Slip N Slide Records CEO, Ted Lucas, has teamed up with Crypto.com to release their first ever NFT – the absolutely iconic “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” animation. The “Peanut Butter Jelly Time NFT” brings a classic recording from the Slip N Slide Records catalog, and teams it with an animation piece that taps into the nostalgia of the early 2000’s meme culture. Based on the most-widely circulated version of the OG “Dancing Banana” meme on YouTube, animator Alexander Zakari (Z LA) brings a gritty, Lo-Fi, User-Generated aesthetic that takes us back to the simpler days of the nascent birth of internet meme culture. There are also two additional “305 Remix” versions of the NFT, with visuals by legendary Miami graffiti artist, Atomik. The remixes highlight the “305” native culture, repping the Magic City on the BlockChain, and welcoming visitors and new transplant neighbors to the party!
The popular PBJT meme is a flash animation that consists of an animated Dancing Banana character and the “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” song. Known for being both obnoxious and funny, the Dancing Banana video became a hit in the early 2000s, leading to PBJT-related merchandise and dozens of parodies and tribute videos on YouTube.
The original Dancing Banana flash animation was created by Ryan Gancenia Etrata and Kevin Flynn under the screen names RalphWiggum and Comrade Flynn, who posted it to the Offtopic forums in early 2002. On March 21st, 2002, a Newgrounds user YrebWarts posted Etrata and Flynn’s work on the popular Flash gallery site, where the clip became wildly popular spawning a number of remakes. By November 13th, 2002, Peanut Butter Jelly Time made its debut into the mainstream media when popular NBC sitcom “Ed,” portrayed the main character watching the flash animation in Season 3, Episode 7 entitled “The Wedding.” Over the course of 2003, the first two flash animations made the rounds across internet humor sites and message boards, such as eBaum’s World, SomethingAwful and Albino Blacksheep among others. On April 30th, 2004, the Dancing Banana meme spread to the video-sharing community YTMND, where it led to over one hundred derivative sites featuring remixed versions of “PBJT” and other dancing characters, most notably: “The Family Guy” / Brian Edition ; Rejected MegaMan Villain / BananaMan ; World of Warcraft Edition ; Peanut Butter and Jelly Belly ; K Federline Edition .
The meme once again broke into mainstream network television on November 20th, 2005, when it was referenced in “The Family Guy” in Season 4, Episode 16 titled “The Courtship of Stewie’s Father.” In the episode, Brian the dog performs his own rendition of Peanut Butter Jelly Time, dressed as the dancing banana and shaking maracas. Indicative of “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”‘s lasting legacy on the online video culture, there are dozens of derivative videos including remixes and mashups available on YouTube, which have accumulated over 400 Million views. (Source: Knowyourmeme.com)
“The Peanut Butter Jelly Time is one of the most iconic memes of all time,” said Crypto.com Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT Joe Conyers III. “We’re honored to partner with Slip N Slide Records to offer this symbol of internet culture during the aughts on our platform, which has been so heavily referenced time and time again since — and to be able to bring it forward for a new generation with a legendary artist like Atomik is an incredible bonus.”