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New Birthday eCard – Beer is Totally Awesome!

With our newest birthday eCard, Beer is Totally Awesome, you can say Happy Birthday with some fun fruit puns and an adult beverage. Our very own Ashlyn came up with the concept and animation for this card. She has been with JibJab a little over a year creating eCards galore and writing & illustrating children’s books for our iPad app, JibJab Jr. Books. We sat down with her to find out a bit more about this fun eCard.

1. Where did you go to school and when did you graduate?

I graduated in 2011 from Sheridan College in frigid Toronto, Canada!

2. What is your favorite type of beer?

I don’t like beer in particular, but I’m partial to a lovely cider, maybe a Strongbow.

3. Where did you come up with the idea for the eCard?

When I was brainstorming card ideas, I kept coming up with really great (awful) fruit related puns. Then, I was trying to come  up with a good beer pun, but my brain got stuck. So this happened.

4. How long did the card take you to animate?

This card was pretty speedy! After I gathered the fruit I needed, it was a week from start to finish!

5. Who did the voices and how was that a process in making the eCard?

Voices were crucial in this card, because well, no body likes to read speech bubbles, because it’s a lot of work. So myself, and the ever talented Sean Rhodes, fellow intern from last summer, recorded lots of silly voices  for the different fruits. It definitely helped define the fruits’ characters, and the contrast between the beer and the fruit was important! After we recorded the voices, Robbie, our resident sound man at JibJab came in and recorded all the final voices himself. Somehow, he managed to make the range from apple to beer no problem. How? It’s a trade secret. I was told if I told anyone, I’d get fruit-punched.

You can check more of Ashlyn’s art out here: and check out her latest children’s book Pirates and Mermaids.

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