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is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and produced by Hanna-Barbera
which aired on ABC from September 11 to December 18, 1976. Reruns continued on ABC until September 3, 1978.


1 Premise 2 Characters 3 Broadcast history 4 Episodes 5 Other appearances 6 Merchandising and video releases 7 In other languages 8 References 9 External links

Premise[edit] Jabberjaw, a 15-foot air-breathing great white shark, is the drummer for The Neptunes, a rock group made up of four teenagers — Biff, Shelly, Bubbles and Clamhead — who live in an underwater civilization in the year 2076. Jabberjaw
and The Neptunes travel to various underwater cities where they encounter and deal with assorted megalomaniacs and supervillains who want to conquer the undersea world. Like a great deal of Hanna-Barbera's 1970s output, the format and writing for Jabberjaw
was similar to that for Scooby-Doo,[1] Josie and the Pussycats and Speed Buggy. The show also drew inspiration (in the use of a shark as a character) from the overall shark mania of the mid 1970s[2] caused by the then-recent film Jaws. It also shared The Flintstones' penchant for making use of puns as the names of locations, people, etc., in this case, ocean-themed puns (such as "Aqualaska" instead of Alaska). Characters[edit]

and The Neptunes. Counterclockwise: Jabberjaw
(drums), Bubbles (keyboard), Biff (guitar), Shelly (tambourine) and Clamhead (bass).

(voiced by Frank Welker) – Jabberjaw
is an air-breathing, anthropomorphic great white shark whose voice and mannerisms were similar to Curly Howard
Curly Howard
of The Three Stooges. Jabberjaw
found it hard to get respect in a society where "shark ejectors" (robots that would guard various buildings or cities against sharks being allowed to enter) were commonplace. These robots, as well as unpleasant treatment from others, frequently prompt him to utter some variation of his catchphrase (borrowed from the comedian Rodney Dangerfield): "I don't get no respect!" He has the unique ability to change his shape or adapt himself to act like various objects such as a trampoline, parachute, jack, throw rug, etc., either to get himself and the gang out of a jam, or just to hide. Biff (voiced by Tommy Cook) – Biff is an athletic, handsome, brown-haired young man who is the band's guitar player and level-headed leader who books all the gigs. In many episodes, his hair is drawn black. His main catchphrase is "Jumpin' jellyfish!" (occasionally, "Hoppin' halibut!") Shelly (voiced by Pat Parris) – Shelly is a dark-haired young woman who plays tambourine for The Neptunes. She is attractive and intelligent, but haughty, vain and abrasive (like Josie and the Pussycats' Alexandra) and considers herself to be the star of the band. While she holds a great deal of disdain for Jabberjaw
(or "Blubberhead" as she calls him), she does have some grudging fondness for him deep down and occasionally shows it. Bubbles (voiced by Julie McWhirter) – Bubbles is a young woman with blonde, curly hair who plays keyboard for The Neptunes. She is extremely ditzy and dimwitted, has a cute giggle, similar to Josie and the Pussycats' Melody. Shelly sometimes nicknames her "Ding-a-Ling" or "Bubblehead". Whenever she volunteers to help, she usually ends up messing it up. Clamhead (voiced by Barry Gordon) – Clamhead is a young man who plays bass for The Neptunes. His catchphrases are crying out "Abba-abba-abba!" and "Wowee-wow-wow-wow!" (or some variation, commonly featuring the word "zowie") whenever he gets excited. Clamhead is Jabberjaw's best friend.[3]

Broadcast history[edit] Sixteen 30-minute episodes of Jabberjaw
were produced, which aired on ABC Saturday Morning from September 11, 1976, to September 3, 1977, and rebroadcast for a second season of reruns on Sunday Morning from September 11, 1977, to September 3, 1978. In the 1980s, repeats resurfaced as part of USA Cartoon Express on USA Network, in the 1990s on Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
and in the 2000s on Boomerang. This is one of a number of shows made before the mid-1980s seen on the Cartoon Network and Boomerang to have been taken from PAL
prints. Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera
in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio. Broadcast schedules (all EDT):

September 11, 1976 – November 27, 1976, ABC Saturday 9:00-9:30 AM December 4, 1976 – September 3, 1977, ABC Saturday 8:30-9:00 AM September 11, 1977 – September 3, 1978, ABC Sunday 10:30-11:00 AM


No. Title Original air date Prod. code

1 "Dr. Lo Has Got to Go" September 11, 1976 (1976-09-11) 84-1

Jabber and the gang have to stop the evil Dr. Lo from unleashing his Gorgon on the city of Aquahama.

