Have you "Jib-Jabbed" yet?
A cartoon on the Internet that pokes fun at the Bush and Kerry campaigns is burning up the Web, exploding in popularity. CBS News National Correspondent Hattie Kauffman paid a visit to the guys who created jibjab.com.
Brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis created the cartoon and now their Web site, jibjab.com, is swamped with millions of hits.
Their reaction? "It's gone way past surreal," says Evan Spiridellis. "I mean, this is way past surreal."
The late folk singer Woody Guthrie, were he here to enjoy it, might agree.
The Spiridellis' creation features animated caricatures of President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry, singing new lyrics to "This Land Is Your Land," the classic song by Guthrie, who was known for both political activism and a strong sense of humor.
In the Spiridellis cartoon, Bush gallops by singing "This land is your land, this land is my land. I'm a Texas tiger, you're a left wing wiener," and Kerry intones "You can't pronounce nuclear, that really scares me. Sometimes a brain can come in handy."
"It's spread around the world faster than anything we've ever done before," said Gregg Spiridellis. "It's been incredible."
It's easy to see why. The cartoon is not only funny; it's balanced, poking fun at both candidates.
"There's enough silliness on both sides," Gregg Spiridellis says with a laugh, "No one's had a monopoly on stupidity, so we figure we could make fun of both sides."
Gregg Spiridellis is the writer. Brother Evan is the artist. They have done political cartoons before - a rapping Gore during the 2000 campaign, Arnold muscling his way into the California governor's mansion."
But this is definitely their biggest hit. So big that their overwhelmed Web site often can't handle the traffic.
But the fact that millions have seen it doesn't mean that they're getting rich - yet. They're hoping the cartoon attracts attention to their Jib Jab toy line, and their children's books, which bring them some income, unlike the cartoon, which users access for free.
Gregg Spiridellis notes, "We're in a lot of creative businesses, but little animated shorts on the Internet are not a good business to get into."
Asked about where they got the faces for their cartoons, Gregg Spiridellis says, "Most come from candidates' Web sites. They say feel free to use these images, and we did."
Laughing, he notes, "Neither candidate has called us to tell us what they think of the cartoon."
So are they poking fun at America, or the political system?
"I think in the end," says Gregg Spiridellis, "we're going for a heartwarming ending here. I mean - This land belongs to you and me. The end shot is all the Democrats and Republicans, singing on the lawn in front of the White House."
The brothers say they have no plans for a sequel to the Bush-Kerry cartoon. Instead, they say, they're going "Hollywood" and working on a full-length animated feature film.