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Jabberjaw title card.
Genre Animation
Created by Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
Voices of Tommy Cook
Barry Gordon
Julie McWhirter
Pat Parris
Frank Welker
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Alex Lovy
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Original channel ABC
Audio format Mono
Original run September 11, 1976 – September 3, 1978

Jabberjaw is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Inc. from September 11, 1976 to September 3, 1978 on ABC.



Per a great deal of Hanna-Barbera's output in the 1970s, 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 1970s[2] and 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).

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 on USA network's Cartoon Express and in the 1990s on Cartoon Network and 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.


Jabberjaw is a 15-foot talking great white shark. He is a 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 diabolical villains who want to conquer the undersea world.


  • Jabberjaw (voiced by Frank Welker) is an air-breathing 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 ejector" (robots that would guard various buildings or cities against sharks being allowed to enter) were commonplace, prompting him to frequently utter his catchphrase (borrowed from comedian Rodney Dangerfield): "No respect!"
  • Shelly (voiced by Pat Parris) is a dark-haired young woman who plays tambourine for The Neptunes. Shelly is intelligent, haughty and abrasive (like Josie and the Pussycats' Alexandra) and while she holds a great deal of contempt for Jabberjaw (or "blubberhead" as she calls him), she does have some fondness for him deep down and occasionally shows it. Also, she's sometimes irritated by Bubbles' idiocy.
  • Bubbles (voiced by Julie McWhirter) is a blonde-haired young woman 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". Her voice and mannerisms are similar to Gracie Allen, wife of George Burns. Whenever she volunteers to help, she ends up messing it up.
  • Clamhead (voiced by Barry Gordon) is a young man who plays bass for The Neptunes. His catchphrases are crying out "Abba-abba-abba!" and "Wowee-wow-wow-wow!" whenever he gets excited. Clamhead is Jabberjaw's best friend, and bears a strong resemblance to Scooby-Doo's Shaggy, Speed Buggy's Tinker and to Josie and the Pussycats' Alexander.


As Jack Shaheen notes, the first episode of the show contains a negative racial stereotype, an Oriental villain who looks similar to Fu Manchu.[3]

Broadcast history

Original ABC broadcast:

  • Telecast: ABC Saturday Morning September 11, 1976 - September 3, 1977
  • Retelecast: ABC Sunday Morning September 11, 1977 - September 3, 1978

Broadcast schedules (all EDT):

  • September 1976 - November 1976, ABC Saturday 9:00-9:30 am
  • December 1976 - September 1977, ABC Saturday 8:30-9:00 am
  • September 1977 - September 1978, ABC Sunday 10:30-11:00 am


Jabberjaw and The Neptunes. Counterclockwise: Jabberjaw (drums), Bubbles (keyboard), Biff (guitar), Shelly (tambourine) and Clamhead (bass guitar).
Title Airdate Prod.
JBJ-1 "Dr. Lo Has Got to Go" 1976-09-11 84-1
JBJ-2 "There's No Place Like Outer Space" 1976-09-18 84-2
JBJ-3 "Atlantis, Get Lost" 1976-09-25 84-4
JBJ-4 "Run, Jabber, Run" 1976-10-02 84-3
JBJ-5 "The Sourpuss Octopuss" 1976-10-09 84-5
JBJ-6 "Hang Onto Your Hat, Jabber" 1976-10-16 84-6
JBJ-7 "The Great Shark Switch" 1976-10-23 84-7
JBJ-8 "Claim-Jumped Jabber" 1976-10-30 84-8
JBJ-9 "Ali Jabber and the Secret Thieves" 1976-11-06 84-9
JBJ-10 "Help, Help, It's the Phantom of the Kelp" 1976-11-13 84-10
JBJ-11 "No Helpin' the Sculpin'" 1976-11-20 84-11
JBJ-12 "The Bermuda Triangle Tangle" 1976-11-25* 84-12
JBJ-13 "Malice in Aqualand" 1976-11-27 84-13
JBJ-14 "The Fast-Paced Chase Race" 1976-12-04 84-14
JBJ-15 "The Piranha Plot" 1976-12-11 84-16
JBJ-16 "There's No Heel Like El Eel" 1976-12-18 84-15

*Telecast at Noon (EST), Thursday afternoon, November 25, 1976, as part of ABC's Thanksgiving Funshine Festival.