2 "There's No Place Like Outer Space" September 18, 1976 (1976-09-18) 84-2

After Biff gets them kicked out for a publicity stunt, aliens land in the undersea city of Hydrostan. It's up to Jabber and the gang to stop their invasion.

3 "Atlantis, Get Lost" September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25) 84-4

Jabber and the gang get mixed-up in Dorsal's plan to overthrow the queen of Atlantis and become king himself.

4 "Run, Jabber, Run" October 2, 1976 (1976-10-02) 84-3

Jabber competes in the 2076 Undersea Olympics against a robot in order to unmask Z, the leader of a worldwide criminal organization.

5 "The Sourpuss Octopus" October 9, 1976 (1976-10-09) 84-5

Jabber and the gang accidentally join Professor Acosta's expedition to find the treasure of Panaqua, and have to protect him from the villainous Octopus.

6 "Hang On to Your Hat, Jabber" October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16) 84-6

The Brotherhood of Evil threatens the undersea world when it learns that the Power Helmet, invented by Professor Ortega, grants its bearer's every wish.

7 "The Great Shark
Switch" October 23, 1976 (1976-10-23) 84-7

The Ambassador of Aquatania suspects the Neptune's of kidnapping Commander Shark
so Jabberjaw
must prove their innocence.

8 "Claim-Jumped Jabber" October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30) 84-8

The evil Coldfinger is after all the richest mines in Aqualaska. When Jabberjaw
gets in the way, Coldfinger puts our favorite shark on ice!

9 "Ali Jabber and the Secret Thieves" November 6, 1976 (1976-11-06) 84-9

Jabber and The Neptunes, touring the undersea kingdom of Hydrabia, meet Volton, an evil mass of energy who lives inside the magic Electrolamp.

10 "Help, Help, It's the Phantom of the Kelp" November 13, 1976 (1976-11-13) 84-10

The Phantom, with the aid of a powerful growth ray, plans to raise an army of ferocious prehistoric plants to make the Aqua International Corporation bow to his demands.

11 "No Helpin' the Sculpin" November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20) 84-11

Jabber and The Neptunes encounter the sinister Sculpin, who has stolen an unfinished time machine from the brilliant Professor Thorstein.

12 "The Bermuda Triangle Tangle" November 25, 1976 (1976-11-25) 84-12

and the Neptunes accidentally go through the Bermuda Triangle and are taken prisoner by Sorceress Madame Sargasso. Note: Telecast at noon (ET) on a Thursday, as part of ABC's Thanksgiving Funshine Festival.

13 "Malice in Aqualand" November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27) 84-13

While participating in a rodeo at Aqualand, Jabberjaw
sees Dr. Cybron's henchmen kidnap the Rajah, and replace him with a robot duplicate. He tells the Neptunes, and Cybron tries to silence them by sending a runaway stagecoach over a cliff. When that fails, he captures Bubbles, and sends a duplicate of her to capture the others. The group rescues Bubbles and the Rajah, and discovers that Dr. Cybron himself is a robot....

14 "The Fast Paced Chase Race" December 4, 1976 (1976-12-04) 84-14

The Neptunes try to win the top spot in the Petrolaqua Trans-Marine Race while attempting to foil the evil plans of Dr. Robek.

15 "The Piranha Plot" December 11, 1976 (1976-12-11) 84-16

Biff books the group on a tanker to Amsteraqua after another gig falls through, this being the cheapest way to go straight there. The Piranha has designs on ruling the Underwater States of America and captures the tanker for its load of special rocket fuel. The Neptune's scuttle the Piranha's rocket practically dismantling the control center and messing with the rocket's fuel delivery system. Jabber manages to launch the rocket accidentally to a different destination, with its cargo of sleep dust....

16 "There's No Heel Like El Eel" December 18, 1976 (1976-12-18) 84-15

The eerie El Eel threatens to turn the entire undersea world to stone, and there's only one guy who can stop him: the great El Jabbo!

