Introducing Deep Nostalgia™ Special Animations

Introducing Deep Nostalgia™ Special Animations

Deep Nostalgia™ is the magical MyHeritage feature, powered by D-ID, that allows you to see the people in old family photos blink, move their heads, and smile. Deep Nostalgia™ has taken social media by storm, with millions sharing their animations and reactions to seeing photos of their beloved ancestors come to life. Since its launch 5 weeks ago, 72 million animations have been created on MyHeritage.

This feature is based on different sequences of gestures that can be applied to a photo, each originating from a pre-recorded driver video that we’ve prepared in advance using MyHeritage employees. When we launched this feature, 10 such drivers were available. Today, we’re excited to announce that we have doubled the number of drivers. The 10 additional drivers released today, which we call special animations, allow you to see your ancestors express a wider spectrum of gestures and emotions, for example, smile wholeheartedly, blow a kiss, nod approval, and more. The special animations are available exclusively to subscribers on the Complete plan.

Many of our users were moved to tears to see their ancestors look around and smile at them. Now you can enjoy this even more, with the new special animations. 

How to select the new animations

The 10 new special animations expand the selection of movements and expressions you can apply to your old family photos: 

    • Smile
    • Dance 1
    • Dance 2
    • Kiss
    • Thankful
    • Kiss and wink
    • Eyebrows
    • Approval
    • Sideways
    • Compassion

They add on to the previous 10 general animations that are simply numbered from #1 to #10.

When you animate a photo, the initial animation is selected by default so as to match the pose and angle of the person in your photo perfectly. That initial animation is always one of the first 10 general animations  and is never one of the special animations. The special animations need to be selected manually.  

The Deep Nostalgia™ feature is accessible from 3 locations:

Selecting a special animation is not available from the landing page, which is only meant for quick animation and sharing, and is only available from the other 2 locations, where more advanced functionality is at your disposal.

On the family site

To access special animations from your browser, visit the Photos section of your family site (“My photos” under the Family tree tab in the navigation bar) and click on the photo you wish to animate.

Click on the animation button above the photo to bring up the new animation panel on the right side of the screen. 

New: Animation Panel

New: Animation Panel


Select a new animation from the list of “Special animations”, or if you wish, select one of the first 10 general animations.

Here are a few examples of the special animations in action: 


Dance 1: 


On the mobile app

To access special animations via the MyHeritage mobile app, open the app and access the “Photos” section by tapping the “Photos” button on the home screen or in the main menu. Then, click on the photo you wish to animate.

Click on the animation icon to animate the photo, as shown below:

After a default animation is selected, click the Animation name at the top of the screen to select a different animation.

You can choose from the 10 general animations, or the 10 new special animations. 

Who can use special animations?

Special animations are available exclusively to subscribers with a MyHeritage Complete plan.

Non-paying users can still enjoy using Deep Nostalgia™ with the general animations and create several animations for free. If you wish to try out special animations, or to animate an unlimited number of photos, you’ll need the MyHeritage Complete plan.


MyHeritage continues to introduce new photo features that help you connect to your ancestors and family history in a whole new way. Many users have found the experience of using Deep Nostalgia™ to see their ancestors and loved ones in video deeply moving and meaningful. With the addition of the special animations, users now have the opportunity for an even deeper, more personal, and more poignant experience of Deep Nostalgia™.


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  • Melody Masi

    April 6, 2021

    Thank you for this! I feel as though I’ve now “met” my great grandparents! I only wish my Mom and Dad were alive to see this!

  • Leon Hall

    April 6, 2021

    Amazing! Who would have thought?

  • Pam Gesicki

    April 6, 2021


  • Isabella

    April 6, 2021

    This is realy very good and bring our lived ones back to the real world!

  • Larry Martin

    April 7, 2021

    I Love this.

  • Gregory goins

    April 7, 2021

    The sample photos that I have done are great, everyone should want to do their family photos!!!!!

  • Evelyn Goins

    April 7, 2021

    All of my kids & grand-kids want their photo animated!!!

  • Christina C. Thompson

    April 7, 2021

    This is really lovely for some very old photos of those who have passed on, just to see them move again in a real life way.
    Yes it has limitations but it’s still a hugely innovative advance to see especially, what were old, sepia or black and white photos come to life.
    What next?

    Move over Harry Potter moving pictures !!!

  • Robert Cummings

    April 7, 2021

    The photography enhancement is superb keep up the good work!


    April 8, 2021

    I am so excited about trying the New Deep Nostalgic photo’s

  • Samia Jackson

    April 8, 2021


  • Juliana V Mallory

    April 8, 2021

    Love,Love,Love this app. Awesome….

  • Rhonda

    April 8, 2021

    I love it,


    April 8, 2021

    I love this animation, it brings the people I have never seen to life. What a great idea thank you.

  • Karen Watson

    April 8, 2021

    This is very interesting

  • Teresa Ziemlewicz

    April 9, 2021

    I am exited for the family history

  • Robert Hunia

    April 9, 2021

    My heart poured out in tears to see a photo of my dad come to life! Just to watch him move, I will never be thankful enough what this app has brilliantly done for many people wishing to see their loved ones move like real again. Thank you are just words, my heart goes out to you for giving us this amazing app. Forever grateful

  • Galina

    April 12, 2021

    It is fantastic! Thank you!


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  • holly kenfield

    April 14, 2021

    i love the way you are able to make pitchers move

  • Russell Young

    April 15, 2021

    it would bring the person in the photo alive…

  • Gary glenn

    May 10, 2021

    nice idea

  • Lan

    May 12, 2021


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    July 5, 2021


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    Roman Jay Almaza

    September 17, 2021

    This give me the chills, it got famous on Tiktok