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Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

Casper tells the story of how he became such a good-natured ghost.

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Sheila Fistergraff
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Bill Case
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D'Juan Watts ...
Leon
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Storyline

When Casper failed to show up at the Ghost Central Station, he instead finds himself in the world of the living where he befriends a young boy name Chris Carson, a 10 year old, who loves ghosts and the supernatural and has a workaholic father: Tim Carson who spends little time with his son as he attempts to tear down an old mansion to update the town. Casper also meets with the Ghostly Trio where they along with Chris are willing to help Casper become a better ghost. Meanwhile, a monstrous ghoul: Kibosh, who is head of the Ghost Central, discovers of Casper's absence, sent out his assistant: Snivel to find Casper and bring him back at once.

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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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Trivia

A Beetleborg can be seen in Chris' room. Shannon Chandler starred in Big Bad Beetleborgs (1996). See more »

Goofs

(at arouns 47 mins) The school principal opens the library door and the boy with the fire extinguisher on his back hits him. They are crashing against the lockers, and the extinguisher's foam spreads lightly. Minutes later, the foam is now onto the door, and the lockers are clean. See more »

Quotes

Casper: Look! Elvis' ghost!
[escapes]
Stretch: Huh? Where's the King?
Stinky: Where?
Fatso: Hey, stupid! Everyone knows Elvis is still alive.
Stretch: Find him!
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Connections

Followed by Casper's Scare School (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

No One Lives Forever
Music and Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Published by Little Maestro Music
Performed by Oingo Boingo
Courtesy of MCA Records
By arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Garbage!
21 November 2005 | by (Garden Grove, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie is just plain horrible! It may have been a good idea to make a new live-action Casper movie in the mid 1990's being based on a famous animated character, which wasn't too bad, but to make more of them? That's just an overkill there! Why do I think this movie is horrible? Well, to start things off, the opening credits are extremely nauseating. When I start up a movie and see something like that, I automatically want to shut it off! This isn't really considered a sequel to "Casper", but more of a prequel. It basically tells the story of how Casper's afterlife began. Overall, the movie has terrible acting and poorly done CG effects. Avoid this movie at all costs!


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