Other appearances[edit]

made special appearances as a guest announcer and referee in the "Laff-A-Lympics" segment on Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
in the episodes "Acapulco and England" (1977), "India and Israel" (1977), "Africa and San Francisco" (1977), "New York and Turkey" (1978) and "New Orleans and Atlantis" (1978). Jabberjaw
(voiced by Don Messick) was a special guest at a celebrity roast honoring Fred Flintstone
Fred Flintstone
on the TV special Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue (1978). Jabberjaw
was featured on the short-lived 1978 NBC
animated series Yogi's Space Race
Yogi's Space Race
in which he participated in intergalactic racing competitions with Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound
Huckleberry Hound
and several new characters; his racing partner was a lazy bloodhound named Buford (from The Buford Files of Buford and the Galloping Ghost) and their race ship contained a track on which Buford ran to increase speed. Jabberjaw
also appeared in the medium of comic books. He made appearances in Laff-A-Lympics
issues #8 through #12 published by Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics
in 1978–79. He also appeared in Hanna-Barbera Presents: Superstar Olympics (issue #6) published by Archie Comics in 1996 and Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Presents (issue #23) published by DC Comics in 1999. In 1977, a Jabberjaw
comic book series was originally planned by Charlton Comics
Charlton Comics
but was cancelled. In France, Jabberjaw
was featured in various French-language comic books titled Télé Junior, Télé Parade and Télé BD (1978–81). Jabberjaw
and Shelly appeared in two 1979 educational filmstrips – "The Silent Hunters" and "A Whale of a Tale" – as part of the Hanna-Barbera
Educational Filmstrips series distributed in classroom environments by Barr Films.[4][5] Jabberjaw
made a cameo appearance on Yogi's Treasure Hunt in the episode "Goodbye, Mr. Chump" (1987). Jabberjaw
and The Neptunes appeared on Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Groovies in a music video set to Pain's " Jabberjaw
(Running Underwater)" (1999) in which they are portrayed as a ska band with the group dressed in modern clothing. In this version, Jabberjaw
still plays the drums and has a goatee and a nose ring; Biff is the lead guitar and singer wearing a bowling shirt and jeans; Shelly is dressed in a tank top and jeans, plays bass guitar and assists on vocals; Bubbles is dressed in a black top with a Catholic schoolgirl-style skirt and Mary Jane shoes and still plays the keyboard; and Clamhead is dressed in an updated version of what he wore in the original series, plays the trumpet and also assists on vocals. The Neptunes are animated in 3D escaping a lunch box decal and waging battle with an evil eel and his lobster robots who kidnap Shelly from one of The Neptunes' concerts. Jabberjaw
appeared on the Halloween
TV special Night of the Living Doo (2001) trying to take out Scooby-Doo
and the Mystery Inc. gang so he can finally get his respect. Jabberjaw
made sporadic appearances on Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Jabberjaw
and The Neptunes were accused of stealing a hit song by a Japanese rock band called Shoyu Weenie (portrayed by The Chan Clan of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan) in the episode "Shoyu Weenie" (2002). Jabberjaw
also made cameo appearances in the episodes "The Dabba Don" (2002), "Back to the Present" (2004), "Peanut Puberty" (2004), "Juror in Court" (2007) and "The Death of Harvey" (2007). Jabberjaw
made a cameo appearance on Johnny Bravo in the episode " Johnny Bravo Goes to Hollywood" (2004). Jabberjaw
appeared on Sealab 2021
Sealab 2021
in the episode "Return of Marco" (2004) where he was one of many sharks impaled with spears by an aquatic tribe of cave dwellers. Jabberjaw
and The Neptunes appeared on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated in the episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals" (2011) alongside other Hanna-Barbera
mystery teams in a fever dream of Scooby-Doo's. Frank Welker
Frank Welker
reprised the role of Jabberjaw. Jabberjaw
made a cameo appearance in a 2012 MetLife
commercial entitled "Everyone".[6]

Merchandising and video releases[edit]

In 1977–78, Rand McNally
Rand McNally
released two Jabberjaw
coloring books ( Jabberjaw
and the Neptunes and Jabberjaw
Does It Again), a story book ( Jabberjaw
Out West by Jean Lewis, illustrated by Jim Franzen) and a read & color book ( Jabberjaw
and the Rustlers). Other merchandise in the late 1970s included a lunchbox and thermos, iron-on transfers, jigsaw puzzles, Presto Magix dry transfer sheet, bubble maker set, a school tablet, Avon pendant and Hanna-Barbera Marineland Jabberjaw
picture viewer.[7] Hanna-Barbera
Presents Jabberjaw, an 85-minute videocassette containing four episodes ("Dr. Lo Has Got to Go", "There's No Place Like Outer Space", "The Sourpuss Octopuss" and "The Great Shark Switch") was released by Worldvision Home Video on July 28, 1988. In 2005, a Jabberjaw
Wacky Wobbler bobblehead figure was released by Funko. On February 15, 2011, Warner Archive released Jabberjaw: The Complete Series on DVD
in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[8]

