Animation Projects

What is an Animation Project?

An animation project is a project that is an animation, short movie (often humorous), or music video. Animation can involve programming sprites to talk, move, and interact. Sometimes, programmers may use animations as tutorials to show others how to do something. Others animations may be humorous, silly, etc. You can create animations in the Project Editor on Scratch.

How To Animate

Step: 1

First, you need to create an outline of what you are doing. In this picture the red lines are step 1

Step: 2

In that same photo draw over the lines that will be in the final copy of the animation.

Step: 3

Color in your picture.

Step: 4

Create a new costume by duplicating and copying the first one. Then, change anything that needs to be changed.

Common Features

Lip Sync

Lip sync involves moving a mouth at the right timing of the sound. Many animations have this feature. Realistic and perfect lip sync is very complicated to reproduce as mouth shapes need to be recorded.

A trick that a lot of animators use is making a sprite with different costumes, all different mouth shapes, and then using the "wait __ seconds" block in between costume changes.


Main article: Walk Cycles

With this feature, this involves moving the costumes of a character walking. This features makes moving a character more realistic and makes the animation elaborate.

A walk cycle can take quite some time to make, but the end result is always worth it. Some examples can be found here


3D Animation

This is a special kind of Stop Motion Animation, made by importing many frames of a 3D object made with a 3D creation application like Blender or Google Sketchup, and running them in quick succession in Scratch to give a 3D rotation effect.


A music video's title screen.
Main article: Music Projects#AMV

AMV stands for "Animated Music Video." Usually these are projects that features a main sprite singing or interacting in a song uploaded from your device. AMVs also can contain features as sprites moving their mouth with the song and animations.

Barrier Grid Animation

An example image from a barrier grid animation.

This type of animation is uncommon. They usually consist of two sprites, a frame and an image. The frame is a black rectangle with single-pixel strips every 5 pixels along its width. The image is actually a composition of many frames of a simple animation, made by extracting single-pixel strips and laying them in order. When the frame is dragged over the image, only the strips of one frame are visible (through the holes in the frame) at a time; thus the image appears to move.

Claymation Animation

These are created by repeatedly taking pictures of a clay sculpture, changing it minimally each time, so that when the pictures are played in quick succession, the sculpture appears to move. These are hard to make and thus not very popular. They also usually have very large file sizes.


Main article: Screamer

A Screamer is an animation which suddenly breaks off and shows a scary picture to frighten or surprise a viewer. Excessively violent/distressing pictures for the "scream" are discouraged and these projects should be reported.

Stop Motion

Stop motion animation is less common on Scratch than animation programming, but also widely used. In a stop motion animation, pictures are taken or scenes are drawn, and then put together using scripts like these. This style requires uploading photos from your picture-taking device and putting them into frames. These do not often get famous, though they require much more work to create (as each frame needs to be drawn individually in the case of a drawn stop motion).


Speedpaints involve an animation of a piece of art being drawn over time. To do this, the artist will draw the very small part of the art, duplicate the costume, continue but draw a little bit, and repeat until the art is done. Speedpaints are often time-consuming and usually require hundreds of costumes to be reproduced. The projects show drawings that are drawn speedily, part-by-part, and automatically. They are made by using different costumes. The costumes are the process of drawing the sprite.

Sprite animation

These animations are similar to regular animations except that they sometimes use pre-existing sprites from video games, usually 8-bit ones. Popular sprites include characters from Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog,Pokemon,etc. Despite being popular in the 1.4 days, they have declined since the release of Scratch 2.0.

Multi-Animators Project

Main article: MAP


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General animations



Sprite animations

  • Beautiful Girl! by FuzzFerretTM (uses Sonic the Hedgehog sprites)
  • MEOW by Infinity-Animations

(animates Scratchcat)

MAPs (Multi-animators projects)



Barrier Grid Animations

Stop Motion

See Also

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