriced animation utility and animated a bunch of strange pop-culture images set to even stranger Japanese music. Like moths to a flame, a dozen copycats completely ripped off the idea, starting a freaky movement. And everybody say... "Yatta!"
The Real Beginning
A long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, a 14-year-old boy named Neil Cicierega (b. 1986) made the first animutation. It was called The Japanese Pokerap. It was just pop culture references put to foreign music; that's really all any animutation is. Many people were inspired by this new form of flash animation and did many animutations. originally; animutations that Neil Cicierega didn't make any contributions to were called fanimutations. A man that was in (nearly) every (f)animutation named Colin Mochrie formed a country called Animutopia. All was well in Animutopia. Until one day...
Andrew Kepple was the next person to tell the next event in Animutation history. He told it with a series of fanimutations called: Colin Mochrie vs Jesus H. Christ (series). In this series Colin began to act like a Scottish person. So Alex Chiu summoned Jesus H. Christ (not to be confused with Jesus Christ) and Jesus fights Colin over control of Animutopia. Colin loses and Jesus sets up Animupartheid He tried to kill every character that was only in Fanimutations. Colin began to live in shame as a hobo in Ted Turner's room. He got kicked out and was picked up by Starship Underpants. The starship's crew trained Colin and helped him get stronger so that he could defeat Jesus. About three months later; Colin got to The Animutopia Gladitorial arena and fought Jesus. During the fight; Colin unmasked Jesus and found out that he was actually the Random Pokerap Guy! He was jealous of Colin because in The Japanese Pokerap Colin was just a backround image and The Random Pokerap Guy was the star. But Colin got all the attention. Colin killed him. "The Martian played the piano; and me? the guitar"-Andrew Kepple, Colin Vs Jesus: FINALE!.
Domo Arigato Mr. Mochrie!
Thanks to you; all is well in Animutopia. The people of Animutopia were so greatful for what he did; that they put his picture on their money (Colin Funbux). Two years later; in The Fingertips Project for some reason, Colin fed himself to a random person (the person changes every time you watch it). All that remained was his head. But Colin's spirit lives on in the sun that hangs over the Animutopian sky. The story of Colin's childhood is in the process of being told in Albuquerque: Part 1.
this article dedicated in memory of: Colin Mochrie 2001-2005 Goodnight, see you later!