The Story of Animator vs. Animation – 10 Year Anniversary

The Story of Animator vs. Animation – 10 Year Anniversary

10 years teal orange bananas ago, I made a Youtube Chanel fifteen years ago, which is about 15 years in real time. To commemorate this occasion I have decided to share this story It’s actually quite dramatic. In 2005, I entered my junior year of high school and for the first time I was home schooled through an online distance education program. Until that point, the five people in my family shared one computer, giving me limited access. But since I was enrolled in this online school, the school provided me with a laptop; my first laptop ever. This gave me the freedom to experiment with animation as much as I wanted. Back when I was 11, I had a phase where I experimented with pixel animations, but when I found out about a versatile animation program called Macromedia Flash, I had to get back into it. I discovered a website where I could
submit my animations to, called Newgrounds. (Still Exists Today). The amazing thing about this website is that all animations go directly to the front page and get reviewed by anyone who visits, to determine if it deserves to stay on the front page. The first full-length Flash animation that I made was called “Pink Army”, and involved an orange stick figure fighting an army of pink stick figures. I posted it on Newgrounds and it did alright. It didn’t get a bad score, which I was happy about, so I claimed my victory and moved on. One day, I got inspiration to make a short animation about a stick figure that fights with its creator in the animation program itself. How did I get this idea? I can actually attribute many sources of
inspiration to this idea. Being a long time fan of Looney Tunes, the animated short “Duck Amuck” really appealed to me, as well as the story of
“Harold and the Purple Crayon”. I had also seen some Flash animations and games online that gave me the final spark to come up with the idea. It took me about three months to finish, and on Saturday June 3rd, 2006, I uploaded it to, excited to see how it would do. The next morning, I discovered that I had
gotten second place for the whole day! I was so excited. I thought that was the
end of it, but it was only the beginning. I started getting all kinds of messages
on AOL Instant Messenger, from website owners that wanted to host my animation
on their website. I also got e-mails. Lots of e-mails. One guy offered to pay me $75 to host my animation on their site as, long as I sign a contract to give them exclusive rights to the animation. The idea of getting paid actual money, for animation that I made just for fun, got my attention, especially since I had never had a job up to that point, and also grew up in a family that was financially struggling. I printed out the contract, signed and scanned it, and as I was about to reply to the e-mail, I saw another one right underneath it that said: “Don’t sign anything regarding your
Flash.” It was from Steve, the owner of AlbinoBlackSheep, a very popular Flash animation web site at the time. I was about to sell the future of my animation career for $75, but I read his email and ended up not doing it. If I had done it, I wouldn’t have been allowed to post Animator vs. Animation anywhere else, or make any money from it, besides the $75 that he paid me. So he saved me in the
nick of time. Later, another very popular website called eBaum’s World posted my animation on their weekly “Best of the Web” post. eBaum’s World was infamous for taking images and videos from the internet without permission, and stamping “hosted on ebaumsworld” in the corner of each image or video, at the cost of content creators. many people including Steve saw my animation as the perfect way to fight back against eBaum’s World, using my animation as evidence in a
legal campaign against them. eBaum’s World found out about this and started messaging me. At the time, my main concern was getting paid for my work, and keeping rights to my animation. So when eBaum’s World offered me $250 to pay me for my animation, I took it. Then they pressured me into giving them a short testimonial, to restore their tainted image. That set the whole thing on fire, and Steve felt very betrayed by me. Looking at the instant messager conversations with eBaum’s from back then makes me cringe. I was basically a puppy, and they were
leading me with puppy treats. They entered me into their monthly contest and told me that I’d won, and would receive $1,000. But if I still wanted them to pull my animation off the website, I wouldn’t receive any of it. They even offered to make me my own website. But after talking to Steve I decided to give
them back the $250, and officially asked them to remove the animation and the testimonial. You can find the details of this on the Wikipedia page of eBaum’s World. It’s currently the only place that I exist on Wikipedia. A guy named phaseblue created dramatizations of the whole thing on a website called “You’re The Man Now Dawg” and they’re very entertaining to watch.
It’s funny that he assumed that I look like Mr. Rogers. You can find links to those in the description. The story doesn’t end there, although most of the drama is over. All of this happened before YouTube became a mainstream video platform. Animator vs. Animation was exploding all over the internet, and there was no main website where it existed. I was getting a ton of attention, but not getting paid for any of it. Then offered to fund the making of a sequel, and that is how Animator vs. Animation II came about, and it was released November 4th of that same year. Not thinking about the consequences, I included my actual AOL screen name in the animation, And set myself up to never be able to use AIM again, without withstanding the overwhelming spam of instant messages every single time. Shortly after, a fourteen year old kid named Charles Yeh offered to make a game of the animation, and looking at his impressive work I
agreed to collaborate with him on it. You can still play this game on my website. It wasn’t until 2007 that I realized that YouTube was a place I should be putting my stuff. When I actually uploaded my animations, hundreds of copies of them already existed on YouTube, and already had millions of
views. It was nearly impossible for me to compete with them, since they were always on the top of the search results. But as I came to learn that I could report
copyright infringements, I knocked off videos one by one until I was at the top of the search results, but that took a few years. Then, pushed by countless requests
for number three, I gave in and made an animation to be the epic finale to the trilogy, concluding with a violent explosion and
a blue screen of death. I wanted to make sure that no sequel could come out of that. So at that point I was done with Animator vs. Animation. I went off to college to study animation, and my goal was to work at Pixar. After not getting accepted to their internship program two years in a row, I started looking for work at small businesses in the area that needed animation. But shortly before graduating, my teacher Tom told me, “Look, you have a massive fan base, “and a unique series with so much potential. It would be a waste not to continue it.” So, right after graduating from Columbus College of Art & Design, I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of Animator vs. Animation IV. When I started that campaign I had about 12,000 subscribers, but shortly after
releasing the finished animation, it grew to 100,000 subscribers, which gave me a huge boost of inspiration to keep going. So then I made Animation vs. Minecraft, and within a month it grew to one million subscribers. And here we are today, with a subscriber count at nearly 2,000,000. So thank you so much to everyone who’s been following my animation so far. I know many of you have been following me from the very beginning. So I’d especially like to thank Steve Lerner of, for saving my animation career in the last second, as well as Tom Richner, for giving me the push I needed to grow this channel to what it is today. I’ve provided links to their sites in the description. Props to you if you watched the whole
video. If you haven’t yet, be sure to like my Facebook page, since that’s where I
post frequent updates. And also check out my Patreon page if you’d like to become a patron. And if you haven’t checked out my other channels yet, I have a tutorial channel where I teach animation, as well as a Minecraft channel. So thanks for watching, and here’s to the next 10 years.

