|“||Watch Battle for Dream Island or be eliminated.||”|
jacknjellify is an American YouTube channel run by twins Michael Yiming Huang and Cary Kaiming Huang (born: March 18, 1997 ), who are better known online by their own monikers, fernozzle and carykh. They are known for their animated web series, Battle for Dream Island (commonly abbreviated to BFDI).
Battle for Dream Island follows a group of animated object characters such as household items (e.g. push pin, sponge), food (lollipop, jello, taco), and nature (leaf, flower). Other obscure objects were also introduced in the later seasons.
This show is done in a Total Drama or Survivor-esque way. The objects become contestants who participate in challenges while being divided into teams, with the losing team being put up for elimination. Then, they allow the viewers to vote on who they want out. This goes on until there is only one contestant left, who is declared the winner of the show. The prize changed throughout the seasons of BFDI. In the first season, the prize was the eponymous Dream Island. By the fourth seasons, BFB, the prize was "A BFDI".
Battle for Dream Island is the first and most popular object show on YouTube. Along with the series, Jacknjellify also uploads short animations featuring their characters.
The jacknjellify channel was created on February 4, 2008. Their first video, "The BeiBei Squisher", was a contraption video uploaded two days later. Thoughout 2008 and 2009, they uploaded more contraptions as well as Flash animations and real life Marble Race videos, one of which reached over a million views. In late 2008, they uploaded an animation they made for pre-algebra class titled "X Finds Out His Value". The two protagonists in this video, Four and X, would go on to become some of the most well known and beloved characters on the channel and in its cinematic universe.
Since early 2008, Michael and Cary had been drawing comics featuring anthropomorphic object characters. Going under the names "Firey" and "Total Firey Island", these comics documented the adventures of these characters the brothers created. The latter was a spinoff of TV series Total Drama, and served as an early predecessor to BFDI. The twins began to devise a concept for their own animated reality series, which would involve these inanimate objects come to life. The show came to be known as Battle for Dream Island (BFDI). The very first animation featuring the BFDI characters was made in February 2009.
Emergence of Battle for Dream Island
On January 1, 2010, the first episode of Battle for Dream Island, named "Take the Plunge" was released, marking the beginning of their long running series. The show initially had 20 contestants. BFDI would slowly start to gain traction, and a continously growing community was formed, with many creating their own spinoffs of BFDI.
BFDI's first season went on until January 1, 2012, when it reached a winner and concluded. In June 2012, a second season was released, called Battle For Dream Island Again (BFDIA). Though, this season was very short lived, ending with episode 5e in August 2013. Despite this, the BFDI and object show community was continuously expanding.
AdSense suspension, hiatus
On March 6, 2014, Jacknjellify's AdSense account was suspended for an unknown reason. The e-mail that they received said that AdSense had detected invalid activity and that their account had been disabled. Michael and Cary sent several appeals, even attempting to show Google image proof that they were not violating AdSense's guidelines, though they were all rejected.
This subsequently caused jacknjellify to go on a hiatus from making animated content on YouTube. This hiatus lasted for roughly 2 years, and the only videos uploaded during this time frame were a short promotional video for a different channel and two videos regarding YouTube's false takedown of BFDI's first episode. After all of this, jacknjellify would eventually come to say something.
On March 3, 2016, jacknjellify uploaded a video explaining the reason for no recent animations. On June 14, 2016, after getting in contact with a Google employee who saw the video, their AdSense account was reinstated, meaning that they could continue animating.
|“||Also, we got our Adsense account back online! That resolves the 2.5 year long issue we discussed in our "Why We've Had to Stop Animating on YouTube" video. Hooray!||”|
Return of BFDI & new seasons: IDFB, BFB
With the revenue issue sorted out, Michael and Cary would officially bring their show back. BFDI's return was announced in July 2016 in an animated skit, officially bringing their channel back on track. On September 1, 2016, the first episode of BFDI's third season, IDFB, was released. However, the season was promptly put on hold due to Cary going to college. IDFB has not released another episode since.
The brothers later began to create an entirely new BFDI season with a new hand-drawn art style, as opposed to the use of assets in previous seasons. The new season, titled Battle for BFDI (BFB), and now having 64 contestants, released its first episode on November 3, 2017. This season quickly became very popular and inspired a new wave of object shows using a hand-drawn style. BFB also helped greatly grow the jacknjellify channel, and the object show fanbase as a whole.
Split of BFB, creation of TPOT
In March 2020, BFB's 16th episode was released. With this episode came the announcement that BFB was being split into two separate seasons. BFB would continue, with a significantly shrunken cast, while a fifth BFDI season, known as The Power of Two (TPOT), would start with all the remaining contestants.
While the decision garnered backlash at first, fans would eventually accept the split. Post-split BFB ran throughout 2020 while TPOT was being worked on. TPOT's release date was revealed in BFB 27 to be at the beginning of 2021. Enthusiasm built up by fans just prior to the highly-anticipated release even caused "#tpot" to trend on Twitter. TPOT released its first episode on January 10, 2021. The episode has amassed nearly 10 million views.
