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Casper: A Spirited Beginning -- While on his way to haunting camp to learn the art of spook, Casper, the world’s friendliest ghost, finds himself derailed to Deedstown...with humans!
Casper: A Spirited Beginning -- Casper tells the story of how he became such a good-natured ghost.
Casper: A Spirited Beginning -- While on his way to haunting camp to learn the art of spook, Casper, the world's friendliest ghost, finds himself derailed to Deedstown...with humans!  Frightfully bad at scaring, Casper meets 10-year-old Chris Carson, a boy who's eager for a friend.

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9 September 1997 (USA) See more »
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Cast

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Steve Guttenberg ... Tim Carson

Lori Loughlin ... Sheila Fistergraff

Rodney Dangerfield ... Mayor Johnny Hunt

Michael McKean ... Bill Case
Brendon Ryan Barrett ... Chris Carson

Richard Moll ... Principal Rabie

Shannon Chandler ... Jennifer
Steven Hartman ... Brock Lee

Logan Robbins ... Danny
D'Juan Watts ... Leon

Sherman Hemsley ... Store Owner

Ben Stein ... Grocer

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Foreman Dave

Edie McClurg ... Librarian

Rodger Halston ... Stan

Casper Van Dien ... Bystander

Michael McDonald ... Sarcastic Protester (as Michael James McDonald)
Manny Fernandez ... Frustrated Protester
Michael Spagnoli ... Fearful Protester
Rick Dean ... Punk
Patricia Elliott ... Mortified Teacher
Shell Danielson ... Newscaster
Phillip Connery ... Driver (as Phillip Alan Connery)
William Kendall ... Passenger (as William Crozier)
Emily Jennifer Grunfeld ... Little Girl

Janet Wood ... Talkative Mom

Brendan O'Brien ... Terrified Worker
David Kloser ... Terrified Worker #2
Danny Weselis ... Father

Casey Ryan ... Son

Janet Rotblatt ... Little Old Lady
Dawn Howard ... Frightened Shopper

James Earl Jones ... Kibosh (voice)

Pauly Shore ... Snivel (voice)

Jeremy Foley ... Casper (voice)

Bill Farmer ... Stinky (voice)

Jess Harnell ... Fatso (voice)

Jim Ward ... Stretch (voice) (as James Ward)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jymn Magon ... Cameo (uncredited)

Debi Mazar ... Angie Lyons (uncredited)

Sean McNamara ... Ghost Dude (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean McNamara 
 
Writing credits
Joseph Oriolo (book "Casper, the Friendly Ghost") &
Seymour Reit (book "Casper, the Friendly Ghost")

Thomas McCluskey (story) &
Rob Kerchner (story)

Jymn Magon (screenplay) &
Thomas Hart (screenplay)

Produced by
Mike Elliott .... producer
Rob Kerchner .... co-producer
Jeffrey A. Montgomery .... executive producer
Lance H. Robbins .... executive producer
Haim Saban .... executive producer
Mike Upton .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Udi Harpaz 
Jeremy Sweet 
Inon Zur 
 
Cinematography by
Christian Sebaldt 
 
Film Editing by
John Gilbert 
John C. Walts 
 
Casting by
Julie Ashton 
 
Production Design by
Nava 
Arlan Jay Vetter 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Jewell 
Tim Reidt 
 
