Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Inside JibJab: Production Meeting

JibJab’s hilarious eCards and enchanting children’s books take a lot of thought, time and planning. Not only do we have brainstorming meetings, draw storyboards and research for inspiration, we also have a weekly production meeting to keep the team up to speed on what is going on. We share breakfast, motivation and a few laughs. […]

Need A Halloween Costume Idea?

With Halloween quickly approaching many of us have found ourselves scrambling to find the perfect costume. Whether you go old school as a ghost or something topical like Charlie Sheen, thinking of something to impress fellow trick-or-treaters is sometimes a terrifying haunt. If you find yourself in a fright, here are a few ideas from JibJab that […]

Behind the Scenes of Super Freak

While filming Super Freak, we had to get super creative! The storyboards called for a lot of scenes involving specific movements, such as walking up a flight of stairs or falling down a trap door chute. At first this was a bit of a challenge, but once we got our creative juices flowing, the solutions […]

Meet the Dancers – German Polka!

As much as our team loves to dress up in costume and dance in front of the camera, for our new German Polka video we knew we had to hire the real deal. At first the task was a bit daunting. How would we find genuine German Polka dancers here in Los Angeles? Luckily after […]

Jib-n-dales

Girls giggling behind the studio door, five tear-off pants lined up on the wardrobe rack, the hit single “Da Dip” playing in the background…this can only mean one thing: The Chippendales have come to JibJab! We were lucky enough to spend a day with five Chippendales dancers who flew in straight from Las Vegas to […]

Star Spangled Rock!

Our new Fourth of July video is an homage to the great American rock stars of the 60s and 70s. With groovy guitar playing and Woodstock-appropriate apparel, this piece has us ready to rock out with our patriotism out! But before we do that, here’s a quick peek at how Anthony and Jeff filmed those […]

Big Daddy Dynamite

We’ve been jonesing over our latest 1970s-inspired Father’s Day eCard. This Blaxploitation parody had us laughing throughout the whole production process, even back when the video was nothing but a series of video clips with grainy voiceover. Check out this early version of Big Daddy Dynamite, complete with empty scenes and a temporary voice track, […]

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

When we sat down during the early stages of our Take Me Out to the Ball Game planning, we knew we wanted the song to stay true to Jack Norworth’s 1908 classic. We kept the first verse exactly the same, but decided to put a little twist on the second by including more modern things […]

Mom Rap – Behind the Scenes!

It takes a lot to to be a rappin’ mom: fresh lyrics, flawless moves and of course – fabulous outfits! For our Mom Rap video, the director called for plenty of outfit changes to help convey the life of a busy (yet stylish!) mom. Here’s Lauren looking fierce in her first two costumes : Click […]

The Hop – Behind the Scenes!

Did you do The Hop?  Check out our latest Facebook album for some behind the scenes pictures & art! Here’s a scene by Alex. We have as much fun creating the videos for you to personalize as you do sharing them with your co-workers, family & friends. Check out the dancers Jeff, Lauren and Laurenne […]

Meet the Dancers!

For our Russian Dance, Amia on our production team went right to the source with casting and found us the dancers of Barynya. These guys are the biggest Russian dance and music company outside of… well… Russia. Barynya owner Mikhail Smirnov arrived and performed with dancers Youri, Lilia, Ksenia, Dimitri and Artour, who rocked the […]

Kalinka! Kalinka!

Where’d we find that perfectly Russian track for Russian Dance, our latest Starring You video? Well if you’re a fan of Russian folk dance, the answer is obvious… it’s the Kalinka, a song first written in 1860 by Russian composer Ivan Larionov. Don’t know your Russian theatrical history? You’ll probably recognize the ever quickening beat […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Before we hit the bars, a quick check-in to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We hope you’ve been enjoying our series of behind-the-scenes blogs on the making of our new St. Paddy’s Day content. Much of it has been lovingly updated from standard dimensions to wide screen, with new hats and wigs added to our […]

Boink Me, I’m Irish

Last year we published a few birthday eCards designed and animated by Nate Theis, to great fanfare.  We’re happy to bring his work back to JibJab with “Boink Me, I’m Irish” just in time for St. Paddy’s Day! Check out his new card for yourself at our site.

Beer! Beer! BEER! Backgrounds!

Like secrets? We’ve got a Facebook album full of them! Find hidden staff members, learn how we made beer taps and see where we stole those red chairs from in this week’s collection of behind the scenes art for our St. Patrick’s Day hit, Beer! Beer! BEER! Ready for backgrounds and props? Click onward to […]

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