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Western Animation: The Funky Phantom

A Hanna-Barbera series not unlike their earlier success Scooby-Doo, The Funky Phantom featured three teenagers Skip, April and Augie and their dog, Elmo. While trying to get out of a storm, they entered an old house where the longcase clock was wrong. Upon setting the clock to midnight, they released two ghosts: Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore, a ghost from The American Revolution, and his cat, Boo. The two of them allegedly hid inside the clock from the British during the Revolutionary War, but then couldn't get out and eventually died inside. Ever since being freed by their new friends, Mudsy and Boo have accompanied them on many mysteries, always giving an invisible helping hand.

The show—Hanna-Barbera's first series with animation farmed out overseas (Air Programs in Sydney, Australia)—aired on ABC in 1971. The voice of Mudsy, provided by Daws Butler, was identical to his voice work for the character Snagglepuss. Butler went so far as to include Snagglepuss' catch phrases, such as appending sentences with the word "even".

This cartoon provides examples of:

Filly FuntasiaFantasy Western AnimationGaltar and the Golden Lance
Filmation's GhostbustersGhost FictionThe Real Ghostbusters
Foster's Home for Imaginary FriendsCreator/BoomerangThe Garfield Show
Fritz the CatThe Dark Age of AnimationGerald McBoing-Boing
Fred and Barney Meet the ThingWestern Animation of the 1970sThe Godzilla Power Hour
FoofurCreator/Hanna-BarberaFrankenstein Jr.
The Fonz and the Happy Days GangSaturday Morning CartoonGargoyles
Fugget About ItWestern AnimationThe Funny Company

alternative title(s): The Funky Phantom
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