Set Decoration by
Bradford Johnson 
Darcy Shontz 
 
Costume Design by
Kristin M. Burke 
Lisa H. Wong 
 
Makeup Department
Gail Bailey-Brownyard .... assistant makeup artist
Tyson Fountaine .... assistant makeup artist
Yolanda Halston .... key makeup artist
Dawn Hollowell .... hair stylist
Fleur Morell .... makeup department head
Candice Tooley .... assistant makeup artist
Julie Zvorsky .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kerry Broom .... executive in charge of production
Paula Comensky .... production manager
Joseph P. Genier .... unit production manager
Amy Goldberg .... executive in charge of production
Lisa Kranz .... executive in charge of production
Dan LaBorico .... post-production manager
Nathan Rotmensz .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfie Kiernan .... first assistant director: second unit
Scott P. Levy .... second unit director
Lori Mellman .... assistant director: second unit
Ayal Moreno .... second assistant director
Michael Phillips .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tibor Belay .... storyboard artist
Steven Benaquist .... carpenter
Phillip Charles .... construction coordinator
Alicia Cheney .... assistant art director
Brian Crites .... swing
Marty Cusack .... property master
Al Fernandez .... carpenter
Dean Gamboa .... scenic artist
Kenneth Garrett .... construction foreman
Liv Gussing .... lead scenic artist
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... lead scenic artist (as Bill K. Hoyt)
Cindy Ingraham .... on-set dresser
Nicole Jean .... prop assistant
Roger Kelton .... construction coordinator
Andrew Leary .... on-set dresser
Joe Lemmon .... property designer
Tommy Lewis .... lead man
Istvan Majoros .... storyboard artist
Emily Marton .... art department coordinator
Aaron Mays .... carpenter
Susan McGarry .... scenic artist
Miehe .... assistant art director (as Marco Miehe)
Sergio Muñoz .... swing (as Sergio Munoz)
John S. Ogden .... carpenter (as John Ogden)
Sheila Powers .... art department assistant
Richard Puga .... scenic artist
Kevin Radanovich .... scenic artist
Renato Raposo .... carpenter
Marc Ratner .... storyboard artist
Marc Schirmeister .... storyboard artist
Michele Tedlis .... art department coordinator
Keith Tucker .... storyboard artist
Lynn Underwood .... prop assistant
 
Sound Department
David W. Barr .... adr recordist
Jeff Boydstun .... dialogue editor
Gary Coppola .... foley editor (as Gary J. Coppola)
Gary Coppola .... supervising dialogue editor (as Gary J. Coppola)
Brian Densmore .... audio assist
Keith Dickens .... supervising sound editor
Mark Ettel .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Garcia .... adr editor (as Michael Garcia)
Mike Garcia .... adr supervisor (as Michael Garcia)
Xavier Garcia .... post-production audio controller
Thomas Kearney .... dialogue editor
Marydixie Kirkpatrick .... boom operator
Earl Martin .... foley recordist
Kevin Newson .... adr recordist
Daysun S. Perkins .... boom operator
Lydia Quidilla .... adr assistant
Marcus Ricaud .... sound mixer
Joe Rubalcaba .... additional sound mixer
Robert R. Rutledge .... foley artist
Ron Salaises .... sound designer
Ron Salaises .... sound effects editor
Kenny Schiller .... boom operator
Don Sexton .... adr assistant
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Chris Taylor .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Greg Landerer .... special effects coordinator
Richard Landerer .... special effects assistant
Joe Lemmon .... onset special effects designer
Lee McConnell .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Carney .... animator
Joe Clasen .... visual effects supervisor
Elaine Dalton .... rotoscope artist
Ryan Spike Dauner .... special effects animator
Steven Fagerquist .... digital compositor
Cathy M. Frank .... visual effects producer
Jennifer French .... digital effects coordinator
Shannon Gaines .... digital effects coordinator
Jim Gorman .... visual effects technical director
Greg Groenekamp .... digital compositor
Susan Ishida .... lead character modeler
John R. McConnell .... texture artist: Pixel Magic
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Bettina Oshiro .... rotoscope artist
Fori Owurowa .... software development
Holly Phillips .... rotoscope artist
Eddie Robison .... visual effects
Scott Christian Sava .... lead character animator
Stan S. Shumlick .... digital artist: Team Casper
Emanuel Stone .... character animator
Brian Thomas .... 3D visual effects
Brian Thomas .... character animator
Juan Carlos Vargas .... visual effects (as Juan Vargas)
William Ward .... lead character animator
Ken Wilder .... lead CG supervisor
Elliot Worman .... modeler
 
