JibJab Recaps 2005

Hurricane Katrina, FEMA, bird flu, insurgents, Cindy Sheehan, Scooter Libby, Tom Delay … all of President Bush’s 2005 headaches get the distinct JibJab treatment in a new satirical web cartoon. Titled 2-0-5, the animated short will be available for free download on Thursday, Dec. 15, at www.jibjab.com and www.MSNVideo.com.

Set to a medley of the New Year’s Eve song “Auld Lang Syne” and bluegrass staple “Turkey in the Straw,” the two-minute video features a cut-out George Bush singing about his hope that 2006 turns out better than the present year. The music was arranged by Wojahn Bros. Music and Bush’s singing voice was provided by actor Jim Meskimen.

‘There were so many issues facing the President, we had to make the song lightning fast to squeeze them all in,” says JibJab co-founder Evan Spiridellis, “People will want to watch it again and again to catch all the references.”

Evan and brother Greg Spiridellis made their JibJab Media a household brand when their short political spoof, This Land, became an internet sensation that was downloaded more than 80 million times during the 2004 Presidential Election.

‘When we launched `This Land,’ our servers melted down,’ notes Spiridellis. ‘With the technology expertise of MSN, we’re able to deliver a more consistent, enjoyable experience to our audience.”

2-0-5 will be available online following its West Coast premiere on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The cartoon is the fifth JibJab production to appear on the late-night talk show, and the second of five animated shorts to appear on MSN Video through a deal inked this past October.