Western Animation / Jabberjaw

The Neptunes in concert. Don't worry, the drummer is harmless. note 

"Me and my friends get no respect,
What does Scooby do that we neglect?
We be puttin' all our foes in check,
but me and my friends get no respect!"
Pain, from their song "Running Underwater"

In 1976, Hanna-Barbera created this show for ABC as a response to the popularity of the film Jaws. Frank Welker based the lead character's voice on Curly Howard from The Three Stooges, along with Rodney Dangerfield's Catch Phrase, "I don't get no respect." note 

Jabberjaw, an amphibious shark, is the drummer in a rock band called the Neptunes. His human friends are guitarist Biff, bassist Clamhead, keyboardist Bubbles and tambourinist Shelly; the last appeared to be allergic to Jabberjaw's displays of affection. When they're not making music, Jabberjaw and his friends solve mysteries Under the Sea, in yet another variation on the Scooby-Doo formula. They live in a future when the ocean floor has been extensively colonized, with domed cities and the like.

In subsequent seasons, Jabberjaw was a referee in Laff-A-Lympics and a competitor in Yogi's Space Race.

Cartoon Network did a short music video in the 1990s that revisioned the Neptunes as an alternative-rock band, with Clamhead as a trumpeter; the video still airs regularly as filler on the Boomerang network.

This series provides examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Shelly is this in general, but it's usually directed at Jabberjaw.
  • Artistic License - Physics: Plentiful, not to mention how Jabber walks.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In one episode Shelly and Clamhead are turned into sharks and, along with Jabberjaw, 'trained' to become remorseless destroyers. It works about as well as you'd think.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Used in the first episode, where the main characters plummet to Earth from a rocket.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Jabberjaw threatened to sue Shelley for plagiarism when she borrowed his.
  • Butt Monkey: Jabberjaw... even his catchphrase lampshades it!
  • Catch Phrase: Jabber's "No Respect! No Respect!", Biff's "Hoppin' Halibuts!", and "Jumpin' Jellyfish!", and Clamhead's "Wowwy-wow-wow!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander / Dumb Blonde: Bubblesnote 
  • Detective Animal: Jabberjaw helps Biff, Shelly, Bubbles, and Clamhead solve mysteries in a futuristic underwater world.
  • Domed Hometown: Pretty much every underwater city has to be domed.
  • Expy: Shelly and Bubbles resemble Alexandra and Melody, respectively.
    • Clamhead resembles Shaggy. Lampshaded in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
    • Jabberjaw does speak a bit like Curly, and can fit the part to a degree, beside being a shark.
    • In one episode, the group of villains are designed to look like Zorak but follow the orders of a different alien.
  • Flintstone Theming: Most places in the show are parody names but with an underwater theme.
  • The Future: Press materials and one song indicate that this show takes place in the year 2062.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In "No Helpin' the Sculpin", Clamhead is mistaken for a scientist. The others show up to try to help him 'fix' the time machine the Sculpin has him working on. They, of course, are just trying to scam him to let Clamhead go. But it turns out they actually fix it to work.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Shelly once used Jabberjaw's catchphrase. Jabberjaw threatened to sue her for that.
  • Jerk Ass: Shelly, although sometimes she was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr Lo, The Octopus and The Phantom of the Kelp, among others.
  • Only Sane Woman: Despite her vanity, Shelly is sane enough to see the flaws in Biff or Bubbles' idiotic ideas.

Who's gonna talk like Curly, since Curly isn't here?
Who's gonna chase down villains and then turn around and run in fear?
Who's gonna stand for justice, when bad guys break the law?
You know who I'm talkin' about, we're Clamhead, Shelly, Bubbles, and Biff,
but if you're catchin' a whiff of fish, it's Jabberjaw!
Pain, From their song "Running Underwater"