I came across this new and seemingly interesting tool that allows you to animate maps using the My Maps feature in Google Maps.
taken directly from the website:
"What are Animaps?
Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time.When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video - they can play, pause, slow and speed up the action!"check it out: http://www.animaps.com/#!home