The Funky Phantom

Infobox Television
show_name = The Funky Phantom

genre = Cartoon series
director = William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
voices = Julie Bennet
Daws Butler
Tommy Cook
Jerry Dexter
Mickey Dolenz
Kristina Holland
country = USA
num_episodes = 17
executive_producer = William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
runtime = 30 min.
network = ABC
first_aired = September 11, 1971
last_aired = September 2, 1972
imdb_id = 0066656
tv_com_id = 23912

"The Funky Phantom" was a Saturday morning cartoon, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1971 for ABC.


Similar to Hanna-Barbera's successful "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!", "The Funky Phantom" featured three teenagers — Skip, April and Augie — and their dog Elmo. These four living beings solved spooky mysteries with the help of two ghostly companions, a Revolutionary War-era ghost named Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore and his cat, Boo. The two of them allegedly hid from the British inside a longcase clock during the Revolutionary War, but then couldn't get out and eventually died inside; their ghosts emerged from the clock almost two centuries later. The animation was produced for Hanna-Barbera by Australian studio Air Programs International.

The voice of Mudsy was provided by Daws Butler and was identical to his voice work for the character Snagglepuss, even down to the use of Snagglepusses catchphrases, such as appending sentences with the word "Even".

In the 1970s, comic books of "The Funky Phantom" were released by Western Publishing and Gold Key Comics.


* Daws Butler - Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore
* Micky Dolenz - Skip Gilroy
* Kristina Holland - April Stewart
* Tommy Cook - Augie Anderson
* Julie Bennet - Boo (cat)
* Jerry Dexter - Elmo (dog)


:FP-1. Don't Fool With a Phantom (9/11/1971):FP-2. Heir Scare (9/18/1971):FP-3. I'll Haunt You Later (9/25/1971):FP-4. Who's Chicken (10/2/1971):FP-5. The Headless Horseman (10/9/1971):FP-6. Spirit Spooked (10/16/1971):FP-7. Ghost Town Ghost (10/23/1971):FP-8. We Saw a Sea Serpent (10/30/1971):FP-9. Haunted in Inn (11/6/1971):FP-10. Mudsy Joins the Circus (11/13/1971):FP-11. Pigskin Predicament (11/20/1971):FP-12. The Liberty Bell Caper (11/27/1971):FP-13. April Foolish Day (12/4/1971):FP-14. The Forest's Prime-Evil (12/11/1971):FP-15. The Hairy Scary Houndman (12/18/1971):FP-16. Mudsy and Muddlemore Manor (12/25/1971):FP-17. Ghost Grabbers (1/1/1972)

Other appearances

Mudsy appeared in the "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law" episode "High Speed Buggy Chase" voiced by Chris Edgerly. The question "What makes the Funky Phantom so funky?" is finally asked and answered.

DVD release

Coming soon on DVD from Warner Home Video: To Be Announced.

External links

* [ "The Funky Phantom" according to Wingnut]
* [ "The Funky Phantom"] at the Big Cartoon DataBase
* [ "The Funky Phantom" at]
* [ The show's opening, on YouTube]

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