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Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

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Casper tells the story of how he became such a good-natured ghost.

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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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Official Sites:

Classic Media | Fox Home Video

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is a prequel to Casper (1995). See more »

Goofs

(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

Kibosh: Oh, it's worse. Way worse!
StretchStinkyFatso: Kibosh?
Kibosh: Count on it!
Snivel: See? I told you they were here. I caught 'em red-handed!
Kibosh: So, where is Chrysler?
Snivel: Casper. Um, he's uh...
Kibosh: Find him!
Snivel: Ow! Yes, your backhandedness!
Stinky: Big K. What a surprise!
Stretch: You're looking eh... trim.
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Connections

References The X-Files (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In Trouble
Music and Lyrics by Ian Christian Nickus and Jeremy Sweet
Published by Eifoata Music/Harvey Famous Music
Produced by Ian Christian Nickus
Performed by C.T.F.G.
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Just plain awful
19 March 2001 | by Willow192See all my reviews

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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