Production credits

  • CREATED BY: Joe Ruby AND Ken Spears
  • DIRECTOR: Charles A. Nichols
  • CREATIVE PRODUCER: Iwao Takamoto
  • STORYBOARD DIRECTION: Don Jurwich, Michael O'Connor, Paul Sommer, Kay Wright
  • STORY EDITOR: Ray Parker
  • STORY: George Atkins, Haskell Barkin, John Bates, Larz Bourne, Tom Dagenais, Robert Fisher
  • VOICES: Tommy Cook, Regis Cordic, Ron Feinberg, Barry Gordon, Gay Hartwig, Hettie Lynn Hurtes, Casey Kasem, Keye Luke, Julie McWhirter, Don Messick, Pat Parris, Vic Perrin, Barney Phillips, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo, Lennie Weinrib, Frank Welker
  • GRAPHICS: Iraj Paran
  • CHARACTER DESIGN: Donna Zeller
  • UNIT DIRECTOR: Volus Jones
  • LAYOUT: Mike Arens, Dale Barnhart, Hak Ficq, C.L. Hartman, Alex Ignatiev, Ray Jacobs, Homer Jonas, Bill Lignante, Jim Mueller, Tony Rivera, Linda Rowley, Tony Sgrol, Al Wilson
  • ANIMATION: Frank Andrina, Tom Barnes, Bill Carney, Rudy Cataldi, Lillian Evans, Otto Feuer, Hugh Fraser, Fernando Gonzalez, Jack Hadley, Bob Hathcock, Dan Mills, Ken Muse, Constantin Mustatea, Floyd Norman, Eduardo Olivares, Don Patterson, Tom Ray, Morey Reden, Lenn Redman, Ken Southworth, Leo Sullivan, Dick Thompson, Carlo Vinci, Russ Von Neida
  • BACKGROUNDS: Fernando Arce, Fernando Montealegre, Phil Phillipson, Robert Schaefer, Marilyn Shimokochi, Dennis Venizelos
  • XEROGRAPHY: Star Wirth
  • SOUND DIRECTION: Bill Getty, Richard Olson
  • MUSIC EDITORS: Pat Foley, Chip Yaras
  • EFFECT EDITORS: Richard Allen, Terry Moore
  • CAMERA: George Epperson, Charles Flekal, Curt Hall, Ron Jackson, Jerry Smith, Norman Stainback, Roy Wade
© 1976 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

Cartoon Groovie on Boomerang

A music video (known as a Cartoon Groovie) for Jabberjaw airs on Cartoon Network and Boomerang featuring a short story with the Jabberjaw characters animated in 3D escaping a lunch box decal and waging battle with evil bugs. The Punk Rock-inspired song is performed by the band Pain. The track was released in 1999 on 7" EP, and 2007 on CD-EP, by independent record label Springman Records.

Yogi's Space Race (1978-79)

In 1978, Jabberjaw was featured in a new NBC Saturday morning program called Yogi's Space Race, in which he participated in intergalactic racing competitions with Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and several new characters. Jabber's racing partner was a lazy bloodhound named Buford (from The Buford Files of Buford and the Galloping Ghost).

Other Appearances

  • Jabberjaw made a guest appearance in the Adult Swim animated television series Sealab 2021 in the episode, "Return of Marco" (2004), where he was one of the many sharks impaled with spears by the underwater cave tribe called The Snarkells.
  • Jabberjaw appeared later still in sporadic appearances on Cartoon Network's Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2002) where the Neptunes were accused of stealing Shouyu Weanie's song. It is also referenced that in the late 1990s, Jabberjaw was briefly engaged to budding filmmaker Madeline Austin-Kulat. In this show, Frank Welker reprises his role of Jabberjaw and also voices Biff. Clamhead made another appearance in the episode "Identity Theft" where he was voiced by Steven Blum.
  • Jabberjaw also appeared on Cartoon Network (and later Boomerang) in a music video set to Pain's "Jabberjaw (Running Underwater)" with Jabberjaw and The Neptunes portrayed as a ska band, with the group dressed in modern clothing, and with Jabberjaw sporting a goatee and nose ring & is now slimmer. In this version, Biff is the lead guitar and singer, Shelly is now rhythm guitar & assists on vocals, Bubbles still plays the keyboard, and Clamhead plays the trumpet & also assists on vocals . Jabberjaw still plays the drums.
  • Jabberjaw appears in the Scooby Doo special Night of the Living Doo, trying to take out the gang in order to get his respect.
  • Jabberjaw makes a cameo in the Johnny Bravo episode "Johnny Goes Hollywood".


In 1977-1979, merchandising for Jabberjaw included:

Jabberjaw and the Neptunes (1977)
Jabberjaw Does It Again (1978)
  • Iron-on transfers
  • A story book: Jabberjaw Out West (1977)
  • A read & color book: Jabberjaw and the Rustlers (1977)
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Presto Magix Dry transfer game
  • Bubble maker set by Imperial Toy
  • A school tablet

In 1977, a comic book series was originally scheduled by Charlton Comics but was later cancelled; however, in France, Jabberjaw was featured in comic books under his French language name Mantalo (1978).

In July 1988, a Jabberjaw videocassette was released by Worldvision Home Video:

  • Hanna-Barbera Presents Jabberjaw (1988) contains 4 episodes:
1. Dr. Lo Has Got to Go
2. There's No Place Like Outer Space
3. The Sourpuss Octopuss
4. The Great Shark Switch
(c) 1988 Worldvision Enterprises, Inc.

In April 2005, a Jabberjaw wacky wobbler bobblehead doll was released by Funko.

As of 2009, there is no word on when Warner Bros. will plan to release the show on DVD for the Hanna-Barbera classics collection.

Jabberjaw in other languages


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Mallory, Michael (1998). Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Warner Bros., Hugh Lauter Levin Associates Inc.. ISBN 0-88363-108-3. 
  3. ^ Shaheen, Jack G. (1984). The TV Arab. Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press. pp. 131. ISBN 0-87972-310-6. 

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