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!

140 thoughts on “Family Guy: “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” explained

  1. Thanks for the heads up… yes, definitely not for the first time. It’s interesting how something popular to Internet users is obscure to many. Admittedly, I didn’t even know about this!

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  3. First Family Guy reference I didn’t get right away. Still was funny upon first viewing, just didn’t get it. Morrissey video on VH1 classic, gotta go

  4. Actually that dancing banana has been around longer before this particular movie has been on Newgrounds. I remember seing it for the first time around my sophomore year in college (2001).There’s also a lesser known dancing green apple (and i’m sure there are other fruit) but it was not fortunate to have a video made of it. The song is by the Buckwheat Boys.

  5. It’s funny because we’ve been jammin to this song in the club here in Alabama for weeks now, and to see my favorite animated talking dog doing it in a banana suit with maracas (which i didnt understand) was hilarious to me. Although I havent actually seen the episode yet, the previews are showing. I cant wait til this thursday
    Texas

  6. It was funny even without knowing where it came from. The banana suit was peculiar, but I took it for what it was.
    My actual thought on the sequence was just that they were making fun of how dumb some rap is. I certainly would agree, with songs like My Baby Daddy and the recent Shake That Laffy Taffy.
    Finding now that Peanut Butter Jelly Time is an actual song, my morale sinks to new lows…

  7. I did see the Peanut Butter Jelly Time Before.. like in 2000 It was different it had a donky in that one .. and then another one wit the banana, strawberry clock and and mexican peppa.. but i couldnt find that one it was like a dance contest or sumin.. And that Origin of Peanut butter jelly time link.. thats not the first one because that had the Lil Jon mix in it and thats faily new.. Peace~CAstrO

  8. The song is often used on a local radio station in Pittsburgh and they make up random words to the beat and end with peanut butter jelly and a baseball bat. I believe they even have one with Steelers running back Jerome Bettis singing about all the different Steelers.

  9. the peanut butter jelly time song has been around since before 1999. The original lyrics were ” Peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat!” “Peanut butter jelly with a baseball hat!” and then most finished it with “A sissy walk!” it’s an actual dance that goes with the song!

  10. Brilliant.

    My brother and I quote it everyday now.

    I’m just waiting for Family Guy to parody Yatta!, End of the World, or Peking Moon.

  11. I heard this song for the first time on the radio in Miami in June of ’02. I loved it so much I found the MP3 online and would play it constantly in my office much to the dismay of my officemates 🙂

  12. The newgrounds link will only get your pop-ups and porn ads. eBaumsworld will give you porn ads too (not to mention that eBaumsworld has stolen all of the content that appears on their site. In other words, they claimed to have made all of the content.)

    the best place to watch it is on Albino Blacksheep, which has no pop-ups, and they only contain Google’s Adwords, which are smart ads that display ads for whatever the page is about… not porn.

  13. i like the song alot and you know, i try to do the dance but without the original video the REAL buckwheat boys version i don’t realy get what hes telling me to do

  14. i thought that this song was a joke about a song from 1994 called “the percolator”. not too many people outside the ghettos of chicago know that song. it was juke music (music thats fast and bass heavy) and one of the lines was “i beat the bitch (i think a male bitch) with a baseball bat”. the family guy bannana song kinda sounded like that…whatever though.

  15. My sister and I used to sing this song when we were nine or ten at least, and I’m twenty now, so somebody wrote it long before 2000. I really want to know where it came from?

  16. History of Peanut Butter Jelly Time:
    The origional song by the Buckwheat boys was created in early 2000.
    The origional flash animation was created by Ryan Etrata in early 2002 and can be seen here: http://etrata.home.comcast.net/flash/banana2.swf
    He later went on to create other versions of this video. The second which became the most popular: http://etrata.home.comcast.net/flash/banana.swf
    The flash animation was based off the banana emoticon which started appearing in chat rooms in 2000.

  17. Didnt expect that in the episode which made it funny as hell. also never though id see so many people just repeating them selfs before but with all slightly differnt fact and same. Hey did you know it was a song written by…. im to lazy to do it…..

  18. Where he at 4x
    There he go 4x
    Peanut butter jelly 4x
    Do the peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat 2x

    Now, break it down and freeze 4x

    Now tic tac toe (uh-huh)
    Tic tac toe (let’s go)
    Tic tac toe (you got it)
    Tic tac toe (let’s ride)

    Now, freestyle, freestyle, freestyle, freestyle, freestyle, your style 2x

    Where he at 4x
    There he go 4x

  19. I was wondering is Peanut Butter Jelly Bannana has a name if he does what is it… if he doesn’t maybe we should give him one

  20. peanut butter jelly is cool as crap i gonna get another bannanna suit cause the other one broke and were it 2 school my nickname is PBJ

  21. I liked the first one when it had a freaking peanut who sung it! it was so much better, and had so much more videos, like with a cupkake and stuff.

  22. A long time ago I had seen a live action version of the “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” song. It looked like a student film. To the best of my memory the action was mainly comprised of one guy running and dancing around what looked to be a playground. If anyone has access to this version or knows a link to this version I would love to see it again. Thanks!

    AltEvil@aol.com

  23. i luf dis i sing it all d tme and d 1 where deres a dncin banana is so funny i ddnt c d actual family guy 1 bt still lol x

  24. You can buy this song on iTunes. The Pnut Butter Jelly song is my softball tema’s theme song. I am pnut and my freinds are butter and jelly.

