Jabberjaw

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Jabberjaw
GenreComedy
Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed byCharles A. Nichols
Voices ofTommy Cook
Barry Gordon
Julie McWhirter
Pat Parris
Frank Welker
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)Alex Lovy
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Audio formatMono
Original runSeptember 11, 1976  – September 3, 1978
 
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Jabberjaw
GenreComedy
Created byJoe Ruby
Ken Spears
Directed byCharles A. Nichols
Voices ofTommy Cook
Barry Gordon
Julie McWhirter
Pat Parris
Frank Welker
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s)Alex Lovy
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Audio formatMono
Original runSeptember 11, 1976  – September 3, 1978

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

Premise[edit]

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.

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio.

Plot[edit]

Jabberjaw is a 15-foot great white shark and 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 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.

Characters[edit]

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

Broadcast history[edit]

Original ABC broadcast:

Broadcast schedules (all EDT):

Episodes[edit]

TitleAir datePC
1"Dr. Lo Has Got to Go"11 September 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"18 September 1976 (1976-09-18)84-2
Aliens land in the undersea city of Hydrostan. It's up to Jabber and the gang to stop their invasion.
3"Atlantis, Get Lost"25 September 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"2 October 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 Octopuss"9 October 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 Onto Your Hat, Jabber"16 October 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"23 October 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"30 October 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"6 November 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"13 November 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'"20 November 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"25 November 1976 (1976-11-25)84-12
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.
13"Malice in Aqualand"27 November 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"4 December 1976 (1976-12-04)84-14
The Neptunes try to win the top spot in the Trans-Marine Race while attempting to foil the evil plans of Dr. Robek.
15"The Piranha Plot"11 December 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"18 December 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!

Yogi's Space Race (1978–79)[edit]

Main article: Yogi's Space Race

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[edit]

Outside of his own TV series, Jabberjaw also appeared in comic books such as this issue of Cartoon Network Presents #23, from 1999.

Merchandising[edit]

In 1977–1979, merchandising for Jabberjaw included:

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).

On July 28, 1988, a Jabberjaw videocassette was released by Worldvision Home Video:

1. Dr. Lo Has Got to Go
2. There's No Place Like Outer Space
3. The Sourpuss Octopuss
4. The Great Shark Switch

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

DVD release[edit]

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[4]

In other languages[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "MetLife: "Everyone" Game Day Commercial". YouTube. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Jabberjaw - 'The Complete Series' MOD Title Now Available: Cost, Contents, High-Res Box Art". 

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