Thursday, March 10, 2016

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The 1st episode of Jabberjaw (1976)

After 4 years away from Hanna-Barbera, Joe Ruby & Ken Spears returned to the studio for a 2 year hitch in 1976, as they'd launch their own studio 2 years later. The duo developed two series for H-B, and also created the live-action Electra Woman & Dyna Girl for The Krofft Supershow, another ABC frosh in '76.

Jabberjaw was set 100 years into the future, and the titular shark (Frank Welker) was a domesticated drummer for a rock band. The Neptunes, who probably can't use that name for a revival due to the real-life group fronted by Pharrell Williams, unless he's a fan of Jabberjaw, were a futuristic analogue for Josie & The Pussycats, the Archie comics band that H-B had a license for a few years earlier.

In the series opener, "Dr. Lo Has Got to Go", the gang takes on the titular mad scientist (Keye Luke) and his size changing dragon......



Wouldn't be at all surprised if Ruby & Spears also developed CBS' Clue Club, the other H-B freshman entry that year.

Rating: B.

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