David Anderson

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100 thoughts on “The Story of Animator vs. Animation – 10 Year Anniversary

  1. pinguin says:

    more animator vs. animation

  2. Mei Mei says:

    Alan Becker Is 39 years old

  3. Infinatus says:

    Dude, I remember watching your original video back in the day! I’m so happy you decided to make this a full time thing; between all the shitty story-time vlogs and drama, we need you now more than ever❤️

  4. WJR2017 says:

    Here we are 2 years later


    –Grew amount = 9 Million

  5. Daniel Savin says:

    Just wow

  6. Daredevil-Demon Two says:

    I would've followed you from the beginning, if I wasn't a few month old when you started Youtube

  7. Dino Jedi says:

    2 million. Ha. That's nothing compared to now.

  8. Mr S says:

    6:45 anyone noticed the Number 666

  9. Darek Młot says:

    You should be in history books

  10. TBoB says:

    now he is more popular than albino

  11. Wall-e e Eva Games says:

    see you in 2026

  12. EpicMeteor361-Roblox and More says:


  13. theo69 says:

    I follow you from the first video of Minecraft vs animation

  14. Георгий христофоров says:

    Aim 1000 podpis

  15. Tahia Fawaz says:


  16. Tahia Fawaz says:

    Hi alan Becker how I make animation

  17. Sutrisno says:

    And now 9 million

  18. 李奕鲲 says:

    0:27 Can the Acer computer still be used now?
    I have a Lenovo ThinkPad.

  19. -_-The lol guy -_- says:

    RN? 9.000 000

  20. Gavactions says:


  21. Yohan Kurt Asinas says:

    Your sub count is at 9 million

  22. Orion D. Hunter says:

    That looked like screenshots of Garry’s mod

  23. Naomie Bezeau says:

    () ()

  24. elva cardenas says:

    Alan, you are doing awesome! keep going!!

  25. Deathz Ninja says:

    Omg i was born june 3rd

  26. Green Crystal says:

    It sometimes scared me that the videos I love so much are only here because of 2 people just HAPPENING to save Alan’s career…and what would have happened if they hadn’t.

  27. BenyCraft * says:

    (Epic refernce v:)

  28. 1 Million Subscribers W/ No Videos says:

    2015: 1.8 Million Subscribers
    End of 2019: 9.35 Million

  29. Mark Gamer0728 says:

    GG it

  30. Tragique Mystique says:

    Little did he know that he would be here at nine million

  31. Rahman Imtinan says:

    Saya org Indonesia…
    Apa sya bisa belajar dari anda ???

  32. jude song says:

    i wanna make animations like you! 😀

  33. Nuras Saparbek says:

    you are the best alan becker:)

  34. GamingGamer Guy says:

    2019: I can smell a diamond play button ▶️

  35. Bʟᴀᴄᴋ Tɪɢᴇʀ 666 says:

    And today, 9M subscribers

  36. Basel Hourieh says:

    Thank to Steve so much for save my favourite youtuber in the last secound

  37. Lim Soon Yung says:


  38. Lim Soon Yung says:


  39. BigBoyFunky says:

    This story's also more inspiring about my self too. i like your story man!!!!! Good luck

  40. 홍수진 says:


  41. G Pena says:

    Who is watching in 2019 (9.4 million views almost 9.5!)

