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(1995)

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The first feature film with a computer-animated lead character.
For the scene where Casper drags Kat out the window and then takes her to the lighthouse, Christina Ricci had a piece of fishing line tied to her wrist to give the appearance of been pulled by a ghost.
The last name of the Christina Ricci's and Bill Pullman's characters is "Harvey". Harvey Comics is the long time publisher of "Casper the Friendly Ghost".
The town of "Friendship, Maine" is actually the name of a real village in Mid-coast Maine, near Camden and Rockport where scenes from the movie were filmed.
During the filming Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman had to talk to tennis balls in place of the ghosts while the digital ghost were added later on.
Casper's last name is McFadden. This is made clear in the newspaper headline on the floor when Christina Ricci's character reads about Casper's father in the old clippings.
This is the second movie in which Christina Ricci is the love interest of Devon Sawa (Casper in his human form). The other one is Now and Then (1995).
Items from the set were placed on display for many years at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
A live-action sequel was proposed, and a preliminary script was drafted, when production wrapped. Unfortunately, Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman were attached to other projects, and would not be available for more than a year. The producers decided to produce a cartoon series instead.
A musical scene, titled "Lucky Enough to Be A Ghost," was scripted and filmed. The three ghosts sang about their mental problems during a session with Dr. Harvey. It was dropped because of cost; the animation would have cost a few million dollars.
Kat says the mansion would be perfect for Stephen King. He is a Maine-based writer known for his supernatural stories that include ghosts and haunted houses.
A scene was filmed with Zelda Rubinstein shooting out of a chimney and shouting "Go toward the light!", reprising her role from Poltergeist (1982), but it was cut.
Bill Pullman and Devon Sawa appeared together many years later in the film The Guilty (2000)
The sentence being diagrammed on the chalkboard in the classroom reads "Paul Revere and William Dawes saw & warned."
In order to come up with a goofy/scared expression while seeing a spooky ghost in Casper The Friendly Ghost, Bill Pullman imagined that he had seen a ghost.
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In Casper (1995), Christina Ricci's character Kat has a mother who's deceased. In Now And Then (1995), Christina Ricci's character Roberta's mother is also deceased.
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Cathy Moriarty was in an episode of Tales from the Crypt in 1992. In the scene where Dr Harvey is possessed by the ghosts he turns into the crypt keeper at one point.
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Cameo 

Dan Aykroyd: As Dr. Raymond Stantz (from Ghostbusters (1984)) who runs out of the house frantically and says, "Who you gonna call? Someone else!"
Mel Gibson: One of the people Dr. Harvey turns into while possessed by The Ghostly Trio.
Clint Eastwood: One of the people Dr. Harvey turns into while possessed by The Ghostly Trio.
Rodney Dangerfield: One of the people Dr. Harvey turns into while possessed by The Ghostly Trio.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

After Casper transformed James to being human again, neither James nor Kat said thanks.

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