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Casper Meets Wendy (1998)

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

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Living under the care of his uncles: The Ghostly Trio, Casper has been letting them push him around and making his afterlife miserable by having him do chores for them while they are scaring "fleshes" for their amusement. While deciding to go they are on vacation, Casper meets with a good little witch girl named Wendy, whom she and her bewitching aunts are on the run from an evil warlock: Desmond Spellman who attempts on destroying her after discovering that she will be a greater witch than him. Like Casper, Wendy is a kind witch who also has her relatives mistreating her. The two become good friends as they discover that ghosts and witches are each other's worst enemies, so they come up with a plan to make their elders pair up to one another. Once Desmond comes into town, he determines to destroy Wendy at once. It is now up to Casper as he must get the courage to convince his uncles to help him to save his friend and her aunts from the villainous warlock.

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A Bewitching New Live-Action Movie!


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Rated PG for mild scary scenes, some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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When the three witches approach the Crewcut Hunk, portrayed by Casper Van Dien, he quickly escapes their clutches by proclaiming "Sorry ladies, I've got to go and kill some bugs". This is referencing Caspers portrayal of Johnny Rico in Starship Trooper where they go around defending themselves from giant interplanetary insect type creatures, code named Bugs. See more »

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When Desmond first sees the magical static on his locating equipment, the location marker is in an area on the Montana-Canada border. Later in the film, when the location marker appears again, it is in an area on the east coast. See more »

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The Oracle: Attention, please listen, here is the latest: Desmond is now gone and Wendy is the greatest!
Geri: Her? She's the greatest witch?
The Oracle: She has done something no other can boast; This little witch befriended a ghost. So Wendy is the greatest, it is her I select. Someday she'll be queen, so show some respect!
Geri: Go Wendy!
Gabby: We always knew you had it in you!
Fanny: Yeah! Wendy for president!
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References Starship Troopers (1997) See more »

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Sweet Princess
Performed by Pep Torres
Produced by David Ari Leon (as David Leon)
Written by Haim Saban (as Kussa Mahchi), Shuki Levy & Cheryl Saban
Published by Eifoata Music/Kikunia Music
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What a surprise! Fun, fun, fun!
1 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I rented this for my four-year-old son from our local public library. As the third Casper film, and a direct-to-video release (the only advertising I remember was on cereal boxes), I wasn't expecting much from this little venture, but I was delightfully surprised. I actually sat and watched the whole thing, and the climax is quite suspenseful. A great cast, some witty writing, and fine performances by George Hamilton as the villainous arch-warlock Desmond Spellman (am I the only one who thinks this is a dig at Aaron Spelling?), Richard Moll, Vincent Schiavelli—and the three adult witches, Shelly Duval, Teri Garr and Cathy Moriarty. The CGI ghosts are well done.

But the biggest surprise of all is Hilary Duff's sparkling performance as Wendy. Based on all the ditzy teen idol crap she did later-- rolling her eyes and huffing every thirty seconds as "Lizzy McGuire" and singing those plastic pop tunes--I expected her to just float around on her broom and look cute. But this is the best acting I've ever seen her do. I can hardly believe it's the same person. She's a delightful little bundle of energy, delivers her lines intelligently, and really works her little duff off (sorry, couldn't resist that). It's a shame her career took such an airhead direction. This video shows she was capable of better things, but she's already being forgotten.

One caution: The ending, with the swirling "Mystic Abyss", when it seems like Wendy might actually be a gonner, as well as the "possession" scenes might be a little too much for some preschoolers.


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