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Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

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Casper accidentally finds himself in the world of the living after failing to show up for ghost training and befriended a young boy who teaches him the ways of a ghost, while a ruler from the other world attempts to bring him back.

Director:

Sean McNamara

Writers:

Joseph Oriolo (book), Seymour Reit (book) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Tim Carson
Lori Loughlin ... Sheila Fistergraff
Rodney Dangerfield ... Mayor Johnny Hunt
Michael McKean ... Bill Case
Brendon Ryan Barrett Brendon Ryan Barrett ... Chris Carson
Richard Moll ... Principal Rabie
Shannon Chandler ... Jennifer
Steven Hartman Steven Hartman ... Brock Lee
Logan Robbins ... Danny
D'Juan Watts D'Juan Watts ... Leon
Sherman Hemsley ... Store Owner
Ben Stein ... Grocer
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Foreman Dave
Edie McClurg ... Librarian
Rodger Halston ... Stan
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Steve Guttenberg Grew out a Beard for this Movie. See more »

Goofs

When the ghostly trio were speaking out the word "bulldozer" when they were referring to the construction vehicle. They were wrong, its not a bulldozer it was in fact a front loader. See more »

Quotes

Kibosh: This better be important.
Snivel: [on the payphone] Casper's in Deedstown and you'll never guess who's with him!
Kibosh: I hate guessing!
[he slams the table]
Kibosh: Snivel?
Snivel: I'm sorry, your playful one. How foolish of me. The answer is the Ghostly Trio.
Kibosh: You better not be wrong.
Snivel: There's more! They're teaching Casper their own unorthodox... oh, may I say illegal ghostly techniques. They hope to use Casper to put you in your place.
Kibosh: Don't even say those words! Those halloweenies can't out-teach me! Check on their progress. I want...
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Alternate Versions

In Region 1, the earlier DVD from 20th Century Fox is properly framed. The Classic Media DVD later released contains the sped-up 25 fps PAL video from a 24 fps film source (although the Harvey and Saban logos are kept in their normal pitches). See more »

Connections

Followed by Casper's Scare School (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

You're in Trouble
Written by Ian Nickus and Jeremy Sweet
Performed by C.T.F.G
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Terrible.

The 1995 movie is my favourite movie of all time, with great voice-overs and touching performances and a good plot. This was the first Casper flick made by Power Ranger creators Saban, and can't you tell. It's dire. There's no continuity with the first film, many, many character errors, terrible acting, ridiculous plot and the story was awful. Awful. And to make it even worse they came out with two more tripe sequels after this one. Oh woe. Bring back the animated series (based on the '95 movie), that was better than the three shabby sequels put together, and then some!

Please, please, don't waste your money on this. I wouldn't even buy it for a very young child. Even they can tell that this is just a sad rip-off, riding on the first films success.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casper II: Ghost Central Station See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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