|Headquarters||Venice, California, U.S.|
|Key people||Evan Spiridellis, Founder
Gregg Spridellis, Founder & CEO
|Slogan||Share the Laughs!|
|Type of site||Humor|
|Available in||English, Spanish, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Dutch|
JibJab is a digital entertainment studio based in Venice, California. Founded in 1999 by Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, the company achieved international acclaim during the 2004 US presidential election when their video of George W. Bush and John Kerry singing "This Land is Your Land" became one of the biggest viral video hits in history. Since the election, the Spiridellis Brothers have built JibJab into an online entertainment studio with 35 employees creating, producing and distributing original content. From comedy videos to Sendables eCards, the company's mission is to "help more people share more laughs than any other company in the history of the world".
The following are a list of JibJab's early political videos:
The following are some of the studio's early non-political videos:
JibJab produced the following children's books:
JibJab produced viral videos for:
For the 2004 presidential election, JibJab created a Flash movie entitled This Land, which featured a parody of Woody Guthrie's song "This Land Is Your Land", sung by animated caricatures of George W. Bush and John Kerry.
This animation was an instant hit. Visits to the site skyrocketed, and the site was listed number one on Alexa's "Movers and Shakers" list. The video was so popular, it was viewed on every continent (including Antarctica) as well as the International Space Station. The traffic surge forced JibJab's server to be shut down after one day, and the clip was placed on AtomFilms, where it got more than 1 million hits in 24 hours.
After being linked to on thousands of websites, the song was featured several times in the printed media and on television, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News and ABC World News Tonight. On July 26, 2004, the creators appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The popularity of the animation has resulted in The Richmond Organization, a music publisher that owns the copyright to Guthrie's tune through its Ludlow Music Unit, threatening legal action. JibJab responded with a lawsuit in a California federal court, claiming the song was protected under a fair use exemption for parodies. JibJab and Ludlow Music reached a settlement after JibJab's attorneys unearthed evidence that the song had passed into the public domain in 1973. The terms of the settlement allowed for the continued distribution of This Land. Jim Meskimen voiced almost all the characters. Minor characters include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, John Edwards, Colin Powell, and Dick Cheney.
Due to the popularity of This Land a second parody, Good to be in D.C., featuring President George W. Bush, Former Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates John Kerry, John Edwards, Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman was made to the tune of Dixie. Also featured were Dan Rather, John Ashcroft, Michael Moore, Rush Limbaugh, and John McCain. It also poked fun at Vice President Cheney's ties to Halliburton and former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey's coming out as a homosexual, Former President Bill Clinton in the arms of two women while his wife Hillary smacks him, and actress Jane Fonda dressed as a 1960s hippie protesting the Vietnam War and being set on fire. The cartoon was shown on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and many other news programs. Jim Meskimen voiced most of the characters again.
For the inauguration in January 2005, a third parody, Second Term, featuring most of the political figures already mentioned, was made to the tune of "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain." The cartoon premiered on The Tonight Show. It dealt with the reactions to Bush's 2004 electoral victory, both in the US and around the world. Jim Meskimen voiced almost all the characters once more.
Matzah features a Hebrew hip-hop artist, Smooth-E, rapping about matzah, the unleavened bread observant Jews eat during Passover. The main character is reminiscent of rapper Eminem, and appears in front of rap-video clichés. It also features a burning bush—part of the story of Exodus, which is told at Passover. It was aired on The Tonight Show on Thursday, April 21, 2005.
Another criticizing cartoon, "Big Box Mart" follows Jibjab's tradition of lampooning big retailers. It premiered October 13, 2005 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. It follows a man, representing the typical U.S. consumer, who shops and purchases "crap" with "a wallet full of credit cards" at a fictional store called Big-Box Mart, partly based on Wal-Mart, to fulfill his "needs." Later the man's factory job is outsourced to China, as it's cheaper to sell merchandise to retailers by using cheap foreign labor. He ends up as an employee at the big-box store he regularly shopped at, Big Box Mart, an obvious caricature of Wal-Mart. The cartoon is notable for containing the faces of approximately one thousand JibJab fans.
The video is sung to the tune of Oh! Susanna.
This cartoon, which premiered on the Tonight Show on December 15, 2005, is sung to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" and "Turkey in the Straw". It depicts President George W. Bush singing about the many setbacks and issues he has faced and allegedly caused during 2005 and how he is hoping that 2006 will be better. Jim Meskimen provided the voices. The cartoon competed in the Internet category of the 2006 Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Jibjab introduced a new feature which allows members (who can sign up for free) to compile and view written, video, audio or photo "jokes" and store them in their own "JokeBox". JibJabbers have uploaded more than 100,000 jokes, creating what many believe is the largest online joke database.
