25 Animated Inspirational Videos For When The Going Gets Tough

May 12, 2023 2:03:03 AM

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Inspirational videos have stood the test of time to help us get motivated when we don’t feel like doing things anymore.

When we tend to lose inspiration to work toward our dreams and that “spark” doesn’t seem to ignite inside of us anymore we watch a motivational video to get our spirits up.

But sometimes we feel like we are just going through the motions.

We have all been there and it’s just normal human nature. And the best way to get the inspirational fire reignited is through some external help.

And that’s why we have compiled a list of the Best 25 Animated Inspirational Videos that will motivate you to get back up and chase your dreams.

They say motivation comes from the unlikeliest of sources.

And after you go through our list of Animated Inspirational Videos, you will definitely say the same.

  1. Every Human Life
  2. Some By Wanderlust
  3. Lift In The Moment
  4. Looking For Something
  5. The Scarecrow Animation
  6. Dream Big Princess
  7. Audi: The Comeback
  8. The Power Of Creativity
  9. "Blue Curry" by GOBELINS
  10. "Boundin'" by Pixar
  11. "Beyond The Valley" by VMWARE
  12. "Anthem" by Mailchimp
  13. Ecoimagination by GE
  14. Mr. Indifferent
  15. Airbnb
  16. The Boy Who Learned To Fly
  17. When Nobody's Watching
  18. Lyft Origin Story
  19. Chipotle
  20. TOMS
  21. Butterfly Effect
  22. God's Grace
  23. Overcomer
  24. Who Are You
  25. Why God Has A Plan For You

1. Every Human Life


Perspective is so important. 

While you’re busy with your daily routine and life, you probably don’t spare much thought to how you got here, and the bigger picture you’re a part of. 

You are just a drop in the ocean, but you are the entire ocean, too. 

TEDed worked with AIM Creative to bring us this beautiful animated inspirational video that explores our shared history in a grandiose way that emotionally connects with viewers. 

This thoughtful inspirational branded video content combines the past and the future and does so without being preachy or overwhelming in detail. 

We’re not sure what lesson you’ll take away from this lovely inspirational video, but we hope you think about it and it motivates you to take positive action in your life.

2. Some by Wanderlust


We’ve been vibing on some delicious art here lately. And here’s a poem turned into a gorgeous abstract animation that acts as an inspirational video to get your week started right!

Based on a poem by celebrated designer and architect Ettore Sottsass, Some is an inspirational video portraying playful exploration and homage with animations adding dimensions of sound and movement to the words. 

It deepens the experience in a way that isn’t overwhelming or cluttering.

But as they say, art is subjective with the observer’s personal interpretation all part of the art itself. 

3. Lift In The Moment

One thing about philosophy appeals to us–its elegance.

This animated inspirational video brings about that elegance in a way that puts you at ease.

Carbon’s “Lift in the Moment” takes us on quite a philosophical journey. 

It’s trippy and surreal but never too disturbing. It explores themes of growing up into adulthood, identity and self-discovery, validation, and affirmation. 

It also contrasts the liberation of finding your own true path in life, with the comfort and security of being accepted by your peers and society. 

There’s definitely a lot to unpack and think about. And what better way to start your week than with some beautifully animated philosophy to kickstart your mornings?

We assure you–it's better than a cup of coffee.

4. Looking for Something


Some say philosophy is something for people who have too much time on their hands. 

But have you ever started daydreaming at work, wondering what life is really all about? 

Even when you had a lot to do? Then you disproved that theory, just like the protagonist in this beautifully animated motivational film.

The art and graphics are absolutely gorgeous, and the story meanders through worlds of wonder, even if it never really goes anywhere. 

But that only serves to capture the stream-of-consciousness thinking of the protagonist. 

And really, who among us can judge? We’ve all let our minds wander and explore without arriving at some satisfying conclusion. 

And maybe that’s not a bad thing. 

This is something all artists and creative thinkers do–let their minds wander free and let great ideas come to them.

This inspirational video will force you to come up with great ideas and become the best version of yourself.

5. The Scarecrow Animation


The world's industrialization has truly led to some horrendous practices being adopted in recent years.

This animated inspirational video uses a unique 3D character animation style in the form of scarecrows to show the ruthless system they are a part of. 