Stunts
Chris Blackwood .... stunts
Zane Cassidy .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Joey Gardner .... stunts
Gary Guercio .... stunts
David Hugghins .... stunts (as David Huggins)
David Hugghins .... stunts
Anthony Kramme .... stunts
Justin Lundin .... stunts
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunt double
Cole S. McKay .... stunts (as Cole McKay)
Misty Rosas .... stunt double
Carlton Lee Russell .... stunts
Ellen G. Statham .... stunts (as Ellen Statham)
Patrick J. Statham .... stunt coordinator (as Patrick Statham)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Alexander .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Barczewski .... grip
Edward C. Bartel II .... electrician
Morris Blumberg .... electrician
Toddy Burton .... video assist operator (as Virginia Todd Burton)
Todd Campbell .... first assistant camera: second unit
Christopher A. Cash .... electrician (as Chris Cash)
Anna Chan .... dolly grip
Trinity L. Corn .... additional electrician (as Trinity Corn)
Steve Crestol .... gaffer: second unit
Juan DeLorca .... gaffer
Mechelle Dondo .... video assist operator
Tom 'Ham' Ellingham .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jason Elliott .... grip
Bobby Faster .... additional electrician
Jeff A. Ferrell .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Jeff Ferrell)
Pat Flynn .... grip
Jesse R. Franks .... best boy electric: second unit (as Jesse Ray Frank Jr.)
Bruce Frye .... first assistant camera
Tony Gavin .... best boy grip
Emily Geagan .... additional electrician
Matt Gulbin .... key grip
Michael Britt Hamby .... still photographer
Phil Hardt .... electrician (as Philip Hardt)
Shane Harness .... director of photography: second unit
Cass Hart .... gaffer: second unit
Ernst-Florenz Horstmann .... still photographer
Reeve Howard .... electrician
Richard James Hughes .... second assistant camera (as Rich Hughes)
Conrad Hunziker III .... first assistant camera (as Conrad Hunziker)
Ian Jordan .... additional electrician
John Joyce .... Steadicam operator
Lynne Khavari .... video operator
Brian Knappenberger .... camera loader
Karen Korn .... second assistant camera
Rick Lamb .... assistant camera
Mike Lancaster .... grip
Jordan Lapsansky .... electrician
Jan Leonetti .... additional electrician
Trey Lockhart .... second assistant camera
Able Mares .... additional electrician
Brent Marks .... additional electrician
Robert Mauceri .... best boy grip
Terry Meadows .... electrician: second unit
Whitefield Morningside .... best boy electric
Chrystina Myers .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Chrystina Worth)
Terry Newport .... grip
Richard Orrange .... grip
Vince Palomino .... key grip
Jeff Pamula .... dolly grip
Cricket Peters .... additional electrician (as Shona 'Cricket' Peters)
Travis Phung .... electrician
Leslie Pittarelli .... additional electrician (as Leslie Ann Pittarelli)
Antoine Rizk .... grip
Kenny Rodgers .... second assistant camera: second unit
Andrea V. Rossotto .... director of photography: second unit (as Andrea Rossotto)
Kate Rudy .... crane operator
Brad Rushing .... director of photography: second unit
Larry Semenuk .... key grip
Gary Spalding .... grip
Eric J. Swanson .... additional director of photography
Vance Trussell .... gaffer
Karin Wallace .... camera loader
Eric Anthony Warren .... grip (as Eric A. Warren)
Michael Weeks .... additional electrician
Evan Williams .... electrician
Chad Wilson .... Steadicam operator
Dennis Wong .... grip
 
Animation Department
Sigfredo 'Sy' Acosta .... character animator
Dana C. Booton .... executive in charge of animation
Toddy Burton .... animation production assistant
Kent Butterworth .... animation producer
Cherri Casey .... animation department assistant
Joe Clasen .... character animator
Paula Comensky .... animation effects coordinator
Kevin Cook .... character animator
Robert Dranko .... animation production designer (as Bob Dranko)
Stacey Eilertsen .... animation production assistant
Perry Harovas .... animator
Bryan Hillestad .... character animator
David McLean .... character animator
Stella Neil .... animation department head
Jeff Peltier .... animation production assistant
Eric S. Rollman .... executive in charge of animation
Sheryl Ann Smith .... character animator
Brian Tatosky .... character animator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Blam .... costumer
Heidi Higginbotham .... wardrobe supervisor
Rachel Sage Kunin .... costume supervisor (as Rachel Sage)
Ryck Schmidt .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Joe Aliberto .... spirit colorist
Rick Dalby .... final color timer
Vartan Nazarian .... assistant editor
Kevin Shaw .... dailies colorist
James Spach .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Barron Abramovitch .... music editor
Tifanie Christun .... assistant music engineer
Drew DeAscentis .... music editor
James Dijulio .... assistant music engineer (as Jimmy DiJulio)
Tim Gosselin .... assistant music engineer
Udi Harpaz .... orchestrator
Ron Kenan .... music supervisor
Eugene Levitas .... orchestrator
Ian Christian Nickus .... music supervisor
John Sperger .... assistant music engineer
 
