A couple o’ new JibJab eCards out in the wild!

JibJab blog fans (and if you’re reading this, you’re one for reals), we released a couple super fun eCards recently…

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JibJab’s own wordsmith Scott Emmons says, “Getting older can be daunting, but as this playful eCard shows, happiness is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!” Doesn’t that sound delightful?

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Of this super cool card, wordmaster Scott declares, “Everybody has a funked up day now and then, but this eCard will help a friend get their groove back in no time!” Let us know if he’s right!

BEHIND-THE-SCENES of JibJab’s Valentine’s Day eCard “Sunshine and Lollipops”!

Yesterday we shared the behind the scenes of JibJab’s Valentine’s Day eCard “Let’s Get It On.” Today, as promised, we take a look at…

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A very different Jeff Gill animatic started things off…

A couple of our talented 3D animators, Taylor Clutter and Josiah Haworth then started designing some delicious candy backdrops and props for this sweetest of eCards.

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Jeff then personally tested out his vision for the performance aspect of the card. (Don’t let the look on his face fool you — he’s having the time of his life!)…

Once it was clear this vision was achievable, a professional dancer was cast and entered the world of blue screen!

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After the backgrounds are designed, and the live action dancing has been danced, it’s time to see how it all might work together…

Meanwhile, as blue screen dancing is danced, Taylor and Josiah are getting the backgrounds rendered and detailed…

Finally, well, the colorfully delightful results speak for themselves! So send your loved ones this fun lil’ eCard this Valentine’s Day!

BEHIND-THE-SCENES of JibJab’s Valentine’s Day eCard “Let’s Get It On”!

JibJab went and made 2015 way romantic with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR new Valentine’s Day eCards! The two big live action productions were directed by our resident lover of love Jeff Gill. First up in our fascinating BEHIND THE SCENES post is a caution-to-the-wind video set to Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On”…

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All videos at JibJab start with an animatic. This one was drawn and edited by the aforementioned Jeff Gill. Note how clearly these simple line drawings show what the finished product will look like…

The live action shoot was an on-location affair with some big ol’ production values…

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The finished product is ready for all your Valentine’s Day and romantic needs right now!

If that one is a little too risqué for you, JibJab also released a couple of more traditionally animated slices of heartwarming / destroying fun: “No Point” (animated by Megan McShane) and “Killer Valentine” (animated by Meegs Nairn)…

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Check out the blog tomorrow for a behind-the-scenes of our other big Valentine’s Day eCard, “Sunshine and Lollipops“!

Last week’s new JibJab and StoryBots releases!

JibJab did not sit idly by and just hang out in the new office (more on that soon) last week, waiting for the slides (more on those soon)… no! Hilarious videos were released to the internets to give laughter and joy to the masses!

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Heads will roll this Valentine’s Day, because nothing says “I love you” more than fighting back-to-back against a horde of zombies! Send “Killer Valentine’s Day” to a loved one or a couple loved ones you love…!

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Speaking of love, this inspiring StoryBots book straight up lists a bunch of things that make life fun. Read “So Much to Love to or with your kids today!

Big JibJab & StoryBots launches for 2015… SO FAR!

Hello, JibJabbers and StoryBots! We’ve uploaded a nice few batches of eCards and learning videos that have yet to get blog attention… and that ends NOW!

JANUARY 1, 2015 LAUNCHES

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Get comfy for your birthday with this hilarious eCard from our JibJab spoof goofers!

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Colors are fun, and the StoryBots want to sing about ‘em! This one is about the hue of Pink!

Okay, now with January 5th out of the way, we went right on and posted not one, not two, but THREE videos the following week for…

JANUARY 12, 2015 LAUNCHES

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With the advent of digital photography, babies are now the most photographed creatures on the planet! This eCard captures that image capturing amusingly!

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Are butts funny? YES, is the answer from all JibJab employees. Laugh yours off with this birthday eCard!

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The StoryBots are helping kids count with fun songs, and as of January 12, 2015, they were already up to The Number 6!

So, yeah, 2015 is off to a pretty epic start, JibJab and StoryBot fans — and there is so much more in the works!

Behind the Scenes of 2014: YOU ARE HISTORY!

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Welcome, dear JibJabbers, to the Behind the Scenes blog for 2014’s Year in Review, lovingly entitled “2014: YOU ARE HISTORY!”

We here at JibJab are proud to present the ultimate breakdown of how we made our latest epic short (is that a contradiction?), so click on the links below for photos, videos, and stories! It’s sure to be a lot of fun… and you might just learn something, too. (JK, LOLz.)

Behind the Scenes of “Elf Fun Factory”!

