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Casper: The Friendly Ghost (1945)

Depressed by the antics of the other ghosts, Casper leaves home to make friends. After unintentionally scaring several potential pals, Casper befriends two young children. They take him ... See full summary »

Director:

Izzy Sparber (as I. Sparber)

Writers:

Bill Turner (adaptation), Otto Messmer (adaptation)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Frank Gallop Frank Gallop ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Ghost / Rooster (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Johnny (voice) (uncredited)
Cecil Roy Cecil Roy ... Bonnie (voice) (uncredited)
Alan Shay Alan Shay ... Casper (voice) (uncredited)
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Depressed by the antics of the other ghosts, Casper leaves home to make friends. After unintentionally scaring several potential pals, Casper befriends two young children. They take him home, where Casper frightens their mother. Casper is again upset because he believes that he will always scare away his potential buddies. However, Casper scares away a banker who is coming to foreclose on the woman's house, and this wins her heart for Casper. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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Quotes

Casper: I'll never be nothin' but a scary ol' ghost without any friends...
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Soundtracks

Brahms Lullaby
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Written by Johannes Brahms
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The Introduction Of 'Casper'
26 October 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This cartoon has historic value in that it is the first "Casper" animated short, so they give a short introduction about the main character. The narrator even gives the viewers the option of believing in ghosts, saying if you do, you'll like the story and if you don't well.....just pretend you do! Who says people weren't "tolerant" in the "old days?"

The basic premise is that all the ghosts in the haunted house would go out each night and scare people. However, Casper preferred to stay home and NOT scare people. Hence, the title "the friendly ghost." He would even sit and read a book called, "How To Win Friends."

The story is about how he gets disgusted with his fellow ghosts and one night decides to leave his house to go out and try to make friends in the world. He finds that easier said than done as people freak out when they see him!

This Technicolor cartoon would look really good with a nice restoration job as has been done with Looney Tunes and Popeye cartoons. The color and artwork in this one is excellent.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Famous Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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