JibJab has released a video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody song "Do I Creep You Out?", taken from his Straight Outta Lynwood album. The video can be watched on the site. It involves the song's character (played by Weird Al himself, looking similar to Taylor Hicks, the artist who sings the original song "Do I Make You Proud") stalking the object of his affection until he is violently beaten and arrested by the police. The song ends with him at the prison's talent show, and the object of affection for one of the larger inmates.
A relatively unknown post-2004 elections piece by JibJab is "Deck the Halls." It isn't an animation, but more an amalgamation of President Bush's and other press conferences with Bush's voice timed to sound like the Christmas carol Deck the Halls. The song is very high-paced and very jumpy with its clips, where some are also stopped and replayed to keep its high-paced mood going.
This Jib Jab music video features kids in a "school play" singing a song about things that happened in 2006. It is sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. It was shown on December 13, 2006 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
This music video criticizes the sensationalism, punditry, and gossip in modern TV news shows. It is sung to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The characters tend to use a different style of talking animation, with separated heads that are similar to the depiction of Canadians on South Park (literally a 'talking head'). It was shown on March 28, 2007 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The same concept as the Deck the Halls video, with video clips of U.S. presidents speaking the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner.
This music video involves angels compiling an annual report on humanity, but they realize that the report is dismal enough to deserve another flood, and so attempt to sugarcoat it by putting it to song. The tune is "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel. It appeared on the Tonight Show on January 3, 2008.
A parody of a children's show, starring a claymation Earth with a face. It revolves around the "Secret Box", which contains the secrets that adults try to hide from children, namely that "the world is quite a f*cked-up place."
Released mid-July 2008, this video sums up the 2008 US Presidential race thus far, poking fun at many of the candidates' flaws and platforms. It also points out the hypocritical nature of the Presidential race, saying "we promise you anything you want to hear" and "then we spin you around and poke you in the rear". The song's tune is based on Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'". It debuted on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
The 2008 year in review was released online on December 23, 2008. It features the 2009 Baby New Year being scared away by the 2008 one detailing the events whose aftermath he will inherit. It is sung to the tune of Miss Susie, and shares its style of nearly using profanities to segue into lines. This was the first year-in-review that did not mention Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
This was released on June 19, 2009 and sung to the tune of When Johnny Comes Marching Home. It shows President Barack Obama as a superhero and doing the things that he promised in a rather heroic way such as improving the economy, stop global warming and improving the health care. This video was shown in front of the President himself during the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner.
Released on the 4th of August, 2009, it was the second time JibJab and Weird Al teamed up to make a JibJab video. C.N.R. is a song that pays homage to Charles Nelson Reilly, who was most popular for his appearances on the game show Match Game '74.
Released 12/28/09, this was Jib Jab's annual "Year in Review." It was put to The Entertainer by Scott Joplin. Included in the song is President Obama's inauguration, the Afghanistan Elections, Iranian revolt, Officer Gates arresting Harvard professor Crowley, Jon and Kate Gosselin, The guy who got his finger bitten off, the Health Care debate, Sarah Palin resigning as Governor, Bill Clinton rescuing 2 females from North Korea, AH1N1, David Letterman's sex scandal, Cash for Clunkers failure, The Miracle On The Hudson, Michael Phelps caught with Marijuana, the "Octo-Mom", Chicago losing the 2016 Olympiad, Michael Vick, Brett Favre, Rep. Joe Wilson yelling "You Lie" at Obama, the Balloon Boy, California going bankrupt, the US Economy, Carrie Prejean's adult video being leaked, Governor Mark Sanford's sex scandal, Sonya Sotomayor, President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Muammar Kadafi speech at the UN, the Three Wolf Moon t-shirt, a reference to the passings of Billy Mays, Patrick Swayze, Walter Cronkite, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Edward M. Kennedy, The internet meme sensation "Keyboard Cat, and Michael Jackson; Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs, Levi Johnston posing nude for Playgirl, and Tiger Woods's infidelities scandal.
JibJab made an option to put photographs of people's faces in some animated JibJab videos, and the option to send them to other people as e-cards or "sendables" as JibJab calls them. This option has been included in a viral video site "Elf Yourself" by OfficeMax, where you upload someone's face and they would be turned into a singing/dancing elf.