New eCard – Purrfect Birthday

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Let’s be honest. The Internet would be far less enjoyable without cats. But what if you could bring the fuzzy creatures out of the screen and into your lap? You can get a little closer to realizing this dream with our latest Starring You eCard, Purrfect Birthday! We spoke to the creator of this purrfect card, Megan, about the Internet and cats.

1) Where did the idea for this card come from?
I like the internet – the internet has a lot of cats – WHAT IF WE COULD DOWNLOAD THE CATS!? And hey presto!

2) What would be your perfect birthday?
A surprise visit from all my friends back home in Australia! Plus a surprise giant vegan birthday cake made into the shape of a giant vegan whale! My birthday is coming up, so fingers crossed.

3) What would you do with a bunch of digital cats?
I would email them to my friends who needed cheering up.

4) In today’s day of extreme hoarders, do you think we need to worry about people hoarding digital cats?
It really does seem to be the way we are headed. Could be a great new reality show?

That’s a reality show I could get behind! Remember to make birthdays purrfect by sending Purrfect Birthday!

New eCard – Center of Attention

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In our newest eCard, Center of Attention, we learn that you deserve to be the center of attention if it’s your special day, without having to resort to demeaning methods. If someone does happen to steal your spotlight, never fear! We’ve provided a few other ways to become the center of attention.

1) Start a cool science experiment

2) Start screaming

3) Start your own dance party

4) If those fail, take a page from the cat’s handbook.

See? No need to whore yourself out to get the attention you deserve. Tell your birthday girl that she’s the Center of Attention!

Laughter is contagious!

The only thing better than creating a JibJab eCard is sending it, knowing that the recipient will soon be in fits of laughter and wearing a huge smile. Join us as we witness that magical moment when these people realize they’re the star of the show.

We dare you — try NOT to smile at these! ;)

JibJab reactions don’t just come from adults — children love seeing themselves as the star! Next up is this 3 year-old cutie, laughing along to Sled Race, featuring her, her mother, and her father.

Finally, enjoy little Ella, whose mood instantly improves when she sees herself in the video.

What’s the best reaction you’ve ever had from a JibJab eCard? Let us know, or send us a link to your video!

Want to help make billions of people happy? Check out our Careers page!

New eCard – Bicycle Birthday

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In our newest eCard, Bicycle Birthday, encourage your birthday boy or girl to keep rollin’, no matter how they do it. We’d like to wish a happy birthday to these celebrities who have kept it rollin’ throughout the years.

Yvette Nicole Brown, 42 today, rolled right outta Cleveland and into television, starring in shows like Drake & Josh and most recently Community.


French President Francois Hollande has kept himself, his country, and the Tour de France rollin’ for many a year. Joyeux anniversaire!

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Deimos, one of Mars’ moons, was discovered today in 1877 by Asaph Hall, and has kept rolling (well, orbiting technically) around Mars ever since. I feel like there’s a song about this…

Know a birthday boy or girl who’s kept it rollin’? Send them the Bicycle Birthday eCard!

What’s it like to work at JibJab?

joshuaJibJab has been providing smiles for 14 years, and while our mission to make billions of people happy hasn’t changed, the company has grown and evolved over time.

Josh just recently celebrated his 5th anniversary with JibJab and has witnessed this evolution first-hand. In these past 5 years, he’s been a coding machine, touching nearly everything that has been produced. We asked him about his experience and his favorite memories.

1) How have things changed since you joined the staff? What’s stayed the same, if anything?

We definitely have more people working on more products now, compared to when I joined in July of 2008.

I think we’ve managed our growth well. We’ve stayed nimble, and improved our ability to move quickly in areas of interest. We worked as one team when we only had one product, and that was the way to go at the time. We’ve since split off into several smaller teams to accommodate our growth. This lets us continue to move quickly and do all these things that we want to do. At the same time, we still coordinate our efforts between different teams, since we have lots of shared technology and common areas of interest that cut across product lines.

2013_01_11_edited2) What’s been your favorite memory?
It’s probably that time in late 2008 when we were all extremely worried about our servers’ ability to handle holiday traffic. My manager sat me down to describe a project to me. Now, it was a project that should have normally taken a month; I was given a week. It’s one of those crazy things with remote servers talking to each other, making images, spitting out all kinds of error conditions, handling said error conditions, and so on. Anyway, I gave it my best shot, even working on it late into the night to the point where I started having dreams about it.

When it came time to release it, everyone was surprised that it actually worked the first time through.

But as with many things that you write in one-fourth the time, it kept us going for a few years, but I was glad to finally get rid of it when the time came. I guess this is my favorite story because it reflects the lengths we were willing to go to at the time, but also reminds me not to be too attached to my code, especially since we’ll find better ways to do things. It also reassures me that we actually do find the time to clean up and things don’t just get left lying around. “We’ll fix it later” is actually something we end up doing, and I’m incredibly proud of that.

3) What are you looking forward to for the future?