In other languages[edit]

Brazilian Portuguese: Tutubarão Spanish: Mandibulín Italian: Lo squalo Jabber French: Mantalo German: Sharky Finnish: Hai Harvahammas Japanese: わんぱくジョーズ


^ Crandol, Michael (1999). "The History of Animation: Advantages and Disadvantages of the Studio System in the Production of an Art Form". Digital Media FX. Joe Tracy. Retrieved 2009-01-31.  ^ Mallory, Michael (1998). Hanna-Barbera
Cartoons. Warner Bros., Hugh Lauter Levin Associates Inc. ISBN 0-88363-108-3.  ^ America Toons In: A History of Television Animation By David Perlmutter page 154 ^ Jabberjaw: The Silent Hunters at WorldCat ^ Jabberjaw: A Whale of a Tale at WorldCat ^ "MetLife: "Everyone" Game Day Commercial". YouTube. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-06-18.  ^ Marineland Jabberjaw
Picture Viewer (1980) ^ " Jabberjaw
- 'The Complete Series' MOD Title Now Available: Cost, Contents, High-Res Box Art". 

External links[edit]

1970s portal Television in the United States portal Cartoon portal Animation portal

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at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived form the original on August 26, 2015. Cartoon Network: Dept. of Cartoons: Jabberjaw – cached copy from Internet Archives Jabberjaw
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Children's programming on the American Broadcasting Company
American Broadcasting Company
in the 1970s

First-run animated series

The New Casper Cartoon Show (1963–70) The Smokey the Bear Show (1969–70) The Cattanooga Cats Show (1969–71) Hot Wheels (1969–71) Skyhawks
(1969–71) The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver
(1968–70) Fantastic Voyage (1968–70) Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down (1970–72) The Road Runner Show
The Road Runner Show
(1971–73) The Funky Phantom (1971–73) The Jackson 5ive (1971–73) The Osmonds (1972–74) The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–74) The Brady Kids
The Brady Kids
(1972–74) Kid Power (1972–74) Yogi's Gang
Yogi's Gang
(1973–75) Super Friends (1973–74) Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
(1973–75) Goober and the Ghost Chasers
Goober and the Ghost Chasers
(1973–75) Mission: Magic! (1973–74) Hong Kong Phooey
Hong Kong Phooey
(1974–76) The New Adventures of Gilligan
The New Adventures of Gilligan
(1974–77) Devlin (1974–76) These Are the Days (1974–76) The Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Show (1975–77) The Great Grape Ape Show
The Great Grape Ape Show
(1975–76) The Oddball Couple
The Oddball Couple
(1975–77) Jabberjaw
(1976–78) The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976–77) The Mumbly Cartoon Show
The Mumbly Cartoon Show
(1976–77) The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977–78) Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
(The Scooby-Doo
Show Laff-A-Lympics Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels) (1977–79) Fangface (1978–79) Challenge of the Super Friends
Challenge of the Super Friends
(1978–79) The All-New Pink Panther Show (1978–79) The World's Greatest Super Friends
The World's Greatest Super Friends
(1979–80) The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (Mighty Man and Yukk Rickety Rocket) (1979–81) Spider-Woman (1979–80) Scooby-Doo
and Scrappy-Doo (1979–80)

First-run live-action series

American Bandstand
American Bandstand
(1957–87) Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp (1970–72) Here Come the Double Deckers
Here Come the Double Deckers
(1970–72) Lidsville
(1971–73) Curiosity Shop (1971–73) Make a Wish (1971–76) Korg: 70,000 B.C. (1974–75) The Lost Saucer (1975–76) Uncle Croc's Block (1975–76) The Krofft Supershow (1976–78) Bigfoot and Wildboy

Dr. Shrinker Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Wonderbug

Junior Almost Anything Goes (1976–78) Animals, Animals, Animals (1976–81) ABC Weekend Special
(1977–97) Kids Are People Too
Kids Are People Too


George of the Jungle (1967–70) Bewitched
(1972–73) Jonny Quest (1970–72) H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf
(1972–73) The Monkees (1972–73) The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1972) The Roman Holidays
The Roman Holidays
(1972) Speed Buggy (1976) Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!


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