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!

New eCard – Happy Pug Day!

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Summer may have just started, but the “Dog Days” are already here. Why? Well, it’s thanks to the release of our brand new, pet-friendly “Happy Pug Day” eCard! You can put a friend’s mug on this pug and have a doggone good time. Shall we continue, or have you had enough dog puns for one day?

We spoke with the man behind the leash, Jeff, to find out a little more about this quirky new eCard for our JibJab dog- er, blog…

1) If you could be any kind of dog, what would you be? Why?

I would want to be a beagle. I just feel like those long ears would look good on me.

2) Are you a dog person, or a cat person?

Dog person, hands down! Or should I say “Paws down”?

3) How would you celebrate National Pug Day?

With a Pugmas tree, of course!

4) If dogs could talk, what would they say?

“Bark!”

5) Any idea why dogs love hanging out car windows so much?

Probably for the same reasons I do… because they just got out of the shower and didn’t have time to blow-dry their hair before going to work.

Know someone who would love to be a dog for a day? Send Happy Pug Day today!

The Big Race

Things got heated at JibJab this week when our head designer, Andy, challenged artist, Kurt, to a good ol’ fashioned race in the parking lot. Nothing blows a little steam off like a race. The office was divided between the 2 artists. Who would win?

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Kurt won…by a landslide. But that didn’t stop the rest of the team from gearing up to try and race him as well. He will forever be the parking lot race champion!

New eCard – Bad Cake

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Why is cake so bad when it tastes so good? Help that birthday someone give into temptation this year with our newest birthday card, Bad Cake. Let the smooth sounds of that rich frosting and fluffy sponge cake talk you into indulgence. It’s only your birthday once a year right? No better day to be a bit bad. We spoke with artist extraordinaire, Rajiv Eipe, about his experience with cakes.

1) Where did you get the inspiration for this hilarious, smooth-talking cake?

When i heard the audio track for this card, the deep, soulful voice reminded me of one person- Barry White. I didn’t really know his music, but i’d seen an episode of the Simpsons that featured him. So i watched a lot of his videos and tried to get a little his character into Bad Cake.

2) Do any foods “speak” to you? What would they say?

Foods speak to me all the time. It’s usually the last slice of Pizza or the last helping of Chicken Curry, begging to be finished. But they don’t sound half as seductive as Bad Cake.

3) Do you have any smooth lines you use like this sexy cake?

No, not really. The smoothest line will turn into a stuttering, mumbling jumble of words when i try to say it, so i don’t even try.

4) Is it better to resist temptation or just give in?

Definitely give in.

5) What would you do if a real cake started talking to you in a sexy voice?

Whatever it told me to…

6) Is cake really the bad boy? Or is there a sweet soul underneath?

A little bit of both i think. He’s bad, but not in a foul, mean way. There’s definitely a sweet soul underneath.

If cake speaks to you, send Bad Cake to that birthday indulger today!

New eCard – Revolves Around You

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Do you have someone in your life who loves to be the center of attention? Well on their birthday you can let them know — hey, everything really does Revolve Around You! We sat down with Eddie, to find out his views on space and a little bit more about the man on the moon … er, monitor.

1) How did the idea for this eCard come to you?

I was brainstorming ideas for putting the starring you head into different things and the funniest thing i could think of was to put the head in the sun and have it slowly drift into frame. The pun “revolves around you” came afterwards to help sell the initial idea.

2) Do you think there are other life forms beyond Earth, and would they celebrate birthdays?

Sure I think there are other life forms, but to celebrate a birthday you need the sun to signify a day and to count the years since your birth.  In space it is possible for a day to last a hundred years or a hundred seconds, maybe other lifeforms celebrate birth-minutes or birth-millenniums.

3) Would you ever want to celebrate a birthday in outer space?

Space seems pretty uncomfortable, maybe if in the future space travel was a little more cozy I would celebrate a birthday there.

4) If you were a planet, which would you be?

I would be mercury, because I like being close to the center of attention, but not carrying the conversation all on my own.

To let that birthday someone know the day (and universe) revolves around them, send Revolves Around You today!!

New eCard – Oh My God I Forgot Your Birthday!

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Oh my God, it’s a new eCard! It’s a goal and pleasure of ours to bring you new eCards on the regular. This week our eCard comes from the talented Chris O’Hara. Chris decided there’s no better way to distract someone from the fact that you forgot their birthday than with a good ol’ fashion dance move. Oh My God I Forgot Your Birthday features one jazzed up guy who gets down to some electronic beats, hoping it will make up for his forgetfulness. We talked to Chris a bit about his eCard and thoughts about missing a birthday.

