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No. of episodes
17 (list of episodes)

Final episode date
1 January 1972


Country of origin
United States

First episode date
11 September 1971

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Directed by
William HannaJoseph Barbera

Voices of
Daws ButlerTommy CookJerry DexterMicky DolenzKristina HollandDon Messick

American Broadcasting Company


The funky phantom theme song

The Funky Phantom is a Saturday morning cartoon, produced for Hanna-Barbera Productions by Australian production company Air Programs International in 1971 for ABC.


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Trying to find shelter from a storm while driving their "Looney Duney" dune buggy, three teenagers — the brainy redhead Skip Gilroy, the blonde beauty April Stewart and Skip's brother; the brawny dark-haired Augie Anderson — and their dog Elmo, entered an old house where a grandfather clock displayed the incorrect time. Upon setting the clock to midnight, it released two Revolutionary War-era ghosts: an American patriot named Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore and his cat, whom he had trained to respond to the name of Boo. The two explained that, during the Revolutionary War, they had stumbled upon two Redcoats and ended up hiding inside the clock, but also that they then were unable to get out of the clock 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.


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The character voice of Mudsy was provided by Daws Butler and was identical to his voice work for Snagglepuss, "down to the use of Snagglepuss's catchphrases, Even." (In turn, Butler's Snagglepuss voice was in impersonation of that of actor Bert Lahr.)

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a studio-created laugh track, and indeed, it was one of the first such productions to do so. Syndicated versions on Cartoon Network and Boomerang have the track muted.


The Funky Phantom premiered on ABC-TV on September 11, 1971, with 17 episodes running for two years on Saturday-morning television.

Principal cast

  • Daws Butler – Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore, Fingers
  • Tommy Cook – "Augie" Anderson
  • Jerry Dexter – Elmo the Dog
  • Micky Dolenz – Skip Gilroy
  • Kristina Holland – April Stewart
  • Don Messick – Boo the Cat, Farmer Higgins, Raven/Otis Carter, Chickenman/Mr. Angus, Ichabod Crane, Mayor (in "We Saw a Sea Serpent"), Packy, Bill Sands, Lifeguard (in "Haunted in Inn"), Spirit of '76/Hank Miller
  • Additional voices

  • Julie Bennett – Widow Wilson
  • Casey Kasem – Professor Lundgren, Winfield Wheely
  • Jim MacGeorge
  • Allan Melvin
  • Barney Phillips
  • Mike Road
  • Hal Smith – Houndman/Barkley
  • John StephensonGhost of Lafitte/Malcolm Rogers, Headless Horseman, Gas Station Attendant (in "We Saw a Sea Serpent"), Black Lake Creature, Mr. Warnock, Hugo, Ghost of Widow Wilson's Inn, Parafiend, Slippery Stark
  • George Tyler –
  • Janet Waldo – Lori Elwood
  • Comics

    In the 1970s, comic books of The Funky Phantom were released by Western Publishing and Gold Key Comics. The comics were both original stories as well as adaptations of some of the TV episodes. The stories in the comics, however, took a different turn from the TV episodes. While on the show, the "ghost" was always a villain in a mask (like Scooby-Doo), in some of the original comic stories, the villains would often turn out to be other ghosts from on or around the colonial era. (The show never addressed why it seemed that there were no other ghosts besides Mudsy and Boo.) The comics even did a twist on the series when the gang traveled back to colonial times via an erratic time machine, only to find out that the kids are now the ghosts (the machine could only transport spiritual matter) and Mudsy is once more inside his original flesh-and-blood body. Also, the comics introduced a new regular character who never appeared in the show. Priscilla Atwater, a ghostly matron from Mudsy's time, who lusted after Mudsy and pursued him actively, although she tended to flirt with about any other ghost who came along.

    Other appearances

  • Mudsy appeared in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "High Speed Buggy Chase," where he was voiced by Chris Edgerly. The question "What makes the Funky Phantom so funky?" is finally asked and answered.
  • Mudsy and his friends appear in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals" with Mudsy voiced by Tom Kenny and Boo voiced by Rick D. Wasserman. He and his team appear alongside other Hanna-Barbera mystery teams (consisting of Mystery Inc., Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, and Captain Caveman) in a fever dream of Scooby-Doo's. When the teenage sleuths are kidnapped by a flaming skeletal spirit called Lord Infernicus (also voiced by Rick D. Wasserman), the sidekicks are left to solve the mystery. Mudsy believes Scooby cannot solve the case. It is revealed that Mudsy is the true culprit and not a real ghost, but a down-on-his-luck actor who joined a team of teen sleuths who mistook him for a real ghost. Tired of being reduced to sidekick status, he kidnapped the teenage sleuths so he could become the hero instead of a sidekick and send the kids to Africa, which was in desperate need of teen mystery solvers in his eyes. Boo then states, "You lied to me," and attacks Mudsy. When Scooby wakes up, he finds that the State Finals have been moved to next week with the chairman that arrived having a strange resemblance to Mudsy. Of course, since this was just a dream and the fact that this is Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc, this isn't canon to the actual Funky Phantom show.
  • Home Media releases

    On October 26, 2010, Warner Archive released The Funky Phantom: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and The series is also available in Digital media format at iTunes Store for Apple mobile device owners to download their favorite episodes or complete series after purchases.


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