They can’t do much as it pays their bills and is a means for their survival.

They just work and observe–not being able to do anything about the atrocities shown in the video.

Such videos are crucial to help us find that courage in us and stand for what is right.

And it’s our hope that this brand video will inspire you to stand up for the things that matter to you.

6. Dream Big Princess


Miley Cyrus once said “If you believe in yourself anything is possible” and she herself is an example of how absolutely anything can be achieved if there is a will to get after it.

This fantastic inspirational video presents amazing women from the world of animation and shows them as an example of what’s possible if you believe in yourself.

It’s complimented well by the iconic soundtrack “Hall of Fame” by The Script featuring will.i.am. The soundtrack gives the visuals meaning.

The next time you feel demotivated to do anything, this video will help you find the strength to keep going and defeat the odds.

If you truly believe in yourself, no matter who you are, you will achieve anything you set your mind to.

7. Audi: The comeback


Here’s a touching but humorous inspirational video for Audi’s Piloted Driving, featuring a Tyrannosaurus Rex who’s depressed about having tiny arms and not being able to fit in with human society.

The special effects are on-point, and the brand awareness video is equal parts heartwarming and hilarious.

Our prehistoric protagonist’s luck finally changes when he gets behind the wheel of a new Audi with Piloted Driving.

This is because he doesn’t have to use his tiny arms to drive, and so he finds his second wind.

It’s fascinating how the power of storytelling can help us relate to any hero in any story so easily.

This video is particularly inspirational because it shows how you can do anything regardless of the shortcomings you have.

It’s all about taking that leap of faith and never giving up.

It’s also a great reminder that your second wind might be right around the corner if you keep yourself open to it. 

8. The Power of Creativity


The pandemic never really ended, but we all eventually learned to cope with it and go on with our lives. 

It was disruptive, traumatic, and arguably changed the whole world, possibly permanently. But we all pulled through.

Adobe made this lovely inspirational video examining how artists of all types from all over the world used their creativity to cope with the chaos and make it through to the other side.

Art has the power to help us understand ourselves and the world around us a little better and can touch and comfort others instantly. 

Thanks to technology, people were able to collaborate with others while socially distancing at home– whether their teammates were across the city or across the planet. 

Adobe reminds us that with the power of creativity, collaboration, and innovation, we can get through just about anything together. 

If that isn’t inspirational enough, we don’t know what is.

It’s a wonderful message for all of us–a reminder that no matter the severity of the tragedies around us, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

9. "Blue Curry" by GOBELINS


Like a delicious dish made of multiple ingredients, the world we live in is a dazzling example of never-ending diversity.

Much like life itself, it’s the little things that matter.

Those little things add up to give you the best moments of your life.

The message of this video by GOBELINS called Blue Curry is told through a mother cooking curry with the help of her curious son. 

She talks about how the ingredients come together to make something amazing when all combined. 

Perhaps the metaphor could be taken even further to life itself.

Life is really a recipe where the small little details, when bought together, give you the sense of satisfaction that “life is good”.

What an inspirational way to live life to the fullest.

10. "Boundin'" by Pixar


This legendary inspirational video by Pixar is our personal favorite.

Aside from the simply stunning, gorgeous animation we come to expect from Pixar, this short inspirational video is infectiously wholesome and has a fantastic message.

Life is full of ups and downs. 

But when things aren’t great, there’s a lot more in your control than you may realize. 

Shifting your perspective and staying positive is an important life lesson that applies to all of us.

That’s not to say that we should ignore problems, but that we can work through them and things always get better again. 

So when the music stops and you lose your shine, you gotta keep your feet moving and dance to your own beat.

11. "Beyond The Valley" by VMWARE


What’s holding you back from really getting started on your dream? Do you find yourself often saying “If only I had X resource in my hands, I’d be unstoppable”?

When you think of cutting-edge tech innovation, you probably think about Silicon Valley or South Korea / Japan / China. 

Africa probably isn’t what comes to mind right away, yes?

Fern created this lovely mixed-media inspirational brand film video for VMWare, exploring the Silicon Savannah in North and Central Africa, where digital innovation is exploding.

And what’s fascinating is, this is not despite their perceived lack of resources, it’s arguably because of it.

