Casper the Friendly Ghost befriends a Boy Scout.

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Jackson Beck ...
Scout Leader (voice) (uncredited)
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Billy's Brother / Ghosts (voice) (uncredited)
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Billy (voice) (uncredited)
Alan Shay ...
Casper (voice) (uncredited)
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Casper the Friendly Ghost, while all the other ghosts spend their time ghosting, is studying about how to become a Boy Scout. He finds a troop of Boy Scouts, but they all run away in fear. Finally, he meets Little Billy, who is too young to be a scout but is okay with Casper being his friend. Billy sees that a large bear has the scouts cornered, and Casper comes to their aid and scares the bear away. The grateful scouts acclaim Casper as a hero. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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casper | boy scouts | ghost | bear | troop | See All (23) »

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Animation | Short

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27 July 1951 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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The title is a parody of the international movement of Boy Scouts started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1908, a few months after the first scout encampment at Brownsea Island Scout camp in 1907. See more »

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Befriending a boy scout with Casper the Friendly Ghost
20 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons don't appeal to everybody, to me while none of them are milestones in animation or masterpieces they're nice, enjoyable cartoons on the whole, the best of them in the better half of Famous Studios' reasonably inconsistent filmography.

Boo Scout is among the better ones. Narratively it is very samey, so anybody who has seen any of the early Casper cartoons will have no trouble figuring out what happens next. The dialogue is a touch twee and forgettable too, especially Billy's, and again Casper's is too more of the same.

However, Boo Scout is beautifully animated, the colours are lush and atmospheric, the backgrounds are meticulous in detail and quite picturesque and all the characters are very smoothly drawn. The reactions to Casper are wonderfully varied and inventively animated, not to mention funny, the standout being the bear's. Winston Sharples' music scores are always one of the best things about every cartoon he scores, and Boo Scout is no exception. There is a real sense of mood and liveliness (the spooky and rousing opening immediately springing to mind), there is a lot of energy, the orchestration is mellow and whimsical without ever being too syrupy and it fits with the action beautifully, making it even better in places.

While there are funnier Casper cartoons (like Boo Hoo Baby or Once Upon a Rhyme), the reactions to seeing Casper are entertaining, and unlike some of the early cartoons it does avoid falling into the trap of being too on the sentimental side, like in To Boo or Not to Boo Casper does mope less than he can do. It is very charming and sweet in the friendship between Casper and Billy, and while the climax with the bear has some tension it doesn't ever get too intense or disturbing (pretty tame compared to the climax of There's Good Boos To-Night. The story is swiftly paced but also has a gentle quality.

Casper and Billy are both endearing, Billy avoiding being too sickly sweet, and the supporting characters (the bear being the most memorable) are good. The voice actors is as ever dependable.

All in all, very nicely done and among the better Casper cartoons. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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