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JibJab: The year 2013 in review

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With typical satirical Broadway-themed animation, JibJab - the California-based company behind such classic political videos as He's Barack Obama, Time for Some Campaignin’, Second Term, Good to Be in DC and This Land is Your Land - released Thursday "What a Year!" their latest end-of-the-year wrap-up video for 2013, according to Boca Raton public relations guru Barry Epstein.

In what has become a yearly tradition, the latest video referenced many of the year's top U.S. stories and scandals - including revelations about the National Security Agency surveillance operations, the birth of North West and a royal baby, Harlem Shaking, the legalization of gay marriage and the controversial Miley Cyrus' "twerking" dance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Nearly every major political story – from the botched launch of Obamacare, the NSA wiretapping scandal, crack smoking mayors, a government sequester and shutdown to Carlos Danger – made the cut of “What a Year!

On the pop culture side, JibJab noted the arrivals of the Royal Baby and Kimye’s North West, the twerking nightmare that was Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance, Sharknado and the “What does the Fox say?” phenomenon.

As in previous years, JibJab paid homage to notable figures lost in 2013, including former South African President Nelson Mandela, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and “Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini.

Other JibJab favorite's - such as "Big Box Mart" - allegedly poke fun at Walmart, the nation's largest retailer.

While JibJab is primarily known for its satirical political and pop culture videos, one can also make e-cards for family and friends, video spoofs of classic movies and star in a music video for classics like “The Monster Mash” or “Gagnam Style.”

JibJab also owns Storybots, a website designed specifically for kids and families.


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