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There's Good Boos To-Night (1948)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Drama | 23 April 1948 (USA)
Casper makes friends with a fox cub. But the new friendship is threatened when a fox hunter and his two hounds come on the scene.

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Frank Gallop ...
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Poor lonely Casper the friendly ghost keeps scaring away prospective friends. Then a little fox cub who doesn't know better befriends him, and all is fine until a hunter comes along... Written by Thomas Pluck <stripey@winternet.com>

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons have never been more heart-wrenching
26 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Of the Famous Studios cartoons (whose output is somewhat inconsistent), There's Good Boos To-Night is towards the better half. It does help though that this was made during a period where their cartoons were visually great, and when they weren't as repetitive. As well as being a very early Casper cartoon, only the second in fact), There's Good Boos To-Night is one of the better ones, it's a pity that it's also one of the rarer ones.

The animation is great throughout, it is luscious, beautifully drawn with incredibly atmospheric backgrounds with the standouts being the spooky opening and the arrival of the hunters. Winston Sharples' music is outstanding, melodically it's haunting but also whimsical and gorgeous to listen to. Standing out in particular is the wonderfully creepy music for the opening credits sequence which sets the tone of the cartoon very well indeed. There's Good Boos To-Night is somewhat different for a Casper cartoon, anyone looking for hilarity or fun are better off seeing something else. As far as the Casper cartoons go, There's Good Boos To-Night is by far the most heart-wrenching, the ending is incredibly poignant (complete with a joyous final fifteen seconds or so), without being mawkish or manipulative (the emotion is very genuine), no other Casper cartoon comes close to the emotional impact this one has.

It is also very cute with the friendship between Casper and Ferdie, which there could have been a little more of perhaps, and it's quite intense for a Famous Studios cartoon at the climax (some youngsters may find it a little too disturbing) but incredibly suspenseful at the same time. The opening is very spooky and it certainly does treat the subject of death with respect. It's nicely scripted too, if slightly heavy on the sentimentality. Casper is very endearing, and you really feel his pain and sadness at wanting a friend and then losing him, while Ferdie is adorable. The voice acting is very good, with some very distinguished narration and Casper is very empathetically voiced.

All in all, a great and beautifully done Casper cartoon but may not be to everybody's tastes. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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