The “leapfrogging” phenomenon of an entire generation going from no phones directly to cellphones and mobile apps, is also mirrored in going from no servers directly to the cloud. 

They say necessity is the mother of invention. 

In other words, nearly anyone is capable of paradigm-shifting innovation just with what they have to work with already. And Silicon Savannah is proof!

What about you?

What’s stopping you?

Only you can answer those questions.

We hope this video inspires you as it inspired us to get to work and achieve the things you aspire for.

12. “Anthem” by Mailchimp


When you connect with a company, what is it you look for?

What’s most important? Company size? Industry reputation? How shiny their office buildings are? 

The answer is so obvious that it might stump you, like missing the forest for the trees.

All business runs on relationships, and all relationships are built on trust. 

No matter how impressive their reputation or nice their LinkedIn profile is, you’re simply not going to partner up with them if you don’t have that all-important gut feeling.

This is why we love Mailchimp’s “Anthem” video by Antfood

It skips the usual technical jibber-jabber where you’d expect a long list of features and tech specs, and focuses on what’s really important: people.

They went freeform and artistic–creating a heartwarming and upbeat animated inspirational brand story video that’s less about their platform and more about people living their lives doing what they’re most passionate about. 

And passion is contagious, isn’t it?

Few mediums can communicate this as effortlessly as animated storytelling, and we don’t really need to explain why. 

There’s a reason millions pack into theaters to enjoy a movie, or binge a Netflix show way past our bedtime. 

That’s the magic of good storytelling.

What about you? Every one of us has a unique story to tell. 

The world’s waiting for you to share your story, your passion.

Who knows–your story might just be the right inspiration somebody is searching for.

13. Ecomagination by General Electric


With the world changing faster than ever, and with technology hurtling us into an uncertain future, it may feel like we’ve lost sight of what’s really important. 

Climate change and environmental disasters in the news make many of us question what kind of world we’re leaving for our children to inherit.

One of the world’s largest corporations, GE innovates in so many industries that it’s easier to ask what they don’t do. 

But in the midst of all their ingenuity and progress, they didn’t want people to forget an important axiom: technology is meant to serve humans

It’s not the other way around.

And one simple but powerful way to communicate this is through the art of storytelling. 

So they partnered with Buck to share this inspirational and heartfelt animated video, freeing them to be as artistic and poetic as they liked. 

As we say often here at Broadcast2World, no matter what you’re selling, business is ultimately always about people. 

And you can’t win people over without first earning their trust. 

It’s our humble opinion that there’s no better way to do that, than through animated storytelling. 

And there are few better examples of this than this amazing work of art!

So what are you waiting for–go tell your story for people and the world to hear.

14. Mr. Indifferent


There’s an old saying. 

“No raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood.” 

We tend to think that our actions as individuals make little difference in this big vast world, whether good or bad. 

Our actions are enough to inspire people to do something–regardless of nature.

But is that really true?

Aryasb Feiz and Emirates NDB Bank teamed up to create something a little different and give us all something to think about. 

Aside from the simply gorgeous animation and charming story, we love this simple but thought-provoking inspirational story. 

It’s cute, minimal, and says so much with so little. 

Best of all, it leaves you feeling good, but also makes you think and reflect.

All of us have a sphere of influence, as small as it may be, with the people around us every day. 

Family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers we run into every day as we go about our daily routine. 

Anything from a smile, a kind word, or a simple act of compassion and kindness can make a massive difference that you cannot even comprehend. 

Maybe you can’t change the world but that doesn’t mean you can’t try.

Maybe your efforts might change the world someday and make a difference in the lives of others.

15. Airbnb


We hate to sound like a broken record sometimes, but it bears repeating: all stories are ultimately about people. 

And all businesses are about people connecting with each other. 

That’s what we love about this beautiful inspirational video by Airbnb. It’s not about all the locations they have or the features of the app or any of that technical stuff, impressive as it is. 

It’s all about the people at its heart. 

In an increasingly interconnected world, it’s ironic that we can feel alone in a crowd surrounded by strangers. 

Airbnb’s animated inspirational video reminds us that all this tech won’t really matter if you cannot bring it all back to that fundamental human connection at the end of the day, wherever you are.

And speaking of heart, the video goes on to explain the three ways in which their deceptively simple-looking logo symbolizes all those valuable connections people make using their service. 