This holiday season, JibJab whipped up not one, but TWO eCards! One uses cutting edge CGI technology (computers and stuff), while the other went more old school (stop motion animation). It’s the best of both worlds! First up, we’ll get hi tech with our CGI card, “Elf Fun Factory“…

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All of our productions start with an animatic. This one was created by director Jeff Gill, who loves elf fashion and dancing to calypso music, particularly the Harry Belefonte classic “Jump in the Line.” Thank goodness the holidays give him a creative outlet for it all…

Next, Jeff works with our 3D modeling and animation team to bring his animatic to life. Animators Taylor Clutter, Michelle Kwon, Reece Porter, and Kevin Temmer had to literally think like elves in order to achieve Jeff’s vision. No small task, despite any elf puns that might’ve popped in your head like so many sugar canes. Taylor cut together this progression video, showing the card from animatic to finished visuals…

Once the action is all in place, our animators add finishing touches like lighting and texturing are added to give it that hyper-real cartoon flavor discerning audiences love, while still retaining that scrappy JibJab charm — but then there’s still one important, unseen step… sound effects! Our resident audio guru Nick Ainsworth adds this finishing touch to the production. The best way to truly appreciate it is without music…

Finally, designer Jaime Williams created the logo at the top of this post and the casting card at the bottom of it while tech artist Robbie Harrison finished and bundled everything for uploading to JibJab.com!

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Send this slice of holiday hilarity to someone you want to make laugh today!

 

BEHIND THE SCENES of “Bird is the Word”!

JibJab Thanksgiving eCard this year uses the rock ‘n roll classic “Surfin’ Bird” for… “Bird is the Word“!

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Check out some exclusive behind-the-scenes shenanigans with quotes from director/turkey Jeff Gill below…!

A video like “Bird’s The Word” can’t just be shot willy nilly, so Jeff shot test footage with game JibJab artist Megan McShane in the turkey role. Together they mapped out the shots that made up the actual card. (And Megan finally had a legitimate reason to run around Venice, CA flapping her arms like a turkey.)

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Meanwhile, JibJabber Clinton Fanelli went full-on MacGyver to create a GoPro camera rig for some of the crazier shots in the video.

Next step was testing it out with a JibJab-style “cast yourself” head. The results were delightful!

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So, with the knowledge that his vision could be achieved, it was time for Jeff to go full-turkey. “This was probably the most difficult eCard I’ve ever preformed in,” Jeff said. “Wearing the insulated turkey costume on a hot summer day in Venice, CA made me so hot that I nearly passed out.”

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He says that at one point Megan and JibJab artist/cameraman Nate Swinehart “had to actually rip open air vents on the side of the outfit so that I wouldn’t overheat.”

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Though he survived, he must’ve lost about five pounds in sweat. “It was like baking in an oven, but in a turkey, which is in some ways ironic.”

Despite the dehydration, Jeff says, “It was a blast getting to run around the city and get friendly catcalls of people who enjoyed seeing a giant turkey. Because who doesn’t like to see that?”

Seriously, if you haven’t seen this video, check it out, and send it to a turkey in your life for Thanksgiving!

Last week’s new releases! So much fun…

Not one, but TWO new videos from team JibJab & StoryBots last week!

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Thanksgiving hilarity ensues early with “The Bird’s the Word“!

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And The StoryBots Number Songs series continues with “The Number 4“!

3 Quick Q’s with the GRATE Megan Nairn!

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Megan Nairn, or “Meegs” as we call her around JibJab HQ, is the brains behind our latest YOU ROCK eCard: “You Are Grate.”

She kindly A’d a few Q’s about how how she came up with this fun bit o’ cheese…

How did you come up with the idea of this charmingly “cheesy” card?

Ate a bunch of cheese before bed time!

Do you enjoy cheese? If so, do you have a favorite?

I’m actually lactose intolerant :( But back in my carefree consumer of Camembert days, I would have to go with a good ol’ squishy brie at room temperature. I miss cheese.

What is a rocking thing one could do to earn a “you rock” eCard such as this in one’s inbox?

Make your best friend a pizza. With extra cheese! With extra vegan cheese if they are lactose intolerant!

Thanks, Meegs! Someone make her a vegan ‘za stat!

And thanks for reading this lil’ Q&A, JibJabbin’ Blog enthusiast! Don’t forget to tell someone who rocks “YOU ROCK” today…!

JibJab and StoryBots’ big Oct. 20 releases!

A week ago today, JibJab and StoryBots both released a couple videos, one delightful (StoryBots’ color video “When It’s Black”) and one heeeeelarious (JibJab eCard “You Are Grate” [misspelled on purpose])! Check them out by clicking on the snazzy pics below…

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Lots of fun things come in black, but when the sky goes dark, it’s time to turn off the light and say good night.

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This eCard may be cheesy, but it’s extra sharp and just curd make someone feel really gouda about themselves!

 

 

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!

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