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youtube original animationYouTube has become the new home for original content creators, with many forging exciting new careers for themselves by making videos which are watched by millions of people. In the same way that reality television has managed to find stars lurking among the masses, YouTube (as well as its various alternatives 5 Video Sites That Are Alternatives to YouTube 5 Video Sites That Are Alternatives to YouTube Believe it or not there was a time when YouTube wasn't the daddy of all online video sites. It was instead merely just one of a number that was offering ordinary people the chance to... Read More ) has offered an opportunity for talented people to find an online audience.

One genre that demonstrates this trend extremely well is animation. Animators who would previously have struggled to ever have their creations seen by anyone now have a platform on which to show off their wares. The range of styles on offer is immense, with satirical stick drawings sitting alongside computer-generated cultural critiques.

What follows are 10 of the best YouTube channels for original animation. All of which are worth watching and subscribing to for regular bursts of free funnies.

Simon’s Cat

Simon’s Cat is an episodic comic featuring the titular Simon’s Cat. Simon’s Cat is literally Simon’s cat, the animator being Simon Tofield and the animated adventures being based on the exploits of his own cat(s). This channel will appeal to anyone who has cats, loves cats, or has that strange obsession with cats 10 Of The Best Funny Cat Tumblrs To Fulfil Your Feline Fetish 10 Of The Best Funny Cat Tumblrs To Fulfil Your Feline Fetish It's time for me to come out as a cat lover. I cannot hold it in any longer, I love the little furballs, especially my own little furball of joy that cuddles up to me... Read More half the Web currently seems to have.

Oney’s Video Hole

Oney’s Video Hole features videos made by Chris O’Neill. Not all of the videos are animations, but even the live-action clips are worth watching. The animated clips are a little on the strange side, with popular culture references such as Harry Potter and Dragon Ball Z mocked. This channel will appeal to anyone with a sense of humor.


RageNineteen is the pseudonym of Jamie Spicer-Lewis, who creates videos of both the animated and live-action variety. As with many of these channels the animation is rather offbeat, with short clips often telling a single protracted joke. This channel will appeal to anyone who sees how Mario The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] An Italian plumber created by a Japanese artist somehow became one of the most recognizable characters on earth. Featured in over 100 games, it's hard to imagine Nintendo or even video games without this mustachioed... Read More being ground into a million pieces is comedy gold.

Lee Hardcastle

Lee Hardcastle is a video producer who creates “claymations that are not for children.” That is a very accurate description of the content, with music videos and film spoofs made with clay figures. This channel will appeal to those who like claymation as a style of animation couple with clever pop culture jokes.

Custard Productions

Custard Productions is a YouTube channel dedicated to mostly animations created using Lego. There is some live-action content too, but the Lego videos Discover Brickfilm With These Amazing LEGO Stop-Motion Videos [Stuff to Watch] Discover Brickfilm With These Amazing LEGO Stop-Motion Videos [Stuff to Watch] Brickfilm is the time-consuming and painstaking practice of creating stop-motion films using plastic building blocks and little yellow men. For years, dedicated hobbyists have spent hours of their life building sets, shooting frames and editing... Read More are what you’ll stick around for. They’re immaculately made and the humor is very well observed. This channel will appeal to lovers of Lego who also like a laugh. Which is everybody, isn’t it?

Weebl’s Stuff

Weebl’s Stuff is the YouTube channel of Weebl AKA Jonti Picking. It’s the video accompaniment to the Weebl’s Stuff website, with all the animations posted to both. There are character-driven cartoons and one-off skits, the latter including the video embedded above. This channel will appeal to anyone with a penchant for the slightly bizarre.


HISHE is an acronym for How It Should Have Ended. This channel is therefore dedicated to one thing and one thing alone: re-imagining the endings to movies, with usually hilarious results. HISHE manages to show Hollywood up for its ridiculousness time and time again. This channel will appeal to movie buffs with a compunction to scream in the cinema.


Cyriak is the YouTube channel of Cyriak Harris, a freelance animator from the U.K. who has made a name for himself with a particular style not easily mimicked. If you watch the video above you’ll know immediately whether this style is to your tastes or not. This channel will appeal to those who like their animation to resemble an LSD trip.


TomSka is one of the more famous YouTube celebrities on this list, with a channel dedicated to all sorts of content, only some of which are animations. Thomas Ridgewell is the brains behind the operation, but he also has help from others. This channel will appeal to those with a quirky sense of humor who haven’t got very long attention spans.

Mondo Media

Mondo Media is responsible for some of the finest for-adults-only animations on the Web. Happy Tree Friends is its most famous creation, and if you have yet to sample that series you have hours of mindless cutesy violence ahead of you. This channel will appeal to just about anyone and everyone, assuming they haven’t undergone a sense of humor bypass.


The 10 channels listed above represent the best verticals on YouTube for animated shorts, but there are lots more lurking somewhere waiting to be discovered. Some animators don’t produce regular content but are responsible for some truly strange, dark, and creepy one-off animations 10 Strange, Dark & Creepy Animated Films & Cartoons [Stuff to Watch] 10 Strange, Dark & Creepy Animated Films & Cartoons [Stuff to Watch] The following films are not your average animated adventures, but tales of greed, morality and obscure production that take the audience out of their comfort zone. Feel free to laugh awkwardly, raise your eyebrows or... Read More .

As always we’d love you to chime in with your thoughts on the subject matter. What do you think of this list? Are there any YouTube channels packed full of animations that didn’t make the cut but that you wish had been included? Which of those which did make it is your favorite? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Natsuki
    May 28, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Domics is very cool

  2. Patrick Sullivan
    March 31, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    RoosterTeeth is great, especially with their animated series RWBY and Red vs. Blue, both volumes of RWBY are even on Netflix along with the first 5 seasons of Red vs Blue, and season 13 on Red vs Blue starts tomorrow (April 1, 2015)

  3. Brogan Waldorf
    July 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Filmcow (SecretAgentBob), Psychic Pebbles, Ukinojoe and SpeedoSausage are all brilliant. Ian Miller is little known but has some gold on his channel. Spazkid is also very good.

    • Brogan Waldorf
      July 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Harry Partridge is another great animator.

  4. andre sarkissian
    June 28, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I had acat max he was avery good cat!

  5. Vipul Jain
    March 15, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Simon's Cat was awesome, lately has been dull.
    But also, Cyanide & Happiness are coming up with videos soon, now that should be something to look forward to.. :D

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      I guess there are only so many funny ways to explore the behavior of our feline friends. I saw that Cyanide and Happiness is returning... should be great :)

  6. null
    March 14, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Should check out Aardman Productions

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Good choice. I was aware of them previously but they didn't quite make the cut.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Rice Pirate is a hidden gem that I wish I'd known about previous to compiling this list. Thanks for the recommendations.

  7. Max
    March 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Waco valley is an extremely funny youtube series.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, I'll be sure to check it out :)

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