Western Animation / The Funky Phantom

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A Hanna-Barbera series similar to their earlier success Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, The Funky Phantom features 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".


The Funky Phantom provides examples of:

  • 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: Utilized to an extent but variable. In that Augie isn't always that dumb and that Skip isn't always that nerdy. As such Skip is actually quarterback of the high school football team, with Augie his halfback.
    • Skip: Brains
    • April: Beauty
    • Augie: Brawn
  • Beach Episode: "Haunt-In Inn" has a beach scene with the guys in swimsuits and April in a bikini.
    • Bonus for Fanservice, the same episode has April in a nightgown that appears just as short as her usual skirt.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The subject of "The Forest's Prime Evil".
  • 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).
  • Cool Car: The Looney Duney and the car they build in the first episode.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: April's skirt is too short for comfort.
  • Damsel in Distress: All the characters have been captured by a bad guy at least once in the series run.
  • Expository Theme Tune: There were two—one performed by the kids and another (after three episodes) by some studio performers.
  • Expy: Mudsy's voice is being done in the same way as Snagglepuss, even down to the same verbal tics. But that is really as far as that goes between the two characters.
  • Feuding Families: The Muddlemores and the Iversions have a feud over a courting issue.
  • Fun with Acronyms: April thinks up one on the spot as "The Young People's Protective League For the Perseveration of Historical Monuments". Skip later lampshades this as saying it is also known by it's phonetically spelt acronym as "yep-le-fuhm".
  • Generation Xerox: In The Headless Horsemen episode, the town of Sleepy Hollow has it's own perfect equivalents to Ichabod, Katrina and Brom.
  • Headless Horseman: An episode features one as the monster of the week.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Mudsy sometimes acts like this. He sometimes goes on about speeches of things he claims he totally witnessed when alive that the kids call out that is not what the history books said happened.
  • 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.
    • Played with that in one episode Augie and Skip gravitate to a different girl making April jealous. And when April gravitates to another guy, Augie and Skip are united in getting their girl back. This no doubt leading to One True Threesome ideas.
  • Magic Skirt: April jumps up and down wearing a pleated cheerleader skirt in "Pigskin Predicament", and it does not flip up.
  • Origins Episode: "Ghost Grabbers" features a flashback to show how Mudsy and Boo ended up in the clock.
  • Our Ghosts are Different: Mudsy and Boo can "tune out" to disappear and do various tricks.
  • Punny Name: Henry Fowler, who runs Chicken Delicious, and Mr. Angus, who owns an angus and roast beef chain in "Who's Chicken"
    • Two pickpockets named Lefty and Fingers in "Pigskin Predicament"
  • Real After All: The real Bigfoot comes to the gang's rescue from the fake one in "The Forest's Prime-Evil"
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Originally played very straight but averted in a few episodes, one of which had mundane thieves and another had a gimmick supervillain more in line with something out of Dynomutt Dog Wonder.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Mudsy and Boo die in the clock. When the kids find it try to fix it (bad enough the clock door got stuck but the time wasn't even right) they released Mudsy and Boo who become their friends, which Mudsy uses his powers to help them.
  • The Smurfette Principle: April is the only girl in the group.
  • Team Pet: Elmo and Boo.
  • Title Scream: They scream the title at the end of the opening.
  • Twin Switch: In "Heir Scare" in an attempt for the butler and maid to get an inheritance they switch the real heir with a fake twin.
    • In "The Hairy Scary Houndman" the titular Hairy Scary Houndman dognaps Elmo instead of the prize winning dog given they look near exactly alike.

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