Today we had viral sensation Gerry Phillips in the studio, best known for his ability to play just about any song with no instrument other than his hands! Check out our behind the scenes video diary on the shoot below!Vodpod videos no longer available.
Giving Tech some Respect
Most people have no idea what kind of coding goes into an interactive site like ours, especially when you’re coming up with and modifying the kind of tools that nobody has ever created before. Our tech force is immensely important when it comes to behind-the-scenes at JibJab and today is a great example: tech just busted their backsides to bring us all sorts of updates all over the site, including a rotating new front page!
Tonight, our peeps in tech are pushing out changes to the site that most people won’t notice, but will appreciate if they ever have a problem in that area. It’s dozens of little things like adding a “+” sign to emails or shortening the URL for our change password page, but you can see how our hard-working Tech team is one of the most important parts of the 37 person company we call JibJab. It’s easy to forget that when you’re laughing your butt off!
Have an Inspired Weekend!
To help you have an inspirational weekend, here are four of our most inspirational eCards; challenging you to go for it, never give up, stay determined and achieve success! Share any of these and inspire your friends to achieve greatness this weekend. Climb a mountain, try a new food or watch a TV channel that you always skip over!
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Caption Contest 3!
We made these really neat little finger puppets a while back-a-go and didn’t quite know what to do with them. This calls for a caption contest! The best caption in one week’s time nabs a free JibJab t-shirt AND gets to keep the ninja! (luchador sold separately)
WE HAVE OUR WINNER!
“And I would have gotten away with it, if those pesky kids hadn’t nailed my cape to this dang chest!” -Pete Griffith
Congrats Pete! You get a JibJab T and this very ninja!
I had you fingered a LONG time ago -Thomas Howard
“I’m Number One!” “No, I am!” -Kenneth Kinsey
Today’s blog post is a little more Starring You than usual. We’ve found a slew of JibJab reaction videos that seriously crack us up. Sometimes you’ve got to wonder what’s funnier, the castable video or the audience reactions. We’ll let you be the judge. Thanks to all the fans that made these! We secretly want more!
Kicking the Fiesta Off Early
You may remember a few months back when we posted some pictures up from our shoot with the highly talented traditional Mexican folk dancers of the La Fonda restaurant. Now their skills can be yours, as we’ve launched a new Starring You dance in honor of Cinco De Mayo We’re really proud of how well it came together, from the detailed backgrounds to the music syncing up just right. Dare we say our classiest piece yet? Even so, we just got a message from someone who said they “almost peed their pants” after casting their head on it. That’s us in a nut shell really… we’ll give you pretty backgrounds and pee soaked pants. Make yours now by following this linky text.
In a continual effort to let the world know that we care, we’ve installed little recycling areas all around the office. There used to be just one main recycling area, but now we’re capturing boxes, paper, bottles and cans in every little nook and cranny of JibJab. In honor of Earth Day, why not send a few of our free eco-friendly eCards? We’ve got a funny remix about conservation and a tongue-in-cheek look at environmentalism. Check em out, and pass the green!
Attempting an Overhead Angle
We’ve added a ton of amazing baby eCards to the site lately, and wanted to share this little behind the scenes bit. We jimmy rigged a camera to the ceiling of our studio in order to animate these baby toys stop-motion style. Here’s a little peek to understand the perspective, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our great new baby content!
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Caption Contest 2!
When we posted about Rock Band earlier this week, people started leaving captions on this picture as if it were a caption contest. So now that they’ve started, why not take it all the way? This is Dan, JibJab’s community man and blogger extraordinaire, singing his heart out to either Linkin Park or Bon Jovi. The best caption here or on our Facebook page gets a free JibJab t-shirt in one week’s time! Don’t forget to check out last week’s winner too!
The Future of Starring You!
A secret task force of tech and creative leads has been working hard to make the next generation of Starring You cooler than ever. Of course, frosty brews are key to this process. What lies in store for the next iteration of personalized JibJab content? We’re not telling! Just rest assure that it’s going to be easier and more impressive than ever and we’ll fill you in on the details later!
We’re a Webby Award Honoree!
We’re proud to announce that Time For Some Campaignin’ was selected as an official honoree for the 13th Annual Webby Awards! We’re the most honored honorees to ever be honored, honest!
JibJab knows how to ROCK
Dying Eggs, Eggs Dying
We had a little fun at lunch today and busted out one of those drug store egg dye kits! The colors always come out so light… they tell you to add vinegar, but who wants to eat an egg that smells like vinegar? Speaking of, we’ve got a few egg-centric Easter eCards to enjoy while you dye this weekend. They’re eggactly what you need for an eggstremely eggcelent Easter. Curse these egg puns, they’re so fun to write but so painful to read. Happy Easter eggrybody!
We’ve been modifying action figures for an upcoming short and this ridiculous one needed a… reduction of sorts to be a little more family friendly. Once we saw how creepy Devin looked with a mask on and the dremel tool, we had to throw some weird sunglasses on him to complete the look. One thing lead to another, and soon the picture was getting passed around our e-mail as a caption contest.
- It’s hard to see in this picture, but he’s also crying and mumbling the lyrics to the song “Barbie Girl”
- No matter what type of kinky stuff you are in to, always wear a “glove”
- Observe, the young Tuskon Raider at play
- One of us! One of us!
- Somewhere in Beverly Hills, suddenly Scarlett Johansson’s boobs started to hurt.
- Most people would call this strange, weird or freaky. Devin simply calls it “me time”.
- Let’s see you cheat on Ken now!
- It puts the lotion on its skin, or it gets the dremel tool again.
Think you can do better? We’ll send a JibJab t-shirt to our favorite caption left in the comments here or on our Facebook fan page. If you post here, just make sure to include your e-mail address.
EDIT: We have a winner!
“…and all the other boys laughed when i told them i’d be the one grinding on a hot girl today.”
Congratulations, Shannon! You win a t-shirt!
And so from this rough start comes the hit series “Nip & Tuck”.
Zepp a de do a, Zepp a de day my oh my I cut off her leg
Darn! Someone has already gotten to its genitalia!
Drill baby, drill!
Feast on our new Easter and Passover stuff!
We’re bouncing with excitement, and it’s not just due to the massive amounts of jelly beans we’ve eaten… no we’re super psyched after launching our new content for Easter and Passover! Our subscribers now have access to some pretty cool stuff, from singing eggs and talking Da Vinci paintings to Jewish rappers and Red Sea crossings. Hey, and don’t forget our great stills too, they can be shared on blogs, twitter and just about any social networking site. We had a little fun with these two below…
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