Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This Dancing Banana animated GIF started it’s life as an emoticon (an icon denoting an emotion, like a smiley face ☺) on message boards.
But the Banana made its real leap to internet stardom when Ryan Etrata had a brain wave. He created a flash animation featuring the Banana dancing to an incredibly catchy song called ‘Peanut Butter Jelly Time’ (written by The Buckwheat Boyz). Watch it here.
The Dancing Banana soon made its way to television shows and began to appear as an icon in American Pop Culture. In an episode of the TV show, The Family Guy, Brian tries to cheer up Peter by performing "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" dressed as the Dancing Banana. The Banana and phrase ‘It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time’ also appears in a Weezer music video Pork and Beans.
As the popularity of the Dancing Banana grew, hundreds of variations of the image were created including dancing strawberries, carrots and video game characters. This site features an updated 2006 version of Peanut Butter Jelly Time.