A Peek Behind the Curtain!

People always ask us how we make our JibJab videos. The release of our latest election video felt like a great opportunity to describe the process from soup to nuts! There is also a TON of writing, design, music and artwork created during the process that never sees the light of day. Now, thanks to the wonders of blogging, we can give you, our beloved audience, a sneaky peeky!

There are 3 basic phases to creating a JibJab that we will go through step by step…
– Pre-production: Coming up with the idea, writing the lyrics and laying the ground work
– Production: Doing the actual designing and animating
– Post Production: All the stuff to get it ready to share

And we’re off…


  1. Ted Corson
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    You guys rule!!

  2. ruger
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the behind the scenes “Peek”. Very informative.

  3. Posted July 16, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    You guys are brilliant! This is incredible! Great job.

  4. Posted July 17, 2008 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Guys, this year is great except…

    When recording the lyrics, you sorta flubbed and got parts of it lost in the music mix. Also it’s a little too fast, and I’m missing key words that make it funny.

    On a good video with original lyrics, you should be able to close your eyes and understand what’s being said, with 100% clarity.

    In this case, if it weren’t for the subtitles, I’d be lost in several places. Which makes it impossible for a radio station or radio newscast to play the audio track for more exposure.

  5. Random Viewer
    Posted July 17, 2008 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Great video! Previous commenter DukeAndBanner must be a perfectionist because the lyrics, speed, etc, all sound fine. The subtitles aren’t really necessary.

  6. Melody
    Posted July 18, 2008 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I had no idea you had hit the “big time” until I was cruising through all the videos and found the media coverage. I have had so much fun with the “Starring You” and we are using some JibJab’s at a big employee conference next week with all the Director’s in as the stars to lighten everyone up. You have the best job in the world! I love you guys!

  7. Keith Blackwell
    Posted July 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    You were far more critical of McCain than Obama. I didn’t see any jabs at Obama except the word Changing Change. It made fun of McCain and Hillary that’s about it. Too bad, I was hoping JibJab would balance both sides. Looks like JibJab is a bit enamored over Obama just like the news media.

  8. Kenny
    Posted July 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Keith ….. PLEASE

    Open your eyes….

    In the Hillary Dirty Tricks Box

    Obama’s picture in Muslim Garb

    Obama and Reverend Jerimiah Wright

    Top Secret reports

    Obama being run over by McCains Pro War Tank

    while using the scare tatic stereotype “You want this to be commander in chief”

    Obama in the enchanted forest

    Obama embracing all gods creatures

    While speaking of change change change and saying absolutely nothing…..

    and riding on a ficticious unicorn (living in fantasyland)

    chasing a rainbow and pot of gold !!!! (more taxes)

    which translates into a campaign about nothing… like a Seinfeld episode…

    or a canadate who doesnt have a clue

    Whst was missing was Father Pfleger’s rant, Jessie’s Whisper.. Bernie Mac’s cracks…

    Thats just the tip of the poking fun iceberg….

    I am sure there are many i missed too…

    People feel free to chime in….

    Maybe Jib Jab could come out with an official JAB list or have a contest to see who gets them all…

    The biggest message is that the Pols are all full of crap

    and were gonna get poked in the butt after its over…..

    BRAVO !!! Well Done Jib JaB


  9. Steve
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    My daughter and I are hooked — we are regular jib-jabbers! This website is the best thing in a long time in the cyber world. Thanks for sharing the “how’d ya’ do it?” with us.

    You guys ROCK!

    Posted August 2, 2008 at 12:33 pm | Permalink


  11. Artie J, Sr
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    You guys are the bomb, I’m waiting for the new vido. thanks

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  13. Jason
    Posted December 22, 2008 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Good job as always on Election 2008 and I can’t wait to see what is published for the year in review for 2008.

  14. Mista D
    Posted February 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Love the stuff!! The animation is solid and smoooooth! Do you primarily animate in Flash? I saw hints of After FX and maybe some 3d software? Do you recommend any sites or books for animation?

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