I’m looking forward to shipping more products and seeing some of our investments in technical infrastructure start to pay off. A lot of new people have joined in the time I’ve been here, and we’ve only seen the beginning of what they’re capable of. So I’m really excited about that.

The free laundry service ain’t half bad, either.

And we agree! Interested in working with Josh and the rest of the JibJab team, and get your laundry done for free? Check out our Careers page for our current openings!

New eCard – Yoga Birthday

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Think you’ve heard it all when it comes to yoga? In our newest Starring You eCard, Yoga Birthday, we highlight some of the lesser known yoga poses.

Feathered peacock:
This stress-reducing pose, or stress-inducing depending on your flexibility, is designed to strengthen your shoulders and improve your balance. Practice this pose enough, and you’ll be ready to spread your beautiful feathers to find that perfect mate.

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Old faithful:
Take your yoga up a notch, and twist those arms into a Twizzler. As you unwind, the sweat (and pounds) are certain to erupt off your body, as sure as Old Faithful is predictable!

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The number five:
Anyone can make the number “1″ — it takes real mind-over-matter to flex into the number 5. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, center your chakras, and balance on your kneecaps to capture this pose.

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Doing just a few of these simple (and not doctor recommended) poses twice a day can lead to a more flexible you!

Or, there’s always the easier route. Put the birthday boy or girl in our new Starring You Yoga Birthday eCard. After they see the workout they’ve done, an extra slice of cake will be justified!

International Friendship Day!

International Friendship Day is traditionally celebrated on July 30th in some places, and the first Sunday of August in others. As for us, we celebrate friendship every day! There have been many famous friends that have hit the big and small screens, and we know they would celebrate this special day the same way: sending Starring You Videos!

Lucy & Ethel
I Love Lucy besties always wanted to catch their big showbiz break. Ethel would certainly make Lucy feel like a star in the Chiquita Starring You video!
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Will & Carlton
Will, jealous of Carlton’s sweet dance moves, would totally cast himself in Gangnam Style, showing Cartlton he’s not the only one who can become an Internet dance sensation!
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Friends cast
I think we’d be doing a disservice if we didn’t highlight the most famous friends of all — the cast of Friends! Joey would put the group in Walking on Sunshine. Where’s Joey, you ask? Taking the photo, of course!
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What card fits your friends’ personalities? Browse the collection and celebrate the day!

8 Ways to Treat Yourself on Your Birthday

To celebrate JibJab’s latest birthday eCard, Treat Yourself, we present some inspiration for how you can pamper yourself on your special day.

1) Sleep in just a little bit later than usual.





2) Pet the animal of your choice.





3) Order your favorite meal from your favorite place. Then, order it again.





4) Artist of this card, Megan, says that cake is a crucial component of her special day, of course.





5) Have a dance party with your besties.





6) Make it a movie night.





7) Tweet to your favorite celeb asking for a RT.





8) Send yourself the Treat Yourself eCard — you deserve it!
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Know a special someone with an upcoming birthday? Send them Treat Yourself and remind them to get what they really want!

New eCard – Swinging Bulldogs

thumb_460x345We’ve all been there. That moment when your friend is staring at you with arms crossed, foot tapping, and with one judgmental face. Yep, you forgot their birthday. Your only hope for redemption is to distract them. But how? Take the traditional route — put a bulldog in a swing! Who could resist those floppy cheeks grinning ear to ear as they blow in the breeze?

Don’t have access to a bulldog? We’ve got you covered with our newest eCard, Swinging Bulldogs. We sat down with the artist behind the swing, Kristen Gish, to find out more.

1) How often do you see bulldogs in swings?
Less often than babies in swings, but more often than cats in swings.

2) Were any animals harmed in the making of this eCard?
No animals were harmed, but my heart was harmed because I couldn’t actually meet the bulldogs in person.

3) Have you ever forgotten someone’s birthday and tried to distract them with something cute?
I guess I forgot my parents’ birthdays as a baby, and then distracted them by being a cute baby. They kept me, so it turned out pretty good.

If you’ve forgotten a birthday, make an adorable distraction by sending Swinging Bulldogs!

The first annual JibJab summer mix CD exchange!

About a month ago, we kicked off summer by calling on the JibJab staff to create CDs with their favorite tunes to share in the first annual JibJab mix CD exchange! Not only were there some awesome mixes made, but our artists went above and beyond, creating epic album art. From folk to rock and roll and everything in between, everyone walked away with new playlists to last all summer long. Check out their creations below!

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What are we listening to? Here’s just a sample of our eclectic taste:


Behind the Scenes – Walking on Sunshine!

Walking on Sunshine, our latest Starring You video, is sure to be the feel good hit of the summer. We started production in winter, but luckily JibJab is located a block away from Venice Beach in sunny Los Angeles where it’s pretty much summer all year round!

We started with the song choice and a vague idea of the theme – fun, partying, summer, pool party, etc- and just started drawing!

However, before we could hit the beach we had to make an animatic. As the animatic developed, some of the gags got cut and we added in the idea of surfing. How Californian of us!