Transportation Department
John W. Barbee .... transportation coordinator
Gene Callahan .... transportation captain
Todd Painter .... driver (1997)
 
Other crew
Gary Bieger .... production assistant
Bridget Bo .... script supervisor: second unit (as Bo Bridget)
Toddy Burton .... production assistant
Kyle Clark .... assistant: Mr. Guttenberg
Peter J. Clark .... script supervisor
Rob Corlew .... key production assistant
Angelique A. Costanza .... production accountant
Annie Costanza .... assistant accountant
Denny Densmore .... executive in charge of technology
Nadia Esparza .... payroll manager
Rodd Feingold .... production finance director
Jeffrey F. January .... production associate
Phil Kaloustian .... script supervisor: second unit
Patrick Kearney .... production assistant
Steele Knudson .... production assistant
Matt Lurton .... office runner
Michelle Marie .... assistant: Mr. McNamara
Bruce McCarthy .... location manager
Meri Melik-Israyekyan .... craft service
Jesus Putnam .... location scout
Scott Rempp .... production assistant
Aaron Richmond .... assistant: Mr. Elliott
Tim Roddy .... production assistant
Geralyn Ruane .... production secretary
Matthew Savalas .... voice talent coordinator
Kim Silva .... assistant: Ms. Kranz
Jamie Simone .... assistant voice director
Genea Sobel .... assistant coordinator
Linda Stiegler .... script supervisor: second unit
Mark S. Thomas .... script supervisor (as Mark Thomas)
Joshua Throne .... production coordinator
Mike Tristano .... weapons handler
Tanya Valentine .... assistant: Mr. Robbins
Tanya Valentine .... production staff
Jennifer Viola .... production assistant
Alex L. Worman .... unit publicist
Naomi Yoelin .... acting coach: children
 

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Rated PG for language, crude humor and threatening situations (Approved No. 35352)
Runtime:
90 min
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Trivia:
Ben Stein & Rodney Dangerfield were the only actors who have previously appeared in the original Casper movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (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:Oh, come on, guys. Everyone knows Elvis is still alive.
Stretch:Find him!
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Movie Connections:
References "Big Bad Beetleborgs" (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
Casper, The Friendly GhostSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Just plain awful, 19 March 2001
Author: Willow192 from Orlando, Florida

I have to admit, that I did like Casper. But I hated this movie. I think it premiered on FOX Family or something. It's going back to before the first Casper. This is the most horrible remake I have ever seen. It seems like one of those made for FOX Family movies. The little kid playing Chris Carson is a horrible actor. He practically screams out his lines and sounds like he is reading from cue cards the whole time. Steve Guttenburg, who's career can be summed up as dead alive, was extremely mediocre in this movie. But hey, if Hollywood bigshots won't take you, you can at least display you 'talent' on movies like this, that are corny enough to feed all of the starving people in China. The redeeming character was Lori Loughlan, who was the only person on 'Full House' that I could stand. But she couldn't save this movie. The most insulting part in the movie is when the little ugly girl from 'Big Bad Beetle Borgs' (ewww) jumps into Chris's arms in fear, and Chris says "Casper, I like the effect you on on people!". CORNY! I hated the way the ghosts looked...and how the exceeded the normal amount of obnoxiousness. Don't watch this movie. Avoid it at all costs. It's nothing special. Score: 1 out of 10.

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