JibJab takes on A-ha’s “Take On Me”!

At last you can be a part of 80s New Wave history when you and a friend star in A-ha’s iconic music video TAKE ON ME!

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It’s 2016 already???

Okay, so, yeah, your humble JibJab Blog is a little behind this year. We’ve been in 2016 for 28 days as of this typing, which is the perfect time to share our 2015 New Year’s card, THIS IS THE YEAR! (Uh… yeah!)

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Hey, it’ll work next  year, too, so save the link!

The End of the Road: Year in Review (2005-2014)

Reposted from JibJab’s Facebook page on December 10th:

Friends of JibJab,

We have some news that many of you will not like. After 10 years of producing JibJab Year in Review music videos, we have decided that 2014 would be the last year.

Why did we make that decision? First, completing a decade of Year in Review videos felt like quite an accomplishment. Second, after 10 years of producing them, the creative format started to feel stale to us. If we couldn’t get excited about it, we knew we’d never deliver a winner. Third, our creative siren is calling us in different directions – namely our new JibJab app (http://apple.co/1CGo9Ov) and our kids and family brand, StoryBots (http://apple.co/1MZQMvv).

For those of you who were looking forward to our Year in Review video, we are truly sorry to disappoint you. Our mission to make “Billions of People Happy” remains unchanged and we hope our newer initiatives deliver some smiles and laughs to you and the people you care about this holiday season.

Your Pals,
Evan & Gregg Spiridellis
JibJab Co-Founders (aka, the Guys in The Logo)

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Fun New Holiday Gifs on JIBJAB MESSAGES!

Ho ho ho! Merry Happy! New holiday gifs all up in JibJab Messages!

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JibJab Brings Holiday Fun to the TODAY Show!

From JibJabber Mark:

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The TODAY show jibs AND jabs!

Breaking news… The TODAY Show aired JibJab’s “A Christmas Rap Story” this morning, featuring all of the anchors alongside guest host John Cena! And bonus: Willie Geist mentions that his kids create a JibJab card every Christmas – it’s become an annual tradition in his house. (Which is nice.)

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Al Roker knows what he wants for Christmas!

There’s a slight delay between the audio and the video for some unknown reason, but rest assured, it is all good on our site!

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Guest host John Cena wins a leg lamp!

Anyway, check out “A Christmas Rap Story” on The TODAY Show here!

And be on the look out for a special behind-the-scenes post for “A Christmas Rap Story” coming soon!

JibJab Hits the Ice with the LA Kings!

The JibJab Mobile Apps were featured at the Kings game at Staples Center on Tuesday. As fans in the stadium shared exclusive Jibjab Kings content it was displayed on the Jumbotron. It was incredible!

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JumboJibJab at the Staples Center!

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Close on the Jumbotron, plus JibJabbers Kurt and Mike at the game!

Jibbin’ and Jabbin’ the Holidays!

The HOLIDAYS are right around the corner, which means new Christmas cards from JibJab! They launched a few weeks ago, but, hey, we’ve been busy making another Christmas card (coming soon), PLUS a New Year’s card already, so this blog post is a lil’ late — but still well before Santa arrives…!

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A CHRISTMAS RAP STORY – You’ll shoot your eye out when you and your homies get your Red Ryder Air Rifle in this hip-hop twist on a holiday classic!

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HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS – Cast yourself and friends in our hula-riffic holiday music video is fun, festive and way easier than saying, “Mele Kalikimaka!”

Meet the JibJabbers: Robbie Harrison!

You think eCards and Starring You hee-larity appear magically out of the ether? Nope! Human people utilize technological know-how and artistic skills to generate these LAFFS… This week we’d like to introduce you to Robbie Harrison!

 

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1. How long have you been Jibbing and Jabbing?

Five years.

2. Where are you from originally? (Did JibJab steal you from your home?)

Los Angeles, born and raised.

3. What’s your area of creative expertise here?

Official title is Technical Director, which means I clean up other people’s messes. I also composite live action videos, which means I make messes that I then clean up.

4. It’s unfair to ask for favorites, but… what project here holds a special place in your heart?

From the Fridge – Santa’s Cookies

5. What JibJab fun are you working on at on the JibJabJob currently?

Working with the Tech department on moving existing content to the new JJ app and compositing one of our 2015 Christmas eCards, “Christmas Story Rap.”

