Last week’s JibJab and StoryBots releases!

Team JibJab and StoryBots unleashed a couple new bits of fun into the world last week. Click on the pics to check out the videos!

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A great rock ‘n’ roll beat will make anybody want to monkey around. Crank up this video and go bananas with Spider Monkey!

 

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Great moms and dads are the REAL heroes. Congratulate the expecting parents by showing them how SUPER they’ll be!

 

Happy Ba-Ba-Ba-Birthday!

 

We all know the “Happy Birthday” song, right? According to Wikipedia, it’s the most well-known song in the entire English language — even more than that Iggy Azalea song!

It’s also been around for over one hundred years. That’s like the equivalent of ninety-four Kardashian marriages.

We all certainly love a good classic melody, but maybe it’s time for something a bit… new?

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With that, we present a brand new birthday song with Ba-Ba-Ba-Birthday! It has singing animals, awesome dance moves, and cute hats!

So go ahead and send to a friend today. It’s free, all this week.

Speaking of “free,” feel free to help us make this the new, official birthday song. Just sayin.’

“This Land” Turns Ten!

This week, JibJab’s seminal parody video “This Land” turned ten years old. The Atlantic even wrote a very thoughtful and interesting piece about it, which definitely makes us feel smarter about ourselves. Maybe we’ll get a smoking jacket and a pipe, come to think of it…

Anyway, we think this is cause for a birthday celebration of sorts. What better way to celebrate than with Kool & the Gang’s classic hit, “Celebration“? No seriously, we’re asking. Any ideas? That’s right — there IS no better way to celebrate.

So be sure to cast some friends in this prom-tastic Birthday celebration today!

Say “Ha-plié Birthday” with Candle Ballet

Every little girl wants to be a ballerina at some point, right? Maybe every boy, too… And there’s nothing wrong with that, Dad!

Ballerinas. Such style. Such grace. Ballerina1Such ridiculous costumes, when you really think about it.

Well, we at JibJab have been pirouetting in our chairs to unveil our brand new birthday card, “Candle Ballet.” It’s elegant, simple, and sweeter than the frosted cake upon which these beautiful little candles dance.

So go ahead, and send Candle Ballet tutu — er, “to” — a friend for free, during a limited time only!

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching. Or Maybe Don’t.

There are some common phrases out there that really don’t make sense.

“Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.” Huh? Sounds like someone needs a lesson from Smokey the Bear. You aren’t preventing any fires if you think you can put a fire out with… more fire. Sometimes, you have to fight fire with water.

“Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you’ll land among the stars!” Whoever came up with this phrase lacks even the most rudimentary concept of space. If you shoot for the moon and miss, you will continue to careen forever into nothingness, with no way of slowing down. AND, if you do “land among the stars” after however many billions of years of floating through space, you will burn into a fiery inferno long before impact. Just don’t do it.

Another of those phrases is “Dance like Nobody’s Watching.” After watching a weird old man do just that, JibJab’s latest and greatest eCard suggests that you should probably dance like EVERYBODY’s watching. Just sayin.’

I mean, look at this collection of people who seem to be dancing like nobody’s watching. It’s not a good look.

We love Adam West, but this dance makes him look much more like a “Joker” than a Batman.

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Next, who could forget Buster from Arrested Development? He definitely is dancing like no one’s watching, and we can’t condone the end result.

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Here’s a crazy dance from Christian Bale in American Psycho. I mean, he was dancing like no one was watching, and his character is a psychopath. Case closed.

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Speaking of crazy, here’s Gary Busey dancing up a storm of just straight wrong.Image

So as you can see, be sure to dance like everyone is watching — and be sure to send this birthday card for free, all week, as a reminder!

Birthday Wishes? There’s an App for That.

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We all sometimes pine for the “olden days” when things were simpler, but the honest truth is that we didn’t have grumpy cat memes back then. And that, my friends, is a world in which we don’t want to live.

Take this, for example. Who would have thought that there’d be a robot that could do calligraphy?

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Just your typical, tortured robot artist, we presume.

Or, perhaps you’d prefer a 3D printing pen! That’s three dimensions, for those of you counting.

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Perhaps most impressive of all is the new JibJab Birthday eCard: App-y Birthday! Technology has made it as such that you can send an entire party in a fifteen-second card. Genius? Perhaps. Revolutionary? Probably, but we don’t want to brag because we’re way humble like that. Amazing? We’re just doing our job. 

Check it out, and send it to a birthday friend who is the “Apple” of your eye today.

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling Older? Don’t Worry: You’re Still Delicious.

Can you believe it, folks?

Easter is over, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and the year is flying by. It seems like just yesterday we were working on twerking elves and the 2013 Year in Review! Time just moves too fast.

Speaking of which — that’s the very feeling we often experience when it’s our birthday. How can we be another year older, already? Didn’t we just have a birthday? And what kind of moisturizer do I need to keep my youthful glow that dissipates with every second?

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Fear not, because we have the answer! Send a friend “You’re Still Delicious,” our brand new birthday card. Just like a fine wine (or, in this case, an amazing birthday cake), it turns out that you only get better with age. We must warn you that this card features a dancing cake, and some serious rump-shaking.

Age ain’t nuthin’ but a number, and birthdays ain’t nuthin’ but an excuse to send an amazing JibJab birthday eCard! Send “You’re Still Delicious” to a friend with a birthday free all week.

Brand New eCard: Quiet Birthday!

