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Casper Meets Wendy (1998)

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

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Sean McNamara

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Moriarty ... Geri
Shelley Duvall ... Gabby
Teri Garr ... Fanny
George Hamilton ... Desmond Spellman
Hilary Duff ... Wendy
Richard Moll ... Jules
Vincent Schiavelli ... Vincent
Blake Foster ... Josh Jackson
Rodger Halston ... Larry Tullby
Michael McDonald ... Spike-Stretch (as Michael James McDonald)
Travis McKenna ... Phil-Fatso
Patrick Richwood ... Vinne-Stinky
Alan Thicke ... Baseball Announcer
Casper Van Dien ... Crewcut Hunk
Billy Burnette Billy Burnette ... Chef
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Storyline

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 taking a 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1998 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Stereo (Stereo)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Before Desmond creates the Mystic Abyss, he says, "From the halls of Kugaluma to the shores of Xanadee..." This is taken from the first line of the US Marines Hymn: "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli..." See more »

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In the scene where Wendy and her aunts are sitting on the small stairs and Desmond is asking them questions in the hotel room, he changes place all the time. Now, when he's standing at the stairs and talking to them, he changes place again, after one of the aunts has said: "That's none of his business." He then stands behind them. While saying "No matter,", looks at them with only his head turned. In the next shot, his whole body is turned at them. While saying: "You'll soon be out of my hair," the shot changes and he's looking at them with only his head turned again. See more »

Quotes

Wendy: Enjoy your bath Joshy.
Josh Jackson: Nobody makes Josh Jackman look like a geek!
[he gets hit by an inflatable ball]
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References My Friend Flicka (1943) See more »

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Play It Loose
Performed by Paul Gordon
Written & Produced by Paul Gordon
Published by Eifoata Music/Harveytoons Music
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What a surprise! Fun, fun, fun!
1 September 2005 | by gwshogi3See 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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