Comics fans, here’s the best boot animation you could ask for

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 9, 2014

superhero boot animation

British graphic designer Christian Tailor created this awesome animation of stylized Marvel and DC Comics heroes and villains, and now you can use it as the boot animation on your Android device.

Christian works as a motion Graphic Designer specializing in information graphics, and his current clients include Al Jazeera and UK-based TV network ITV. The animation above is one of Chris’ spare time projects, and a pretty great one at that, if you ask me.

Graphic designer and Android theme maker Brian Roberts took Christian’s animation and turned it into a boot animation you can use to replace the default startup animation on your device.

And then Ronald Valdes turned it into a flashable zip you can download from here.

To install the boot animation, you will need root access and a special app like this one, though you can also do it manually by firing up a file manager and replacing the default file in the system/media folder with the new .zip file. Enjoy!

  • Aries Santoso

    awesome…!! flashing it now…

  • Jonathan Sosa

    That’s awesome.

  • Dalvik

    Awesome! Thanks!!

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  • Michael Schulteis

    doens’t work with my CM Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 :(

  • Rory Holliday

    can i be the first to say that is incorrectly named….there are a few DC characters in there…

    • dogulas

      The world will be unfair until the Justice League movie is out and DC Comics gets the recognition it deserves. But not the recognition it needs right now.

  • Rupam Rane

    The link is dead.. :(
    please fix it…!!! :D

  • Driller

    Tried installing it with manually on CM11. Didn’t work. Tried it with the suggested app and afterwards i was stuck on the bootanimation.

    • ClearlyYoureWrong

      Once you place in /system/media you have to set the permissions on it to rw-r–r–

  • TechyMe

    Awesome stuff… I don’t mind some more.. :D

  • Bart Cunningham

    It is a boot animation so I would get to see it once every few months or so. I don’t understand why anyone would bother. Do you reboot your phone just so you can watch the boot screen? It is a nice animation but…

    • Jayfeather787

      Yes. Reboot your phone more often, it’s not safe to go several months without rebooting.

      • Bart Cunningham

        Not safe??? Why? Please be as technical as you need to as I am a Network Engineer and I have been using Android for many years. I am also a programmer and I have written some Android applications for my personal use. I would appreciate any details on safety issues related to not restarting my phone often. Thanks!

        • Nathaniel James

          Just stop. Let us nerds enjoy this gift that has been bestowed upon us.

        • Jayfeather787

          Ah put a sock in it.

    • martin golder

      And I’m sure a lot of people don’t understand why the idea of a nicer boot animation seems to offend you so much. You may not understand it personally, but surely you can appreciate why others might have a different preference to yourself?

      • Bart Cunningham

        Doesn’t offend me? I never said or implied such. I only asked why someone would go to so much trouble for such a seldom seen thing. …and on the rare occasions I do restart my phone I don’t usually even notice the boot screen. I was just curious as to why and I completely agree about personal preferences. That and all the customization options are the reason I like Android so much! :-)

    • justln

      My phone reboots every 3 days after a Titanium Backup so yes, I do watch it a lot.

  • Amrit Zoad

    Link is dead.. Please Fix!

  • dogulas

    Haha…there are some significantly gratuitous messages included in the flashing process.

    Flashable zip worked fine for me.

    • Amrit Zoad

      Do u mind sharing the .zip file with us. The link isn’t working anymore.

      • dogulas

        The link works fine, just tried it again. Instead of installing the mega app as the mobile site says to, request the desktop version of the site. The download still works fine from there.

  • Peter Blanco

    [nerding intensifies]

  • Nishchay Vaid

    Can anyone upload the zip on some other site? MEGA is down in india.

  • Nishchay Vaid

    Can anybody please upload the zip file on some other site? MEGA is down in india :(

  • Wyp

    installed thru Boot Animations app, sadly, it says “failed loading the animation”

    what to do? TIA

    • Piyush

      I had the same problem. This is what you need to do. Extract and navigate to system/media. Here you will find which is the file you need to use with Boot Animations. Hope this solves your problem. Cheers :)

      • Tay

        It installed for me but the boot animation on my HTC one did not change

  • jonathan3579

    This would be one hell of a live wallpaper

    • Abhi Jain

      I made a live wallpaper. It’s being uploaded to the play store right now! Credit is give where it is due, and asked Christian Tailor for permission to use it. It will be up in the next couple hours

      • Brendan

        Can you make it so it’s not stretched by just adding black space above and below the animation?

