Family Guy: “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” explained

Family Guy: Peanut butter jelly time!

Thanks to fellow Digg-ers out there, last night’s episode of Family Guy had a strange song and dance routine which needed more explanation. In the scene where Brian the dog dances to cheer Peter up, he sings the tune “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” and wears a banana outfit to go with it. Here’s a video capturing that particular scene. Do you get what’s going on? If not, this viral video will explain it all… just click on “Watch This Movie!” (Sorry, that site has pop-up ads which sucks).

Talk about mainstream media tapping on long tail. This music video caught on in 2005 as a semi-popular meme. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t see it, cause neither did I!

UPDATE: Paul Irish tells us that the video has actually been around since 2002 (see Wikipedia: Dancing Banana).

UPDATE 2: Eric of Desktop Notes 2.0 said that Peanut Butter Jelly Time is actually a song created by the Buckwheat Boys in early 2000. The Dancing Banana was part of their music video for that song and became internet pop culture around 2001 when people started to use it as an emoticon and other random animations. Oh the wonderful things one learns off the Internet!

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • Martha

    it's time for the perculator! it's time for the perculator! haha, that's great. I love that song! =P

  • george

    PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!
    PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!

  • george

    PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!
    PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!

  • george

    PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!

    PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!

  • http://www.wikipedia.com John Jif VI

    The true origin of “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” dates back to 1649, when John Jif and Samuel Smucker set sail on a ship to America. It was a wicked journey, and due to harsh weather it took months longer than expected. Three months into the voyage the crew ran out of food, except for three loafs moldy bread. Luckily, Planter had brought his own secret stash of peanuts. Samuel Smucker was also on board with a secret stash of strawberry preserves. They decided they would mix the two together in order to mask the taste of the moldy bread. They were overjoyed with the taste, and began shouting “It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time”. The captain had a baseball bat, so that's where that part comes from.

    • Sk8crazyman

      i always wanted to know the history of the song :P

  • http://www.wikipedia.com John Jif VI

    The true origin of “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” dates back to 1649, when John Jif and Samuel Smucker set sail on a ship to America. It was a wicked journey, and due to harsh weather it took months longer than expected. Three months into the voyage the crew ran out of food, except for three loafs moldy bread. Luckily, Planter had brought his own secret stash of peanuts. Samuel Smucker was also on board with a secret stash of strawberry preserves. They decided they would mix the two together in order to mask the taste of the moldy bread. They were overjoyed with the taste, and began shouting “It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time”. The captain had a baseball bat, so that's where that part comes from.

  • http://www.wikipedia.com John Jif VI

    The true origin of “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” dates back to 1649, when John Jif and Samuel Smucker set sail on a ship to America. It was a wicked journey, and due to harsh weather it took months longer than expected. Three months into the voyage the crew ran out of food, except for three loafs moldy bread. Luckily, Planter had brought his own secret stash of peanuts. Samuel Smucker was also on board with a secret stash of strawberry preserves. They decided they would mix the two together in order to mask the taste of the moldy bread. They were overjoyed with the taste, and began shouting “It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time”. The captain had a baseball bat, so that's where that part comes from.

  • Sk8crazyman

    i always wanted to know the history of the song :P