JibJab’s 2009 Year in Review

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JibJab has released their annual “year in review” short with a tongue-in-cheek summary of the highs and (mostly) lows of the past twelve months. They’ve supplemented it with an exhaustive set of blog posts documenting the production process scene-by-scene. This year’s edition is notable for its lo-fi aesthetic with most of the visuals created in-camera. It was surprising to learn on their blog how many of the elements that I initially assumed used digital compositing were actually made with cut-outs, replacement stop-mo animation, and puppetry.


  • Justin

    dang, that was pretty well done. I had to watch it a few times to catch everything.

  • http://www.tresswygert.blogspot.com Tres Swygert

    *applauds* Simply awesome! Now that’s how to end the year with animation! LOL

  • Ben

    Ah, that reminds me. I still need to get my friend a Three Wolf Moon shirt!

  • http://bobrob.blogspot.com Bobby D.

    Never disappoints. Happy New Year. (self imposed exclamation point ban for ’010)! opps.

  • Chris B

    haha that was funny except one small critique where was tiger woods? hehe did I miss it?

  • Jonah Sidhom

    Chris, he’s in there alright, at the 1:45 mark.

    Not matter how many times I watch this, I find something else I’ve missed. 2009 was an interesting year!

  • Larry

    We live in interesting times.

  • doug holverson

    Dang! These guys do lo-fi well!

    BTW, I was wondering if the lo-fi-ness has anything to do with getting back to their basics or roots?

  • http://www.meinardas.lt Meinardas

    Great work.

  • http://rubikunsreviews.livejournal.com rubi-kun

    What was that in the end? Did the Piano Cat die for real?

  • http://andrelucato.com Andre

    Oh…Thanx for bring back the awesome memories of the Three Wolf Moon t shirt.
    The Kayne West scene was hilarious too.

  • Brendan

    Nope, Keyboard Cat died years ago. She just became popular this year.

  • http://www.milowerx.com Mike Milo

    Wow! I too am really surprised by the amount of stop motion. I thought most of what these guys did was Flash. Thanks for the post, it gave me a ton of new ideas! :-)

  • Erik

    this is testimony to how much you can do with so little materials. great animation!

  • doug holverson

    “Keyboard Cat iz ded 4 reelz”:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_Cat

  • http://www.sexymecha.com Hal

    Into it.