16 Impressive Flash-Like Javascript Animation Inspirations, Tutorials and Plugins

Written by Kevin Liew on 30 Jul 2009
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A while ago, create animation with javascript is just too difficult. Since the introduction of javascript frameworks like prototype, jQuery and mootools, a lot other frameworks that designed to enhance the animation abilities have emerged. Now, we can use create impressive javascript animation easily and your visitors just wouldn't able to tell the differences.

I hope you will get something new from this post. Enjoy!


Examples and inspirations

Plugins and Tutorials

  • jParallax Plugin | Demo

    jParallax turns a selected element into a 'window', or viewport, and all its children into absolutely positioned layers that can be seen through the viewport. These layers move in response to the mouse, and, depending on their dimensions (and options for layer initialisation), they move by different amounts, in a parallaxy kind of way.
  • FxQueues Plugin | Demo

    The new version of this plugin is based on a script John Resig started some time ago (I came across his code afterlaunching the first version of this plugin). I adapted the code and added the scope stuff, created a new example page and also created some unit tests (which need some improvement, but are a good start).
  • jsAnim - Free Javascript Animation Library | Demo

    jsAnim is a powerful, yet easy to use library for adding impressive animations to websites, without sacrificing standards or accessibility. Weighing in at just under 25 kilobytes, jsAnim packs a lot of punch for such a little application.
  • $fx | Demo

    A compact, lightweight Javascript Library for animation. CSS properties (and more!) adjustment along a time line. Parallel effect sets and effect chains. Extended set of callbacks to adjust behavior. Parallax Scrolling and Less than 4kb!
  • GX | Demo

    GX is a full-featured, cross-browser, super-tiny (10kb uncompressed) Javascript Animations Framework. Using GX you can create complex animations working with every w3c CSS property.
  • Glimmer | Demo

    jQuery's support for animations is amazing. Glimmer makes it easy to create standards-based, custom animations that can work directly with your existing HTML and CSS!
  • Magic | Demo
  • Simulate Gravity with jQuery | Demo

    Visual effects on web pages are becoming more and more effective thanks to framework like jQuery. The idea of being able to adjust the look of a page with a click or a button gives the user a bit of extra interaction. This tutorials aims to give you insight of realistic gravity animations with jQuery.
  • Building an Animated Cartoon Tobot | Demo

    Aside from being a fun exercise, what purpose does something like this have? None that’s plainly obvious. Its about as useful as a miniature ship in a bottle. Yet it does have an underlying purpose. It could inspire someone to look beyond the perceived constraints of web designers and developers.
  • Flashy Intro with jQuery Animation | Demo

    Remember those days which almost every website has a Flash intro or header that makes you wait un… forever. Now more and more people are using jQuery’s animation function to make their sites interesting. Let’s see how we do it.
  • How to Make an Impressive Animated Landscape Header with jQuery | Demo

    In this tutorial we’ll start with a cartoon themed header, build two different states for content and animate a transition between them using jQuery.


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Guillermo 12 years ago
Thanks for the link to http://bloghelpr.us !
kevin Admin 12 years ago
@Alfredo: yes, thanks for that website, I added it :)
arnaud-k 12 years ago
Thanks for the link to http://arnaud-k.fr ! I'm proud to be in this list !
Free JavaScript Code 12 years ago
very cool & good tip, thank you very much for sharing.
Alfredo Artiles 12 years ago
i am missing this one ;) http://montealto.es
luciano 12 years ago
Thanks for including my FXQueues plugin for jQuery! :)
Bornis Network 12 years ago
Hi, Great post.
We Have a Flash-Like Javascript Animation too. http://BornisNetwork.com
Web Design Mumbai 12 years ago
these are absolutely mind-blowing websites

great inspiration!
prap 12 years ago
Dzinepress 12 years ago
i really like and learning fro your post. thanks
Angel 12 years ago
Great list of animation examples. My favourites are jParallax plugin and the last one from arnaud-k.
João Alvarenga 12 years ago
Great list. I wish I could do the PHP Cli effect. It's amazing.
Logistetica 12 years ago
WOW!!! Our project is #1 on your list! Thanks a lot!