Behind the Scenes of 2013 What a Year!


Welcome to the Behind the Scenes blog for 2013’s Year in Review — What a Year! We’re proud to present the ultimate breakdown of how we made our latest short, so click on for photos, videos and stories!

JibJabbers get festive for the holidays!

Recently, the JibJab team celebrated the closing of an awesome year, full of hundreds of brand new eCards, hilarious new dances, and plenty of delicious food. It’s been a lot of work — and it was time to commemorate all of the smiles shared!

The night was off to an awesome start, thanks to our friends at Uber! They provided free rides to and from the party, ensuring that we could have a good time and be safe! It was a great night full of food, music, and laughter…at least we think so. The details are a little fuzzy.

The JibJab guys look snappy, while the girls were off having their own holiday dance party.

The JibJab guys look snappy, while the girls were off having their own holiday dance party.

Many thanks to you for supporting us throughout the year, and to Uber for the great service! You can take Uber to your holiday festivities, too! Just use the ‘JibJab’ promo code for $20 off an uberX ride for new users.

But we’re not done yet — stay tuned for a Year In Review worth twerking over. #WhatAYear

Cast your friends doing the Macareindeer + new birthday eCard!


Add some Latin flair into your holiday season! Check out JibJab’s take on a classic song, turning the macarena into the Macareindeer. It’s a holiday dance sensation sweeping the nation!

In fact, the entire cast of Good Morning America recently got in on the craze, featuring Macareindeer during their show! Who knew they had such good moves?

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Start doing the macareindeer today, or send any JibJab holiday card to celebrate the season.

Don’t forget that it’s new birthday eCard day, and we’ve got a great one for the big softy in your life. Our newest eCard, Tattoo Birthday, created by the talented Robert Lobel, shows that puns are loved by everyone, but this biker in particular takes his commitment to puns to the next level — getting them tattooed!

Celebrate a JibJab holiday tradition with chart-topping app, Elf Dance!


Adding to our extensive collection of elf madness, we’ve just released a new Elf Dance Starring You video! Cast 1-5 friends as Santa’s helpers, groovin’ away at the North Pole.

For the first time in JibJab history, we’ve made this video available as an app, for free! Create and send elf videos on the go — doing so guarantees your place on the nice list.

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What’s more, the Elf Dance app has become a smash hit of the holiday season, featured as a top rated free app in the App Store!

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Check out the video here, and download the free app on the App Store. Celebrate the most elf-tastic season of the year with the hottest dance moves this side of the North Pole!

New eCard – You Rock


We’ve just released a brand new eCard for the birthday boy/girl who rocks, called You Rock! This extra special card also comes in his and hers versions. To find out more about its creation, check out this interview with the rockin’ artist of this card, Ashlyn!

1. What was your inspiration for creating this card?
My inspiration started with a terrible pun, like most things that I make. I like it when you remove commas from sentences, and you’re left with things like “You rock!”, accusing someone of being a rock. Or, alternatively, accusing them of being Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. After that, I settled on a rough, sketchy style, because I love working with that sort of energy.

2. Have you ever done sculpting yourself? If so, was it as easy as this little guy makes it look?
I’ve never sculpted anything in marble, but I can only assume it’s very very easy. I mean, there are like, piles of them in Rome so… Must be a snap. That being said, once, I tripped over a rock and chipped it. Modern art.

3. What was the best birthday you ever had?
My very favourite birthday was my 14th. A friend got me a twenty dollar bill taped to a potato, and nothing’s ever really topped it gift-wise.

Don’t forget to tell your best birthday sculpter that they rock with You Rock!

Wear your Ugly Sweater with Stand Up To Cancer!

JibJab is happy to support our friends at Stand Up To Cancer as we all don our kitschiest couture this holiday season! For the second year in a row, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is asking celebrators around the world to proudly rock their hideous holiday-themed sweaters as a way to raise critical funds for innovative, translational cancer research. SU2C’s “Ugly Sweater” Holiday Campaign has officially begun and promises to be even “uglier” than last year.

You can get involved by pledging to wear your ugly sweater day after day to raise funds, hosting an ugly sweater party, or sending a very special Ugly Sweater themed JibJab eCard!

This eCard is free to send this holiday season, so spread the word and get ugly!

New eCard – Cake Party

Cake Party is JibJab’s newest birthday eCard! Take a journey with a shell of a cake, who’s caught in the monotony of his cake life. That is, until he realizes it’s his birthday, and the party begins! How could it get any batter than that? I just hope the cake doesn’t get too emotional or he’ll end up in tiers.

All puns aside, this card begs a terrifying question: What does a cake eat during his birthday celebration?

While you ponder that, don’t forget to remind your special birthday boy/girl to break the cake mold and frost it up on their big day with Cake Party!

