This was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid, although I didn’t get to see it too terribly much; see, it came on during the Pink Panther and Friends show on NBC–a Pink Panther cartoon would be first, then,randomly, one of the companion cartoons would be aired, such as Misterjaw, The Tijuana Toads, The Inspector, or The Ant and the Aardvark—all great-looking cartoons and very funny.
Misterjaw was brought to life in voice by Arte Johnson. If you watched Laugh-In, you’d remember him as the German soldier with the catchphrase “Verrrry interesting”. Appropriately, Johnson’s shark alter ego spoke with a German accent and mispronounced words frequently, such as “knucklehead” pronounced as “ka-nucklehead”.
With his sidekick, Catfish (voiced by Arnold Stang) egging him on, Misterjaw liked to leap out of the water and shout “HEEGotcha!” or “Gotcha!” at unsuspecting fishermen or beachgoers who would flee in terror, yelling “SHARK!!” The duo also spent a lot of time chasing a small fish named Harry Halibut. They also seemed to have a strange ability to come on land at will and walk or run around–well, that’s cartoons for ya. 🙂