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Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Fistergraff
Mayor Johnny Hunt
Bill Case
Brendon Ryan Barrett ...
Principal Rabie
Steven Hartman ...
Brock Lee
Logan Robbins ...
D'Juan Watts ...
Store Owner
Foreman Dave


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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It's a whole new scream!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casper II: Ghost Central Station  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


(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 »


Casper: Look! Elvis' ghost!
Stretch: Huh? Where's the King?
Stinky: Where?
Fatso: Hey, stupid! Everyone knows Elvis is still alive.
Stretch: Find him!
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References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Blake/Ashew/Fitzpatrick
Published by Island Music Ltd.
Performed by Shampoo
Courtesy of IRS Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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What a load of rubbish!
3 November 2002 | by (liverpool) – See all my reviews

Considering this was made AFTER the original Casper, the effects are a lot worse. The acting is diabolical and the story is terrible. The only thing that is any good in this film is James Earl Jones' voice. I do understand that this is SUPPOSED to be a kids movie but for very little kids it might be a little scary and for very big kids, they'll have a field day ripping into this movie. Enough said I think.

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