15 Hilarious (LOL) Flash Animations
There is no denying the versatility of flash websites. They can move, twist, contort, dodge, dip, duck and dive, offer video as backdrops, and countless other cool things that static programming restricts us from being able to do. But that’s not all Flash is capable of doing, it’s also capable of allowing us to create some hilarious videos that have come to be quite popular on the viral video scene. Whether you’re looking for a laugh, looking to kill some time, or looking for some inspiration on a fun Flash project to take on, enjoy these 15 Hilarious Flash Animations.
My In-laws Made An Out-law Out of Me
While the leaves are changing colors, the air’s getting crisp and Jack-O-Lantern’s are beginning to decorate front porches, that can only mean one thing, we’re shifting from fall season in to holiday season. I’m sure some of you will be able to relate to this hilarious music video animation (link: http://www.funnyflash.com/funnies/details/194/funny_flash/my_in-laws_made_an_out-law_out_of_me) about a poor Texan mans luck running out once his in-law’s come to town.
The End of the World
The End of the World cartoon (link: http://coldhardflash.com/video/06-endofworld.swf) not only became a cult classic amongst viral video fans, but it also earned the creator, Jason Windor, a job with Wieden+Kennedy. Windor graduated from making this funny video portraying his take on the world’s nuclear standoff to help produce various TV spots for the NBA and Nike Sphere. As one might expect while under threat of nuclear annihilation, there’s a fair amount of strong language in this one.
Old Man of the Future
Some times it’s hard for me not to feel like this guy (link: old-man-of-the-futures-.funnypart.com), especially when I’m visiting my friend and his 5-year-old son is browsing the web on a laptop, filtering search results, and busting out shortcut keys faster than I can type. I didn’t even know what a computer was for when I was his age! Then again, I think back when I was his age websites were still made with a chisel and stone.
Boot to the Head
Having grown up with parents who would always compare something that was a little less fun in a child’s eyes to a boot to the head, I got a good chuckle out of this video (link: http://www.funny-games.biz/cartoon/boot-to-the-head.html). It’s definitely better than a boot to the head!
I’ll be the first to admit that I love sinking my teeth in to a nice, massive, meaty, sandwich smashed between a fresh roll on very frequent occasions. But I think this guy (links: http://eddsworld.co.uk/amywins/toons/sndwch.htm) takes sandwich loving to another level, which surprises me considering it looks like it’s just plain white bread, and only one kind of meat and one kind of cheese.
Do you like waffles?
This video (link: http://www.just2pale.com/Viewer.aspx?n=StareDad) is short but sweet. It tailors to the fans of completely random humor and was derived from a comic that has been floating around the interwebs for some time. I’m still trying to figure out what there is not to like about waffles!
Todd Rosenberg, or more commonly known as Odd Todd, propelled himself on to the viral video scene a decade ago when he was laid off and decided to start making Flash videos like this one (link: http://www.oddtodd.com/vacation.html) to vent his frustration. Todd quickly became a poster child for the unemployed .com workers who suddenly found themselves in a similar situation to Todd’s. Be aware that there is some strong language in this video.
Created by Mike and Matt Chapman, this Homestar Runner cartoon (link: http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html) features Strong Bad reading an email asking for some pointers on how to draw a dragon. The cartoon became a viral video sensation and they eventually began creating Trogdor, the name given to the dragon Strong Bad draws, t-shirts and selling them in high-volume.
There She Is
This cartoon (link: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/ddautta) does a pretty good job at mocking falling in love, as a young female falls in love with a male counterpart. He can’t make his case any more clear, he’s not interested, but she can’t take the hint and certainly won’t take “no” for an answer. Is he doomed, or is there hope?
TF2 – The Question
If you’re a lover of Team Fortress 2, or sandwiches, you’ll probably get a kick out of this video (link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/580512). This Flash short features characters from Team Fortress 2 singing instructions on how to make a sandwich. I’ll be the first to admit, this sandwich is a lot more tempting than the one mentioned above (link: http://eddsworld.co.uk/amywins/toons/sndwch.htm).
Animatory vs Animation III
I’ve always heard people say that computers were going to take over the world, this Flash animation (link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/576381) gives us a look at what that might mean. Or is this perhaps some new form of computer virus? One thing’s for certain, I never thought watching icons and stick figures fighting each other, using games and menus as weapons, would be so entertaining! Then again, I never imagined that kind of war even existed.
Nicolas Cage Wants Cake
What more needs to be said about this video (link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/539314), it has Nicolas Cage, a chick in a bikini, and chocolate cake. Oh, yeah, and Nicolas Cage wants that chocolate cake. The animation quality is really well done, and the video as a whole is part techno music video, part cartoon.
I’ll admit, I thought this video (link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/551691) was pretty funny because I couldn’t help but think of my college years. However, I’m not sure if the main part of the video is the actual video or some kind of intro. The ending is a bit confusing and random, maybe even a tad vulgar for some. But as a whole it’s worth a laugh.
We all have one of these kinds of people in our social e-life, the person who has to give us an update every time their brain works, “OMG!!!! It’s been nearly 30 seconds since I last made an update, LOLOL!!!!!” This cartoon short (link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/581120) by Happy Fatties LLC takes that person and gives him the job of his polar opposite, an assassin. So, how exactly does a black ops assassin do his job if he’s constantly checking in and updating his followers?
The Icecream Machine
The Icecream Machine (link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/180049) is another video I think we can all relate to, a vending machine giving us grief. However, I don’t think we can relate to a vending machine that talks to us and acts as though it’s T1000 or some kind of other Terminator robot, but the frustration is easy to relate to.
Flash animated videos are a fun way to express your creativity. Whether you’re unemployed and have the extra time and sense of humor to poke fun at your situation, or are fresh out of design school and looking for a fun and creative way to flex your Flash muscles, the web just may eat it up and propel you in to a new viral video sensation. You never know, your work may go from a job hunting distraction to a Super Bowl halftime commercial. Want to make your own Flash website with animation? Check out Wix, an awesome free Flash website builder. About the author: with over ten years in the freelance web design and writing fields, Scott Stanton has had his finger on the beating pulse of the industry’s hottest design trends and bends for the past decade. Scott regularly writes for Wix.com the free website builder.