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Month: November 2009

  • Creating Elf Wear

    When Office Max started ElfYourself back in 2006, the elves had a fairly simple dance routine in a very specific green outfit. To the untrained eye, it would seem that the classic outfit hasn’t changed much over the last three years, but secretly it has seen a few upgrades. We learned our lesson last year, […]

  • A Feast of Features

    Big shout outs to our friends at MySpace, MetaCafe, Yahoo Butterfinger Network and Daily Motion who rocked our world with front page features yesterday in honor of Thanksgiving! While you enjoy your food coma this weekend, click the above links for their comedy sections, recommended by us! We may be a day late on giving […]

  • Birthday Wagon!

    As previously explored on the blog, Corey brings a wagon filled with treats around the office every Wednesday to put a little pep in our mid-week step. While we all feasted on treats, we were sad that Corey never really gets to have a wagon surprise of her own. But that changed this week. In […]

  • Mixing it Up for 2009’s YIR

    We’re running out of days in 2009, which must mean one thing… our annual Year-In-Review has begun production! We always try to keep our animations fresh by varying up the styles we use and this year we’re going for something entirely different than we’ve ever attempted before. For 2009’s recap we’re getting hands on with […]

  • JibJab is Now Ad-Free! (Almost)

    We’re thrilled to announce that has been stripped of 90% of all banner ads! There are still a few spots here and there that contain ads but they are off the most visited sections of our website and the remaining ads will be coming down in the weeks and months ahead. Why are we […]

  • “Be Thankful” Animatics

    Digging around our library to find turkey sketches yesterday, we also stumbled across these early animatics for “Be Thankful”. Watch these and get a great idea of the evolution our animations go through. And of course, compare these to the final product here…

  • A Flock of Turkeys

    When designing a character that gets as much screen time as the turkey from Be Thankful, we go through many concepts and renditions. Check out our new Facebook album full of fowls that could have been!

  • An Avalanche of Holiday Stuff Has Gone Live!

    A lot of blood, sweat, tears and holiday cheer went into delivering this, a mind boggling amount of holiday content! We’ll be highlighting these pieces and the late nights that went into creating them as we plow through the next few months, but for now, check out our filtering system for the holidays, which will […]

  • A Heaping Helping of JibJab

    While everyone is finding their inner elves via ElfYourself, we wanted to make sure that the new Thanksgiving art and animations our team designed for 2009 don’t go unnoticed! Last year we were so busy, we didn’t get to launch any postables, so we made up for it this year with some instant classics. From […]

  • New Gifts Available!

    The ElfYourself experience is rolling and we wanted to highlight some of the new gifts, available only in our ElfYourself store! Along with the usual greeting cards, mousepads and mugs, you now have the option to get your face on playing cards, ornaments and BLANKETS! Of course, any new products we considered went through tons […]

  • Famous Fan-Made JibJabs!

    In today’s blog we wanted to feature one of the coolest uses of Starring You we’ve seen… celebrities retweeting and sharing fan-made JibJabs. Just because we think it’s awesome. So pardon us as we go from behind the scenes production blog to gossip rag, because cere are some celebrity endorsed Starring Yous that we’ve seen […]

  • How-To Starring You

    One question we get quite often is “how do you make a Starring You video?”. It’s a simple process, but we found it kind of hard to sum up without visual accompaniment. While you can find instructions while making a video and additional information in our FAQ, we’ve decided to go another step and create […]

  • Happy Veteran’s Day, JibJabbers! [UPDATE]

    [UPDATE: Wohoo! Submissions are closed and we sent out over two dozen memberships to vets and active service members! Thanks everyone, and keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways on our Facebook and Twitter!] To honor the amazing men and women who work hard to protect our freedom, we want to extend free 1 year […]

  • An Elf Invasion!

    We’ve seen some great shout outs from friends and press since we launched ElfYourself 2009, and we’re so excited, we just had to share them! TechCrunch had a leg up on the story and posted last night… it wasn’t long before Mashable got in the mix… we were lucky enough for CNN Money to run […]

  • The Elves Are Back!

    Office Max and JibJab are excited to usher 2009’s ElfYourself experience in tonight! ElfYourself has some amazing stuff built in this year, and we’ll be going through all the fun things you can do on this blog over the next few weeks. Wait, why are you still reading this? Go on and ElfYourself!