  42. Orhan says:

    Allah yardım etmiş

  43. StickFigureBlue says:

    Wait… this is how our master made us?!?!?!

  44. Kimberly Cain says:

    Ok how did you go from regular black Stickmen to colored games figures and WONDERFUL animations!?!? 😦😧♥️♥️

  45. Bold2408 says:

    6:41 3 years later (almost) 10 MILLION!!

  46. Luis Tomás Gomes says:

    Alan is the best

  47. gonzalez alonso says:

    Subtitles: 10 years teal orange bananas ago, i made a youtube chanel fifteen years ago, which is about fifteen years in real time.

  48. BDog says:

    Now you have almost 9 1/2 million

  49. &blade &valencia says:

    You should put a advertisement in the begging of the video saying “don’t reupload my stuff”

  50. Blues Box says:


    Pencimation: am I a joke to you?

  51. Түмэнхүслэн Баярсайхан says:

    Soon 10M subscribe, Good Luck

  52. World Of Code says:

    You were home educated? Wow!

  53. Егор Баранников says:

    Я не успеваю читать и смотреть

  54. The Big and Little Sisters says:

    Animator vs Animator

  55. վե sեվժíօs թɾҽsҽղեs s says:

    This is more like “Draw my life”

  56. the 10,000 subscribers with 10 videos challenge says:

    Now you're almost at 10 million

  57. Andy the Crystal says:

    and 3 years later you got almost 10 million GET READY FOR YOUR DIAMOND PLATE!

  58. GalaxyPlays says:

    I subed to you when you started

  59. Kobey’s Gaming says:

    i love your animations you should have way more subs than 1 mill I sub and like

  60. WF Legend says:


  61. YASSER GOOD GAME says:

    You have nwo 9 Milan

  62. Halenah Le says:


  63. Christine :3 says:

    My birthday is on 3rd June 2006…

  64. Marvel tube says:


  65. ANH_HÙNG_STEVE says:

    Good story

  66. 炎魂&Flaming Soul says:

    im not dumb, you're so close to 10M sub ;-;

  67. EJJ AWESOME says:

    but then you did animator vs animation SHORTS
    and now there IS more stuff!

  68. Press Start says:

    Almost 10M Subs!

  69. Neoflarious says:

    Now it’s 9 mil.

  70. Maddie McBride says:

    That so cool. Guess what I was homeschooled half of my life too !!!!😊

  71. Maddie McBride says:

    Hey Alan my sister really loves to draw and animate she wants to go to pixar and animate any suggestions

  72. Daniel Ortega says:

    I'm happy that you made these. :]

  73. Dawgs Free says:

    Its 2019 right now= 13 Years ago?

  74. RangerDanger 97 says:

    Wow nice story i like the part that you reached 2nd place 😀😀

  75. Liam Shiffman says:


  76. Claudia Washington says:

    Animator vs animation is my favorite game on a website. I play it everyday

  77. Jerry Duong says:

    No no it’s 9.5 million subs man

  78. Бешенный Пчол says:

    Hello, nearly 10M subs. 😀

  79. Swastik entertainment TV says:

    Now more than 9 million

  80. blAh blaH says:

    now – 9.5M subs!!❣️

  81. Wil Christian says:


  82. CraftingBanks says:


  83. koks najlepszy says:

    You are great

  84. Jessica Jacobs says:

    2019 anybody

  85. hon shoong see says:

    Barney 3:11

  86. T. Van der kooij says:

    The first video was one of the first good youtube videos i ever watched.

  87. T. Van der kooij says:

    Jeez to 1.8 million with relevant videos.

  88. Khiyan Pyke says:

    hey alan that is wrong ya cant just report people's vids and make yourself the top that is just wrong cuz people worked hard making vids before u and u just reported them u are a bad person alan becker i am nunsubscribing u should be expelled from youtube

  89. Adrian Leo says:

    And TODAY you have 9,52m subs

  90. An -ireliventperson says:

    Hello I've been here since 6 mill

    I don't like people who fake being here since about 10000

  91. science at home says:

    2.5k dislikes are from those non copyright channels

  92. MarxMarblePlays says:

    7M in 2 years

  93. LvckyLeo says:

    who watches this at 2019 and he has 9,52mio Subs? xdddd

  94. Илья Маст says:

    Im Russian . Я смотру с субтритрами

  95. just do stuff 91 says:

    just saying you are the best I’m now do stick man stuff thanks to you

  96. Puggle says:

    Correction: 9 mil subs 😁

  97. im playing some rocc sim then y u saw me says:


  98. ριχlgυи 1964 says:

    and now it’s closely 10M subs

  99. Sean Kobra says:

    hmm are u sure that ur almost at 2m i think when im writing this ur at 9m

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