JJ: Have you ever forgotten someone’s birthday?

CO: I forgot my dog’s that one time, but he was cool about it.

JJ:  How did you make it up to him?

CO: I took him to a Baha Men concert.

JJ: We’re sure he loved that, did you pull dance move inspiration from your own collection of moves?

CO: Nah, my dance moves are far too complex and elaborate to ever try to animate.

JJ: Or imitate. Has anyone ever forgotten your birthday?

CO: My dog, but I was cool about it.

JJ: We suppose you cancel each other out. What is the best present you ever received for your birthday?

CO: Probably my unicorn.

JJ: That sounds like the most amazing gift ever! We bet your dog was jealous.

To see more of Chris’ animation check out his Vimeo. And if you happened to forget someone’s birthday, send this eCard today!

New eCard – Candle Brightness

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In our newest eCard, Candle Brightness, you can let that special birthday someone know that every new candle on their cake just adds brightness to their birthday. We got to talk a little with Taylor Annisette, the artist behind the eCard.

-How did you animate this eCard? The texture is so cool.

I animated it using a combination of Photoshop, Flash, and After Effects. Photoshop has a lot of great brushes that create some really neat textures! Also magic. I used a bit of that.

-What kind of cake do you imagine that is?

I’m imagining that it’s a homemade carrot cake with cream cheese icing, and almost definitely made by a grandmother. Possibly a Great Aunt.

- How many candles is too many on a cake?

There’s never too many candles; there can only be too little cake.

- How did you celebrate your last birthday?

My friends put me in a box and painted me yellow so I looked like Spongebob, and then we sang “Take on Me” by A-ha at karaoke. Thankfully, there has been no photographic evidence posted. Yet.

A friend feeling that another year older will make them dim? Then send, Candle Brightness, today to wish them a bright burning birthday.

New eCard – Beat Death

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In our newest birthday card, one Grandma shows death who’s boss. This eCard is perfect for someone who’s getting older but still kicking butt! We spoke with Megan, who came up with the animatic for this eCard. Check out the animatic below, then see what Megs had to say.

-How old do you imagine the woman in the card to be?

Give or take 180, but she doesn’t look a day over 107. I think Ivan Dixon, the animator & designer of the card, did a great job of designing a character that is total classic grandma

-Have you ever had a brush with death?

Just this one;

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-Where did you pull inspiration for the battle scene?

Well, I thought of the gag of someone beating up death first and worked backwards from there. I thought of the most unlikely character to bust out some moves to create some comedy of the unexpected.  I also watch lots of action packed cartoons and movies, so the vocabulary of battle is in my blood stream. That’s how the idea came about.

-Do you think Granny is fighting dirty?

No way, she beat death fair and square. Anything goes when you you are challenged by the grim reaper.

JibJab Goes Hadouken on the Web!

Internet trends come and go; with planking, the harlem shake and owling. But now the Hadouken craze is taking over the internet and JibJab. This Street Fighter move has taken to the streets. No time to make your own? Star in one today! You can cast up to 5 friends (or enemies, or frien-emies) HERE. It’s FREE. Did we mention that? Free, free free.

The finished product of 90's video game memories and internet craziness!

The finished product of 90’s video game memories and internet craziness! This is our JibJab Hadouken free eCard. You’re quite welcome, world.

Hadouken Behind Scenes

This is a special behind-the-scenes look at Catherine jumping. These JibJabbers had a good time making this eCard, and definitely got a workout with all that jumping and crouching! No JibJabb employees were harmed in the making of this eCard.

BOOM!!! It's like a conga line of force!

BOOM!!! It’s like a conga line of force!

This was where the magic happened.

This was where the magic happened.

In between takes...

In between takes…

New eCard – Cake Spinner

For our newest eCard, Cake Spinner, we let the artist, Amelia, rather than tell you her process in making the card…show you.

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Send Cake Spinner today!

Behind The Scenes of JUMP!

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This Easter we brought back a 90s hip hop hit, Jump by Kriss Kross, and put a JibJab spin on it for our new Easter eCard. Kurt, Megan, Lauren, Nate and Romney, all artists on the production team, were cool enough to volunteer to literally JUMP for 6 hours while shooting. Take a look at some of the behind the scenes photos.

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Jump along with us and cast your friends and family in Jump this Easter!

New eCard – Cocktail Time

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What do you get when you mix fun, good times and laughs? A birthday with a kick! Our newest eCard, Cocktail Time, features one bar tender who knows how to mix up a good time.  We spoke with Rob Bryson to find out a little more about the man behind the bar, er, eCard.

Have you ever worked as a bartender?