  25. i love family guy but who cares where it comes from sam wuz once singing peanut butter jelly time it wuz hilarious (however you spell it) (i`m 11 years old) lol!!!! i`m crazy i know.

  26. oooo newgrounds one of my favourate sites, i saw this clip on family guy and knew what it was from. im so proud

  27. i never new this site but i think that episode is fukin funny man,dudes,bitchs and chicks its peanut butter jelly time

  28. They used a popular internet video again in another ep…anyone catch the rerun last Sun. where they did a parody of the Burger King song?

  29. yall wite pple r gay if u don’t dats a real song by the buckwheat boyz. oooohhhh…those were the dayz

  30. I don’t know why, but half of the time, its the stupidest crap that funny, it could make no sence at all and still be funny. Such as this banana suit thing, first time I saw it. FUNNY AS ALL HELL. This generation is gonna do great things…

  31. honestly I don’t know why but all of the funniest things is the most stupid CRAP!!! like the “Family guy” I mean this episode is no different and I don’t even know why I watch it but it is so adicting and why do these people stick to a couple of these stupid shows anyway???

  32. why is the only thing up here FAMILY GUY why can’t they talk about FUTURAMA that show is much funnier then familyguy come on give Futurama some respect

  33. Couple years ago I saw an animated version that had a guy dancing in it instead of the banana. It was an animated guy with a real face on it, from a photo. Anyone know of this version? I think it was on albino black sheep but it’s no longer there.

  34. this song is da bomb we sing this song on the bus all da time its so funny we have been singin this sice 1999 that is a long time.

  35. this song is the funniest, coolest song I have ever herd, it is not much of a song, but it still is da bomb, bomb digetah I luv you peeps but, I luv the song more lol
    Luv Molly

  36. peanut butter jelly time is just the best thing on the whole computer i am absolutely addicted to it and cant get enough of it it is just so cool i luv who ever invented it 🙂

  37. FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO DONT KNOW THAT PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME IS AN ACTUAL SONG WITH A DANCE THAT US BLACK FOLKS KNOW AND LOVE. I KNOW IT WENT OVER A LOT OF THE SQUARES’ HEADS THE FIRST TIME THEY HEARD IT… BUT YEA ITS A REAL SONG NOTHING THAT THE CREATORS OF FAMILY GUY CAME UP WITH THEMSELVES. FUNNY BUT NOT ORIGINAL.

  38. i can’t believe so many people like that thing. I mean, is not awful, but come on, it’s just a freakin banana dancing, a stone with a drawn face is funnier than that. Ok, the song is a a bit good, but still is a damn banana dancing. Like the youtube people who only post videos about themselves looking at a webcam and doing stupid things. get a job, or a life.

  39. Nicole…
    Did you actually refer to yourself and the entire group of people who understood what the song and dance were originally about as “US BLACK FOLKS” and all of those who didn’t get it as “SQUARES?”
    I’m assuming this means that all people reguardless of color who knew originally about the song can now refer to themselves as “BLACK FOLKS” and those who didn’t know are all squares.
    I love it… I’m going to go find some causasians who knew all about it, and go call them black folks… and go find some black people who have never heard it as tell them “Look, you’re not one of them black folks…you’re one of those squares… Nicole said so.”
    Thanks for that little bit of buffoonery, you are the reason why society is Goin’ Down.

    Sid Narged
    http://www.sidnarged.com

  40. OMG, lighten up a bit… Saying “us black folk” doesn’t need to be taken so literally or severely. It’s clear that there is a black culture in america. Even though white, asian, latinos (basically everyone) knows, loves and adopts elements of it, things like rap, hip-hop, soul food and the foundings of the civil rights movement are widely accepted as being parts of black culture.

    Back when I was in college, I was hanging out in the dorm one night with some friends, who are black, and they just broke out dancing and laughing while singing peanut butter jelly and talking about it like they knew it from being little kids and they did not grow up together and I remember thinking that’s really catchy.. I wonder why I never heard it. Nicole’s post actually brings all that up to the light for me.

  41. It is obvious Nicole is Black American and proud. Also obvious is a bit of anger that Blacks in this country are still highly imitated and poorly praised. We hardly recieve credit for the good or even the “cute” things we create. We do recieve credit however for “gangster rap” and “gold teeth”. I am NOT proud of either of the later.
    I have been searching the web for about an hour now and my sole purpose was to find the video of the original PBJ song that was created by the Buckwheat Boyz. Sad to say I have not found it but I have come across dozens of amatuer imitations created by white kids and/or adults along with the Family Guy clip.
    Somebody find the original so the creators can actually get the love they deserve, and people like Nicole and I will then feel satisfied and really can laugh along with everyone else.

  42. look, it’s a silly party song. it wasn’t meant to be analyzed and picked apart. y’know, a silly song, like the nursery rhymes we used to sing, except no historical meaning behind it. no sex and violence. is that so hard to accept?

  43. Hey does anyone have a movie of penut butter jelly or know of a place where i can get it!!!! I got sound to it but not the movie.

  44. When you beat someones head with a baseball bat.. the brains and blood look similar top peanut butter and jelly.

    (uh. from what i hear) lol!

  45. well… I knew it as a “ghetto” song and dance from when I was in high school in Miami (1999-2000ish). I have yet to meet anyone who lived south of downtown Miami who remembers the video and the featured dance. It used to be a big deal if you were flexible enough to the the PB Jelly properly. If you think this banana is funny- you’ll die if you saw the real dance (sadly not anywhere online).

    Peace

    -jl

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

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