Jabberjaw 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.
3 Broadcast history
5 Other appearances
6 Merchandising and video releases
7 In other languages
9 External links
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
Like a great deal of Hanna-Barbera's 1970s output, the format and
Jabberjaw was similar to that for Scooby-Doo, 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 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).
Jabberjaw and The Neptunes. Counterclockwise:
Bubbles (keyboard), Biff (guitar), Shelly (tambourine) and Clamhead
Jabberjaw (voiced by Frank Welker) –
Jabberjaw is an
air-breathing, anthropomorphic great white shark whose voice and
mannerisms were similar to
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
"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.
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
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
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
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
Original air date
"Dr. Lo Has Got to Go"
September 11, 1976 (1976-09-11)
Jabber and the gang have to stop the evil Dr. Lo from unleashing his
Gorgon on the city of Aquahama.
"There's No Place Like Outer Space"
September 18, 1976 (1976-09-18)
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
"Atlantis, Get Lost"
September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25)
Jabber and the gang get mixed-up in Dorsal's plan to overthrow the
queen of Atlantis and become king himself.
"Run, Jabber, Run"
October 2, 1976 (1976-10-02)
Jabber competes in the 2076 Undersea Olympics against a robot in order
to unmask Z, the leader of a worldwide criminal organization.
"The Sourpuss Octopus"
October 9, 1976 (1976-10-09)
Jabber and the gang accidentally join Professor Acosta's expedition to
find the treasure of Panaqua, and have to protect him from the
"Hang On to Your Hat, Jabber"
October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16)
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.
October 23, 1976 (1976-10-23)
The Ambassador of Aquatania suspects the Neptune's of kidnapping
Jabberjaw must prove their innocence.
October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30)
The evil Coldfinger is after all the richest mines in Aqualaska. When
Jabberjaw gets in the way, Coldfinger puts our favorite shark on ice!
"Ali Jabber and the Secret Thieves"
November 6, 1976 (1976-11-06)
Jabber and The Neptunes, touring the undersea kingdom of Hydrabia,
meet Volton, an evil mass of energy who lives inside the magic
"Help, Help, It's the Phantom of the Kelp"
November 13, 1976 (1976-11-13)
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.
"No Helpin' the Sculpin"
November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20)
Jabber and The Neptunes encounter the sinister Sculpin, who has stolen
an unfinished time machine from the brilliant Professor Thorstein.
"The Bermuda Triangle Tangle"
November 25, 1976 (1976-11-25)
Jabberjaw 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.
"Malice in Aqualand"
November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27)
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....
"The Fast Paced Chase Race"
December 4, 1976 (1976-12-04)
The Neptunes try to win the top spot in the Petrolaqua Trans-Marine
Race while attempting to foil the evil plans of Dr. Robek.
"The Piranha Plot"
December 11, 1976 (1976-12-11)
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....
"There's No Heel Like El Eel"
December 18, 1976 (1976-12-18)
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!
Jabberjaw made special appearances as a guest announcer and referee in
the "Laff-A-Lympics" segment on Scooby's All-Star
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
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 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
Laff-A-Lympics issues #8 through #12 published by
Marvel Comics in 1978–79. He also appeared in Hanna-Barbera
Presents: Superstar Olympics (issue #6) published by
Archie Comics in
Cartoon Network Presents (issue #23) published by DC Comics
in 1999. In 1977, a
Jabberjaw comic book series was originally planned
Charlton Comics but was cancelled. In France,
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.
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 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
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"
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 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)
Hanna-Barbera mystery teams in a fever dream of
Frank Welker reprised the role of Jabberjaw.
Jabberjaw made a cameo appearance in a 2012
Merchandising and video releases
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
Jabberjaw picture viewer.
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
On February 15, 2011, Warner Archive released Jabberjaw: The Complete
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.
In other languages
Brazilian Portuguese: Tutubarão
Italian: Lo squalo Jabber
Finnish: Hai Harvahammas
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^ Jabberjaw: A Whale of a Tale at WorldCat
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Jabberjaw - 'The Complete Series' MOD Title Now Available: Cost,
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