      • Mo Yang

        How come you’re charging for this? Is the graphic designer getting a portion of the proceeds?

      • Kewjoe

        Did you ask Christian Tailor if you can make money off his work too?

      • Mark

        You can not ask money for this unless the creator is getting a portion of the profit

      • Cherokee4life

        Just giving the designer credit in the description of the app does not make it legal. You really should state in the play store listing that you got consent from the original creator to sell this. OR…. just don’t make money off of it.

      • Mo Yang

        I contacted Abhi Jain about charging for something he didn’t create and he replied, “Thank you for your concern. Per developer request, I have made the application free, but he has indeed allowed me to post it on the play store as a free app. I would have appreciated it if you had emailed me before flagging my app, but thank you all the same. ”

        As of now he is still charging for it. Please flag his app. Not trying to be a troll/jerk/etc, but I feel strongly against one trying to monetize from something they didn’t create. (i.e. Kangers on XDA don’t charge for their Kanged ROM.)

      • Abhi Jain

        guys the app is free now, the original designer did not want the app to be a paid one, so it is free now. @mo_yang:disqus, I made it free before I replied to your email, google takes between 1-2 hours to save changes on the play store. If you look now, it should be free. Thanks for understanding, and I apologize for originally charging for it! I am happy to report anyone who did buy it, has been fully refunded, and can now easily install the free version. Thank you.

      • jonathan3579

        I just saw this comment. Awesome! I’m sending it from my PC to my phone now. Thank you!

        Edit: I know it’s not exactly right to complain but the only complaint that I have is the characters look squished on my phone.

      • Finley Field

        You cunt

    • Mo Yang

      Creating a live wallpaper with this can be done by following the directions in the link below.

  • ArGy

    Download link please that mega link doesn’t work for me

  • damaged

    Don’t know if this applies to any other devices, but for the Nexus 7 2013, there is no need to replace the in system/media, one just has to add the to data/local and it will override the one in system.

    • Mlibbey

      andddd you put me in a boot loop(not your fault)

  • TopXKiller

    OMG this is amazing <3

  • th0rx

    A bit too marvely for me, but still pretty cool.

  • Erik Åberg

    To childish

  • David Walker

    On my S3 there were no folders in the system/media folder only a couple of samsung boot qmg files. So I moved those out and put the folder in there and it still isn’t working. It reboots, shows Samsung Galaxy SIII and then goes black, then boots to home screen. I even changed the permissions to rw-r–r as someone suggested. Any ideas?

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  • Aniket Patni

    The material design is strong in this one.

  • Stefano Capanna

    I have Galaxy S4 and the bootanimation file are two: bootsamsung.qmg and bootsamsungloop.qmg how can I use this .zip?

  • mobilemann

    only hulk venom and iron man get mouths.


  • Jack Frost

    How did Christian, Brian, and/or Ronald turn a heavy sequence of more than insane amount of PNG files for this bootanimation into a single-file animated GIF posted on this article?! There’s no way I could turn the stock AT&T bootanimation into a freaking GIF on my freaking Chromebook with so much PNG files!! Somebody please do either a stock AT&T bootanimation sequence or both Samsung Galaxy S5 power on and power off bootanimation sequence into a GIF and reply with a working link!!!! I need to see that GIF happen!

  • Angel

    Same case: bootsamsung.qmg and bootsamsungloop.qmg. Can anyone can help us?

  • Und3rCTRL

    Would I be able to flash this like any other .zip using clockworkmod recovery?

  • Fie Oliver

    How can i resize the boot animation?? It become big out of the screen pls help

  • madmaninabox

    but if it was hd…

  • Andy Kershaw

    I cannot get this to work, tried using the app of on the post and it failed, tried replacing it manually and changing it’s permissions to rw-r–r– and now it just shows the word android which gleams over and over. I’m not stuck in a loop or anything this just doesn’t work.
    Any ideas?