Through the use of a Time Machine, Casper the Friendly Ghost gets transported back in time, In the stone-age, Casper frightens cave-men and women. Robert Fulton's steamboat makes a successfu... Read allThrough the use of a Time Machine, Casper the Friendly Ghost gets transported back in time, In the stone-age, Casper frightens cave-men and women. Robert Fulton's steamboat makes a successful first trip when Casper's ghostly form frightens it into action. Casper assists Paul Reve... Read allThrough the use of a Time Machine, Casper the Friendly Ghost gets transported back in time, In the stone-age, Casper frightens cave-men and women. Robert Fulton's steamboat makes a successful first trip when Casper's ghostly form frightens it into action. Casper assists Paul Revere on his famous ride when Revere's horse, frightened by Casper, ceases to balk and breaks... Read all
Famous Studios' cartoons are not for all tastes, but my opinion is that their early stuff and some of the early 50s output are good. While they were very formulaic they were always well animated and voiced with some funny parts, some poignancy and decent characters and their regular composer Winston Sharples could always be relied on to write a great and often outstanding score.
Admittedly though, by the mid-50s through to the late-60s Famous Studios' cartoons did get repetitive. While Sharples' music still shone and the voice actors did their best the animation suffered due to lower budgets and tighter deadlines, the humour became more tired and slow in timing than sharp and funny, the stories became increasingly predictable and rehashed and some characters started losing their initial spark, this is particularly true of most of the later Herman and Katnip cartoons.
There are far better Casper The Friendly Ghost cartoons out there than 'Red, White and Boo', especially the cartoons from 'There's Good Boos Tonight' and 'Boo To You Too' (the cartoons from this to 'Boo Moon' varied but mostly decent), the very unique (and the most original Casper cartoon) 'Boo Moon' is also up there. It does have its good things, but Famous Studios were starting to decline from around this period and the difference in quality from the very early Casper cartoons is staggering.
Best thing about 'Red, White and Boo' is the music score. Experimenting more with a more mellow horn and string sound at this point, Winston Sharples' music score here is typically merry and whimsical, it's beautifully orchestrated, energetic and adds so much to the mood, his music has always been one of the best assets of the Famous Studios cartoons and it's not an exception here. In fact how it's composed and how it meshes so well with everything going on in the animation, story and action contributes to it being the best thing about the cartoon.
While he is a character that won't click with everybody, Casper does win me over with his friendly nature and kindness. The voice acting is good, though Casper sounds a little odd in places, and the scare gags involving the inventor and the caveman are amusing with some imaginative visuals. The time machine inclusion was an inspired touch, and the most original that Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons have been in a while.
However, 'Red, White and Boo' is very repetitive, tired and dull plot-wise, with Casper unintentionally scaring what feels like every character present in the cartoon getting tiresome very quickly after the caveman gag. There is not much at all to the writing which is thin on the ground and what there is of it is frankly unmemorable and also very repetitious and sickly twee, apart from two amusing moments very early on. To me, the animation was pretty poor, even for a later Casper cartoon.
The animation quality was great in 'Boo Moon' and in a vast majority of the Casper cartoons preceding that, but the quality declined after 'Boo Moon' and was not the same again. Colours aside, the backgrounds and drawings have lost their meticulousness and instead look hastily drawn and scrappy. There is not much later on that is funny here and it's too sugary and recycled to have much proper charm and emotional impact. There are too many supporting characters too.
Concluding this review, a long way from great but not awful. 5/10 Bethany Cox
- Nov 27, 2016