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Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

PG  |  Video  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  9 September 1997 (USA)
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Casper tells the story of how he became such a good-natured ghost.



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D'Juan Watts ...
Store Owner
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Rated PG for language, crude humor and threatening situations | See all certifications »

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Casper II: Ghost Central Station  »

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Ben Stein & Rodney Dangerfield were the only actors who have previously appeared in the original Casper movie. See more »


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Fatso: Ooh Gribbit.
Stretch: Bull...
Stinky: doze...
Fatso: er.
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References Big Bad Beetleborgs (1996) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Published by Eifoata Music/Harvey Famous Music
Produced by Ian Christian Mickus and Paul Gordon
Performed by C.T.F.G.
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Empty-headed tat
13 June 2014 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

The signs for this direct-to-video prequel aren't good, as it a) exists, and b) opens with a crappy title song and CGI ghost train sequence, but it doesn't really matter as the rest of the movie isn't any good either. This is a pretty desperate case of creative bankruptcy and it doesn't do itself any favours with its sloppy direction, tacky scripting and half-assed performances.

Steve Guttenberg is the workaholic dad with no time for his bullied son (off the shelf plot B-52X) who wants to tear down an old house to make room for a mini mall (off the shelf plot D-92B). Not only is a bunch of protesters opposed to the demolition, but the house is occupied by ghosts - Casper and his uncles. Much hilarity fails to ensue.

This yawn-inducing caper is a charmless, pointless and hopeless ninety minutes of dusty ideas and cut-price CG effects with Casper reduced to a subplot and too many boring stories floating about, none of which are remotely interesting. Michael McKean brightens things up a bit as a nutty demolitions expert, so thank god for him.

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