Misterjaw (left) with sidekick Catfish (right)
in Merry Sharkman, Merry Sharkman
Portrayed by Arte Johnson
Species Great White Shark
Gender Male

Misterjaw is a 34-episode made-for-television cartoon series, produced at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in 1976 for The Pink Panther and Friends television series on NBC.


Misterjaw (voiced by Arte Johnson) was a blue-colored great white shark (who wore a purple vest with white collar, a black bow tie and black top hat) who liked to leap out of the water and shout "HEEGotcha!" or "Gotcha!" at unsuspecting folks who would run off in terror. He spoke with a German accent and was known to mispronounce words, such as "knucklehead" pronounced as "ka-nucklehead". He also had a sidekick, a green-scaled, brown bowler hatted Brooklyn-accented catfish named Catfish (voiced by Arnold Stang) who usually referred to Misterjaw as "boss" or "chief"; Misterjaw usually called Catfish either "pal-ly", "fella" or "sonny" when in a good mood, or names like "dumbkoff", "knucklehead" or "macaroni brain" when irritated. At times, Misterjaw would mistakenly address his sidekick as "Dogfish", only to correct himself a split second later by saying "I mean, Catfish."

The primary goal of Misterjaw and Catfish was to catch Harry Halibut (voiced by Bob Ogle). In several instances, the duo were pursued by Fearless Freddy the Shark Hunter (voiced by Paul Winchell) in Merry Sharkman, Merry Sharkman and To Catch a Halibut.

All entries were directed by Robert McKimson (who died suddenly after production was completed) with co-direction from Sid Marcus and produced by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng. The music and score for the series were composed by Doug Goodwin. A brief version of the John Williams Jaws theme was used with the variation of the two note theme. None of the shorts contained any credit information; only the series title, episode title and 1976 copyright, and end titles were shown. All episodes include a laugh track.


All episodes directed by Robert McKimson and Sid Marcus

  1. Flying Fool
  2. Shopping Spree
  3. To Catch a Halibut
  4. Beach Resort
  5. Monster of the Deep
  6. Showbiz Shark
  7. Aladdin's Lump
  8. Little Red Riding Halibut
  9. The Codfather
  10. Davey Jones' Locker
  11. Flying Saucer
  12. The Shape of Things
  13. Caught In The Act
  14. Merry Sharkman, Merry Sharkman
  15. Sea Chase
  16. Aloha, Hah, Hah!
  17. Never Shake Hands With a Piranha
  18. Stand-In Room Only
  19. The Fishy Time Machine
  20. Transistorized Shark
  21. The $6.95 Bionic Shark
  22. Moulin Rogues
  23. Holiday in Venice
  24. Shark and the Beanstalk
  25. The Aquanuts
  26. Cannery Caper
  27. Fish Anonymous
  28. Maguiness Book of Records
  29. Cool Shark
  30. Deep Sea Rodeo
  31. Mama
  32. Easy Come Easy Go
  33. No Man's Halibut
  34. Sweat Hog Shark

Production notes

Home Media


In Short Monster for Deep was released for VHS on 1987, it is part of Cartoon Festival.

DVD / Blu-ray

The complete series will be digitally remastered, issued (first 17 cartoons on disc 1 and final 17 cartoons) on its own two-disc Blu-Ray/DVD collection by Kino International in 2016. [1] But it is unknown if it will be released before the end of the year.


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