When we were happy with the animatic, we started brainstorming some visual ideas.

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Once we had an idea of the style for the card, we hit the beach for some visual development! That’s right – we went to the beach for completely legitimate work purposes. We shot some test footage, then we collaged it together into a video with our designs to see if our concept would work as well as look cool.

This is where we came up with the methods of filming the effects like splashes. We used a highly technical technique of throwing sand into the ocean (it’s okay, it came from there in the first place). We filmed the splash, then used After Effects trickery to separate it from the background and put it where we wanted in the video. For the character that is buried in the sand, we literally buried Jeff’s arm (the director of e-card’s arm) in the sand and filmed him ‘escaping’. Once again, we found that we could whip up something that looked pretty real with a bit of masking, rotoscoping and colour grading in After Effects.

After the test/research/hang at the beach phase, we were ready to go full force in production…which unfortunately meant going back to the beach to shoot more footage with a proper camera. Gnarly brah!

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We also purchased a lot of pool toys so we could take photos of them in the studio at lots of angles that we might want to use in the animation. This was a challenge as the crew were new to lighting a studio, but they overcame all obstacles with lots of enthusiasm and only one broken wine glass (which was being used as a prop stand).

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Then, as the sun really started to shine for the beginning of Summer, we returned indoors to our computers to animate the entire thing in After Effects. It was lots of fun making the silly characters’ butts wiggle in their ridiculous swimsuits! We think the finished product has a lot of energy and a lot of laughs. I guess we’ll celebrate by hitting the beach!

Cast Yourself in The Loan Ranger!

Throughout the season, we’ve been releasing our own versions of the summer’s blockbuster movie posters. Naturally, we couldn’t resist getting a little punny. After all, who wouldn’t want to see The Great Catsby? The addition of a single cat makes the movie 100% more watchable. Of course, who could forget about the man with a steel stomach, Supper Man, Harvard’s scariest dropouts in Monsters Community College, and extreme couponing taken to an intergalactic level with Store Trek! The best part? You and your friends are the stars of these knockoff hits!

Today, we’re releasing the final Starring You Picture in our series of summer movies, and it’s the movie that all the critics are not raving about! Introducing, The Loan Ranger!

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Check out the whole series of movie posters here!

Not a movie buff? Remember that you can send free Independence Day ecards through July 4th. ‘Merica!

New eCard – You’re a Starfish!

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There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but in our newest birthday eCard, You’re a Starfish, you can make sure your friend knows they are the star on their big day. Make your friend an Underwater Idol that has moves that reality TV would die for. We spoke with Lauren to learn a little more about the artist behind the butt-cheeks…

1) Where/how did you come up with the concept of this card?

The director of eCards here at JibJab, Mr. Jeff Gill, had me draw a theme out of a hat! I had just been hired, and this was my first eCard, and the theme i drew was “underwater”. I thought the “you’re a star (fish)” pun was way funnier than it probably actually is, so i went with it.

2) If you were a fish what kind would you be? Why?

I would be a fan-tail goldfish, so i could better understand my pet fish, Skeeter.

3) Where do you imagine this starfish is performing?

I imagine the starfish in this card had a tough road and really fought his way to stardom. This is probably his first performance at a major stadium, and he almost didn’t make it in time because his submarine van broke down. I bet his wealthy, famous, competition is behind stage; bitter about his unexpected success.

4) Who would you be most excited to cheer for if you were in this goldfish audience?

I would probably die if i could see Florence and the Machine live. I’m such a fangirl for Florence Welch.

Just Plane Cheeseburgers?!?

The production team was clearly hungry during a little day-dreaming cartoon session yesterday. The theme was “cheeseburger airplane.” What is a cheeseburger airplane, you ask? Why, a dream come true. See what our artists’ imaginations “cooked” up below. Great, now we’re hungry too!

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New eCard – Morning After Turtle

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Birthdays are a time for celebration! But, perhaps most importantly, they are a time to make bad decisions that will haunt you the next morning. We’ve all been there – where a night of birthday debauchery leaves you waking up with a hangover and some serious ‘splaining to do.

With that in mind, make sure your friends don’t over do it with our brand new Birthday eCard, Morning After TurtleIan Abando, illustrator and animator, told us what the “shell” he’s all about.

1. What’s the inspiration behind this hilarious eCard?

I think YOLO [“You Only Live Once”] is a suitable answer.

2. Have you ever woken up regretting a decision made the night before?

Maybe a little buyer’s remorse here and there. You have to stay up pretty late to win bids on eBay.

3. We’ve always thought that you get immunity to do any crazy thing on your birthday. Would you agree?

I would agree, but any photos taken the “morning after” would fall outside of that immunity.

4. In terms of the “Animal Kingdom,” what would the ultimate party animal be?

Probably an octopus or something like that. They have the most arms and would have the craziest drinking games.

5. Is it true that if you don’t remember doing something, it didn’t happen?

It won’t hold up in court, but I would say it’s true.

Check out more of Ian’s art and send Morning After Turtle to that birthday party animal today!

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