Parents' Guide to

Funky Phantom

By KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

1970s Scooby knock-off is dated but fun.

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Kids who like Scooby will like this show, too. They'll actually appreciate the familiarity of the characters and the plots, which have just a slight twist. Here, the ghost angle yields its own little formula: At the end of every episode, the helpless heir/scientist/traveling carnival owner gets to say something along the lines of "We've solved every part of the mystery but one -- if I didn't know better, I'd swear there was a ghost here!" and we can all have a knowing laugh. Young kids not yet versed in the ways of cartoons enjoy this.

Making a bunch of cookie-cutter shows may have been a bit lacking as a strategy for an entire cartoon studio, but it certainly works for 5- and 6-year-olds. The violence is as minimal as you'd think, mostly consisting of knocking people over and scooping them up into contrived net traps. The "monsters" and other otherworldly types might be frightening to younger children -- though if they do watch, they'll quickly understand that these creatures are never real. Funky Phantom airs on Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel, which means there are no ads except for other Cartoon Network programming.

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