Starring: Tommy Cook, Barry Gordon, Julie McWhirter, Pat Parris, Frank Welker
Created By: Joe Ruby, Ken Spears
Studio: Warner Bros
Jabberjaw is another Hanna-Barbera animated show from the 70s that brings back a lot of memories. If you’re craving to see the complete Jabberjaw collection on DVD, then this is something worth checking out!
This animated show was a Saturday morning show which aired in 1976-1977, and was created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, produced by Hanna-Barbera. The complete series is only 16 episodes, but they are 20 something minutes long without commercials. The show takes place in 2076 and is centered around a Great White Shark named Jabberjaw, who also happens to be a drummer of a rock and roll band called The Neptunes. Yes, I know, just go along with this. Jabberjaw talks like Curly from The Three Stooges, to the point that it’s distracting. How the show didn’t get sued is beyond me. But anyway…Jabberjaw’s teen band teen members Biffy, Shelly, Bubbles and Clamhead also dabble in deep sea crime fighting with the shark. The group goes from underwater city to underwater city and fight villains that want to, of course, take over the world…or the sea. Cue evil laugh.
Jabberjaw isn’t very original, considering it’s very similar to Scooby Doo, Speed Buggy and Josie and the Pussycats. Just insert a different animal with humans and have them fighting crime and you got a show. Of course I didn’t mind watching this show as a kid. I always remember the theme song, which I believe got more irritating over time. As an adult, watching some of these shows can be rough but honestly, I’d rather watch this or when I have kids, show them these kind of shows instead of the new garbage that is out there. These cartoons are classic.
As oppose to Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, the animation for Jabberjaw wasn’t as bad as that but I still don’t believe it’s as good as Scooby Doo and other better HB shows. Another similarity to other Hanna-Barbera cartoons is Jabberjaw used a laugh track. I always hated that, and it makes watching these cartoons unwatchable sometimes because of that. I have no idea why they decided to do that when they made these shows.
But with all the complaining I tend to do in reviews, Jabberjaw is still a fun cartoon to watch. It’s kind of amusing to see what animators and the creators of the show thought the world would have been like in 2076. Honestly, that’s not that far off but I doubt we’ll be living underwater then. Anything can happen I guess, I just don’t see giant Great White Sharks who play the drums & talk like Curly is gonna happen…ever. If you’re nostalgic for some Saturday morning cartoon fun, Jabberjaw DVD would be a good option. Please note: this is a MOD DVD and may no work on all DVD players or recorders (like on your computer). Plus, this wasn’t remastered so the video and audio don’t look the greatest. This is still worth buying if you enjoyed the show when it aired.
Bottom Line: Jabberjaw is a clone of other animated shows but it’s still fun to watch!
Running Time: 336 mins