8 Must-Watch Animated Motion Graphic Videos

Shawn 04.23.2014

Happy Wednesday!

To get you through your mid-week slump, I’ve put together a little creative inspiration. Below is my list of 8 Great Motion Graphic Videos:

“Fight For Everyone” – Music Video

I’ll start you off with my favorite of the bunch – and a perfect example of the clean beauty of motion graphics. If you don’t smile during this charming music video (especially the squid part), then not even kittens cuddling bunnies can help you.

“Rocky Balboa Inspirational Speech”

Next we move to some “Over the Top” inspiration from Rocky Balboa himself. I’m not usually fired up by rousing locker room rigamarole, but I’ll be damned if this didn’t make me sit up a little straighter in my chair. Technically this video is “kinetic typography,” but I’m not gonna argue with the champ.


I immediately fell in love with this one. The juxtaposition of the ever-updating data cloud surrounding the actions and motivations of these toy robots is too much. They clunk and shuffle on their way toward missions that seem out of reach – like reaching the other wall in the kitchen. This video is a thoughtful example of motion graphics enhancing stunning live-action footage. The wobbling first-person robot POV is also a fantastic touch. The fact that it’s three years old, makes it even more impressive.


I’m always surprised by motion graphics’ ability to explain an issue – political, technical, scientific, or ecological – in a way that educates and motivates for cultural change.

“Treat Me Right”

This graphic is silly, yet strangely poignant  in how it co-opts classic harlequin novel covers for feminist empowerment. I just can’t stop watching this. Seriously – it’s on loop in the background as I write this post.

“Night Stroll”

Another beautifully simple music video that makes me want to visit Tokyo to get lost in lights like these.

“Pale Blue Dot”

Yes, this is another kinetic type video, but for my money, it doesn’t get better than Carl Sagan’s iconic narration of the most distant photo ever taken of the Earth. As Voyager 1 passed Pluto and exited our Solar System it captured what appears to be a tiny “blue dot” in the distance. That dot is Earth. Perspective is an amazing thing.


Born in Southern California, Shawn grew up surfing, eating In-N-Out, and growing his hair long. After graduating with a Liberal Arts degree from CSU Long Beach in 2005 he left the crowded freeways behind and spent the better part of a decade traveling the world living for stretches in Rome, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and Brooklyn. He writes novels as well as copy, loves learning keyboard shortcuts, and plays his grandpa’s old lap steel guitar. You can hear his band at

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