Animated gifs unreliable

When more than one animated GIF features on a page, Safari sometimes does not play the animation.

Test page. Workaround is not included.
Reported by Nic Rodgers.

Safari | Reported on 14 December 2004.

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1 Posted by Marc Shade on 10 March 2005 | Permalink

I think I've uncoverd another animated GIF issue with Safari. I am trying to position an animated GIF in a DIV under another DIV containing a non-animated GIF. When the page initially loads, the z-index of the animated GIF is set correctly. But, once the animation starts, it rises to the top.

2 Posted by Sean Jordan on 21 July 2005 | Permalink

I've been able to reproduce the same problem in Safari (Panther and Jaguar - so 1.1 and 1.2). I can't supply a link to the project as it's still in the works for a client, but using a background gif animation in a div and placing elements within another div on top of it produces the same results.

The animation runs fine in all other major browsers on both platforms.

3 Posted by Nic Rodgers on 11 October 2005 | Permalink

I've submitted this to Bugzilla, you can see it at

4 Posted by Sean Jordan on 18 October 2005 | Permalink

Just as a follow up... the same problem appears in the Tiger build of Safari as well.

And that page I mentioned before... it's here:

The stars in the background of the side nav don't blink or don't do so consistently or reliably.