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Jabberjaw is an animated series created by Hanna-Barbera for ABC in 1976, in response to the popularity of the feature film Jaws. The title character is a talking amphibious shark (voice of Frank Welker, imitating Curly Howard of the Three Stooges) who plays the drums in a rock band called The Neptunes.

Jabberjaw later appeared as a referee on Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics and as a competitor on Yogi's Space Race.

His "birthday" is May 14th.

Voice cast

Production Credits

  • Executive Producers: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Hal Geer, William L. Hendricks
  • Created by: Joe Ruby and Ken Spears
  • Produced by: David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones
  • Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Hawley Pratt, Robert McKimson, Sid Marcus, George Gordon, Cullen Houghtaling
  • Sequence Directors: Dave Detiege, Gerry Chiniquy, Art Leonardi, Art Davis, Friz Freleng
  • Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
  • Associate Producers: Alex Lovy, Jean MacCurdy
  • Storyboard Direction: Don Jurwich, Michael O'Connor, Paul Sommer, Kay Wright
  • Storyboard Artists: Chuck Jones, Don Jurwich, Michael O'Connor, Paul Sommer, Kay Wright
  • Recording Director: Alex Lovy
  • Story Editor: Ray Parker
  • Story: George Atkins, Haskell Barkin, John Bates, Tony Benedict, Larz Bourne, Tom Dagenais, Dave Detiege, John Dunn, Jack Enyart, Robert Fisher, Friz Freleng, Hal Geer, Dale Hale, Mike Joens, Chuck Jones, Michael Maltese, Sid Marcus, Lee Mishkin, Bob Ogle, Irv Spector, Tom Yakutis
  • Voices: Mel Blanc, Tommy Cook, Regis Cordic, Ron Feinberg, Barry Gordon, Gay Hartwig, Kathleen Helppie-Shipley, Hettie Lynn Hurtes, Casey Kasem, Keye Luke, Julie McWhirter, Don Messick, Pat Parris, Vic Perrin, Barney Phillips, Ken Sansom, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo, Lennie Weinrib, Frank Welker
  • Production Supervisors: Victor O. Schipek, Jim Foss
  • Production Coordinators: Ted C. Bemiller, Harry Love
  • Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Character Design Supervisor: Bob Singer
  • Character Design: Donna Zeller
  • Unit Director: Volus Jones
  • Music Performed by: Joseph Phillips · Joe Phillips Productions, Inc.
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Music Composed by: Joseph Phillips, Tony Peugh
  • Music Arrangements: Joseph Phillips, John Marsden, Peter J. Lehman, Glenn W. Longacre
  • Layout Artists: Peter Alvarado, Mike Arens, Dale Barnhart, Corny Cole, Hak Ficq, Owen Fitzgerald, Robert Givens, Ric Gonzales, C.L. Hartman, Gary Hoffman, Alex Ignatiev, Ray Jacobs, Homer Jonas, Lin Larsen, Bill Lignante, Roy Morita, Jim Mueller, Tony Rivera, Linda Rowley, Tony Sgroi, Martin Strudler, Dick Ung, Al Wilson
  • Animation: Frank Andrina, Tom Barnes, Warren Batchelder, Bob Bemiller, Robert Bentley, Bob Bransford, Bill Carney, Rudy Cataldi, Jim Davis, Lillian Evans, Otto Feuer, Hugh Fraser, John Freeman, John Gibbs, Bob Goe, Fernando Gonzalez, Manny Gould, Jack Hadley, Bob Hathcock, Art Leonardi, Bob Matz, Norm McCabe, Dan Mills, Ken Muse, Constantin Mustatea, Margaret Nichols, Eduardo Olivares, Don Patterson, Manuel Perez, Tom Ray, Morey Reden, Lenn Redman, Bob Richardson, Phil Roman, Virgil Ross, Nelson Shin, Ken Southworth, Irven Spence, Leo Sullivan, Robert Taylor, Dave Tendlar, Richard Thompson, Reuben Timmins, Lloyd Vaughan, Carlo Vinci, Russ Von Neida, Ken Walker, Don Williams
  • Assistant Animation: William K. Exter, Terry Lennon, Floyd Norman, Sonja Ruta, Allen Wade, Dick Williams
  • Background Artists: Fernando Arce, Fernando Montealegre, Andrew Phillipson, Phil Phillipson, Robert Schaefer, Marilyn Shimokochi, Richard H. Thomas, Dennis Venizelos
  • Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
  • Scene Planning: Evelyn Sherwood, Dora Yakutis
  • Checking: Armand Shaw, Carole Barnes
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Billie Kerns
  • Ink and Paint by: C&D Ink and Paint Service · Shannon Meyer - Supervisor · Charlotte Armstrong - Artist
  • Xerography: Star Wirth
  • Sound Direction: Bill Getty, Richard Olson
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan
  • Film Editors: Robert T. Gillis, Rick Steward, Jim Champin
  • Additional Music by: Don Blackman, Gail Sky King, Larry Wolff, Doug Califano
  • Music Coordinators: Jonathan Smith, Charles H. King, Jill Hance
  • Original Songs and Arrangements: Norman L. Martin, Joseph Phillips, Hoyt Curtin
  • Music Production Coordinator: Stephanie Alderman
  • Chorus Director: David Chernault
  • Music Producers: Danny Epstein, Dave Conner
  • Manager of Music Services: Lisa Arbuckle Greif
  • Assistant Music Directors: Jennifer Blechschmid, Stephanie Dalvit, Elizabeth A. Ashbrook
  • Music Editors: Patrick N. Sellers, Chip Yaras
  • Sound Effects Editors: Richard C. Allen, Terry Moore, Ron Fedele, Jim Graziano, Julie A. Bagdonas, Sue Sawade
  • Sound Readers: Cecil Broughton, Gary Lewis
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • Production Manager: Steven Hahn
  • Executives in Charge of Production: Lee Gunther and Jayne Barbera
  • Camera Services: Nick Vasu, Inc. · Thomas Baker, Mark Henley
  • Camera Operators: John Burton, Jr., George Epperson, Charles Flekal, Curt Hall, Larry Hogan, Ron Jackson, Ray Lee, Jerry Smith, Norman Stainback, Roy Wade
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • RCA Sound Recording
  • © 1976 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.


