More happy Chanukah
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-12-16
Last Chanukah, Jews went crazy for the Flash cartoon Chanukah Hey Ya. The song, a parody of Outkast Hey Ya, was a real online hit despite the creator of the song not knowing that someone had created the cartoon for him after hearing the song!
And now 12 months later, Suburban Home Boy aka Eric Schwartz is back with a new song and a new cartoon.
This time it is the Chanukah Bird that looks set to repeat the success of its elder Chanukah Hey Ya.
SomethingJewish caught up with Eric to find out more about this song and cartoon.
So why the Chanukah Bird?
"The Chanukah Bird" was passed on through my grandfather. Nobody in my family can give me a reason why a bird would drop off presents. My guess is it needed to be a flying creature to ensure overnight, overseas delivery. Well, I guess it doesn't have to be overnight. The Chanukah Bird has a one-to-eight day delivery option.
If you think about it, the Chanukah Bird is much more efficient than Santa. He is like the Toyota Prius of mythical gift givers. He has his own wings, bringing the whole "flight" thing in-house. Plus, he only requires a little kosher birdseed rather than buckets of milk and cases of cookies.
All that traife food has added a lot of weight to Santas sleigh. Any man that requires eight reindeer to pull him needs to stop eating cookies.
But, it is in Santa's character to live large. Such a big deal is made out of Christmas, it's hard for kids who don't celebrate it not to catch a case of what I call "Santa Envy."
This can't just be a Jewish thing. There's got to be a kid out there waiting for a visit from the "Kwanzaa Horse."
I know a lot of people won't be comfortable with the idea of the "Hanukkah Bird." But don't worry, he does not have the bird flu. That rumor was going around because of the fact that people are catching CHANUKAH BIRD FEVER!!!
How long did it take to create?
I created the song in November of 2004 and met the animator, Emily Alexander while seeking an animator for my Passover song, "Matzah!" in early 2005. Of course, JibJab ended up helming the "Matzah!" project.
I really liked Emily's work and jumped at the chance to work with her for "Chanukah Bird." She amazingly finished it in a couple weeks.
I'm not sure if you noticed, but we incorporated clips of "Chanukah Hey Ya!" in "Chanukah Bird." This is kind of like sampling in hip hop, only visually. My hope was to create the same spirit in both animations.