Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jaws Week: Animated Inspiration

Yes, it's a whole new week, but since I still have some Jaws material left over, I'm keeping it going, for a couple of days anyway.

Today, I bring you three cartoons that don't directly have anything to do with Jaws, but get their inspiration from the shark consciousness of general pop culture based in large part on Jaws.  First up, Hanna-Barbera's Jabberjaw, released just a year after the release of Jaws.  This shark, however, is not only friendly, he bears a striking resemblance to Curly Howard from the Three Stooges.  Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!

Next, from Depatie-Freleng, the studio that brought you the Pink Panther cartoons, here is Mister Jaw, who is a snappy dresser and sounds suspiciously like Arte Johnson of Laugh-In.  His catfish partner is voiced by longtime character actor Arnold Stang.

Finally, a more recent example is the Discovery Kids Network's Kenny The Shark, a tiger shark who lives with a young suburban girl.  Here, Kenny deals with a bully killer whale.


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