4.5/10
2,912
18 user 5 critic

Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

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

Director:

Writers:

(book), (book) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Casper Meets Wendy (Video 1998)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Casper, a ghost, teams up with Wendy, a witch, against an evil warlock.

Director: Sean McNamara
Stars: Cathy Moriarty, Shelley Duvall, Teri Garr
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Kibosh, supreme ruler of all ghosts, decrees that casper must scare at least one person before Christmas Day so Casper visits Kriss, Massachusetts where he meets the Jollimore family and ... See full summary »

Director: Owen Hurley
Stars: Brendon Ryan Barrett, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett
Casper (1995)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The continuing adventures of Casper, The Trio, and the Harveys, based on the popular 1995 film.

Stars: Malachi Pearson, Joe Alaskey, Dan Castellaneta
Return to Halloweentown (TV Movie 2006)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Marnie and Dylan are going to follow their dreams to go to college, at Halloweentown University, which is also known as Witch University.

Director: David Jackson
Stars: Sara Paxton, Judith Hoag, Lucas Grabeel
Halloweentown High (TV Movie 2004)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marnie and her friends from Halloweentown are back in this made-for-cable feature. Marnie is a teenage witch living with her family of supernatural beings in the village of Halloweentown. ... See full summary »

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé
Stars: Kimberly J. Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Judith Hoag
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A teenage Jesse and old friend Randolph try to foil an illegal whaler threatening Willy and his pregnant mate.

Director: Sam Pillsbury
Stars: Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Annie Corley
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After an acrimonious break up, the Mystery Inc. gang are individually brought to an island resort to investigate strange goings on.

Director: Raja Gosnell
Stars: Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Cromwell clan split their time between the real world and "Halloweentown", but the son of an old rival threatens to make the latter "real" and the real world a place of monsters.

Director: Mary Lambert
Stars: Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Daniel Kountz
Twitches Too (TV Movie 2007)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After using their powers to battle the forces of darkness, the sisters settle down to lead normal lives. However, the discovery that their biological father may not be dead, but residing in New York, causes confusion for the pair.

Director: Stuart Gillard
Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The Mystery Inc. gang must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to "unmask" the gang.

Director: Raja Gosnell
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard
Halloweentown (TV Movie 1998)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After learning she is a witch, a girl helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tim Carson
...
Sheila Fistergraff
...
Mayor Johnny Hunt
...
Bill Case
Brendon Ryan Barrett ...
...
Principal Rabie
...
Jennifer
Steven Hartman ...
Brock Lee
Logan Robbins ...
Danny
D'Juan Watts ...
Leon
...
Store Owner
...
Grocer
...
Foreman Dave
...
Librarian
...
Stan
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's a whole new scream!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, crude humor and threatening situations | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casper II: Ghost Central Station  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tim Carson says "Chris, I'm on a diet" in this film. Steve Guttenberg's character Mahoney says the same line in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) only that the name "Chris" wasn't mentioned. See more »

Goofs

When the ghostly trio were speaking out the word "bulldozer" when they were referring to the construction vehicle. They were wrong, its not a bulldozer it was in fact a front loader. 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!
See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Casper (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Best Friend
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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Absolutely terrible prequel!
28 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Just one look at the trailer that IMDb has to offer should tell you to steer clear of this dreadful excuse for a prequel.

However if you're a bit of a weirdo who likes to dip your toes into all sorts of random stuff, be my guest and take a nice seat.

We kick things off with an incredibly awful song at the start of the film, it's enough to make you wanna fling the disc out of the window. The fact we have people like KC & The Sunshine Band doing the songs make you think "Dang, they must have been desperate."

If you thought the pain was gonna stop there, oh no, for we must dig deeper into this soulless drivel.

The film starts off all CG with a ghost train sequence... and oh man this CG looks as dated as a soggy can of tuna. Honestly, everyone looks really cut price and very TV like here, you'll swear they probably blew all the budget into getting some well known actors.

Once Casper gets kicked off the train and lands in our world, things do not pick up... in fact it only gets worse from here.

There is not a single ounce of humour to be found, not one single bit. Everyone running away from Casper in a cartoon-like style to me just doesn't cut the mustard and makes everyone looks like a bumbling idiot.

The acting is quite purely dreadful from nearly everyone, most of these actors feel more at home on some rubbish CITV or CBBC sitcom that would get cancelled after only 10 eps or so.

Steve Guttenberg continues to fall off the film chart, the child actor is grating to say the least and any film that has Pauly Shore in it (besides A Goofy Movie because he's hardly in it but whatever) should come with a warning sign attached to the cover.

The only people coming out with any dignity is James Earl Jones who's good as the main villain besides the fact he's given nowt to do for most of the film, Bill Farmer, Jess Harnell and Jim Ward as Stinky, Fatso and Stretch who do fine despite the largely unfunny material they're given and possibly Lori Loughlin who does alright as well.

And it's quite fun to see some cameos from people like Ben Stein, Michael McKean and even a pre Starship Troopers Casper Van Dein.

But other than that, that is it, that's all this rubbish prequel has to offer in terms of goodness.

The fact this piece of rubbish went straight to video should have immediately told people it ain't worth watching.

And the fact that Saban made it too... it's starting to remind me way too much of Power Rangers now, god dammit.

Go go Power Rangers?


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Paul Scheer on Why There Are No Bad Movies

Paul Scheer discusses The Disaster Artist and his love of awesomely bad movies. Plus, we dive into the origins of midnight movies and explore how The Room became a cult classic.

Watch now