Be a Part of Our Next TV Show!

We are looking for videos of kids asking questions for new episodes. Does your child have a question for the StoryBots? Just send us a clip. No fancy equipment is required: simply use the video camera on your mobile device to film a short clip of your child asking their question, and send it to submissions@storybots.com by September 15.

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To increase your child’s odds of getting chosen for a video, please follow these guidelines:

  • Shoot the video with your phone held horizontally, not up and down. Make sure that the video is landscape, not in portrait mode.
  • Greet the StoryBots. Have your child start off by greeting the StoryBots. Before they ask the question, have them say, “Hi StoryBots. My name is ________.” Please do NOT use your last name. First names only!
  • Get close to the camera. Shoot the video so that your child is looking directly in the camera and their face fills up as much of the screen as possible.
  • Film in a bright area with little noise. It’s best to shoot the video in a bright environment without any background noise. Make sure there’s no TV or music on in the background. We need to be able to see and hear your child!
  • Leave some extra footage. Film a few seconds before and after your child speaks, so the beginning and end of the video don’t get clipped too tight.
  • Film only one child at a time. If you have multiple kids, please film separate videos (with different questions).

If your child’s video is selected, we will contact you for next steps and to sign our release form. We will NEVER use a submission without your permission, and submitting a video is subject to the terms of service and privacy policy on StoryBots.com.

Don’t forget: videos must be sent to submissions@storybots.com by September 15, 2016!

Thanks again for your interest!

StoryBots Makes TV Debut Today with Star-Studded Netflix Original Series

After racking up more than 400 million online views for its short-form StoryBots learning videos and books, JibJab Bros. Studios has announced that the hit digital children’s brand will be making its first-ever TV debut. Premiering today, the Netflix original series Ask the StoryBots features a voice cast led by Judy Greer (Arrested Development, MarriedArcher) and all-star guest appearances from Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and more.

The series centers on the StoryBots, curious little creatures who live in the world beneath our screens. In each episode, the intrepid quintet of Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo go on an adventure to the human world to help answer kids’ biggest questions, like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why do I need to brush my teeth?” They deliver their answer at the end of each episode in the form of a musical video, an homage to Schoolhouse Rock.

Originally launched in 2012, StoryBots was the brainchild of the brothers behind JibJab, which initially broke ground for its massively viral political satire videos and has since become popular for its personalized eCards and top-ranked messaging app.

“After my brother and I both became fathers, we saw how difficult it was to find quality kids’ entertainment that was fun for grown-ups, too,” said Gregg Spiridellis, CEO and co-founder of JibJab and show co-creator. “We created StoryBots to mix learning and fun for kids while offering a guilt-free screen-time experience for parents and teachers.”

Since its launch in 2012, over a million families have created StoryBots accounts, and its mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Apple TV have been downloaded more than 4 million times. Earlier this year, the brand made its first foray into schools with StoryBots Classroom, a free platform for teachers that includes access to StoryBots’ entire library of premium content, as well as Common Core-aligned, kindergarten-level math games.

“Every StoryBots book and video we release – and that includes our new TV series – enters production with educators and child development experts before being brought to life by our amazing team of artists, writers and performers,” said Evan Spiridellis, co-founder of JibJab and show co-creator. “The production of Ask the StoryBots has been a labor of love for us, and we can’t wait to share it with our fans, as well as introduce these fun little characters to an even wider audience.”

Ask the StoryBots features a vibrant mix of animation and live action. Each half-hour episode focuses on a unique question and includes live-action appearances by special guest stars:

  • “How Does Night Happen?” with Jay Leno
  • “How Do Airplanes Fly?” with Kevin Smith
  • “Why Do I Have To Brush My Teeth?” with Whoopi Goldberg
  • “Why Is The Sky Blue?” with Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates
  • “Where Do French Fries Come From?” with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
  • “Where Does Rain Come From?” with Tim Meadows and Chris Parnell

All six episodes will be available starting today, August 12, for streaming on Netflix in English-speaking markets, including the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. For more information on the StoryBots, visit www.StoryBots.com.

“Ask the StoryBots” Premieres Tomorrow!

There’s only one day left until the premiere of “Ask the StoryBots” on Netflix! We can’t wait to share it with everyone; it’s entertaining (and educational) for all ages and makes for the perfect family viewing experience.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to watch our trailer for a sneak peek, and check out some of the amazing press coverage we’ve gotten in the lead-up to the show’s launch, from Cartoon Brew, Animation Magazine, Kidscreen, Toon Barn, Wired and Forbes.

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Get an Inside Look at “Ask the StoryBots”

Head over to Cartoon Brew to get an inside look at our Netflix original series, “Ask the StoryBots,” premiering this Friday:

Over the last few years, JibJab has been building out its multiplatform children’s interactive learning brand StoryBots through apps, e-books, and online videos. The StoryBots are now set to receive their biggest audience yet when Netflix launches the original series Ask the StoryBots.

Read the full article here.

New Classroom Math Skill: Subitizing

Attention teachers: try out the all-new Subitizing exercises in StoryBots Math Games! From the Latin word for “suddenly,” subitizing is an important mathematical skill that involves being able to quickly identify the number of items in a set without having to count them.

Our Subitizing classroom activities include ten frames and tally marks, with exercises for a wide range of skill levels. Check it out in StoryBots Classroom today!

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