  1. Dr. Lo Has Got to Go
  2. There's No Place Like Outer Space
  3. Atlantis, Get Lost
  4. Run, Jabber, Run
  5. The Sourpuss Octopus
  6. Hang onto Your Hat, Jabber
  7. The Great Shark Switch
  8. Claim Jumped Jabber
  9. Ali Jabber and the Secret Thieves
  10. Help, Help, It's the Phantom of the Kelp
  11. No Helpin' the Sculpin
  12. The Bermuda Triangle Tangle
  13. Malice in Aqualand
  14. The Fast Paced Chase Race
  15. The Piranha Plot
  16. There's No Heel Like El Eel

End credits stills

Other TV appearances

  • Jabberjaw appeared as a referee on Laff-a-Lympics and was a competitor on Yogi's Space Race.
  • Jabberjaw made cameo appearances in the Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode "Goodbye, Mr. Chump" and the Johnny Bravo episode "Johnny Goes Hollywood".
  • Jabberjaw appeared in the Sealab 2021 episode "Return of Marco". Here, he was one of many sharks impaled with spears by a tribe of aquatic cave dwellers called the Snarkells.
  • Jabberjaw and his friends appear in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "The Mystery Solvers State Finals", alongside other Hanna-Barbera detective teams in one of Scooby-Doo's fever dreams. Here, Jabberjaw was unable to breathe on land unless he was moisturized.
  • Jabberjaw was among the Hanna-Barbera characters featured in MetLife's 2012 Super Bowl commercial.

Jabberjaw in comic books

Jabberjaw has appeared in the following comic books:

  • Laff-a-Lympics (Marvel Comics, 1978/79)
  • Hanna-Barbera Presents (DC Comics, 1995)
  • Cartoon Network Presents (DC Comics, 1999)

In 1977, Charlton Comics planned a Jabberjaw comic book series, but it was canceled. In France, Jabberjaw has been featured in comic books under his French name, Montalo.

Home video releases

Jabberjaw was released on VHS on July 28, 1988 (first four episodes only), and on DVD on February 15, 2011 (complete series).

Other merchandise

In the late 1970s, licenced Jabberjaw merchandise included:

  • A lunch box and thermos
  • Two coloring books, Jabberjaw and the Neptunes and Jabberjaw Does It Again
  • Iron-on T-shirt transfers
  • A storybook, Jabberjaw Out West
  • A read-and-color book, Jabberjaw and the Rustlers
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • A Presto Magix dry transfer sheet
  • A bubble maker set by Imperial Toy
  • A school tablet
  • An Avon pendant

A bar in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, goes by the name of "Ike's Jabber Jaws."

Jabberjaw in other languages

  • Brazilian Portuguese: Tutubarão
  • Finnish: Hai Harvahammas
  • French: Montalo
  • German: Sharky
  • Italian: Lo squalo Jabber
  • Spanish: Mandibulín
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