Actually I have and it can be a very fun job. As soon as I got into animation I had to stop serving drinks and start consuming more of them. That is a joke…I still serve them.

Do you have a favorite drink?

I enjoy a cider from time to time, I think my favorite right now is blackthorn. 

How about a favorite watering hole? (Anywhere in the world)

I did go to this great little bar or the rooftop patio of a pizzeria right next to the Colosseum in Rome about 5 years ago. That city has to be my favorite place in the world(so far) because every inch of it is so rich with history. Hopefully one day I will be able to go back.

Looking to serve up a smile on someone’s birthday? Send Cocktail Time today!

New eCard – Cake Goal!

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What’s a better birthday game than pin the tail on the donkey? Playing soccer with a cupcake, of course! Our newest birthday eCard, Cake Goal, was created with puppets and stop motion animation. We spoke with Elizabeth McMahill about her process in making this intricate card.

How long did this card take to animate?
Counting everything, it took almost two weeks to get this card animated – only two days of that was actual animation though!  Lots of time also went into sourcing the photos for the characters, making the puppets, setting up a camera and down-shooter to animate on, and finalizing the video in After Effects once all the pieces were made and animated.

Where did you come up with the style you chose?
The style for this card was very much influenced by the works of Terry Gilliam, who did the cut-out animations for Monty Python.  (If you’ve never seen them you should look them up!  They’re brilliantly funny!)  Like him, I used mostly older style photographs, cut them up, and combined them to make the puppets.

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Who are the people in the crowd? Anyone famous or just some stock photos?
I don’t think any of those people are famous.  One of Abraham Lincoln’s sons almost made it in, but he was a little to serious in his photos to make it into this card, he had his arms crossed and everything.  The people aren’t stock photos though.  They come from various archives from all around the world that have been digitized and released on Flickr as public domain.  A lot of the photos of people I used came from library archives in Australia and Norway and were mostly taken in the early 1900s.

Are you a soccer fan?
The only time I actually watch soccer is when I go to a local Mexican restaurant for tortas.  They always have soccer playing on the televisions, except on Friday nights when they do karaoke!

Do you play soccer? If so what position?
The last time I played soccer was probably in grade school…  I remember always really wanting to play goalie.  I don’t know if I could do it now though unless I was still playing with 8 year olds.  Having things kicked that hard in my general direction would be pretty scary.  I’d probably just duck and run away, so they’d have to find a new goalie.

Check out Elizabeth’s blog here and help make someone’s birthday a win, with Cake Goal, today!

Behind the Scenes of I’m Looking Over a 4 Leaf Clover

Our new St Patrick’s Day Starring You eCard features four singers in green pinstripes! We went behind the scenes to see how I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover was created…

We loved watching Looney Tunes as kids, not only for the awesome animation, but for some pretty sweet music too! In the short “Operation: Rabbit” there’s a part where Bugs Bunny sings the song “I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover” (swapping out the word ‘four’ with ‘three’) and that song’s been stuck in our head ever since, so when it came time to develop our St. Paddy’s day card, we knew exactly what to do!

The song is one we associate with ragtime piano and barbershop quartets, which are known for having all of their voices blend to become one. So when it came time to film, rather than bring in four different actors, we decided to pull another Feliez Navidad and film all the parts with just Jeff to ensure the most ‘one-ness’ possible!

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Apparently green-striped barbershop costumes are a little hard to come by, so before filming the actual card we did a quick test wearing a white shirt covered with red tape and white shoes, complete with garbage-bag squares to mimic the look of saddle shoes. The reasoning was to test the possibility of wearing red stripes and color-shifting the footage to resemble the green we wanted (this is also the reason why Jeff’s face looks so Frankenstein-ish).

When the test proved to be a success, we were able to film Jeff in different chunks, off-set the footage, and key it all together to look like there were actually four of him dancing with himself! While synchronizing four different actors would have also worked, it’s hard to compete with the exactness you can get from having one actor literally duplicated over and over and over.

Using the footage as a guide, our illustrator Eusong did a great job designing a lush green field for the quartet to parade around in. Once shadows and color correction took place, we ended up with one fine little St. Paddy’s day card!

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Haven’t seen the final product yet? Cast yourself and friends in I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover!

Cool Ranch Taco Day

We had quite a fun surprise while working at the office today. Our director of eCards, Jeff, decided to buy everyone a new Cool Ranch Dorito Taco from Taco Bell. Not only was it a nice treat during the afternoon, but they were really delicious too! Take a look at some of the artists taking their first bite out of their taco, proving not all Californians insist on eating healthy *all* the time.

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Nate LOVES the new cool ranch Dorito taco!!

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First bite…mmm!!!

Have you tried one yet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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