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(1995)

Trivia

Items from the set were placed on display for many years at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
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During filming, Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman had to talk to tennis balls in place of the ghosts, while the digital ghosts were added later on.
The last name of Christina Ricci's and Bill Pullman's characters is "Harvey". Harvey Comics is the long time publisher of "Casper the Friendly Ghost".
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 being pulled by a ghost.
The town of Friendship, Maine is the name of a real village in mid-coast Maine, near Camden and Rockport, where scenes from the movie were filmed.
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).
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.
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.
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.
It's implicit in the doctor Harvey's possession scene by the three ghost uncles that the three cameos ( Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield and Mel Gibson) matches to each of the Casper uncles when they were alive (Stretch- Eastwood, Fatso- Dangerfield and Stinkie- Gibson).
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.
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.
Director Brad Silberling wanted something unusual for the design of Whipstaff Manor for this movie. Production Designer Leslie Dilley suggested up front that they should go with a house that's not the stereotypical haunted house, which is usually Victorian, and offered up a different style of architecture-Gaudiesque.

You can see obvious elements of architectural influence from Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batlló, a house he designed in Barcelona in the early 1900's, on Whipstaff Manor. The outside of Whipstaff echoes the famous undulating exterior of Gaudi's Batlló with the 'whale jaw' balconies, the painted diamond "tiling" seen inside the entry mirrors the "dragon scale" roof of Batlló, the main room borrows directly from the unique stained glass, woodwork, and organic shapes found on the Noble Floor of Batlló, and the swirled ceiling seen in Whipstaff Manor is an almost identical replica of the ceiling in Batlló.
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Bill Pullman and Devon Sawa also appeared in The Guilty (2000).
Alex Proyas was in talks to direct at one point.
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The sentence being diagrammed on the chalkboard in the classroom reads "Paul Revere and William Dawes saw & warned."
The house that was used for Whipstaff Manor was also used to film scenes from the Backstreet Boys' music video, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". Most notably is the ballroom dance sequence from this music video.
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Devon Sawa plays Casper in his human form at the Halloween party.
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In Casper (1995), Christina Ricci's character, Kat, has a mother who's deceased. In Now and Then (1995), Ricci's character, Roberta's mother is also deceased.
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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Bill Pullman's character name is James, which is Pullman's middle name in real-life.
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Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson, the famous Hollywood actors, into whom Dr. Harvey changes, when he is possessed by Stretch, Stinky, and Fatso, are famous for playing vigilante policemen in classic action film franchises: Clint Eastwood is famous for playing Detective Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971) and it's sequels, which Eastwood played from 1971-1988, and Mel Gibson is famous for playing Max Rockatansky in Mad Max (1979) and it's sequels, which he played for 1979-1985.
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This is the first live action film to feature voice actor Brad Garrett who voiced Fatso. His next four live action film voice roles are Luca from Garfield (2004) Riff Raf from Underdog (2007) Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and Eeyore from Christopher Robin (2018).
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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, into whom Dr. Harvey turns, while possessed by The Ghostly Trio.
Clint Eastwood: One of the people, into whom Dr. Harvey turns, while possessed by The Ghostly Trio.
Don Novello: As Father Guido Sarducci (from Saturday Night Live (1975)), the Catholic priest hired by Carrigan to perform an exorcism on the mansion.
Rodney Dangerfield: One of the people, into whom Dr. Harvey turns, while possessed by The Ghostly Trio.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In Casper's backstory: Casper died from pneumonia at the age of twelve.

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