End of BFB & jacknjellify's current standing
The season finale of BFB was released on April 9, 2021. Jacknjellify reached 1 million subscribers in that same month, on April 27. After the end of BFB, Michael and Cary announced they'd be taking a break from BFDI to focus on other parts of their lives. As of April 2022, jacknjellify has released many short BFDI skits over the past year while their team continues to work on TPOT 2.
On March 24, 2020, the 16th episode of BFB was released. It quickly garnered backlash from fans, with the main reason being that the episode in question announced that the show was being split into two individual ones, with BFB remaining, featuring 14 of the remaining cast (Firey, Leafy, Gelatin, Lollipop, Teardrop, Balloony, Ruby, Spongy, Loser, Blocky, Taco, Woody, Bubble and Flower) and a new season being created, named Battle for Dream Island: The Power of Two, which featured everyone else remaining on BFB (Liy was also meant to join, escaping alongside Spongy and Loser, but this was scrapped). Many fans were outraged from this decision and stopped watching BFB. Cary later revealed the reason they split the show is to make sure the show wouldn’t last a long time.
Another controversy from this episode surrounded the vote for a recommended character to debut in TPOT. Winner, who due to their previously attained popularity, blazed through other recommended characters, including debut veteran Nonexisty, who came second in the debut, causing more outrage with people saying the vote wasn't fair. When TPOT 1 did release 3rd-placer Price Tag also joined since Two wanted an even cast, but mostly due to Nonexisty not even being there, due to literally being named “Nonexisty”
The third controversy of this episode spawned from how Loser and Spongy were allowed to rejoin the game out of the blue without any voting or even a rejoin challenge, as they escaped from the E.X.I.T. during the episode, in the eliminated contestants plan to get out. This caused many people to claim how this was also unfair. People were especially mad with Spongy's rejoin, as he was supposed to be eliminated earlier in the episode, receiving the most votes a character has ever gotten to be eliminated in object show history, at a whopping 22,845. Spongy and Loser were eventually re-eliminated in BFB 19 and 21 respectively.
BFB vote botting
With the viewer-vote system and the continuously growing popularity of BFDI's fourth season, BFB, controversies regarding some viewers botting votes with alternate accounts to save or eliminate a certain character would arise within the community.
The vote that followed BFB 19 is a prime example of this. This intense 48-hour voting period became controversial, which is attributed to GDNacho and his Discord server, The Bracelety Inquisition. People were criticizing GDNacho, saying he planned for his Discord community to use alternate accounts for voting in order to get Ruby to stay and have Gelatin eliminated (the new voting system introduced in BFB 17 now has people vote for the character they want to stay, with the person with the least amount of votes being eliminated).
GD made a video in response to the criticism, and revealed that the members of the server planned it entirely without him knowing, resulting in many users being banned from the server. In the end, Gelatin ended up staying in the game and Ruby was subsequently eliminated. Despite this, there was an error scene in BFB 20 that spawned from the vote feud. It depicted Ruby appearing for a quick second, due to the uncertainty of who would be eliminated and who would stay earlier in the episode.
Vote botting and alternate accounts became more of an issue later on, eventually almost causing a four-way-tie between Firey, Blocky, Taco and Flower for the elimination in BFB 22. When the votes were counted, the difference between the two lowest contestants (Taco and Flower) was by a single vote, which like Spongy’s vote record, holds the record for being the closest voting session ever in object show history. This one vote ended up being for Flower, and Taco was eliminated as a result. Had Taco received that one vote instead, Flower would’ve been eliminated she wouldn’t have been the winner of BFB, with Gelatin likely winning instead due t in the finale.
- Battle for Dream Island (BFDI): January 1, 2010 - January 1, 2012
- Battle for Dream Island Again (BFDIA): June 29, 2012 - August 1, 2013 (cancelled)
- bnɒlƨI mɒǝɿꓷ ɿoʇ ǝlttɒꓭ (IDFB): September 1, 2016 (on a hiatus)
- Battle for BFDI/BFB (BFB): November 3, 2017 - April 9, 2021
- Battle for Dream Island: The Power of Two (TPOT): January 10, 2021 - present
- Jacknjellify has hired new animators to help them create their show, with people in different positions working with them.
- As of October 14, 2019, Jacknjellify is affiliated with the Channel Frederator.
- In BFDIA 1,2,3,4, and 5e all have 46 in total unlisted videos in the description because of voting who will win the prize and eliminated, however, the voting was over.
Note: The following dates are according to
- 1,000 subscribers: August 7, 2011
- 100,000 subscribers: October 26, 2015
- 200,000 subscribers: January 8, 2017
- 300,000 subscribers: December 23, 2017
- 400,000 subscribers: August 7, 2018
- 500,000 subscribers: March 9, 2019
- 600,000 subscribers: December 4, 2019
- 700,000 subscribers: May 4, 2020
- 800,000 subscribers: August 22, 2020
- 900,000 subscribers: January 15, 2021
- 1 million subscribers: April 27, 2021
Video view milestones
- 100 million views: August 13, 2015
- 200 million views: November 21, 2016
- 300 million views: January 26, 2018
- 400 million views: December 23, 2018
- 500 million views: December 10, 2019
- 600 million views: August 6, 2020
- 700 million views: February 14, 2021
- 800 million views: October 18, 2021
- "#tpot" on Twitter, ranking #13 in the Trending section. January 9, 2021
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