Thanks for answering these hard hitting questions, Robbie!

JibJab has a new ecard to make you FEEL GOOD!

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Show off your funky dance moves to James Brown’s greatest hit in the feel good JibJab video of the century! (Also available in Birthday, You Rock, and Love categories!)

Halloween season is off to a funky start!

You’ll be the ghost with the most when you shake your BOO-ty to our instant Halloween hit, “Funky Ghost”!

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Meet the JibJabbers: Kurt Hartfelder!

You think JibJab Messages and eCards and Starring You fun just magically happens? That these laughter creators simply appear from the ether for your enjoyment? Nope! Human beings must utilize their art talents and technological know-how to create all this hilarity. Here is one such human… Kurt Hartfelder! 

 

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1. How long have you been Jibbing and Jabbing?

Four years – starting off as a summer intern!

2. Where are you from originally? (Did JibJab steal you from your home?)

Ohio born and raised – grew up in Columbus, Ohio.

3. What’s your area of creative expertise here?

Design and Animation

4. It’s unfair to ask for favorites, but… what project here holds a special place in your heart?

Bicycle Birthday”  (It’s kinda autobiographical.)

5. What JibJab fun are you working on at on the JibJabJob currently?

I am the creative director for JibJab Messages content and I’m constantly working to come up with funny little animations for the app.

Thanks for participating in our 5-question speed round, Kurt! (And be careful on that unicycle!)

Wanna star in new JibJab music video ecards…?

Of course you do! And, as we aim to please, we have one of the big hits of the summer AND a surprise YouTube sensation…

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You’re sure to have ‘em cheering when you cast two in OMI’s catchy, chart-topping superhit… “Cheerleader“! (We also have it in Anniversary, Birthday, Love, and early Valentine’s Day varieties!)

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Every day can be Friday when you star in Rebecca Black’s smash hit tribute to weekends, parties, and Auto-Tune… “Friday“! (And you can send a card to say “Congrats” and/or “You Rock“!)

Meet the JibJabbers: Monica Harrion!

You think eCards and Starring You shenanigans just come outta nowhere? Just magic outta thin air? No way! Real live humans need to art and technology and plan and… science… and… stuff… Anyway, every week or so, we’re going to introduce you to some of ’em. This week is the one and only Monica Harrion!

 

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1. How long have you been Jibbing and Jabbing?

Nine months.

2. Where are you from originally? (Did JibJab steal you from your home?)

I’m originally from Jackson, Mississippi but have been living in Los Angeles area since 2006.

3. What’s your area of creative expertise here?

I’m a Technical Artist on Starring You eCards who animate the heads and create the head assets like hair and caps for music videos. Also I work on a Storybots Starring You videos.

4. It’s unfair to ask for favorites, but… what project here holds a special place in your heart?

My fav project was the “Hey Ma’” project. I had to setup, design, animate and rotoscope all four characters.

5. What JibJab fun are you working on at on the JibJabJob currently?

My current projects are “Funky Ghost” and “Ice Ice Baby Christmas.”

Those are some delightful titles, and we’ll be on the lookout for ’em. Thanks for your time, Moni, and thanks for adding to the billions of laughs!

Fancy Friday 2015!

Some workplaces have “Casual Fridays,” but not so at JibJab! Since every day is pretty casual here, once in a while, on a random Friday, we like to get FANCY.

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Talented artists, production folks, tech wizards, and customer service heroes alike enjoy dressing up and feelin’ fancy!

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Our fearless leaders Gregg and Evan’s office is directly below where we took those pictures. The landing from jumping one above startled Gregg at first, but he’s recovered just fine. We think. We hope.

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Okay, so… now back to shorts and tee shirts, right? At least until the NEXT FANCY FRIDAY…!

JibJab eCard Catch Up II: The Wrath of JibJab

JibJab blog readers (hi, mom!)… it’s yet again been way too long since our last post. We’ve been busy making fun Starring You Music Video eCards, though! Check ’em out!

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“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon! Music Video, Birthday, Love, Valentine’s Day

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“Push It” by the immortal Salt-N-Pepa! Music Video, Baby, You Rock

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“Ice Ice Baby” by the one and only Vanilla Ice! Music Video, Congrats, You Rock

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This blog post has been RICK ROLLED! “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley! Music Video — and more versions soon!

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