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
)—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:
- Actor Allusion: Probably unintentional, but amusing enough—when Skip is hanging from a tree branch in the last episode, Augie remarks "I always knew he was part monkey." Micky Dolenz—most famous as the drummer for The Monkees—voiced Skip.
- Ascended Extra/Stalker with a Crush: In the Gold Key comics, Mudsy had one in the form of Revolutionary War belle spirit Priscilla Atwater.
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn:
- Skip: Brains
- April: Beauty
- Augie: Brawn
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: April, Skip, and Augie.
- Catch Phrase: Mudsy's "It's Funky Phantom time!"
- Comic Book Adaptation: Eleven issues by Western Publishing Company's Gold Key division (March 1972 - March 1974).
- Dangerously Short Skirt: April's skirt is too short for comfort.
- Expository Theme Tune: There were two—one performed by the kids and another (after three episodes) by some studio performers.
- Expy: Mudsy is essentially Snagglepuss in the form of a human ghost from the American Revolution.
- Five-Man Band:
- Headless Horseman
- Hey, It's That Voice!: The Monkees' Micky Dolenz was the voice of Skip.
- That's Daws Butler doing his Snagglepuss voice for Mudsy, right down to his verbal tics, even.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: Mudsy (along with several other Hanna-Barbera characters) appeared in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "The Mystery Solvers Club State Finals".
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Averted as of 2010; the entire series was released on DVD through Warner Archive.
- Love Triangle: Possibly one of these with Augie, April, and Skip. Augie and Skip fight for April's attention and she seems attracted to them both to a certain extent.
- Magic Skirt: April jumps up and down wearing a pleated cheerleader skirt in "Pigskin Predicament," and it does not flip up.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Punny Name: Henry Fowler, who runs Chicken Delicious, and Mr. Angus, who owns an angus and roast beef chain.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax
- Scooby Stack
- Smurfette Principle: April is the only girl in the group.
- Team Pet: Elmo and Boo.
- Title Scream