New eCard – Birthday Kazoo Guy

Looking for that perfect way to give a rousing happy birthday song to the birthday boy/girl? Look no further than Birthday Kazoo Guy! This festive take on a classic song features a beautiful arrangement of kazoo and beatbox, courtesy of Mr. Tim! After all, what’s more soothing than a quartet of kazoo? This card is so ridiculous, it’s guaranteed to cause some smiles.

Want more kazoo? The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’ll be soon time to kazoo to the tune of Jingle Bells and rock out!

New Thanksgiving eCards!

Thanksgiving will soon be here, and we have two new eCards to kick off the season — Cook A Turkey and Biker Thanksgiving!

We’ve all had that first-time-cooking-a-turkey moment. Hopefully yours went better than it did in our new eCard, Cook A Turkey! Send this card starring the chef of your Thanksgiving dinner to show them what not to do.

Remember that the most important part of Thanksgiving is being around friends and family, so make sure to spend it with those people at your favorite spot — even if that’s the roughest bar in town. You might even learn a surprising new fact about someone at the table! Check out this biker’s secret in Biker Thanksgiving.

And it wouldn’t be a week at JibJab without a new birthday card! Birthday Joker is for the real joker in your life — the one willing to do anything for a laugh.

JibJab staff wears dresses for Halloween, in support of Sierra Leone education!

This Halloween, the JibJab staff are dressed in…Australian school dresses! Why, you ask? We’re participating in Do It In A Dress, an initiative that aims to provide girls in Sierra Leone with an education. Funds donated to the Do It In A Dress campaign go towards scholarships, improved classrooms and sanitation, and business training.

Some staffers are even giving extra incentives for donations, including custom artwork and riding 20 miles on a bike in full Australian school dress. Together, we raised over $3,000, helping 11 girls in Sierra Leone have the chance to wear their very own school dress and receive an education!

Not only is it a great cause, but we look good, too. Check out our class photo below!


Don’t forget that we have a ton of scare-tastic Starring You videos to celebrate Halloween day, like I Will Survive, Monster Rap, and Monster Mash!

New eCard – Celebrating You!

In our latest eCard, Celebrating You, remind that birthday boy/girl that it’s their special day and they deserve to be celebrated! Here are some additional ways that you can shower them with celebration:

Load their house with balloons

Have a bubble party

Make them the star of their own fancy parade float

And don’t forget to send them Celebrating You, to kick off the celebration!

New eCard – Exploding Cake

Pass along our newest eCard, Exploding Cake, to wish someone special a bomb birthday. But could one card really blow up their inbox? Send them a few of our most explosive eCards, so you can bombard your birthday boy or girl with birthday wishes!

Birthday Blast

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Bomb Defusal

Dynamite Birthday

New eCard – Temple of Cake

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Temple of Cake, our latest eCard, reminds us that life’s a great adventure that keeps on rolling. If you’re looking for a way to add some adventure into your birthday, look no further!

1) Eat something you’ve never tried before.

2) Take a road trip with no destination in mind.

3) Paint a picture with a little help from a furry friend.

4) Start simple. Send Temple of Cake as a reminder that everyday’s an adventure!

No birthdays coming up? We’ve got plenty of spooktacular Halloween eCards newly released, including I Will Survive, Halloween Sign Spinner, and Too Much Candy!

Happy Halloween!

The spookiest time of the year is upon us, which means it’s time to grab your buckets of candy, start work on the scariest costume imaginable, and prepare for an epic night of debauchery.

JibJab is celebrating with not one, not two, but three brand new eCards, including a hair-raising rendition of “I Will Survive” in which you can cast five friends! Dance along to the undead’s song as a gruesome gang of frightful creatures — including a vampire, mummy, witch, werewolf, and Frankenstein. Which will you be?


The Halloween fun doesn’t stop there! Fresh from the tomb, our sign spinner is back from the dead. Cast yourself or a friend as a mummy, and use fancy sign spinning skills to point your fellow mummies to the Halloween party.

Or, embrace everyone’s favorite part of Halloween — copious amounts of candy! If you want to indulge your sweet tooth without the calories, “Too Much Candy” is the perfect card for you.

This Halloween season, you don’t need to be a witch to cast a spell! Simply cast your friends in our Halloween eCards for a terrifyingly good time!

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Arrg! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Shiver me timbers and batten down the hatches, mateys! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which means it’s time to grab your hearties, swab the poop deck, and set sail for treasure!

No celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day would be complete without sending your landlubbers our best pirate-themed eCards. Turn yourself into a scurvy seadog and flaunt your pirate pride, or send your buccaneer to Davy Jones’ Locker by making ’em walk the plank!

Piratey Profile PicTalk Like A Pirate Today!

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Party Your ARRR’s OffWalk the Plank!

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