This week, we have a brand new Starring You® birthday eCard that really makes some noise, animated by the fantastic Megan Nairn. Do you ever have those friends who just want to have a quiet, low-key birthday? 

You say, “How about a party?” Their reaction:

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Just the mention of any sort of social interaction on their date of birth seems to send them into an anxious tailspin.

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We’re sorry, but that simply won’t fly. Sooner or later, they’ve got to realize that your birthday is a time to party hard and make some noise!

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Remember your birthday rights, and send our brand new birthday card today! It’s loud, proud, and free — all week long.

 

 

 

The Top Ten Things David Letterman Will Do In Retirement

We just heard the news that legendary comic and late night host, David Letterman, will retire in 2015. Say it ain’t so!

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In light of this news, we figured it only made sense to let everyone know the Top Ten things Letterman will do in Retirement:

 

10. Get job as straight man on all-new Late Show with Biff Henderson.

9. Drink beer until pants are actually world wide.

8. Pick remains of Hello Deli Platter out of gap in teeth.

7. Learn smarter human tricks.

6. Determine if Jay Leno will float.

5. Sell 20 years’ worth of tailored suits on eBay.

4. Keep introducing Oprah and Uma to each other.

3. Write fake songs to stump Paul Shaffer and band.

2. Light cigars with royalty checks.

1. Spend more time subtly insulting his family.

 

We’re sorry to see you go, Dave — but at least we have another year and a half to soak it all in. Thanks for the memories!

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The Making of “Leprechaun Rap”!

Rappers and leprechauns have a lot in common: they both love gold, wear crazy hats, and want a lotta green.

That’s why this St. Patrick’s Day, JibJab unleashed a brand new Starring You® Video featuring the best rhymin’ leprechauns from here to Killarney in Leprechaun Rap.  We checked in with our amazing artists to see how this St. Paddy’s Day Smash came together.

“We learned a lot about completing CG e-cards from Santa’s Twerk Shop that we were able to apply to Leprechaun Rap,” designer Taylor Clutter explains. “We wanted Leprechaun Rap to fully engage the sense that these were some crazy rock stars. Great detail went into the bling prop modeling to make these guys sparkle. For animation we just wanted them to be poppy and fun.

“It’s kind of ridiculous seeing your family and friends dancing around as CG Leprechauns, and we wanted the animation to reflect that.” No kidding.

Taylor and the gang let it all hang out, and even danced to give frames of reference for the characters:

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I think we’ve found our new Lords of the Dance!

Here’s a look at the early storyboards for Leprechaun Rap as well:

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The team even took pain-staking detail when it came to the bottles the leprechauns are holding:

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Celt 45? I mean, we can’t even…

We hope you remembered to wear your green today, and most importantly — be sure to make and send Leprechaun Rap to your favorite lads and lasses on this special day ‘o days. Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you!

 

 

Dance your way into St. Paddy’s Day merriment!

Get out your green clothing and four-leaf clovers, because St. Patrick’s Day is almost here!

We have the perfect way to celebrate, with eCards starring you and your drinking buddies as a river-break-dancing motley crew, doing the Irish Step. Or, cast the family as a barbershop quartet, singing I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover. So much dancing and drinking to do — such little time!

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Cast and send your eCards today, then do a little jig into St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

New eCard – Race Car Birthday

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Know a Speed Racer with an upcoming birthday? Say it with a race car! Check out Race Car Birthday, made by the incredulous Reza Iman.

They’re perfect for the NASCAR lover in your life, or just the crazy driver.

And as quickly as the greeting began, speed away with your well wishes left behind!

JibJab voiceover extraordinaire, Jim Meskimen, stars in The Impression Guys!

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Ever wondered who does some of those awesome voices for JibJab’s Year In Reviews and originals? Meet Jim Meskimen, voice-over guy extraordinaire, who’s lent his talents to Bush’s and McCain’s voices, among many others, for JibJab videos. Jim is the voice behind some of our biggest hits, including but not limited to This Land and Time for Some Campaignin’. To see more of Jim’s work, check out this blog post, and his IMDb!

And now, the super-talented Jim is starring in a web series called The Impression Guys, a YouTube original HALF-HOUR series presented by SOULPANCAKE. All New Episodes of Season 1 air every Monday! As if Jim’s presence wasn’t enough, The Impression Guys is also being called the “best online-video series of 2014″ and “one of the freshest concepts to come along lately”.

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Watch it here, subscribe, and be sure to tune in to see new episodes every Monday!

Rapping Leprechauns & The Bustin’ O’ The Rhymes

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What better way to celebrate the luck of the Irish than with tiny rapping leprechauns? Check out the latest in the St. Patrick’s Day lineup of JibJab eCards — Leprechaun Rap!

Cast five leprechauns in this Irish hip-hop number and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the bustin’ o’ the rhymes. It’s the perfect tribute to the Irish tradition, but be sure to keep your hands away from their pots of gold!

Do a river-break-dance with your mischievous crew and send Leprechaun Rap today!

Also check out the St. Pat’s Hats dance to cast your favorite leprechaun sharing a little St. Paddy’s Day spirit, and I am a unicorn for that one friend who always takes St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the limit.

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New eCard – Sloth Birthday

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Forget someone’s birthday? Make it better with Sloth Birthday! Let them know that your intentions were pure, but your timing was a little off.

It’s the thought that counts, even if it’s a little late, and show them that you care with an adorable sloth. After all, who could be mad at this face?

Send Sloth Birthday!

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