JibJab Animates Sundance

Having lightened up the election year with parodies of Geroge W. Bush, John Kerry and other major players in the democratic process, JibJab Media (www.jibjab.com) is turning its attention to the most prestigious showcase of independent cinema. The garage-born studio built by brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis has produced three new animated shorts that will appear on the big screen at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

The 30- to 40-second-long animated pieces will screen before every movie at the festival and feature absurd characters exhibiting the independent spirit. A line painter, a dog catcher and a demolition expert all find out just how dangerous it can be when you try to do things on your own. After the festival, the trailers will be available online exclusively at JibJab.com.

“It was an incredible honor to be invited to help brand this year’s festival,” the Spiridellis brothers comment. “There is no better place on Earth for independent creators to get exposure to the film industry than Sundance and we’re grateful to have this opportunity.”

John Cooper, director of programming at the Sundance Institute, invited the Spiridellis brothers to create the animation after their short, Ahnuld for Governor, was accepted into last year’s Sundance Online Film Festival.

The 2005 Sundance Film Festival starts Jan. 20, one day after JibJab’s latest political satire, titled Second Term! launches on Yahoo! and JibJab.com. The animated musical stars George Bush and a host of dysfunctional domestic and world leaders singing about the next four years.