And we absolutely❤️ it through and through!

This is kind of what we mean when we say that animation for business is more art than science or technical skill. 

A good animated video will go beyond just explaining facts and showing things. 

The power of storytelling is pretty profound–delivering a one-two gut-level emotional punch, touching the heart and the mind together, and creating a sense of trust with the viewer. 

16. The Boy Who Learned to Fly


We just love this inspirational video by Moonbot Studios for Gatorade, a five-minute short film about track legend Usain Bolt

A decent video will impress you with good animation. 

A good video will captivate you with an interesting story. 

But a truly brilliant video will warm your heart on a deep “gut” level and make a long-lasting impression.

And this is a prime example of that level of artistry and storytelling. 

It flows naturally, stirs emotions, draws you into its journey, through highs and lows– and builds up to an emotional crescendo and satisfying conclusion that warms your heart. 

The story has a warm human touch. It feels personal, even while at the same time being universally appealing to any type of viewer or audience.

Like music, really good art is so immersive and natural that you don’t even seem to notice how well it works. 

It simply blows you away and wins your heart and soul somehow, like magic. 

That’s the power of skilled animated storytelling. 

Let us know what you think about this video–nothing will warm our hearts more than reading your thoughts on the content we post.

17. When Nobody’s Watching


The holiday season is all about family and togetherness, celebrating what unites us more than what divides us.

But what about those who have nobody to celebrate with? 

This beautiful inspirational video reminds us that you can be alone in a crowd, surrounded by people, and yet feel isolated.

But it also points out that this is a barrier that is easily overcome. 

All it takes is a little compassion, empathy, and a simple kind deed, and a stranger can be turned into a friend. 

Thinking about sharing this video with someone you really care about?

Well, what are you waiting for?

18. Lyft Origin Story


Humans have been telling stories pretty much since the very beginning, probably just after we invented language. 

We used stories not just to entertain, but to teach our children, debate philosophy, and to try and understand ourselves and the world around us. 

And that really hasn’t changed today. 

The best brands are those that tell a compelling and inspiring story, too. 

It brings the brand to life, makes it personable, communicates the brand’s culture and life, and describes an ongoing journey from the past into the future. 

And we can’t get enough of them!

Like this absolutely lovely animated inspirational brand launch video describing Lyft’s origin story. 

You’d never think that a ride-sharing app could have such a compelling, appealing story, with wonder and imagination, paired with lush intense colors and stunningly creative, playful visuals. 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it’s no wonder that moving pictures can speak volumes in mere minutes. 

We are simply surprised by the magic of animated storytelling.

The question remains–are you?

19. Chipotle


What better way to kick start your week than with this absolutely beautiful inspirational video for Chipotle, with music by the iconic Willie Nelson!

We just love this inspiring and uplifting animated video for more reasons than we have time to list. 

Its infectiously cute style, the old-school stop-motion animation, and the soulful raw music, too. 

Even the message is wholesome and important without being cheesy or too watered-down.

This is another animated video that proves what a powerful, moving, and versatile art form animation can really be when done just right. 

It says so much while saying very little at all– there isn’t even a voiceover script, just music, and visuals. 

Kudos to Nexus Studios for doing such an amazing job on this, and giving a wholesome inspirational boost to our lives.

20. TOMS


What separates humans from animals is our sense of empathy. 

We can imagine and understand what it might be like to walk in someone else’s shoes, even if we’re not personally experiencing what they are. 

And speaking of shoes, footwear is just one of many things that most of us simply take for granted. 

But not everyone has this simple necessity. 

And another thing that separates us from the animals is that unlike them, our bodies need protection from the elements, and feet are no exception. 

Walking around barefoot, especially in rural and remote regions, leaves you vulnerable and susceptible to injuries and worse, horrific parasites. 

That’s where TOMS came up with the clever idea of a business that uses its income to donate free shoes to those who need them the most. 

It’s bold, fresh, and innovative in so many ways, and yet such a simple idea!

Giant Ant made them an animated inspirational video that tells their story through gorgeous and lush inspirational visuals, really drawing you in and keeping you hooked. 

As usual, they really raised the bar here with the art form, and we can’t get enough.

