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 Yogis 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.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Used in the first episode, where the main characters plummet to Earth from a rocket.
  • 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.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Jabberjaw threatened to sue Shelley for plagiarism when she borrowed his.
  • Catch Phrase: 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.
  • Expy: Shelly and Bubbles resemble Alexandra and Melody, respectively.
    • And they sometimes stand like Daphne and Velma.
    • Clamhead resembles Shaggy.
    • 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.
  • Tailfin Walking: How Jabberjaw gets around.
  • Threatening Shark:
    • Subverted, as Jabberjaw is harmless to humans. Though not to Shelly, for different reasons.
    • Played with by a Villain of the Week who turned his Mooks into sharks, and by a shark woman who tried to seduce Jabberjaw.
  • Totally Radical: Seriously, who in real life actually says "Wowwy-wow-wow!"?!

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"