Western Animation / Phantom Investigators

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Phantom Investigators was a show created by Stephen Holman and Josephine T. Huang with their studio, (W)Holesome Products, Inc. (already known for the KaBlam! short series, Life With Loopy), produced by Sony Pictures Television (then known as Columbia TriStar Television) for Kids' WB! in 2002. The show was known for mixing Stop Motion and traditional 2D hand drawn animation, as well as live action puppetry.

The show featured a team of four junior-high aged paranormal investigators who would solve supernatural mysteries around their hometown of San Francisco. The cast was comprised of the team leader, Daemona, a telekinetic, Jericho, a telepath, Kira, and a shapeshifter, Casey.

The show premiered on May 25, 2002 and became the highest rated show in it's 11:30 AM timeslot on Saturday mornings. While it looked like Kids WB had a new hit on their hands, the network was pretty upset over the show eventually slipping in ratings with younger male viewers while it grew with female viewers. This combined with Sony suddenly deciding to stop funding new animated shows (especially with the show's high production cost) caused the show to end after thirteen episodes. And due to WB's dissatisfaction with it not doing as well in the specific demographic that they wanted, only six episodes aired in the United States, with the show quietly being yanked off the schedule on June 29, 2002. The remaining seven episodes all premiered outside the US on Teletoon in Canada and various international feeds of Cartoon Network where available. It remains a very obscure series due to it's very short run and lack of an official commercial release, but it has it's own small following- especially among Life With Loopy fans that wanted to check out the studio's other work.

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  • Adorkable: Casey. Daemona even states in "Were-Dog" that he's "cute, smart, and adorable".
    • Daemona herself is pretty adorakble, with her being the only member on the team to wear her own costume while on the job (without even having any powers) and her constant attempts at a cheesy rhyming slogan for the team.
  • Alpha Bitch: Yasmine from "Stall Of Doom"
  • Animation Bump: In comparison to its predecessor, Life With Loopy, the animation is much more fluid as the show was produced on a larger budget.
  • Beta Bitch: Darnelle from "Stall Of Doom" was this to Yasmine.
  • Book Dumb: Jericho
  • Dead All Along: One episode saw the team try to help an amnesiac girl named Jenny, who was plagued by supernatural dreams. It turned out she was a ghost who was placed back in the human world in an accident, and the dreams were her family trying to explain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kira. Though all four members could be pretty snarky.
  • Disguised in Drag: Casey disguises as a mermaid at one point in "Skating The Plank".
  • The Ditz: Jericho has his moments.
  • The Fashionista: Kira
    Kira: Some things are worth fighting for- fashion happens to be one of them!
  • Feud Episode: "Stall Of Doom"
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: The Phantom Investigators- two girls and two boys.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Sphinx" is this to Jericho.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In "Ghosts on Film", Daemona's father decides that corn must be her favorite pizza topping because she eats it all the time. Daemona is both annoyed and extremely confused, pointing out corn as a pizza topping DOESN'T exist.
  • Insistent Terminology: Casey is not "in love" with Terri; he just has a "very deep like" for her.
  • Jerk Jock: Brad from "Birthday Presence"
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The Phantom Investigators have one as seen in "Ghosts On Film", consisting of Daemona saying the slogan while Jericho and Casey pose in monster masks on a cheap set.
  • Least Common Pizza Topping: In "Ghosts on Film", Daemona references this trope by telling her dad that corn isn't a pizza topping, "not even in California".
  • Lost in Character: "Ghosts on Film" came about due to the titular ghost's unfinished business involving finishing the film in question and being unable to escape his role; once the Investigators enable him to say the last line of the script, he returns to normal, thanking the Investigators before moving on to the afterlife.
  • Luminescent Blush: Casey in "The Fifth P.I." after Jericho points out that after the two of them came out from hiding in a clothes hamper, he still had underwear on his head.
  • Medium Blending: While most of the show was stop-motion animated, the ghosts were portrayed by live-action actors and the other supernatural creatures as puppets.
  • Missing Mom: Casey's mom is out of the picture. Her whereabouts are never brought up, either.
  • Non-Powered Costumed Hero: Daemona wore a mask and uniform while on the job, while the rest of the team dressed casually.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: They transform every night (at least every night seen in the episode) and some of them can turn dogs into weredogs, which are basically just dogs with a tendency to go berserk under the light of the moon.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Daemona and Jericho.
  • Redhead In Green: Daemona
  • Running Gag: Daemona coming up with a different rhyming slogan for the Phantom Investigators each time they get a phone call. Often with disapproving looks from the rest of the gang.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Casey and Jericho
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: In the episode featuring a dog groomer who had been turned into a werewolf because he had given a true werewolf a bad haircut, the groomer bites Casey when Casey is in the form of a dog, forcing him to stay in that form until they manage to cure the groomer.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Casey
  • Taught by Television: Daemona learned how to drive the Ghoul-Mobile through video games.
  • Team Pet: Wad, a chewing gum sprite.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Kira tries at this in "Haunted Train Ride". It doesn't take.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Daemona and Kira
  • True Companions: The Phantom Investigators.
  • World Building: Surprisingly, the show actually had a specific hierarchy of ghosts and monsters to follow, instead of just making it up as each episode went. At one point, the fact that a monster didn't seem to fit into any category was a plot point.