Sometimes, it takes a simple idea to really make a huge difference. And while not all of us can change the whole world at once, all of us can definitely change the world for some. 

What about your world, and those of each person in your life? 

We consider this a challenge, to really think about the difference we each make in the lives of those around us. 

It’s interesting how we all feel like we can’t really make any difference to the whole world, but there are people in our lives with whom we interact every day. 

Our words and actions make the biggest difference in their individual little worlds. 

This animated video motivates us to think deeply and introspect about the power of our efforts and how important it can be to change someone’s life.

21. The Butterfly Effect


“The Butterfly Effect” refers to the idea that very small changes can trigger a domino effect that can unleash far bigger events. 

We all love stories about time travel. 

Almost all of us wish we could go back in time and make different decisions in our lives, and change how things turn out. 

But at the same time, we feel that our actions right now cannot really make a difference in the future.

Strange, no?

For International Women’s Day, Deloitte commissioned this beautiful animated inspirational video that encourages women everywhere to take small steps today that can make a bigger difference than any of us could imagine. 

What about you? 

What little things could you change right here and now, on a daily basis, that would cause a ripple effect and vastly improve your life and future? 

The answers are all around us if we simply take a moment to look and consider them.

Let us know what butterfly effect change you’re thinking about taking action on today, in the comments below!

22. God’s Grace


It hurts when we lose the things that matter to us–a family member we were close to, a friend, our jobs, and so on and so forth.

This heartwarming animated inspirational video by Explainer Video Agency tells the story of a young man who lost his job and was devastated.

When all hope seemed lost, a little incident changed his life forever.

It bought him closer to God.

His faith in God helped him get the confidence to face challenges and unforeseen situations in his life head-on.

Such a beautiful video that is sure to make you emotional.

The video essentially gives a simple message–the blessings of God are always with you and it’s your faith in God that will take you far in your life.

23. Overcomer


Overcoming depression and anxiety is no easy task–it’s a testament to a person’s courage to stand up against their demons and conquer them.

Taking yourself out of the dark place that you were trapped in is nothing short of commendable.

This animated inspirational video goes over the creator’s personal battle with depression and anxiety and how they were able to conquer it.

Such videos should be enough to show you what’s possible if you decide to never bend your knees to the circumstances you are in.

The video does a great job of bringing a crucial message home–the thing that doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger.

24. Who Are You


Sometimes in the turmoils of life, we tend to lose touch with ourselves.

We forget to ask ourselves this important question–who are we?

This deeply introspective video will make you question yourself and find yourself at the same time.

We should be in tune with our true nature and that’s only possible when we question ourselves and strive towards the things we want to do.

Life has a way of molding us into the fabric of society and losing our originality in the process.

We hope this inspirational video motivated you to find the uniqueness inside you and show it to the world.

It may so happen that your personality becomes the inspiration for someone else to realize their true potential.

25. Why God Has A Plan For You


We have all heard about God’s plan. It’s very beautifully explained in the Bible as well.

Jeremiah 29:11 says,

““For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.””

Things don’t work out sometimes in life and we feel dejected.

We question our life’s trajectory.

But in doing so, we forget a very important assumption–what if everything is God’s plan?

What if things not working out is simply an indication of good things that God has planned for us in the future?

Such a mindset is simply a positive outlook on life and also instills in us a message to never stop praying and to never give up.

Things might be going wrong now but they can’t go wrong forever.

This animated inspirational video is a great example of instilling unwavering faith in God’s plan.

It teaches us the most important lesson in life–never lose faith in God.

The best way to conclude this is to quote another Bible verse that encapsulates unwavering faith in God.

Hebrew 11:6 says, 

“And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."


The famous scientist Carl Sagan once said, "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” 

It’s this fascinating observation that inspires people of what’s possible. 

And it’s our belief that our list of 25 Animated Inspirational Videos would do just that–inspire you to achieve the impossible in your life.

Were we successful in reigniting that spark in you?

Which inspirational video did you like the most?

Do let us know in the comments.

And if you are someone who wants to inspire others but can’t seem to find a way to do so, we are here to help.

Animated videos are a fascinating way to get your inspirational story out to people. 

With animated videos, there is no ceiling to the imagination.

So what are you waiting for?

Contact us and, as Carl Sagan said, let’s find “something incredible waiting to be known”.

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